Living Fae and SF Bay Area Events

Photo by Robin Russel

Spring is here… Living Fae is back, creating the altar, at the Sunset Season Opener on April 29th. Anne Elizabeth (Living Fae) joined by RayRay Riggen of SuperSugarRayRay fashions will be blessing the altar with their love and light. Hope to see you there, celebrating spring, dancing in the sunshine, in the park at Stafford Lake in Novato, CA.

We also hosted Thousand Petals: Kundalini Yoga in Nature with Radha Sangeet in the Bunny Meadow in Golden Gate Park in March,  and have a few more free Kundalini Yoga events throughout Spring.

MARCH

Sunday, March 18th, In Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

APRIL

Sunday, April 29th | SF Buddhist Center | 37 Bartlett St., San Francisco

MAY & JUNE

May 18th & June 15th | SF Buddhist Center| 37 Bartlett St., San Francisco

7pm – 8:15pm

For more information on our Upcoming events and Where to Find Us send us a message or visit us on Facebook.

“Creation is ready to serve you, if you just be you.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

The Gathering 24th Anniversary, Saturday December 12th

We are honored to be part of this collective and to altar the SF Sound Factory once again for this monumental event.

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The Gathering parties were born in San Francisco, CA in 1991 when 4 small SF Rave parties came together for one event. Malachy (Come-Unity), Tony (Pieces), Kenny & Harry (Destiny), and Martin (Eklypz) joined as one to bring the scene together for a massive party. At the first meeting a Hopi Indian passage was recited:

For those who stay here on Grandmother Earth,

They will totally gain the light of the great light wheel.

There will be one humanity, one planet composed of all the different ways of dancing in complete harmony in the great gathering together circle.

In 1991 the seeds will be planted….

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We hope to see you on the dance floor!

Love, light and faerie dust! ¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫

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The Spring Equinox & the Sunset Season Opener

Photo by Robin Russel

Photo by Robin Russel

The Spring Equinox is a time for renewal, sewing seeds and fertility. It is the day when feminine and masculine energies unite in sacred union. We celebrate the change of seasons, the balance of light and dark, yin and yang, and the return of new life.

Rituals you can perform for the Spring Equinox include symbolically planting seeds for the year, or conceiving new ideas to nurture through the season. A simple spring ritual you can do, apart from spring cleaning, is to bless some seeds with your ideas and plant them in a garden or pot.

It’s also common to use this time to free yourself from things or qualities holding you back. Since this is a day of balanced energies, it is a good time to perform workings where you are incorporating energies that are balanced. If you put your focus on one energy, make sure you balance it with a counterpart to raise the charge.

Along with setting personal intension and performing ritual, Spring Equinox is also a beautiful time of year to raise your vibration through celebration. In San Francisco, its time for us to commune, reconnect and dance in the park once again with our Sunset family and friends.

We are thoroughly blessed and have so much gratitude to our Sunset Sound System organizers, Galen and Solar, for allowing us to be of service and design the altars for another season of Sunset.

This year the Sunset Opener is honoring longtime Sunseter, DJ Nick (Nicole) Mason. Nick DJ’d with Sunset in the park and on the Sunset Boat Parties back in the day.

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  • Event: Sunset Season Opener
  • Date: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
  • Location: Stafford Lake, Novato, CA
  • Info: Please be sure to read updates and details on Facebook for more information. There are very important parking info updates.

“On March 20th, 1994 the first Sunset party happened in celebration of the Spring Equinox in Berkeley Marina, California. Overlooking the Golden Gate and the San Francisco skyline we danced into the evening. It’s this transformative time when the sun sets and we move from light to dark that has fueled 2 decades of friends and family coming together to bring close to the weekend and positivity to the week ahead. Drawing from the the spirit of sound system culture from Jamaica and UK, Sunset has produced over 150 free outdoor dance parties from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Whether it be a renegade beach party or a permitted event in the park the communal vibe has remained unchanged.” ~ Sunset Sound System

Photo by Eye C

Photo by Eye C

See you in the park!

