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Autumn Equinox 2017 — A Celebration in Slovenia

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Participants in the ceremony watching the equinox sunset.

In the fall of 2017, a group of friends in the beautiful country side of Slovenia got together to celebrate the autumn equinox with a ceremony based on the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes. They kindly sent through photos of their ceremony to be shared on The Spiritual Sun website, and these can be seen in the photo gallery further down below.

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The view from the circle set up for the celebration.

The Autumn equinox is a point in the year from which night becomes longer than daylight, and therefore the darkness becomes greater than light. In the wheel of the year it represents the spiritual principles of the descent into the darkness of the subconsciousness in order to eliminate egos (inner states such as anger, greed, envy, and so on). Encoded within this stage is the understanding that light is extracted from darkness, and that all things must descend before they can ascend.1

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The Mother Goddess, the Initiate, the Guardian, and the Minotaur can be seen in this Slovenian ceremony of the equinox.

The ceremony for the autumn equinox involves participants that include a guardian, the Mother Goddess, an initiate, and the Minotaur, participants representing the solar bodies, drummers, an orator, and other general participants. The ceremony also incorporates symbols such as a labyrinth, a labrys, the infinity symbol, seeds for planting, a sacred circle representing the nine regions of the underworld, and so on.2

The symbolism and connection of the initiate, Mother Goddess, and the Minotaur, a prominent participant within this ceremony, and the autumn equinox is explained in The Path of the Spiritual Sun as follows:

“The ancient Minoans aligned their ancient sites on the island of Crete to the autumn equinox. Their palace at Knossos is believed to be the location of the legendary labyrinth of King Minos. This King was said to have built a labyrinth to imprison the savage beast called the Minotaur—a half man, half bull creature.

This myth has a symbolic meaning. The autumn equinox is the time of descent into the underworld to overcome the animalistic egos with the aid of the Mother goddess. The labyrinth represents the underworld, as it was said to be a treacherous place that no one could ever find their way out of, just as hell has been described as a place that once people enter, they cannot escape. The Minotaur is a symbol of the ego—of a person turned into a beast by the animalistic egos within. This Minotaur inhabits the labyrinth as our psychological underworld is the place where our egos reside.”

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The various symbols and highlights of the activities and some of the preparation for the celebration in Slovenia can be viewed in the photo gallery below.

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More information about ways to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes in a group or individually can be found here:

Thank you Karim El Bazi and the participants in this celebration for sharing these photos of your ceremony.

  1. Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard, The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices & Equinoxes (Mystical Life Publications, Revised and updated second edition July 2017), 51-83 

  2. Ibid. See chapter 13 for full details of the ceremony and its meaning. 

  3. Ibid., 81-82 

About the author

Jenny Resnick

Jenny Resnick is a researcher and practitioner of the ancient religion of the sun and the Managing Editor for The Spiritual Sun, where she also researches and writes about ancient sacred sites; spiritual texts and practices; the latest discoveries in archeology, archeoastronomy, and related sciences; as well as the exploration of various facets of the lost civilization of the sun.


  • Magical! The time and effort in setting up the circle and preparing ceremonial items really shined through. I hope you all got a lot out of it.

  • Fantastic photos guys! Thanks for sharing these. It looks like it was quite an experience. And that view is absolutely breathtaking. Also that embroidery!! 😍

  • You have done an excellent work as if you were professional on designing and especially on the construction of the mask of Minotaur. It was a pleasant surprise for me.

    The general plan and all preparations were unique and it seems you did them as well as the celebration with real care and interest that touched me deeply.
    I imagine that you had an awesome experience with the celebration of the autumn equinox.

    Congratulations to all participants with the very nice uniforms and symbols and Ι really appreciate that you shared with us these photos and your experience

  • Gosh, you could not ask for a more beautiful location to have a ceremony. It all looks so lovely, and is so inspiring to see how you brought the different elements of the process of the equinox together.

