A Shaman's Guide to Deep Beauty

The Last Equinox



The September Equinox will occur on Monday the 22nd at 7:29 PM PDT.

What we call the “Autumnal” Equinox in the Northern hemisphere is simultaneously the “Vernal” or Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere, and where ever people live, Solstices and Equinoxes have always arrived bearing an energetic gift. This Equinox is the last in the series of four recapitulation Equinox’s, closing the “long cycle” of time that ended with the Winter Solstice of 2012 – when we launched backwards into a new world. (*)

But, hey – I know you’re busy, so I’ll make this brief:

Our species is going through a huge growth spurt, and the old shoes and clothes that used to fit are now impossibly tight and are tearing apart at the seams.

The cultural, sociological, economic, political, religious, corporate, business, agricultural, educational, medical, psychological, astronomical, scientific, spiritual, global and cosmological systems and structures that have governed our world just don’t fit anymore!

And on this final Equinox, Creation is offering us a remarkably useful gift: a new pair of shoes!

This gift is the opportunity to move with wings on our feet – to dance in this, and multiple alternate realities, with ease and grace. Essentially, we will no longer suffer the blisters, cramped toes and limited, compromised movements of existing within “too tight” structures and systems.

But to enjoy your new shoes, you’ll have to take your old ones off!

It sounds paradoxical: the key to receiving this gift is to become actively receptive. Please create a ceremony with your family and friends to celebrate the moment. If you can, gather in a place of wild natural beauty – however, She will appear in your back yard if you call with love.

And, here’s a helpful hint: try going barefoot!

First, align yourself with the rising sun of awareness, and with gratitude for the gift of life. Then, align with a willingness to accept what life is offering – with a keen sense of the possibility that Mystery just might offer us a greater opportunity to heal our selves and our world than we have achieved so far with “mastery.”

Together, turning to the center of your gathering, listen in a profoundly warm and deep silence. Open your hearts to the beauty surrounding you, inviting Her to join you.

Then, bust a move, and celebrate! Put on your dancing shoes!

If you are by yourself, be assured that we are all in this together, and we welcome you to join with all of us around the world celebrating this moment – you are not alone!

With love,

Francis Rico


Note: If you are in Northern California, you are invited to join a community of feral celebrants on the sacred cliffs of the Bodega Headlands overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Be ready to go, in the Bodega Head parking lot, by 6:30 PM. Bring layers, and something beautiful – herbs, flowers, and sacred objects – for the altar. And finally, bring a desert to share afterwards – ceremony makes us ravenous!



(*) September 22, 2014 – The Last Equinox

This is the final Equinox of the series of four that follow the December Solstice of 2012. These four Equinoxes, along with the four Solstices that follow the 2012 Solstice, are called the “transitional node points of recapitulation” in which eight dimensional aspects of our evolutionary path as a species are reviewed, and the energy that they still contain is recovered and reinvested into the new world that we are now creating.

It helps to visualize what is happening if you imagine that we are backing away from the past – backing into the future, while still facing the past.

And yes, it does look like things are falling apart – which makes sense, right? Because the old structures and systems are rapidly losing their energetic capacity to control us, and are no longer compelling.

It is a natural evolutionary growth movement – the old dies and the new emerges.

This September’s Equinox is the last Equinox in this transition – and this coming December’s Solstice is the final Solstice, where we turn to embrace and are embraced by the new.

We need a new language to describe our dynamic orientation to the spiral flow of our solar and galactic systems. We’re moving – spiraling in fact – from the realm of limitation into the open fields of Light of infinite possibility.

Here’s how we’re moving:

- We’re moving from the safety of the circle (a closed system) to the wide-open flow of the spiral.

- We’re moving from the precarious “balance” of impersonal forces allowing us a fragile modicum of survival to an intimate experiencing of the deepest wild harmonies of the song of life.

- We’re moving from our understanding of the Earth’s relationship to the Sun based on the slight wobble and “tilt” of the Earth’s rotation to a recognition that our planets oscillation is a spiral dance with the Sun across dimensional realms of Light.

- We’re moving from the perception that what we see is all that there is, to a new understanding that what we “see” is approximately 4% of what our cosmos actually is.   And, the 96% that we don’t see is a vast field of expanding energy that can be best described as the ultimate flowering of YES! available to us in every moment.

- We’re moving away from the hierarchal economic, political and other systems that utilize fear to control and create complacent, compliant, obedient and subservient people in service to the systems, to the cooperative, collaborative celebratory healing of our selves, our families and friends, and our shared relationships with all of life.

- We’re moving from the distressed world we have inherited, to a new world that we co-create with the loving Heart of Creation.

- We’re moving from the nightmarish use and abuse of life to the realization that we are free to choose the reality we inhabit – that it is our destiny and responsibility to co-create Heaven on Earth, and to enjoy doing it!

- We are becoming love in action.