Love, Light and Faerie Dust *.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*

Steps To Create a Sacred Ritual

Every Summer Solstice Living Fae and a small group of close friends and family come together to celebrate the season and perform a beautiful ritual designed to honor Mother Earth, Divine Source and all the spirits and energies that guide us.

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As light workers it’s a time for us to display our gratitude for the path we walk and a time to bless our dreams, wishes and manifestations for the year. We hold the ritual in Carmel Valley, CA along the Carmel River the weekend on or around Summer Solstice. It’s a very beautiful magical location and you can’t help but feel how blessed it is with faerie energy when you are there.

For 2013 we are holding our celebration Friday, June 21 – Monday, June 24th. Sunday, June 23rd is the largest and closest Super Moon of the year. A very powerful Solstice indeed!

392711_10151000033050065_1050492348_nWe started performing the ritual over 12 years ago. Over time its evolved into they way we celebrate it today, and every year we have one magical experience happen after another. There have been so many beautiful moments and shared magical experiences during this celebration. The type of things that always remind and affirm to us that magic really is happening before our eyes. We’ve found the ritual to really amplify the energy of our manifestations and there is a deep compelling feeling within us for the need to honor it on an annual basis. It really is a sacred experience for us, and is likely the most sacred experience we have throughout the year. It’s for this reason that we’ve kept it to be a private event.

annebioAs we continue to walk our daily spiritual path as incarnate faeries, and spread our light and love, we are now choosing to share more of this experience with you so that you to can bring it into your life if it’s something you feel drawn to. For now, we keep the event private, but we will share as much of the experience on LivingFae.com as we can until there comes a time when we are guided to take the actual event more public.

If you are interested in performing a similar ritual to what we do, here are the steps to follow. You will need to build a sacred fire and attendees should be wearing white.

  • On or around Summer Solstice, construct an altar that is a representation of your spiritual path. Adorn it with items that symbolize something to you. Be sure to include all the elements ~ Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Spirit. If it helps choose a theme for your altar for inspiration and design and build from there. We have a tendency to honor the Goddess and Faeries on our Summer Solstice altar.
  • We also like to decorate the sacred fire with a circle of logs we adorn with local wild flowers. We beautify all parts of the ritual as way to enhance the experience and bring about magical consciousness. This even includes ourselves and what we choose to wear.
  • Next create a Pachamama ritual offering. Place it in front of the altar and perform the initial part of your blessing there. You can find instructions on the Pachamama Ritual Offering here. The offering should be contained in white tissue paper.Sacred Ritual Offering
  • Build a sacred fire. Put herbs in your fire, and if you have ashes from previous rituals put them in your fire before you start it.
    Let the fire burn out so that you have only hot embers. You will be placing your offering on the fire but be sure to complete the next steps before you to do.
  • When you only have hot embers and no fire the ritual is ready to start. It’s time to wrap the offering. Just before you wrap of the offering pour Florida Water on the herbs. Use a good amount so that it soaks through all the herbs.
  • Now you can wrap the tissue paper up with a ribbon or twine. Place 3 coca leaves on top. The 3 coca leaves and Florida water are very important ingredients, do not leave out either of them.
  • You should have 5 people available to perform the ritual. One for each of the quarter calls and one for Spirit. The individual standing as Spirit (in between East and North) will be the one placing the offering on the embers. If you don’t have 5 people you can still perform the ritual, you will just need to improvise your quarter calls.
  • If you have more than 5 in your group, have those individuals stand in the circle with those announcing the quarter calls or just behind forming an outer circle. This is assuming your sacred fire is in the middle of the circle. If you can, give each person there a part in the ritual. It aids in the collective consciousness of the group.36879_1512631341515_1406356695_1352482_6529905_n
  • Ground yourself and call the quarters. We write our own quarter calls and recommend you write your own. We choose to perform our ritual deosil over windershins.
  • Once you have called all 4 quarters and Spirit, and recited your blessing, place the offering on the hot embers.
  • Now you simply wait with anticipation. If the offering bursts into flames it means it has been received. If it just smolders and does not, it means it was not received. We have found that the Goddess will sometimes accept it immediately and other times she has chosen to make us wait. It seems to depend on how willing she is to accept our offering as well as to how big our manifestations and requests are. She expects us to take our vows and work seriously so the bigger the request the longer it seems to take.
  • Once the offering has been accepted its time to celebrate.
  • If the offering just smolders it means your offering was not accepted. You may want to rethink your request as it may need more detail or you might want to take a deeper look into how connected your wish is with your true hearts desire.