    Thank you very much for sharing all the excellent photos and your experiences. I’m interested to hear how future ceremonies go as well, now that you’ve got a lot of the main preparations for all four done. Hopefully that will allow even more time for reflection and exploring the spiritual principles at the heart of these ceremonies… I’ve definitely had a similar experience that these ceremonies provide a unique opportunity for learning about cosmic principles which is different to just reading / thinking / talking about it.

  • Thanks for sharing these photos guys. It looks like a very special time. I can see a lot of care went into the preparation, which shows in the images.

    • Hi Michael 🙂

      I’m glad you got to see some of the fruits of that preparatory work people put in, through these photos.

      I didn’t take all of the photos, Laura was the one who captured Pavlin working on the Minotaur mask for example.

      Also the ‘showing off of edible mushrooms we just picked’ wasn’t my idea to take a photo of, just for the record 😉

      • Thanks to Laura and anyone else who took photos then too, they really are stunning and capture the preparations and ceremony really well!

  • That was very impressive, also such a beautiful area to hold the ceremony and it looked like you all made great efforts to work together and help each other also the pictures were lovely . Thank you

  • Really great to see such effort put into creating a spiritual ceremony of the sun, with obvious care put into the elements, like the amazing Minotaur mask, snake headbands, clothing, and everything else. I hope you all got a lot of inner benefit from the occasion.

  • Thanks for the post, Jenny. It was nice to see the photos from the equinox.

    Thanks for all the resources on the Spiritual Sun and The Path of the Spiritual Sun book. It’s amazing to have this information and being able to conduct these ceremonies.

  • Thanks Jenny for posting the blog and to Karim for the wonderful photos! Also thanks to Roy and Zorana for joining us for the event. It was great to have visitors who were so interested in making the ceremony happen as well as possible!

    For me the autumn equinox ceremony was very different to the summer solstice one. I could spend relatively little time focusing on this one in the days leading up to it, which made it difficult to tune into it properly. I could also see how reactions within me were taking me further away from learning and perceiving the event, and also how helping others, praying as well as doing what needs to be done brought me back.

    I think that this is part of the learning of this time of year. Last month I could feel the lengthening night and shortening day convey a similar type of learning. The loss of daylight hours makes it possible to do less work in preparation for winter and there is no longer a bounty of time, but just enough or not enough. This causes pressure. At the same time I can also feel winter solstice coming with the peacefulness that it brings after everything is ready to go through winter.

    • Thanks for sharing your reflections Aleks.

      I agree with you that it was inspiring to witness the inner strength and selfless dedication that Roy and Zorana brought to the ceremony preparations. I find that whenever visitors arrive to take part in our ceremonies it helps to open my eyes to what I’m usually not seeing in our environment and atmosphere as I’ve got used to it and really helps to see where I can improve.

    • Aleks,
      I have a different type of experience as the days become shorter and colder. In the summer I find the ability to be out of doors and doing things so late (until it’s time to sleep) makes it a bit more challenging to get to my practices as it seems more challenge to be inside when there’s much to do out doors and everything is so alive (practicing outdoors is of course a great middle) But as the longer nights come on, I’m happy that I’m inside and it’s dark at 5pm because I feel a relief from other duties and can focus on my internal work with a bit more, and it seems a natural time for introspection.

  • A huge thank you to Karim for taking these photos, and for everyone involved in putting them into this blog, and to everyone who was there making it happen. It’s really motivating to see these images, especially while looking forward to the winter solstice and its ceremony!
    This autumn equinox I felt I was able to go deeper into an understanding of this solar event and what it means in terms of the inner work. There was something profound that happened while I was observing the rehearsals of the ceremony. Hearing the same lines over and over again and going through the steps until the ‘actors’ knew them well felt like being confronted repeatedly, and in such a ‘real’ way, by the meaning of the equinox, and this helped me to ‘face’ it. Being surrounded by the symbology and immersed in preparations really aided me in tuning into the event internally…
    The evening we prepared the circle and had gone through a rehearsal, I did a meditation practise where I visualised myself back in the circle, with the mountains in front of me and the forest all around. Here I stood with my divine mother by my side, knowing it was now time to enter into ‘the chaos’ of the labyrinth and face my inner monster. It was a practise that felt particularly alive and real, and this for me is one of the great gifts of these ceremonies, that they help me to increase my understanding of these spiritual principles and offer fresh ways to connect to the divine.

