It was such a wonderful honor for me to have participated in this year's signature Peaceburgh New Year's eve event, AGE OF MAGIC. I was particularly humbled to have been asked by the organizer, Cassandra Mousey to lead the midnight count-down ceremony to the four sacred directions and to the Earth Mother and Father Sky.
After several beautiful hours of drumming, dancing, singing, enjoying the awesome talent of my musician friends, and the great offerings of those who were there to provide services and sell treasure objects, I guided the group that had gathered at the First United Methodist Church in prayer, chanting, and sacred dance, leading right up to the 12:00 hour.
Leni and I arrived at about 9:30 PM and found things in full swing. And it was fortunate that our friend Tom Jefferson was there with his camera and his remarkable photographic talent to record this historic event.
The photos that grace this blog were all taken by Thomas Jefferson, Photographer of all things PEACEBURGH. Please click on this LINK to visit his page in facebook in which you will find more of these great photos.
Many of my dearest friends from way back were there. Tenanche RoseGolden came with Johnny Creed Coe.
We were joined by talented dj, musician and dancer Bobbi Williams, as usual, flashing her stunningly dazzling smile!
and massage artist Abby took a minute from her massage post to take a pic with me :-)
Awesome Peaceburgh activist Tom Menditto was there also, as well as many, many more of my Peaceburgh family.
Some folks brought hula hoops and dazzled us with their glow-in-the-dark spinning talent.
The evening moved to within 15 minutes of the 12:00 midnight hour with joy and fun being the hallmark of the night.
Then I appealed to the powerful spirits of the four directions of my Taino people's tradition to bestow upon the participants the gifts of Open Mind, Introspection, Wisdom and Illumination, the powers of the four winds.
I prayed to Yaya the Great Spirit, the great Unity of Mother Earth and Father Sky for the blessings of the new year for all my brothers and sisters. The sacred heart-beat rhythm of the drums accompanied my words and my actions as I moved into the holy chant of Ata Bei the Cosmic Matriarch.
I feel infinitely blessed to have been given the opportunity to spend the transition into a new year engaged in this marvelous labor of co-creation and healing with my fellow Peaceburghers and I sense the tremendous power of the four sacred rivers that surround our region flowing in the bloodstream of our neighbors and friends here.
Seneko Kakona (abundant blessings) to us all