"Why we Celebrate"
by
FireMaster Rebel

event: Tequesta Drum Circle
sponsor: MoonPath Circle
location: Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Thank you for coming to the Tequesta Drum Circle Fire
               home of MoonPath Circle's festive pyre
 I am your humble FireMaster Rebel
and I have important words to tell

           As you should already know
because I'm pretty sure I told you so
      We gather our drums together here
on four sacred days each and every year

Now, people ask me all the time, What are the reasons?
   that we use fire to celebrate the changing seasons?

In the begining, the world was chaos: a void without form
                   a dark gaping chasm: that was the norm
      then with one sudden giant Big BANG!
the entire universe into existence sprang
         as god said, "Let there be light!"
Sun for the days, and stars for the night.
Thus, she created the very firmament of heaven
              begining with the Pleiades Seven
and continuing to every constellation you can see there
           including Ursa Major, that mighty Great Bear
who forever chases her cub round the North Pole
             for in this story, that's her role

                    Now, it is important that you understand
the differences between Heaven and Sky, like Sea versus Land
         Heaven is made mostly of stars
plus a few planets like bloody Red Mars
But Sky is full of wind and clouds and rain
         home of  great Zeus' stormy domain
     Sky is where the lightning is grown
which electric bolts to Earth are thrown
igniting both dry grasses and tree
   thus setting the Wild Fire free

 Now, Sun is the source of all Earthly Fire,
for every spark, he is the great-grand-sire
for when you mix Sun, and Earth and Rain
  it is the gift of life that you attain
Life which is the fuel burning to fire
         the fuel upon our sacred pyre

      thus Heaven surrounds us, like in Ymir's head
that giant orb cross which the stars are all spread
while the sun arises each day in the East
and sets in the West as night is released
Although the Sun races its path cross our Sky
 the stars all move faster, and pass it on by

Travelling between both the days and the nights
    is Heaven's second most brightest of lights:
             Luna, Soma, Celeste: our Moon!
which can be seen either mid-night or noon
and the MoonPath's even slower than the Sun
       which brings us to some calendar fun:

Take a stick and jam it in the ground
             draw a circle all around
 and you've created a simple sun-dial
that first step in time-keeping guile
divide that circle by degrees, minutes and seconds
    and you've got a clock that human time reckons!
            You can plainly see this connection
as Sun's shadow spins in a clock-wise direction
trace that shadow for a  year and you'll see
   that you've drawn the symbol for infinity!

twelve times and more our moon passes the sun
             for each yearly cycle that's run 
                  while 365 days or so
it takes the sun round the stars to go
here the foundation of our clock calendar lays
   with these years, moonths, seconds and days

          Now the word "day" can be a bit confusing
as there's more than one meaning you might be using
                      one is "day" as in "Day versus Night"
in which "day" is only the part that's really quite bright
another "day" includes both the light and the dark
and from dawn until dawn is how this "day" we mark
and if this is the day that our time-keeping reckons
        then every day contains 86,400 short seconds
a time that includes both the dark and the light
         a time over which the two of them fight
 for Winter Sun's path is low in the sky
but in Summer it passes by us quite high
which explains the very reason
for the changing of the season
and why Summer days are long and hot
 while Winter days are short and not

              At any rate...
why use fire to celebrate?
Because many thousand years ago
   the wizard Merlin told me so!
When first he built StoneHenge, in the Celtic style
                     that monumental stone sun dial
to gather his people on the year's shortest day
          to here important words he had to say
about how we've been tracking the Sun through the Stars
                 calculating how it effects us and ours
and how December 21st is the New Year Solstice
             when dark night is at its mostest
while bright day light turns its shortest stay
         thus hailing Winter's first bleak day
  which turns the air both cold and dire
so be safe and warm: come share the fire!

Well, I've used up all the time
       allocated for this rhyme
    so these final words I will employ:
thank you for coming! Now go! With Joy!

"why.we.celebrate.htm" written by and copyright © Rebellious O'Megan One
FireMaster@MojoZone.org