Quetzalcoatl Fire Pictures 2
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Quetzalcoatl is smiling and ready. Adorned with flowers and sparklers, she yearns for flight.
Lanterns lit, we anoint with oil. Fire is lit at tail and head.
Before the bonfire proper catches, Quetzalcoatl transforms her head into fire. She leaps off the pyre, into flight. Clearly, the fire being launches itself.
Now all the prayers, wishes and manifestations, as sparks, take flight too. Hundreds and hundreds of sparks as messages launch upwards to the cosmos!
The fire is very hot, we stand back as over half an hour it gets smaller, consuming all the cedar wood. At one point a horsehead, like the Horsehead Nebula, is visible.
We take some of the lanterns, and form a boundary between 2012 and 2013. One by one, children, teens and adults, step or leap into the new year, leaving behind what is not needed. Way more room over here in 2013!
As participants leave, the lanterns become the Guardians of the Fire. Like radiant jewels, they burn most of the night. Past 2 am they hold the sacred space of the fire.
In the morning, all the wood has been utterly consumed. It is a cycle of sunlight falling on trees, which photosynthesize it into the leaves and eventually wood. Then when we burn the wood, it transforms itself back into heat and light. Marvellous! We collect the frozen red and white carnations for a further ceremony to honour the ashes by placing them in water.
Some photos Annerose and Clare. Thanks so much to all of you who participated, both here at the ceremony and by sending in your messages which transformed so beautifully! It was transformative and breathtaking.