Winter Solstice represents the ending of a complete cycle of 12 and the beginning of the New Sun, the New Year! It’s the shortest day of the year with cold winds, rain and sometimes snow on the mountains that brings about a new cycle. The Bear and the Eagle are the Winter Helpers. The Eagle with its great vision observes the land and if it sees danger it communicates this to the Bear. The Bear represent the strength of the Mother Earth.
When we come together in community to honor the coming of a new season at Winter Solstice, we can use these five days of reflection and the symbolism of the Helpers to reflect on our relationships with self, family, community and the natural environment that sustains us all! How are we doing as a Human Family? And what steps can we take into the New Cycle to deepen our relationships with each other, our earth, ocean and all the living beings that exist here; even the ancestor stones whose breath provides ancient wisdom if we care to listen.
Each day from December 17 – 21 starts with a morning ceremony with a specific daily focus. All people are welcome to join us at Wishtoyo’s Chumash Village (The Village) for as much or as little of this ceremonial cycle by responding to Luhui at (805)729.7692 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Village is an 8,000 year old site that is being restored and brought by to life as a place to gather, educate, and share Chumash history, cultural preservation, and environmental issues that effect us all. We look forward to a meaningful community ceremony and celebration with you all!