    So … Slovenian crew … and friends around the world … here’s to a great Solstice! 🙂

    • Nice experience Ella. I know what you mean by practicing the ceremony over and over beforehand until a more profound meaning somehow comes to you. I’ve experienced that a number of times – I’m sure others can relate too.

    • Thanks for sharing Ella, these special times certainly have a way to harness the motivation, inspiration and energy to face the great battle within.

      Its interesting how the ceremonies have a special magic to them. It seems that the more we care, are interested in, give of ourselves, to prepare, to memorise, to create items, set up the bonfire, align & build the sacred circle, [pick edible mushrooms ; – ) ] etc… and all things surrounding these ceremonies, the more they give back in return. As we tune in actively, whether knowingly, or unknowingly, to the degree and capacity we can, we are gifted in return with much learning, as though the living symbolism reaches us in a new, different and very personalised way. Its truly amazing and inspiring to have the opportunity to take part in the equinoxes and solstices. Thanks for yours and everyone’s heartfelt efforts to help share those experiences here.

    • Great idea with the visualisation practice in getting more depth and understanding out of the ceremony. I might have to borrow that idea 🙂

      • Yes do! I just remembered that someone had the idea to visualise the ceremony before hand, which really helped. We also went through the ceremony as a group sat in a meditation room, each one speaking their part in turn. This also really helped to tune in.

        • This is a fantastic idea Ella. I’m sure that the visualisation excercises allowed each participant to embrace the ceremony much more earnestly!
          So, thanks be to the mystery person who had the idea!!

          • Hi Craig,

            I read about this idea in the e-book “The Path of the Spiritual Sun” (edition 2013) chapter 16th, sub-chapter “Visualisation” if you want to check it out.

            And it works nicely, especially if the circumstances don’t allow someone to have a ceremony.

  • Thank you everyone for your comments. As others said it was a nice ceremony in a beautiful location. Different, as Lucia said, from the one at the summer solstice, not just because of the season but I think we getting more tuned with the internal transition as well. At least for me.

    That one was the last that we had to make additional equipment. I think from now on we are more prepared for not to spend so much time on the external preparations, but to go a step further closer to the esoteric meaning.

    And the gallery is fantastic!
    Thanks Karim

    • Hi Fotis,

      I also think it’s paramount to have the inner connection there (and as a group of people getting together) to the solstice/equinox at these times.
      How to go about all the preparatory works beforehand and the tasks at hand at the time while ensuring this connection is certainly a challenge, one that will hopefully get improve and get better with more experience and learning. However I do also think organisation and preparation will always be there. When studying some bigger celebrations held by revival groups it was obvious just how much effort and organisation must’ve gone into it all to make it happen.

      Also just to clarify, the autumn equinox was not the last where additional things needed to be made. For this winter for example virtually everything was started from scratch and is/has been a lot of work for people.

  • Hi all,

    As I got the honour to play the Mother Goddess in this ceremony, I thought I would share some of my personal impressions of it.

    First of all, I really wanted to play this particular Goddess, as I have never depicted the revolutionary aspect of the Divine Mother before. And as it worked out, it was also “my turn” to play the Goddess this time. 🙂 Comparing to the Winter Solstice Goddess (who gives birth to the spiritual Sun/Son at the winter solstice), this role felt more somber and serious. Still, there was a beauty to it, like no matter how much darkness could not overcome the beautiful golden light of the setting sun, and then the sparkling fire.

    On a more practical note, Ella and Laura did a great job to figure out and get the natural fabrics for the red and yellow robes well in advance, so we had enough time to sew everything. We thought having the red robes for the mother and bull coming from the same red fabric was very fitting in this case, since spiritually (according to The Path of the Spiritual Sun), it were the energies of the Divine Mother that had, at some point in time, also created the bull/ego in order for the consciousness to learn and gain experience.

