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Beltane Rainbow Gathering 2009

Date: 
Sat, 25/04/2009 - 01:00 to Mon, 18/05/2009 - 01:00

Everybody is heartfully invited to the Beltane Rainbow Gathering! Please use the links on the left of this text to invite your friends!

The event is somewhere near Guildford but please go to 64 Epsom Road, Guildford, Surrey GU4 first, park up and walk from there. Our contact at 64 is Blue Eagle on 07862237566. Matt will be onsite from Saturday 25th April. So, be there from Saturday onwards. Yipeeee!

Please come with public transport or travel share as parking is of course limited:
http://www.traveline.org.uk
http://www.freewheelers.co.uk/Rainbow_Gathering_England

Also see Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=90171945883

Rainbow gatherings are known for their peacefulness and harmony and are structured according to an evolving design drawing on sacred traditions from around the world. The Rainbow Family means different things to different people. It's safe to say we're into intentional community building, non-violence, and alternative lifestyles. We come together in the spirit of peace and love. We take care of the Earth and each other.

We gather in the natural wildernesses, to pray for peace and live in kindness, tolerance and mutual respect. We welcome everyone. People share their skills, holding free workshops and there is much singing, dancing, celebration and meditation. The gathering has a spiritual focus. There is no electricity (and thus no amplified music) and no buying or selling. Money is collected by donation to ‘The Magic Hat’ after meals in order to buy in food and supplies. We eat healthy, vegetarian and mainly organic food.

The Ancient Festival of Beltane:

Beltane is one of four Celtic quarter-days that mark the passing of the seasons in the year. It is celebrated at the beginning of May, the other festivals are: Lughnasa (August), Samhain (November) and Imbolc (February).

Beltane is associated with fire, courtship and the renewal of nature following spring. Beltane was traditionally celebrated throughout the north of England and beyond as a season of 'hilarity, merry-making and good humour'.

What to bring:

- Your personal spoon, cup and plate, camping equipment, acoustic musical instruments, a bottle or jerrycan, a donation for the magic hat.
- Tipi’s, tarps, cords, art tools, etc...

What not to bring:

- Dogs, electronic devices, powered tools, meat, drugs and alcohol, soap, chemicals, anything for sale.

Hopi Prophecy:

"When the earth is dying there shall arise a new tribe of all colours and all creeds. This tribe shall be called The Warriors of the Rainbow and it will put its faith in actions not words."

Lakota/Dakota Prophecy:

"There will come a time when the earth is sick and the animals and plants begin to die. Then the Indians will regain their spirit and gather people of all nations, colors and beliefs to join together in the fight to save the Earth: The Rainbow Warriors."

Message from Hopi Elders:

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered...

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

See who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt. The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we've been waiting for.

Oraibi, Arizona, Hopi Nation

Cherokee Story:

Lelanie Fuller Stone "The Cherokee Lady", relates the story that her grandmother told her when she was a young girl:

Do you know what a rainbow is??
Yes, a beautiful bow of colors in the sky.
Do you know what a warrior is??
A warrior is a brave person.
One who has courage instead of being afraid.

Now let me ask you a question.
Do you love animals or hate animals?
Do you love trees or hate trees?
Do you love people or hate people?
Do you love the rainbow or hate the rainbow?

Well, if you love animals and trees, people and rainbows, then maybe you are a "Warrior of the Rainbow"

See you at the Beltane fire!

"All my relatives. Mitakuye Oyasin."