Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Preparing for the Year of the Fire Monkey

I'm pouring my energy into getting ready for the Year of the Fire Monkey at The Safety Pin Cafe.

The safety pinned slip of story reads ... 
 "We cross borders without regard, ignorant or arrogant of the protocol native to the transitional spaces that take us from this place to that place. Traditions remembered and practiced would maintain and pass along the right things to do, at the right time, and in the right frame of mind. Have we all become wanderers with passports unstamped with the memory of teachings from the Ancestors and Nature/ There are rituals to remember and common magic to induce respect for the beings and places that share this planet."
- from the "Introduction: to the medicine story The Safety Pin Cafe

I'm spending time playing around with red envelopes, good luck coins, a slip of story from The Safety Pin Cafe , and a safety pin. This Sunday we open The Safety Pin Cafe with a celebration to welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey.
The Chinese New Year begins with the second new moon after Winter Solstice. Like many Indigenous cultures, My Chinese and Hawaiian ancestors recognized the moon as a major time piece not just put it onto a calendar for the refrigerator:) Pete and I are just beginning to scratch the surface of the Ancestral Wisdom attached to lunar cycles.

Our friends and guests will make a lucky monkey made from copper wire, or colored pipe cleaners to take with them. We will give thanks to our community, the place "the prairie front" South Whidbey Tilth, and remember our Ancestors as well as the Gods ... the elemental forces -- Hina (the Moon) in particular.

As the tide turns from high to low, we will bang pots and pans and dance up and down the 'aina at the South Whidbey Tilth. On an outgoing tide, the old and worn energy we send out to be recycled in the deepest waters. We are celebrating on the Eve of the New Year, so if you would like to welcome the New Year you could do it wherever you are on Monday, February 8, 2016. Check the tide chart for your area. It's the low tide or out going tide that you want to choose as your pot and pan banging time. Clean out, let go, and give thanks to Hina for her powerful effect on the waters on our Earth (and within our bodies).

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