Every year, when the goddess Inanna descends into the underworld, Her children lie fallow with the night and cold with the wintry soil. Her absence creates the emptiness, the space and the need within ourselves and our world for life to be transformed and renewed once more. As we feel the days grow warmer, as the first flowers of spring begin to peek out from behind the veil of possibility, we celebrate the return of Inanna to bless this world again with Her magic. That's the joy of Akitu — we begin the ritual in Winter, but we end it in Spring. It's Akitu time! Come play with us! Come throw off the cloak of night to dance in the light She brings! We'll gather Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church. Ritual will begin at 8 p.m. We'll play, feast, dance and drum and sing to build the energy that turns the Wheel. Bring a covered dish and your beverage of choice. Also your own drum, jingly, hoop, flute, veil, shaker, and money maker — or any one or none or borrow one. And bring the kids — they're really good at reminding us fogeys how to get down and PLAY! Let the games begin! Please RSVP: email [masked] and let us know you're coming! You can also call or text the hotline at (707) SUMER76. See you!