    I also felt very inspired to listen to different songs or Hindu songs/stotrams related to Durga or Kali in the period leading to the equinox, and contemplated their fierceness when dealing with the egos/darkness within us. I could also see how much I would like to somehow bring this fierceness into my daily life, to direct it at the right target so to speak… Interestingly, I seemed to be gifted with an interesting personal circumstance, which made me question the level of my inner work so far, and also helped me to connect the spiritual work with simple everyday events and activities, as well as valuing my current life situation better.

    The spot for the ceremony was found longer time ago, as my husband used to work in that forest cutting trees, and stumbled upon it during his work. It is a bit hard to find a spot in this area that would have such great views and also be private enough. Another issue here is that it is almost impossible to gain the permission to have a fire as it is a National Park area. Thankfully, this location was just outside of the National Park, so we could afford to have a fire in a safe container that we brought with us. So everything worked out with this location, and even though it was a bit on a smaller side, after some works we were able to create a nice ceremonial area.

    The golden colors and the scenery during the ceremony and also the day before were just stunning there, and emphasised the special atmosphere of the event. Interestingly, weeks before these few days and also afterwards there were heavy rains, so it kind of felt like a gift! We also managed to have a beautiful longer walk with sun peeking through the clouds, enlightening the autumn colors of the trees and still green hill slopes. While walking through a wide meadow, we also encountered one free grazing, solitary bull (or maybe it was a cow), reminding us of the one from the ceremony. 🙂

    At the end, I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this ceremony possible, despite often challenging personal circumstances and situations, and most of all the authors of The Path of the Spiritual Sun book, for giving us a chance to tap into the deeper, spiritual meanings of these times of the year.

    • Lucia I love reading and seeing these ceremonies being lived out as you all have, its not only inspiring, beautiful and uplifting but it brings it alive again and again until hopefully it will take shape and form in life in a greater way around the world one day.

      Thanks for sharing your experience, it was really interesting to read. 🙂

    • Thanks for writing a bit of your experience Lucia. You performed the role very nicely, and there were some brief moments, sort of ‘around the edges’ of the ceremony, where you did or said things that were quite ‘motherly’ and this put a smile on my face 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing Lucia. I really like how you took the time to listen to those Hindu songs dedicated to Kali and were able to relate these reflections and preparations connected to your role, to your daily life and inner work. I thought you were very good as the Mother and it was very fitting to you 🙂

  • Beautiful pictures. I’m reminded of how beautiful Slovenia is. Just driving to the place was lovely, with all the fall colors and snowy mountains in the distance.

    Seeing the pictures makes me reflect on many things.

  • WOW! Those are gorgeous photos. Good job on the photographers part at capturing the great beauty of that place and your interaction with it. And great job with all the industry that everyone contributed into the ceremony. It looked very magical.

  • Wow, those images turned out great Karim! I loved seeing them and re-living the ceremony in a way. Also, thanks everyone who was there and for making this possible. I’m grateful to have been able to attend.

  • Thank you, Jenny, for sharing this with everyone and thanks to Karim for taking the photos.

    I enjoyed being at this ceremony despite having a lot going on internally.
    Everyone was very dedicated and the whole of the atmosphere brought about the feelings of the meaning of this time of the year. The scenery also supported these feelings and the reading at the end of the ceremony was especially moving for me.

  • Thanks for sharing this Jenny and those who were part of the ceremony! It looks like it was a beautiful ceremony. You guys did a great job bringing the ceremony to life through this illustration.

  • Great job Slovenian crew 🙂 The circle location looks truly epic and special, and all the work everyone put into the preparations really shows in the level of detail in the clothing, embroidery, ornaments, and various props. Lovely pictures.

    • The views from this particular spot were amazing. Very ‘Lord of the Rings’-esque with the snow capped mountains in the distance and forest in the foreground. 🙂

      We were also very very lucky that we got weather and skies that were suitable, we could see the sunset clearly and it created that evening light which lit up our circle area.

      • Did somebody say Lord of the Rings?

        Great photos Karim, absolutely wonderful how you capture the events for us to see. Having such an epic view of the sunset on this occasion must have made quite the visual impact. Very inspiring.

