Joyful Liberation

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Advent Spiral


Tonight we celebrated the coming of Advent with all of our unschooling friends. It was a beautiful, simple night but has put us all in the mood for the Holidays to come! Here is the meaning behind Advent and the spiral.......

What the festival is about:

"As winter approaches, there is a sleepiness of the world. Through the stories, poems, songs and nature observation, we can experience a feeling of being blanketed for a winter’s nap. The fallen leaves, the animals in hibernation, the shorter daylight hours which bring us inside much earlier than at other times of the year all contribute to this experience. Advent balances the darkness and sleepiness with expectation and anticipation. It is a time of moving through the darkness toward the yearly rebirth of the light, when the days begin to grow longer. "

We begin by placing greenery in a spiral on the floor. At the center of the spiral is a lit candle. Along the spiral are golden stars. Each child and adult enters the spiral carrying his/her apple candle. They walk to the center, light their candle and place it along the spiral path on a golden star. The festival begins in darkness and ends brightly lit by the many candles. The garden of evergreens is a symbol of life everlasting. Arranged in a spiral, the path represents the path to birth and the process of incarnating. The apple is a picture of the body, the house that we live in. The red symbolizes our blood and our forces of will. The flame of the candle is the flame of our individual human spirit. The Advent Garden is an imaginative experience of our individual spirit light incarnating into life on Earth, and how it is able to dispel the darkness around us. In community, our spirits shining together shed a mighty light. Advent can move us toward a deeper understanding of our place in the universe, of all that supports us and all that we aspire to, as well as all that needs our protection and support.

Advent is really a four–week festival, the four weeks leading up to Christmas and Solstice, starting on a Sunday evening. So the 4 Sunday's in Advent this year are Dec 2, 9, 16, 23.

Our family celebrates advent by setting up our winter nature table. The first week we place items related to the mineral kingdom,the second week the plant kingdom, the third week animals, and the fourth week humans (in our case we do the nativity) To me, it is a beginning to all the celebrations of the season. We celebrate Advent, St Nicholas, Solstice, Christmas, sometimes Hanukkah and sometimes Kwanzaa.


Setting up the spiral............


Some wee gnomes waiting for the night to come.........

music performed by Aspen........

The winter fairy, Mara, awaiting the children.........


The beautiful glow of the sunset! I love my sister!!!

The gangs all here and ready to welcome Advent!

walking the spiral................




Thanks Everyone for making this a beautiful night!....................

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