We settled on the "old burn the Wicker Man" vernal ceremony. Not having a lot of knowledge about this spring rite of the pagans I did some digging (looking up). I scared myself looking at what filmmakers have done with the concept by making horror films around him. Don't google Wicker Man unless you aren't easily frightened by horrible things being done to people.
We settled for the kinder, gentler version knowing we needed to send a really strong message to Mother Nature without resorting to sacrifice or torture.
Below is the event in photos. We shared the ceremony and subsequent dinner with ten friends who were also tired of the winter and up for doing what they could to change it. Each person wrote on a piece of paper something they wished for this spring while others also added what they would like to get rid of from their life. These would be burned with the Wicker Man. Each person placed their winter socks ( usually one pair although E brought a bag full!!) B and W emptied their cupboards of seedy foods like wheat crackers and Cream of Wheat ( really trying to improve the impending harvest).
R gave up his hockey socks which he said would add to the aroma and C. offered two of her children's drawings ( much nicer than using real children) .I had a little fairy (fake) to offer and I am still feeling a bit macabre for doing that. But I was desperate for some warm breezes and this little fairy seemed like the one to take the message for me. A bag of dried flowers and The Wicker Man was ready to burn.
|The Wicker Man resting before his positioning|
|Standing the Wicker Man up for the first time.|
|He is in position and ready for the ceremony|
|Bags of socks and piles of snow to get over.|
|Candle light preparation|
We did our best to bring on spring in
You are welcome!!!