    • There’s something truly special about this region in Slovenia – often I think that no matter where you look, you see a beautiful, otherworldly scenery. But this is the crown jewel of those sceneries… it was an extremely special and wonderful location, hidden away but as you get there it’s like you stumble upon this magical view. I believe you can see Triglav among those snowcapped mountain peaks, it is the highest mountain with three sharp peaks so it looks like three mountains (though one has collapsed from some time ago) and I think it was considered sacred in ancient times.

    • I agree the circle and the path way was beautiful amidst the beauty of that amazing scenery.

      I enjoy the preparation part as well, and you all put a lot of work and heart into it – great work in capturing the essence of this ceremony Karim, pictures say so much!

  • I love the photos and all the creativeness, attention to detail and talent amongst the participants – it made the ceremony look very special. The location looks quite splendid as well. Thanks for sharing your experience and celebration with us!

    • I think everyone added their own touches and work to make the whole ceremony set up come together as it did. For example one person owned a pendant that would work very well on one of the other ceremony roles and so this was shared. Or one person thinks of lighting some incense (I certainly hadn’t thought of that 🙂 ) and the rest is able to enjoy it as well.

      Other people again took great care to make the circle look as it did. While others took the initiative to give that last minute hand to finish it. etc.

      • I’m not sure which pendant you’re talking about specifically, Karim, but I have to say that labyrinth pendant looks pretty awesome!

        Thanks for sharing these photos, Karim. I agree about your “Lord of the Rings”-esque description. Very beautiful setting and the circle you guys created complements it really nicely. Makes it hard to look away 🙂

        • I was wondering about the labyrinth pendant too – did someone make that or was it purchased? If purchased, would it be possible to share the place it was bought from in the forums if it hasn’t been already?

        • Hi Jenny and David,

          Funnily enough now that I think about it I count three pendants being swapped around to make things work in the best possible way :-)!

          That Labyrinth pendant was one of them. That one is Ella’s so I’m sure she will be able to divulge the secret where she got from. But as you say it now it seems to me that making it yourself (by baking clay?) doesn’t seem impossible and possibly quite a nice thing to do.

          It is actually a very cool pendant and symbol. I don’t know if I mentioned it on the forums, but a way it can be created is by starting out with a cross, and adding lines from there. I thought that was so cool, and perhaps something that holds significance. See here.

          • I actually have a labyrinth pendant which has almost exactly the same design. Not sure if there’s an original archeological source, but mine is made from bronze and I got it from a renaissance fair (they were making pendants by stamping bronze or silver with a heavy weight that had designs imprinted).

          • One place where two of these specific types of labyrinths are carved into walls is in Cornwall, England. Tintagel Labyrinth. Though some say these more recent carvings rather than dating from the bronze age for example.
            But this, Labirinto do Outeiro, seems to be an actual bronze age carving in Spain with the same or very similar labyrinth design. So from a brief look it does seem like that particular design is genuinely an ancient one.

  • I have just noticed in one of the photos you can see some smoke; I presume this is incense, frankincense?

    That is a really good idea and had not considered adding this to a celebration previously.

    thank you 🙂

    • Hi Paty,

      That’s right, we have been adding the incense burning (usually frankincense) to these ceremonies, as it is especially beautiful when we are just coming to the location, and can smell the incense already from a far, it makes the whole area feel special. I remember especially this year spring equinox ceremony where we had the frankincense burning in the ceremonial area, which was on the top of a hill, and we were walking to it in a procession through the forest (with the initiate carrying the cross), and could smell the incense already as we were walking through the forest to the top. Somehow, that one felt very strong to me. But also during this autumn one it was very nice, as there was quite a long mantra chant on the beginning, and it was nice to smell the incense during the whole time. I am sure there could be an upgrade to it too, whereby certain incense smells would be recommended for particular ceremonies…

      • You paint a wonderful picture of smell Lucia!

        Thank you to everyone in Slovenia who has put in so much effort to make it such a wonderful celebration! (And thank you for the photographic record that’s been kept!)

  • Hi guys,
    almost endless stream of pictures from ceremony, thank you for your effort. It was also intersting to see the pictures of preparation. I am wondering how much time took you to go through all this. I hope that I will join you in the future.

