Rituals by Fern Shaffer and Othello Anderson

Nine Year Rituals

This nine year ritual has been performed at sites around the United States and Canada from the desert of Death Valley to Green Point, Newfoundland. These rituals have addressed everything from global warming to the disappearance of old growth forests.

The first ritual took place on January 9, 1995 in a wooded site in Lockport, Illinois, to transmit through the trees our concern for the living conditions of planet life.

The second ritual took place on February 9, 1996 at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur, California. The purpose was to reflect our concern for water. The sea is the source of life.

The third ritual took place on March 9, 1997 in a cornfield, outside of Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The focus was our concern for the gift of nourishment that the earth gives us as food.

The fourth ritual took place on April 9, 1998 on the summit of a Blue Ridge Mountain, in Virginia. The focus was to reflect our concern for the preservation of the minerals of the earth.

The fifth ritual took place on May 9, 1999 at the lowest elevation of the Northern Hemisphere in Death Valley, California. The focus was to reflect our concern for the premature death of our planet due to global warming.

The sixth ritual took place on June 9, 2000 on Temagami Island, Ontario, Canada. The focus was our concern for the preservation of the disappearing old growth forests.

The seventh ritual took place on July 9, 2001 at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. The focus was our concern for the rivers and waterways. How essential they are for transportation, food, energy and clean water sources.

The eight ritual took place on August 9, 2002 at Green Point, Newfoundland. The focus was the plight within the oceans. Over fishing, toxic dumping, and thawing of the ice caps in the Polar Regions.

The ninth ritual took place on September 9, 2003 at Cashe River Basin, Illinois. The focus was on the preservation of wetlands, an endangered habitat and ecological system.




Winter Solstice 1985

The ritual took place on Solstice December, 21, 2012, IL