America's Stonehenge

Vernal Equinox Ritual 2017

"Planting the seeds of light in the compost of an old era."

Sunday, March 19, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
An outdoor event facilitated by Katja Esser

To feed the spirit world, please make sure you read what to bring.

Gathering time for the ritual is 12:45 PM; please leave ample time to get yourself from the visitor center to the ritual site. We will be at the center of the site near the oracle chamber.

How the splendid light bounces of the cloak of purity, its blinding whiteness dazzles among the barren bones. The warming breath of the face of the sprouting sun begins to recede the solidity in which the earth found herself; underneath a raw murkiness reveals itself. Among the decaying debris signs of life push their way courageously out of the darkness.

We live in a time where the light is pushing all the chaos, separation, and duality to the surface in accelerated ways, causing great disruption, fear, and a rude awakening. We are facing the potential to lose everything we worked very hard for and hold dear. Everybody is affected by this shift in energy and something amazing is happening at the same time: we are forced to come together. We see people put their differences aside to work together towards a common goal. We stand at the threshold of a monumental choice that will decide the fate of the earth and life upon it and we know it. We begin to take our power back, we begin to make the connections, we are forced to change how we live, and we have to relate to the world around us. Now is the time to bring forth the gifts we have been honing. Nothing like having a deadline to get us motivated to manifest our gifts to assist in creating the new earth and transmute the density in and around us.

We are in a fire year according to the Dagara people of West Africa. Fire has many components to it and an important piece is the connection to the spirit world and ancestors as its energy is pure, and therefore connects us with the world of dreams and vision. It is the energy that flows through all of life that propels us forward towards our purpose. Fire has with its light and warmth draws us together as it has been held at the center of community and the hearth of our homes for eons. The fire can take our rage, grief, negativity, and suffering and has the ability to purify and transmute it. Through it we relate our stories and connect with the ancestors. Fire is here to illuminate us and anchor the heart flame.

As the Vernal Equinox is approaching and we go through the birth canal, we open the gateway for our medicine, soul's expression, and desire to contribute to the world to fully emerge. Remember we contracted to be here in these times to help humanity in anchoring the light and pave the way to the era of peace. We are experiencing the collapse of an old paradigm and it does not feel good and it even feels scary. Yet, amidst this darkness we feel there is a lot of light supporting us as we are also in the midst of an accelerated ascension process. We cannot ascend with all our baggage, density, and separation, so every dysfunction is coming to the surface where it can be purified and transmuted. We are going through this process collectively.

Amidst all the chaos we attune ourselves to the cycles of nature. More than ever we need to take care of our seeds, food sources, and our water. Nature is the place where we revitalize and ground so we can face the world in upheaval. Here in ritual we make the pleas to the spirit world to help us in these difficult trying times. In ceremony we stand together and remember our oneness. What we plant at this influx of light at the Equinox determines the course of the future.

At the Vernal Equinox the sun rises opposite from where it sets, making night and day of equal length. At the convergence of these balancing energies portals open for tremendous light to come into the planet and the light only anchors if we call upon it. In these moments our prayers are particularly important as they get amplified a 1000 x 1000 fold. Ancient sites were built to gather charge particularly at these key times in the cycle of the year; the golden mean ratio and sacred geometry allowed the cosmic forces to embed constructively to make bio-electric fields that charge seeds, promote life, and decrease aging. We revere and bless the sacred seed as it dies into a new form to continue the cycle of life. May we do everything in our power to keep life on this planet going.

What to bring:

Katja Esser guides you through this very participatory ritual. In the spirit of co-creating in our own evolution, the ritual grows to new heights when you bring your items and participation to it. The rituals go deeper each year as they are built on each previous one. The unfolding of the ritual creates the sacred space, in which we give more meaning to the details of the ritual. What you bring creates the magnificence of this ritual as each contribution makes up the whole. Please make sure to do your best to bring your items and let the not fulfilling of these items deter you from coming. Some may bring some extra. Come early if you still need time to work on your items.

Donation: In addition to the general admission fee at America's Stonehenge, there is a suggested $8.00 donation at the ritual site to support this work. The ritual takes place at the center of the main site. We encourage children to come, as long as they are accompanied by adults. Bring a friend and please pass this information on. Make sure you leave enough time to hike/walk to the site so we can start the ritual on time.

Who to call: Please contact Katja Esser on Facebook, or e-mail her at You can find more info on Katja by visiting her website. Please send Katja your email address directly if you want to be contacted for future events.

Katja Esser creates a container of a particular energy frequency that allows people to awaken and express their ancient sacred connection to the infinite universe. As a multi-disciplinary artist, ceremonialist, teacher, performer, and healer who inspires through self-expression, she assists people that are ready to come into a participatory relationship with themselves, the living Earth, and the unseen world around them to live a sacred eco-centered, magical, and connected life.

Katja has been running annual seasonal rituals since 1992, of which Summer Solstice at America’s Stonehenge is most well-known. Her singing and her extraordinary elaborate masks and costumes bring forth beings from another world. Katja has facilitated drumming circles, workshops in sound, continuum-based movement, ritual, and maskmaking. She studied with Emily Conrad, Malidoma Somé, Alisa Starkweather, Eric Bornstein, Martin Prechtel, Saruah Benson, Tim Kelley, and various healing modalities to facilitate a shift in consciousness. She performs with the Theater Behind The Mask in schools through Young Audiences and has appeared at First Night Boston for a number of years. Katja facilitates grief rituals, sacred sound circles, ancestral rituals, and performances. Katja’s focus is now on video production, combining her music, poetry, and images of water in praise of the living world around us, to bring awareness to our participation to keep the earth alive. She also focuses on sacred geometry and no-till gardening, contributing to eating local and having a relationship with the living beings that feed us. Katja has an extensive website at which her work can be viewed.