I wandered across the Mississippi River to do a "Good bye and Release Ritual." My daughter's father had passed on to the next world on October 31, 2014. I didn't get to say good bye. I also wanted to honor the art and music that he brought into the world. I wanted to share some of my truths about our time together and forgive him for hurts I encountered and ask for his forgiveness as well. I decided earlier this year that I would do it this October 31, 2021.
This beautiful sign welcomes visitors to Aghaming Park and Natural Area. There is a beach here to the right and a path that winds along the river to end where the river cuts across the land in a canoe trail.
In May 2021, I did a Sacred Creativity Ritual in this area and I wondered if I could find this place again. I was in luck and I did find the area. This beautiful tree is standing. The log where I sat was there. Many other trees came down during this year.
I called in my ancestors, my Grandmother and Mother and the energy of the four directions. Then I did a dance.
I wore my butterfly cape in the dance.
The altar I created in the leaves on the ground. The leaves on the trees are yellow at this Autumn time of year. In May the leaves were just forming a soft green.
After I spoke my words to release any energy that I didn't want or need into some leaves that I gathered up. I took them to the river and floated them away. It was gentle and also powerful release.
I closed the ritual with leaving a bit of nuts and seeds as a gratitude offering for being in this space.
I walked back feeling very light and peaceful.
If you'd like to see how the park looked in May, look at the Sacred Creativity Ritual.
May we all walk lightly on this Earth.