There is no way to adequately describe the sensation of purification by internal wild-fire with cool quenching rain.
Yesterday, my brother and I built the ceremonial fire pit at Harmony Farm. We collected stones of all sizes and shapes, and they all found their own place around the opening dug in Mother Earth. It was good work for two brothers. Love, compassion, sweat, imagination, and play went into its making and we both asked for the blessings of the 7 directions: Jon in the inner circle and me in the outer circle. We met in the middle and felt the giddy inner spirit strongly.
After building it, I put tobacco into the center in the shape of a spiral: the symbol that is growingly ever more present here at Harmony Farm. Within a few minutes, the mischievous wind had rolled through and shifted the tobacco, and the symbol that emerged was a closed circle, with an open circle swirling into it. We both realized the significance of this symbol immediately. The circle of life is complete, but always interweaving with other circles in an expression of ever changing community and life. We also realized that the open circle was the map of the path that is to leading from the house to the fire circle, and that the shape had become a heart.
The mischievous wind that had been blowing for days, calmed down enough for us to actually light the first ceremonial fire in the pit. Wind, Fire and Earth were all present as we passed the talking stick around for sharing. There was much spoken from the heart and gratitude prevailed. Towards the end, the thunder and lightening beings came. As soon as we were all inside, the skies opened up and Sister Water made her grand entrance, filling all the cracks in the dried up earth. Cooling everything, giving her life, and flowing freely and abundantly. I harvested 150 gallons of her sustenance off of the garage roof for use on the garden, and my inner fire felt satiated and quenched this morning. There are no words for these sensations: sensations that come from purification by fire cleansed by cooling water from the sky.
Today, it is time to plant seeds in my new garden and watch life persist and thrive!