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2007 Winter SolstiCelebration

Photographs by J R Compton + Comments by Amy "Moonlady" Martin


Winter Queen - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mother Winter Valery Guignon welcomes her flock.

 

 

 

 

 

Foam Heads - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Heads wait to display silent auction jewelry and hats.

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Hat - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Lucina Lankford prepares name tags for volunteers.

 

 

 

 

 

Dipping Nut Mix - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Kitchen witches from the Circle of the Serpent
create food that celebrates the abundant Earth.

 

 

 

 

 

Red Dress - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Head witch Gaelen readies platters of vegetables.

 

 

 

 

 

Candle Design - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Cathedral of Hope altar drape evokes the
darkness and light of our holiday season.

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Gate - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

The Sun Gate waits for its climatic moment.

 

 

 

 

 

Line In - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Friendly people queue up for admission.

 

 

 

 

 

Wired Jewels - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Julia Schloss' screen of recycled materials highlights the silent auction.

 

 

 

 

 

Leopard Lining - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

People arrive by the hundreds in swirls of color, plaids, prints,

 

 

 

 

 

Red Gray White - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

wild bright patterns,

 

 

 

 

 

White Stripes - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

colorful stripes,

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful Families - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and families respendant —

 

 

 

 

 

Life Is Good - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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Mr. Bogey - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Boogeyman Tory Young's rags are ready to carry away our fears and dread.

 

 

 

 

 

The Fire - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Winter SolstiCelebration 2007 begins with an elemental invocation
(left to right: Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Amy "Moonlady" Martin)

 

 

 

 

 

Glimmer Gowns - cpyr

with Earth and Water dancers from Sultan’s Dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Women's Chorus of Dallas Sing - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

As the Women's Chorus of Dallas sang,

 

 

 

 

 

Pouring Water - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Julia Schloss and Tzivia Stein-Barrett added elemental ingredients
to create an altar honoring Earth and its spiritual traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

Didgerdoo - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

In a ceremony called “The Animating Breathing,” Ben Gruver
embodies and amplifies the sacred breath with his didgeridoo.

 

 

 

 

 

WO Circle - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

The Circle of the Wild Wood chants the first line of the Lord’s Prayer in its
original Aramaic, which translates as “Oh energy that breathes through me.”

 

 

 

 

 

Arm Swinging - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

The audience takes moments to stretch

 

 

 

 

 

Hands On - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and meditate through spiritual exercises about time and body

 

 

 

 

 

Stop In The Name Of - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

helping us feel connected.

 

 

 

 

 

Hand Clasp - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

SolstiCelebrators join in chant

 

 

 

 

 

Ngyun - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

led by Buddhist brother ChiSIng,

 

 

 

 

 

Praying - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

who encourages us to focus our hearts and sing without fear

 

 

 

 

 

Sign - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

while those who can not hear, sign along.

 

 

 

 

 

Bow - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

After bringing a deep spiritual space, ChiSing bows.

 

 

 

 

 

ASL - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Willie Breedlove shares the service with the hearing impaired.

 

 

 

 

 

Bang Drum - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Cynthia Stuart drums gently as audience members stand
and say aloud the names of loved ones they have lost.

 

 

 

 

 

Dark - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Passing the darkest moments of Solstice,
a few small flashlights dare the dark.

 

 

 

 

 

Dark - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Then more and larger lights illuminate

 

 

 

 

 

Flashlights on the Ceiling - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

until the ceiling dances with light.

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Ball - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sheaves of grain on the Earth altar refract through a crystal ball;

 

 

 

 

 

Goddess - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

an Earth goddess appeals to spirit;

 

 

 

 

 

Angel - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

angel and candle protect;

 

 

 

 

 

Bhudda Guy - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

a Shinto god guides;

 

 

 

 

 

Heffalump - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and an elephant bears the wisdom of mankind.

 

 

 

 

 

Dreamsicle he - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Tom Prasada-Rao celebrates our return to the light.

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Happy - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Event producer Amy Martin dances and smiles.

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Hug - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and everybody hugs in our community meet-n-greet.

 

 

 

 

 

Story Teller She - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Storyteller Peggy Helmick-Richardson embodies a wicked character

 

 

 

 

 

Story-teller He - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and Gene Helmick-Richardson appeals for peace.

 

 

 

 

 

Guy Watching - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Intently watching,

 

 

 

 

 

Howl - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and participating, members of the audience enthusiastically join the annual howl.

 

 

 

 

 

Harpist - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Geofffrey Ricketts weaves his harp through his “One Voice,"

 

 

 

 

 

Singer - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

showcasing Matt Woodbury’s lush baritone.

 

 

 

 

 

Vibrant Singer - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Vibrant Singer Annie Benjamin exhorts the crowd to never forget “Life’s Blessings,”

 

 

 

 

 

Wave - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Julia Schloss moves to the "gratitude Dance,"

 

 

 

 

 

Yazzur - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and the audience enthusiastically joins in.

 

 

 

 

 

Drum and Horn - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Jamal Mohamed on drums and Freddie Jones on trumpet
enthrall the crowd with a playful set.

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Gate - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

And the service concludes with dancing through
the Sun and Moon gates into a new year.

 

 

 

 

 

Eating - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Then onto the Yule Fest with food

 

 

 

 

 

Heart Girl - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and more fun costumes and colors.

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Gate with Kids - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

While the drummers drum,
adults socialize in the Fellowship Hall,
kids play in the gates of the Sun

 

 

 

 

 

Moon Gate with Kids - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and the Moon.

 

 

 

 

 

Mom Smile Stripes - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

A smiling mom carries her young child

 

 

 

 

Little Girl Moon - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and another plays joyously.

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Coloring - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

While their volunteer moms wrap up in the
kitchen, two girls quietly color in the pews,

 

 

 

 

 

Kilt - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and the Winter SolstiCelebration 2007 winds
to a close with more colorful costumes

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Winter - Copyright 2007 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

and Stephanie Hancock as the frosty Element of Air.

 

 

 

 

All images copyright 2007 by J R Compton.
All Rights Reserved. No reproduction in any
medium without specific written permission.