We hope you have a very magical Summer Solstice. If you have any questions about the ritual, altar, quarter calls or need any type of advice to design your own ritual, please feel free to comment here or email us at LivingFae@FaerieArts.com. Love, light and faerie dust,✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

Altar by Living Fae ~ Melanie Dawn & Anne Elizabeth

Altar by Living Fae ~ Melanie Dawn & Anne Elizabeth

How to Honor Autumn Equinox ~ Mabon

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Happy Mabon Faeries! The Wheel of the Year turns yet again. Today marks the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere where there is equal balance between light and dark / day and night. We celebrate the fall harvest and the coming cool evenings as the nights continue to grow longer.

I don’t know about you, but I love fall. It’s a nostalgic time of the year that reminds me of being a child and all the fun the fall season brings. All the yummy flavors and fun events…. pumpkin treats, apple cider, hot cocoa, Halloween, cozy sweaters and boots.

Traditionally Mabon is a harvest festival to honor the God and Goddess to secure their blessings in the coming winter months. It’s a time of relaxation, balance and a time to honor the spiritual mysteries and the spirit world. Symbols of the season are wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty. You might consider using these items on your Mabon altar or in a feast to honor the season. Colors associated with this time of year are red, orange, maroon, browns and golds. Deities often associated with Mabon are: Goddesses – Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses. Gods – Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.

Some good activities to celebrate are making cider, gathering herbs, taking a walk in the woods, visiting a local farm for harvest, offering libations or offerings to trees and ancestors, gathering leaves and acorns, building a seasonal altar and having a harvest feast. It is also a good time for spell workings for protection, prosperity, balance and security.

I find that no matter what is going on in life it’s always good to take some time out and honor the season. I used to get sad to see summer pass knowing that the winter wasn’t far off. Nowadays by honoring traditions of the season it sets a tone, and appreciation for the season. It makes me feel optimistic and hopeful about life and to be grateful for all I have in this moment.

I plan on building an altar using fall colors and fall flowers and making incense offerings to the faeries and my spirit guides to offer my gratitude for all the blessings in my life. I am also going to cook a harvest feast and share it with my loved ones. Since this season is all about balance I also plan to take a hike in the woods at a local favorite spot so I can exercise my body and connect with the spirits of the woods.

I hope this inspires you to take time out, in whatever way feels right to you to celebrate and honor the Autumn Equinox. Happy Mabon to all! Wishing bright blessings of abundance and happiness with golden glittering showers of faerie dust and magic to you and those you love.

Love, light and faerie dust!
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Anne Elizabeth

Living Fae at Lightning In A Bottle 2012

Marianne Williamson at the Lucent Temple of Consciousness Lightning In A Bottle 2011

We are very excited to announce that Living Fae is building a faerie altar at Lightning In A Bottle this year. The altar will be located up at the Lucent Temple of Consciousness which is being built and designed out of recycled and found objects by Brent ‘Shrine’ Spears. Please come by to be inspired, meditated and connect.

Lightning in a Bottle is May 24th – 28th in Silverado, CA. For more information on Lightning In A Bottle check out the website at www.lightninginabottle.org.

Shopping at White Magick Alchemy is Pure Magick

Yule Altar ~ Winter Solstice ~ 2011

Happy New Year Faeries! I hope 2012 is treating you well so far! Melanie Dawn recently posted an article about altars and how we do it, so I thought it would be a good time to share with you my favorite shop for candles and magickal supplies.