    • Hi Jiri, it would be very nice to have you here for some of the ceremonies!

      Regarding the preparation time, we are definitely experimenting with it, trying to move it as far as possible from the time of the actual ceremony, in order to have a more relaxed time during the days before the ceremony. However, there is still a long way to go! Things are not always ideal, and people have different commitments, so we often do things till the last moment, but I hope that as our experience grows (together with some items already being ready from the last ceremonies), we will be able to have that ideal 1 week of just ceremonial feeling with practices, readings and walks, with all the items being already ready. 🙂

    • Hi Jiri, I too hope to meet you again, the next time might be in Slovenia. 🙂

      Zorana and I arrived about a week in advance to help out and join the group in Slovenia, but before that, there were some emails going back and forth to plan certain things like what could be a suitable place for the circle and ordering items for the ceremonie. When being there, I found it a challenge to estimate how much time certain preparations would take and more often than not they’ll take more than planned. For example, when I was helping out with making the snake headbands, we estimated about a day for it, but it turned out to be almost two to do it properly and not cut corners.

      • Ha!! We were really optimistic about those snake heads. I think we allocated, ehem, 5 hours to them. Not so lucky there! But what’s really great is that we can now build on them for future ceremonies. Add a more intricate design perhaps and overall detail to perfect them. Something to look forward to 🙂

      • Hi guys,
        nice invitation, thank you but for winter solstice I will not be able to make it. But I have one question, I am wondering what did you use to build those eight inner concentric circles? Did you use wood offcuts? I like the way it looks so much, this is why I am asking :), I saw Rajko creating the symbol of infinite and it was very profesional work. So I have to say again very nice work guys.

        • Hi Jiri, yes, those were wood shavings (I guess that’s the right name for it) that Rajko always has around. Originally, we wanted to use thinner saw dust, but this is what he had at that time, and it worked out in the end, even though when I first saw the circle with it, I thought it looked a bit like a cake. 🙂

    • Hi Jiri,

      It would be great if you make it to join a future ceremony in Slovenia! 🙂

      I’m finding every time that I would really like having that one week before the ceremony free of preparations and time to fully focus on the spiritual aspect of it. Spending more quiet, relaxed time in nature at the actual ceremony spot tuning in, reading and practicing, chanting the related mantras… I find it hard to both do preparations and have time/energy for spiritual activities at the same time. But like this year the weather cleared only just before the ceremony and it wouldn’t have worked to spend that extra time at the location. I feel like I learn more about this with each ceremony so I’m excited to see how I can improve for the next one (preparations already well underway).

    • Jiri, it would be great to have you join us sometime!

      This ceremony was actually a difficult one to prepare for as many of us were away from home or busy with other things in the lead up to the event. So the preparations actually felt quite rushed, and we weren’t able to take the time to tune into the event through practises and reading so much. So the preparation you see in the pictures did take us a while, but I think in the future, the earlier the practical things can be ready the better, freeing up more time to focus on preparing ‘invisibly’! 🙂

  • Amazing looking very well prepared ceremony captured really well in these beautiful photos, thanks to all for your efforts showing how it can be done and for sharing!

  • I really enjoyed this blog and the photo gallery is superb. The scenery is breath taking and I loved the costumes.
    You can clearly see the love, care, and friendship from Slovania. Overall I found it very inspiring.

    Well done to all and thank you for sharing your magical ceremony.

    • Hey John,

      I mentioned something similar to Patricia as well. But I found it great how everyone helped each other out with the preparations. Sometimes during the lead up to the ceremony time I wouldn’t have time to do certain things, it’s so wonderful in those moments to have other people’s help that you can count on! Or even in little things where someone thinks of and makes sure to take a phone charger in the car. It’s something small but much appreciated when there’s a lot going on.

      • I also find this requirement to work together one of the most challenging and inspiring aspects of making these ceremonies happen. Group work really helps me to see myself in a new light – all the ugly egos and all the great potential for working in harmony with others for a higher purpose. I’m reminded of accounts of people witnessing more evolved ET’s working in incredible harmonious efficiency, with telepathy, compassion and understanding underpinning their communication – something to strive for!
        There’s so much to do around these ceremonies, it really makes a difference when people are thinking about how to help the goal succeed, and how to help each other in it. For me, the ceremonies themselves are an incredible experience, but the surrounding work to get there is an even richer source of inner learning!

