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Message from the Executive Director

Message from the Executive Director

By Bill Sutton, Executive Director In this issue of ATF, I’d like to bring more visibility to the structure and the people behind what we call the Sacred Fire Community Organization.  But first, I want to share some of the highlights of more…

Meet a Firekeeper: Reyna and Roger Menadue

Meet a Firekeeper: Reyna and Roger Menadue

Around the Fire caught up with Roger and Reyna Menadue, SFC Firekeepers in Alice Springs, Australia in late March 2016. Fellow Firekeeper Christine Staub conducted the interview. CS: Hello Reyna and Roger. I’m so glad you have the time to more…

Mesa Life Project

Mesa Life Project

In April 2004, during a private audience with Grandfather Fire[1], Deanna Jenne was given a mission to gather others of like heart and to establish a community in which its members would model living from a balanced and mutual relationship more…

Fifteen Years a Weather Worker

Fifteen Years a Weather Worker

Sharon Brown On August 3, 2001 I married the Weather Beings. I became a quiatlzques (granicera) a “weather worker” in the tradition of the Nahua peoples of Mexico’s Central Highlands. Like a new bride, I felt elated, eager–and not completely more…

MEET A FIREKEEPER:  Lucy Wells and Michael Locke

MEET A FIREKEEPER: Lucy Wells and Michael Locke

Christine Staub (North Carolina, USA SFC firekeeper) conducted the following interview for ATF. Lucy and Michael tend their hearth near Church Stretton, Shropshire County, Great Britain. Christine (CS): Hi Lucy. Hi Michael. It is so wonderful to get to talk more…

RITAKA SPEAKS:

RITAKA SPEAKS:

Contributed by Colin Lenhart (Seattle, Washington) I was first asked if I’d like to contribute something to Around the Fire while attending Ancient Wisdom Rising 2015. Of course I said yes and I brought it back to Seattle, where Jimmy, more…

RITAKA 2015

RITAKA 2015

By Colin Lenhart (Seattle, WA) The fire crackles and burns brighter as one of us places another piece of wood into the center. The flame in our hearts does the same as we express ourselves, placing our fears and joys more…

Community and Prosperity: The Gifts of Grandmother Corn

Community and Prosperity: The Gifts of Grandmother Corn

By Erica Cohen Casa Xiuhtecuhtli in Tepoztlan, Mexico is a sacred home for Nahua and Huichol medicine path groups who dedicate their lives to maintain these traditions. This spring, representatives from these two medicine groups along with those from four more…

MEET A FIREKEEPER: Peter and Sharon Brown

MEET A FIREKEEPER: Peter and Sharon Brown

Christine Staub, SFC Firekeeper from Greensboro, NC, conducted the interview for us. ATF recently caught up with Peter and Sharon Brown, SFC Firekeepers in Olympia, Washington, U.S.A. Peter was initiated in 2004 (part of the first group of firekeepers). Sharon followed more…

The Vigil

The Vigil

Every month (or almost) for the past 15 or so years, I have had the privilege of doing a fire vigil. As the day of the vigil approaches, I can feel the anticipation. It rarely feels like “oh good, I more…

A New End of the World

A New End of the World

My experience of a Solstice Fire was what this community is all about: spreading the warmth, love, and connection of fire. I had planned a trip back to Massachusetts to spend Christmas with my granddaughter and my three daughters, whom more…

El Fuego Nuevo: The New Fire

El Fuego Nuevo: The New Fire

We Mexicans resonate in a profound way with the phrase “Fuego Nuevo”: it takes us back to the Aztec tradition. The New Fire in this tradition is only lit in ritual space and in moments of major initiation. The Mayans more…

The Wind

The Wind

It was extremely windy in Asheville on the Winter Solstice. The wind gusted in every layer of atmosphere and in every direction. In my own neighborhood the wind gusted strongly. While walking with my dog, Jazzy, we heard a great more…

Poetry from the Fire

Poetry from the Fire

Burning maples vibrating with life but the dead snag holds the hosts the bluebird & titmouse piping their heart songs a gray squirrel family chattering their urban sprawl putrid bark rife with millipedes and sow bugs as a red capped more…

One Potluck at a Time

One Potluck at a Time

By Jennifer Cihlar – Grand Mesa/Grand Junction hamlets – Colorado Gathering the kids, loading the car, racing up the mountain from the late start we had, was feeling more like a burden and slightly a mistake. I was feeling I more…

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