You contact me at francis@shamanzone.com

Summer Solstice 2014


This Summer Solstice arrives early in the morning of Saturday June 21st  - at 3:51am Pacific Daylight Time.

This same “moment” occurs at different times around the world – it’s at 4:51am in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at 5:51am in Teotihuacan, Mexico, and at 6:51am on the East Coast. Please do take the time to figure it out for your location.

We’re being exact about this, because the gift this Solstice brings is a big healthy wave of LOVE that is so vibrantly intimate that you’d be crazy not to be present to welcome it!

But before you get all “Awwww! a gift of love!” – let me tell you, this is not that kind of love.

What is arriving is a huge burst of Creation’s ferocious love for Her children, including you!  It’s a high mega-watt jolt of primal & powerful wild love combined with a fierce motherly concern for the next steps we take here on Earth.

“She” is coming to us fully illuminated and unveiled.  Maybe it’s shocking, but it is part of our growing up, that She is revealing to us that there is, and always has been, a passionate love affair going on between light and dark.

Light and dark are not opposites – they are lovers!

Light reaches out with such tenderness into the dark, and dark holds light with a warm loving and deeply receptive embrace.

A single moment of experiencing this love reconciles differences, gives us a hug, and sends us back out to play – with the ultimate responsibility for the quality of life we co-create with each other directly in our hands, and in our hearts.

For us, here in this post-2012 era, an extension of this gift is a mandate for us to retire the old archetypes of adversarial polar opposition – of light vs. dark, good vs. evil, love vs. fear, love vs. hate, us vs. them, war and peace, and so on.  So much more could be said, but now, it is up to you.

We can create Heaven on Earth for ourselves and for others.  Starting here and now, right where we are!

Gather your friends and family together in a place of wild beauty – a place where She would enjoy meeting you – and yes, it can be outside in your back yard under the morning stars.

Then, create a simple ceremony to share this with each other – letting everyone become included and comfortable in the moment. If you are by yourself, you are included with all of us!

At the Solstice, open your arms, your hands, your mind, your heart – and simply allow this gift from the One who gives us Life to find you.

with love

Francis Rico


A very small group of early risers will gather at the sacred cliffs of Bodega Headlands – and you are invited to join us, in person, or in spirit from where ever you are.

Be at the far Bodega Head parking lot by 3:00am, we’ll walk out to the cliff site at 3:15am. Weather on the coast can be variable – bring layers of clothing, and a flashlight.

Bring something for the altar – herbs, your crystal, and perhaps a small offering of your gratitude to Her.


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Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox arrives at 16:57UT on Thursday March 20th, 2014. That’s 9:57am here on the West Coast.

We used to think of Solstices and Equinoxes as markers in our circle around the sun – with the longest day, the longest night, and points of equal balance between light and dark in between. Round and round and round we went.

And even though, since the Winter Solstice of 2012, we’ve been catapulted into a new dimension, we’re still going round and round in our lives.

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

You are attempting to balance the all consuming needs of work, with obligations and deadlines, with the demands of family, and pets, and keeping bills paid and leaking faucets fixed, while attempting some level of quality nutrition and self-care, along with exercise to stay healthy, including a spiritual practice of some sort (maybe 30 second meditations?) and somehow, on top of all this, you long for a little fun – and at least an element of music, art and beauty in your life.

If this is even partially true for you, how do we create a balanced life?

Here’s the shocking answer:

It’s impossible!

It is our understanding of “balance” that has been askew.  As long as we think that our job is to somehow manage to “carry” the demands and burdens of our lives – and on top of that to balance the load – we will continue to struggle.

Happily, Creation is bringing a special gift with this coming Equinox – it is an opportunity to experience an ancient and very different definition of balance:  harmony.

To experience harmony it will first be necessary for us to stop going in circles. And then, second, to set our burdens down!  Let’s start by recognizing that in reality, we are not going in circles. We are spiraling around our sun.  And, our solar system is spiraling around our galactic center – and our galaxy is spiraling with other galaxies, within the expanding cosmos.

Even our DNA is a spiral!  And we are at the center of the spiral.

So, we’re not precariously balanced standing at the edge of a precipice.  We are standing smack-dab in the center of a field of infinite possibilities – as artists of spirit, capable of bringing harmony to every aspect of our lives by flowing with the beauty to be found in each moment.

Here, we discover that there has always been a love affair between light and dark, with each cherishing and embracing the other, and loving each precious moment of reunion – in harmony with each other.  This harmony is at the center of the cosmic choir of life- and finding this completely retunes our capacity to harmonize the circumstances of our lives.

The gift is here: gather with friends and family in as wild and beautiful a place as you can find.  And yes, your back yard is just fine!
Make it easy.   After talking things over, move to silence, and in the deep silence, take a step into alignment with the harmonies of Creation – these are the harmonies to be found in your own heart, harmonies that sing out pure and sweet from within the deep silence of Being.

with love and wild blessings!

