Happy Solstice to all! Summer is the season of fire; healing fire; a time to work on Fire Magick; to purify and burn away the old, so that like the phoenix we can return stronger than ever. Solstice means "standstill" and refers to the way that the sun appears to rise and set in the same place for a few days around June 20 and 21. People in Europe traditionally lit bonfires to celebrate the sun at its height of power and to beg that it not withdraw into winter's darkness. Fires ritually strengthened the sun to help ripen fruits and grain and it protected humans and livestock from insect-borne disease.
The Lords of Shadow
Where the water whispers mid the shadowy rowan-trees I have heard the Hidden People like the hum of swarming bees: And when the moon has risen and the brown burn glisters grey I have seen the Green Host marching in laughing disarray.
Summer Solstice Ingredients to make a Tasty Tipple
- Rose, marigolds, geranium, hyacinth, nasturtium, violets and other summer blossoms (for decoration)
- Fire herbs: allspice, basil, bay, clove, dill, fennel, ginger, nutmeg, peppermint
- Flavourings: cashew nut, lime, orange, pomegranate, pineapple, walnut
- Any beverage which is bright red or golden yellow in colour
- Prepare beverage at noon, when the sun is most powerful
Resource Guide A Witches Brew by Patricia Telesco Kindling the Celtic Spirit by Mara Freeman
Creative Soul Suggestion: You have a choice; to be truly alive in each and every second or to die a bit with each breath. You choose.
Summer Solstice (June 21) marks the peak of the solar cycle. In the midst of the longest day of the year we begin our return to the dark half of the year. The Earth is fertile, and the womb of Mother Earth grows ripe with Life. Honor and celebrate the many ways you manifest creativity in your life. How will you feed your creative fire?
This year creative fires are fueling my paintings, inspired by my highly personal, explosive, joyous and sometimes painful journeys into the intimate emotions within my own heart and shadow side.
Journaling connects me with the Moon as I track her lunar cycles in tune with the Zodiac and in concert with my Divine Feminine Moon Musing students as we share our experiences online creating a community of wise woman healers.
My soon to be released Soul Guided Package is ripe with beauty, joy, integrity and honour as I figure out the most effective way to inspire and empower your own creative soul's journey.
What sparks are flying within your own creative soul? What are you manifesting and how are you nurturing, sustaining and protecting lives through your life's work and your activism? Where is passionate energy focused in your life? How are you a "Mother/Maker/Creatirix"?