      • I agree Karim and Ella. I found the experience was teaching me about inner integrity and personal responsibility. In a group a lot can be stirred up internally but I find it a wonderful challenge to find a way to be detached from it and not let any underlying negative energies or attitudes build up against others but try to have kindness and understanding towards all.

        That type of Lord of the Rings ‘Fellowship’ where everyone is putting all that they can into working towards a common goal and shouldering the responsibilities together joyfully and contributing with their individual skills would be marvelous to develop.

  • Wow, this is so beautiful.
    Beautiful setting and landscape in which to have such a celebration.

    The photos are spectacular. I really enjoyed the photos showing the preparations for the ceremony, so much dedication to making the elements of the ceremony look beautiful and and honour this important time of the year.

    Jenny thanks very much for sharing this and I really thank the participants as well. You are setting a standard on the way in which to make these celebrations come to life.

    Thank you!

    • I was also impressed by some of the ceremony items such as the Minotaur headdress. Really fantastic and professional job on that one! This really helped to make that role come alive.

      Another thing was the infinity symbol. Basically perfectly done, or if I would imagine it then that is the way it would look. But I know thinking about something and actually materializing it are two very different things. So I was very impressed for sure :-)!

      • Ditto, Karim! I too was SO blown away by the minotaur headdress and the infinity symbol. (Although in visibility aspect would be useful to improve upon 😉 ) Like you say, professional jobs on those — no other way I could express it. Sometimes the minotaur looked even a tad too convincing, haha! Really useful to bring certain aspects of the ceremony alive. It added a great deal, in my opinion.

        • Agreed, well done to Pavlin and Alex who worked on that headdress! These ceremonies really ask people to gain new skills and develop existing ones, which means a lot because it allows us to make the props ourselves, and thus infuse them with our own energies. When items are made with awareness and concentration, it really carries through.

      • Yes, the infinity symbol was very beautiful and professional. It was great to witness the concentration and care that went into making the minotaur mask too. It did feel like a piece of art was being created. Amazing what can be created even with little or no previous experience when you try to do it with consciousness and love.

  • Thank you everyone for sharing! This was so motivating and inspiring to get a good glimpse of your ceremony! It was really so lovely, so well-made, and it fels like a very serene spot as well to hold the ceremony! What a view!!!

    This ceremony definitely has a different feel than the previous one you shared with us as well. This one evoked in me more of the difficulties to face, with the minotaur awaiting in the circle,knowing that he must be faced and the labyrinth on the floor, knowing that there is a way out of the darkness but that it is not straightforward, and may even have dead-ends at times. So it really gave me this feeling of seeing what needs to be overcome with those various symbols, and of the serious struggle it means, with the Spiritual Mother holding the labrys – yet looking all mighty powerful and serene with the crown, but with a labrys in her hand all-the-same, of what she needs to accomplish in following the initiate wherever he/she goes, at his/her side..

    This is so helpful to witness even in photos, I bet it must have given such a boost for all participants 🙂 – Thank you so much again for sharing!

  • Thanks a lot for the update Jenny and for sharing Karim and everyone else who participated – some really amazing photos in the gallery and the scenery and spot you chose for the circle are spectacular.

    It’s obvious in the amount of effort you guys are putting into the preparation of everything for the ceremony, eg. the creation of the circle, the props, headdresses, embroidering solar symbols onto clothing etc, that a lot of care is going into it. The artistry of some of the pieces is incredible too. The minotaur head as just one example is a work of art. I’m sure that effort paid off when it came to doing the celebration!

    • It’s quite interesting when someone actually puts a mask on how that can give off such a different impression. All of a sudden there’s this presence, or representation, there. I can see why masks were used so much in the past in ceremonies, they can be a powerful thing.

      I think the red eyes were not preplanned but just how things happened to work out, made his presence a lot more menacing though!

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