I was lucky enough to come across White Magick Alchemy browsing on Etsy, but you can also purchase directly from their website:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteMagickAlchemy?ref=seller_info, www.whitemagickalchemy.com.

I first purchased some lovely blue pillar Litha Faerie candles for my Summer Solstice / Litha altar. These candles smelled divine, of summer flowers and herbs. Perfect for a faerie day and celebration! They were beautifully dusted with silver, shimmery glitter.  If you know about faeries , than you know there’s nothing they like more than glitter. I was delighted that these beauties burned for all three evenings of our celebration.

I also ordered some Litha casting herbs for blessing our sacred ritual fire. I was very impressed with the quality and variety of this herbal blend. It also makes it really easy to bless your fire or cauldron since all the herbs associated with the season are in the mix, so it takes out the guess work on knowing which to herbs to use.

What is really notable about all the products that this gem of a shop offers is the quality is truly exceptional. All the candles and hand poured by the shop owner or her daughters. They use high quality, natural scents, oils, and wax. Everything is made when the moon is right and witch blessed honoring the old ways.

Litha / Summer Solstice ~ 2011For Lamas I got a beautiful candle as a birthday gift for Melanie. This is her special day like Litha is mine so I knew she needed a special candle of her own. It was a beautiful dark purple / wine color and it smelled of ripe berries, and harvest fruits. Again the quality was superb and perfect for the season.

For Samhain I tried out the Between Worlds Pumpkin and Séance candle set for my ancestor altar. They smelled so yummy of pumpkin goodness and spice. Perfect for the fall season. I even found an adorable mini cauldron that is perfect for making a quick altar in the woods because it’s small and easy to pack. It’s so cute and it’s just like a regular size cauldron so you can use it to burn incense on a charcoal disc inside.

Samhain Altar ~ 2011

For Yule I got two Wassail candles, a Holly King candle, a Yule Faerie candle, and incense, and Yule casting herbs . (The Wassail and the Holly King are the candles in the photo at the top of the page).  Again they did not disappoint. Smelling of traditional Yule and Christmas memories of times past. What is lovely about these candles is that they make your space smell good even when not burning!

There are many Faerie offerings on the site and some of my favorites are the Yule Faerie Incense, any of the Faerie Statues, and the Faerie Dust for leaving offerings for the faeries. I also love the Pink Sugar Faerie Perfume. At first I had to acclimate myself to the scent, but after wearing it for a bit I’m now addicted to this perfume and wear it every day.  It’s a generous portion, comes in an adorable glass bottle. It’s a beautiful shade of pink and it’s loaded with the finest faerie dust, aka: glitter!

I highly recommend the Money Drawing Spell Kit!  It includes everything you require in a handy kit. I can say first had that it really works! The day after I did this spell I got a notice in the mail of unclaimed money of mine from an old insurance payment. They had an old address and had been trying to find me so they could send me a check. I know others swear by it as well!

Really I cannot say enough good things about White Magick Alchemy and it’s wares. The shop owner Nancy, is super sweet and I really feel good about supporting her. Everything is packed with care and you can tell that she puts lots of love and light into her products. Consider joining her mailing list so you find out about new products and sales. If you need any supplies or looking for adornments for your sacred space this would be the first place I would go. You are sure to find something that takes your fancy. You won’t be disappointed and I’m sure you’ll be looking for the next opportunity to order again.

Candlemas is almost here, and since good things can take some time I would order now if you want something special to complete your altar. I know I’ll be looking for the next reason to place a new order and what better than honoring the season, the old traditions and celebrating your spirituality!

www.whitemagickalchemy.com

www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteMagickAlchemy?ref=seller_info

Love, Light and Faerie Dust! ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶

How We Create Our Sacred Altars

By far one of our favorite past times is creating altars. There is just something about the energy that transmits through us as we are working on one. When we build an altar, we feel a very deep connection to spirit. It’s the type of feeling where you know you are in a state of 100% authenticity and united with the divine. It’s a very humbling feeling of being in gratitude.

