the Alchemical Fire Circle
at Fires Rising
us envision co-creating a safe, magical experience for everyone in the Fire Circle.
In support of this vision, we offer these thoughts for your consideration.
· The area contained by the torches and prayer flags is Sacred. Please
remember people are focusing on magickal work. To avoid distraction, we take conversations
outside and away from the Circle.
· At the Gateway to the Circle,
we may smudge one another or ourselves with sage smoke as a purification rite.
All are invited to breathe, ground, center, and be aware we are entering Sacred
Space each time we step through the Gate.
· The flow of energy
moves around the fire. During moments when we wish to be still, we pause near
the outer edge of the Circle, taking care to avoid standing between the drummers
and the Fire.
· We feed the Sacred Fire with consciousness and
intention. (No trash please.)
· Please contribute to the Food Altar,
from which we nourish each other throughout the night.
· The Well
is a special place just outside the prayer flags on the north side of the Circle
for giving and receiving healing energy.
· We encourage personal
responsibility and safety. Be mindful of your body and how you are moving.
· Music and drumming are in interactive harmonious relationship with,
and in service to the Dance, Voice and Service portals.
must have attended The Practice in order to play in the circle. Our 5 core agreements:
* We play only in the designated places provided.
* We rotate out of
the ensemble area, so others can play.
* We transition into, and then fully
embrace total silence.
* We honor and empower the full range of musical expression
and diverse instrumentation.
* We learn and empower the root rhythm created
by the current Groove Guides
· The seats in the Circle are for
use when making music. At other times, please move your personal instruments aside
and make room for other players to sit.
· Please ask before using
someone else's drums or instruments. To prevent blistered hands and damage to
the drum, remove rings before playing.
· Feel free to play the
instruments on the Percussion Altar. Please return them once finished.
Listen, watch, feel . . . and listen some more. If all you can hear is your own
drum, you're playing too loudly. Hold awareness of how your sound fits in with
· All are encouraged to share songs and chants around
· Sacraments, smokeable or drinkable, stay outside the
Sacred Circle. At Fires Rising, the circle is our sacrament.
Everyone is encouraged to offer food and water to the drummers and dancers, smudge
at the Gate, feed wood to the Fire, and care for the space and each other.
· Have fun, play to your heart's content, and remember that you are
witnessed within a Circle of Community.
· Let your love show on
Over the course of the evening, when our minds begin to drift
and the brilliance begins to fade, a deep work begins. In order to stay present
and engaged, it is helpful to remember that we are each other's inspiration. To
find and renew this inspiration we need only to discover and rediscover the mysteries
within our relationships. We create and explore relationship through our artful
interactions in the circle.
from contributions by Jimi & Morwen Two Feathers, J. Levin, Michael Wall,
Magnus and Spinner.