After the Solstice

We’ve been traveling and working, doing the tasks of life and summer, seeing kids and grand-kids and saying goodbye to beloved family who have passed over. It seems good.

Yesterday marked the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. Today we will share ceremony to mark the year’s turning. This day will be only a tiny bit shorter than yesterday, and the real heat of summer is yet to come. Still, even as we indulge in the strawberry harvest we note that fall is not that far away. Continue reading

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Quietly Sacred: Culture, Belonging, and the Longest Day of the Year

It’s Wednesday, and rain has rolled in to greet the morning. The Solstice is passed, although not without acknowledgement. Saturday we were invited to bless and dedicate a new home and farm, and had a truly lovely few hours with … Continue reading

Summer Solstice

Summer_SunsetHere in the Northern Hemisphere we’ve arrived at the summer solstice, the sun having traveled as far north as it will this year. The days are long and warm, and the nights brief; twilight seems to last forever. In the country, fireflies fill the air above the hay fields.

It’s a good time to gather with others and acknowledge our passage through the warm times. This evening we host a gathering of friends and others who wish to place themselves in community, both with other people and the natural world. Tomorrow we will participate in an interfaith celebration of the solstice, and life’s journeys, at the Unitarian church.

On the Medicine Wheel, as it is understood by many here in the Northeast, we have arrived in the South, the place of summer. The South is the place of noon, fire, and the plants and mammals. Often we just say that we are in the home of the “warm bloodeds and the green ones”.  I like that; generalizing reminds us that we are a part of a much larger community of animals that self-regulate their temperature. We might also remember that our very breath, and thus our lives, is a gift from the plant kingdom. Continue reading