It’s hard to explain the process, as we don’t really have a step-by-step approach to it. Once we begin the process of creation it really takes on its own form. Anne and I are just conduits moving the energy so that spirit can manifest into a physical form. The entire altar is an embodiment of that energy, much like our bodies are to our soul. Yes, we have different pieces that are physical items, but when we are manifesting an altar those are the pieces that spirit is telling us it needs in order to grow in its full form. Sometimes those pieces are from nature, like flowers and crystals, and sometimes they are a statue of an actual goddess. Each piece has an intension and meaning behind it. They serve as the symbols that tell the story.

Anne and I have created many altars and sacred spaces over the years. Too many to even count! In the beginning they were simple. In fact my very first one had a black velvet cloth, incense for the air/east, a crystal and flowers for earth/north, a chalice for water/west, a wand for fire/south, and in the center I placed a candle that I would light for spirit. This was at the very beginning of my occult studies. I was building the foundation by learning the basics and identifying items to represent each of the elements. As I grew stronger in my foundation and more confident in my path I began to experiment by creating altars out of items I might not have considered before because I could see the symbolism in them. Then Anne and I started working together, and the beauty that seemed to manifest through us together took on a whole other form. The more we worked together the more we learned to allow our altars to evolve into their own manifestation. It went from placing things on, sometimes way too many things, to really understanding the energy that was moving through us and what it wanted to become.

For the bigger ones we create we usually start with a vision or theme. Typically it’s sent to us in some type of message; often in a dream. Sometimes it’s based on a deity, other times we focus on a particular faith or type of magic. Then everything seems to fall into place after that with the items that are selected to create it. Some of them we look for months just trying to find the right piece, some we design ourselves, other times the piece we need manifests right in front of our eyes as we are building the altar.

For the smaller at home ones, we seem to focus on the deity and add items around its statue. If it’s a more personal altar, one with an intension of something we want to invoke into our lives we find items of a personal nature, add symbols that represent that, and also add affirmations. For example, if I felt like I needed to develop more compassion I would put Kwan Yin [the female Buddha] in the center, and surround her in rose quartz. I would also add white flowers, white candles, and write affirmations for myself about being compassionate. An altar doesn’t have to have such a specific intension as that though. It could simply just be a representation of your connection to spirit and whatever items you feel drawn to the most to represent that. That way when you take the time out of your day to focus on it you can connect with the energy.

If you are interested in building your own altar, and aren’t sure where to start, here are a few basic steps you can follow to get into consciousness.

• Find a place in your home or yard that you feel has calm soothing energy. Try not to put it in a place where others might want to put things on it. People can often be somewhat unconscious of your altar and unknowingly put things on it that carry their energy like keys, drinks, etc.
• You might want to even consider putting a small one in your entranceway, but this typically is best if its an additional one to your main altar. I find this type of altar best serves as a simple symbol to whomever enters your home that you are entering into a sacred space; your sacred space.
• Cleanse the energy. Burn a small amount of white sage over your altar. Or if you can find some Palo Santo wood it’s a wonderful tool for cleansing and purifying. It has been used since ancient times by the Incas and the scent is divine.
• If you have a nice enough table top or shelf you can simply put your items on it. Anne and I like to use really beautiful material. We buy it specifically with the altar in mind; everything from color, to the type of material.
• Now light some incense or if you are adverse to smoke then use a burner and light some oils. Frankincense is great to use when building altars. It’s the one we typically use. Although we’ve used everything from Nag Champa to Rose Cross. Whatever scent you feel drawn to the most is the best one to use. You could even just continue using the sage or Palo Santo.
• You’re ready! Stay centered, remember to breath and listen to the quiet voice within. Let spirit guide you to design the rest.

Here are some images of altars Anne and I have designed over time, along with others we have encountered along our path. We hope they inspire you.

Altar by Derick Ion and the Satya Yuga collective – Lightning in a Bottle

Altar by Minx

Day of the Dead – Sayulita, MX

Sunset Campout 2011 – Here We Come!