Francis Rico

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You’re invited to an all inclusive, multi-faith, multi-cultural, multi-traditions gathering:

Sunday January 12th  - 10AM – at Bodega Headlands

For the purpose of encouraging rain to gently nourish the earth and her creatures.

Rain for the people, and all that they care-take.

            Rain for the wildlife – the fish, birds, insects, 4-leggeds.

            Rain for our streams, rivers, lakes and watersheds.

            Rain for all growing things.

            Rain to clear the air.

            Rain for the earth.

We will gather, thank Great Spirit, thank Mother Earth, and call in the blessings of the rain.  Our dance and ceremony are a message to the heart of Creation – and we will be grateful for rain whenever it comes.

 But soon would be good!

It’s suggested that you prepare yourself, beginning Friday Jan. 10th, with whatever practices you use to commune with the Sacred in your tradition.

Location: the parking lot at Bodega Head.  Please be there by 9:30AM, we start at 10:00AM. The ceremony is on a flat area, cliff side, on the trail a little south from the parking lot.

Directions: Take Highway 1 thru the town of Bodega Bay. At the north end turn left on East Shore Rd.  At the bottom of the little hill, turn right on Bay Flat Rd, past the Spud Point Marina, out to the end of the road at the cliff side parking lot.  Google Maps:  Bodega Head, Bodega Bay, CA

Instructions: Bring layers of clothing – weather can be variable.  Bring sandals or flip-flops to wear for the ceremony – it’s recommended that we stand barefoot on the land – and that we dance gently without scuffing or shredding the plants that live there. You can switch back to shoes and boots for hiking, after the ceremony.

Please bring rain-sticks, shakers, and hand drums. The event is free.

Children are welcome with adult supervision. Please do not bring your dog to the ceremony.  The Bodega Headlands is a delicate ecosystem, and dogs are not allowed – however, you can walk your dog on Doran Beach after the ceremony, and it is very dog friendly!

If you are so inclined, bring some snacks to share after the ceremony.  We’ll be done by 11:00AM and the headland trails are a pleasure to hike.

Contact:  Francis Rico at francis@shamanzone.com for more information.  Contact Francis if your organization or group would like to present a part of the ceremony.


Winter Solstice

cosmic hands

“You’ve got the whole world in your hands, you got the whole wide world, in your hands…”

Dear Friends, 

The 2013 Winter Solstice is at 9:11AM PST, on Saturday December 21.

If we could say everything there is to say about this Solstice all at once, it would be: 

It’s here! It’s now! It’s love, destiny, ignition, evolution – and about time!


Got that?

If you’d like a little more back-story on the amazing gift that is being offered to us, let’s get down to business:

You literally do have the whole world in your hands.

And the time has arrived for us to creatively shape a new world of abundance, peace, and joy – by collaborating with Great Spirit.

This is simply the truth.

But for you to directly experience your awesome abilities as a co-creator of “reality,” it will take stepping out of linear time into the field of the eternal – into the field of infinite possibility. 

How do we “step out”? 

By aligning ourselves with the doors of perception that open into the infinite.  Let’s take a sneak peak  - let’s look, right now, together, OK?


We are the “Vast Self.”  You are it.  All of it.  The One.

Isn’t this great?

We are the Vast Self that brings the gift of ignition – the Holy Fire from the center of being – to ourselves, here in this field of limitations.

So, let’s do it!

On this Saturday morning, join with your family and friends – your community – outside, in a place of wild beauty. Get out under the wide open sky!  Hey – I know your back yard is sacred too – and so are the cement sidewalks of the big city.  Wherever you are, find a place to gather outside.  And if you’re by yourself, you’re with us all in Spirit.

Together, gather in a circle.  Everyone is essential.  Turn together to the directions – recognizing and welcoming all aspects of being, including our bodies, our emotions, our minds, our spirits. Include all our relations – all creatures that we share life with here on planet earth. 

Turn to the center, and move to silence together.  With everyone’s support, allow yourself to open to the deep resonant notes of the harmony of the Universe – the wild song of the cosmos – the song we sing to ourselves.

Then, bring that Presence back to what we call this “normal reality”  - and begin to reshape and redirect the energy of being into the creation of heaven on earth – start by bringing this profound encouragement to your own heart! 

Then deliver the good news to others. Celebrate!  Have snacks, hug! Create big stories of wild beauty and purpose – including a story of how we healed our species of it’s self-destructiveness using nothing but LOVE!  And with that, we loved all of life back into happiness.

With gratitude for you,

Francis Rico


 If you are in Northern California, you are invited to join a group of brave celebrants on the sacred cliffs of the Bodega Headlands, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Bring something for the altar – herbs, a crystal, or a photo of a loved one – bring whatever you feel inspired to include.  

It could be a little windy – we’ll see – so have layers of clothing available.  Bring snacks for after ceremony sharing.

Be at the Bodega Head parking lot by no later than 8:15AM – we’re walking out to the cliff site at 8:20AM.



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