Date: July 15 – 17th
Location: Belden, CA
Website: Sunsetcampout.com

We are nearing the final days of preparation for an annual event that is very near and dear to our hearts, and WE ARE SO EXCITED! We’ve literally been conceptualizing and designing for the Sunset Campout since the beginning of the year. Anne’s packed. I’m packed… well almost finished. We are ready! Are you?

Anne and I have both been attending Sunset parties since the late 90’s. In fact we first met outside on the pier before a Sunset Boat Party back in 2001. The Sunset Campout is where I started doing public altars, and Anne started collaborating with me on them when the event started up again in Belden, CA. Being part of it, and being given the opportunity to express ourselves in the way we do means so very much to us. We are eternally grateful.

With each year we always aim to take things to new heights. This year we’ve decided to embellish the Faerie Tents a bit more and make it into a Faerie Ring. We also recently blessed each of the tents on Summer Solstice with their new names. Temple of Aine and Astarte’s Veil. Aine is Queen of the Faeries. Astarte is the Queen of Heaven and her veil is the cosmos. We’ve designed these places as sacred spaces you can go to connect with others and have some chill time but still be central to the party. Also on the lawn this year will be a Meditation Pyramid, a Wishing Bowl, and one of our new creations The Faerie Looking Glass. Be sure to check it out, it’s a magic mirror!

Beyond the Faerie Ring we’ve got some cool new things planned for the altars this year. I dare not tell you though, I’ll just say I had a vision in a dream and one of the altars is the manifestation of that dream. This year we are also very excited to be collaborating with Minx from Radiant Atmospheres on the altars, and Intrinsic who will do the flowers. You might remember Intrinsic’s flower creations from the Sunset Boat Parties and this year’s first Sunset park party. Timmy Herrlein, who along with designing all the DJ booths, is building us something for the altar from my vision. We are really looking forward to seeing it all come together.

Now Galen, Solar and J-Bird have been very hard at work organizing and planning the event. I know because every time I talk to them they are having another meeting. They have some new features to the parking and gate entrance which should make for a smooth and fun entry. Get ready for the magic party bus! Try to pack as light as you can though, it’ll make for an easier entry and leaving for you.

As with any Sunset party you go to, they have a fantastic production planned. Stepping it up each year is also part of their agenda for the campout. When you are at the party you can’t really imagine how they could take it up a notch from the year before but they pull it off every time. So if you thought the other years were rad, just wait! Anne and I can’t wait to dance our booties off. I’m sure you’ll see us on the dancefloor more than once. Check out Sunsetcampout.com for the list of DJ’s and bands. Know: Audio is once again providing their super sound.

Every year I profess to Radiant Atmospheres & Coil, UV99, and Slide & Spin how their lighting, lasers and visual magic have blown my mind so I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year. I have no doubt in my mind I will say the same thing after all is said and done this year.

Healer Goddess Lois is back with her Sunset Rejuvenation team of massage therapists, juices and face painters. She has some of the best therapists in the city there with us. I’ve had work done by Lois before and what she did for me was extremely healing and exactly what I needed, so if you have a chance to get a massage from her or someone on her team I highly recommend it.

Ursula Xanthe Young has been doing double time with being a new mother and planning all the Live Art and Display with the help of Krescent Carasso. This year there will be an onsite art gallery displaying work from each of the artists next to the Faerie Ring. Krescent is also displaying her visual magic on the beach at night again, so be sure to make your way to beach at night as well as in the day.

For more info on the Sunset Campout and all it has to offer please be sure to check out the website Sunsetcampout.com. There is some detailed important event information on it you should read.

Now before I sign off the Faeries want me to remind everyone about the trash. Please don’t piss them off. Remember you need to take your garbage with you. Belden town doesn’t want it. When it’s time to leave we know we are all tired, but it’s important that we clean up after ourselves. Take your floaties with you, try to find that one shoe you are missing from the pile, don’t leave your cups and bottles on the altars, DJ Booths or Sound System, and if you smoke don’t throw them on the ground. We don’t want to pick them up after you. Mother Earth loves you. Show her how much you love her by keeping her beautiful!

See you at Sunset!

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