Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. The day where light can truly say that it has won over the darkness, as this is the day where there will be more light than any other day this year.
This has to be one of my favorite holidays of the Wheel of the Year. It’s not because it is the first day of summer. I am not a person who spends all year waiting for summer to come so that they can go to the beach and soak up the rays. No, I love this day because it is the last day that the light rules over the darkness. I am celebrating the darkness to come. I am truly a fall and winter person, reveling in the dark side of the seasonal cycle. Does that make me a dark witch? I don’t think so, but I also think that you can’t have darkness without light, and vice versa. But I digress…
Solstice is also a time where nature is showing off everything that it has accomplished since Beltane on May 1st. Beltane celebrated the fertility of the land, and now at the Solstice that fertility has paid off with lush green all around us, and the beginnings of the fruits of the year. Baby animals are everywhere around us if we know where to look. I imagine that our ancestors felt that they were making a good start toward being able to survive that coming darkness if they could see the fruits of the fertile ground by this time. But the ultimate outward expressions of nature will come later, during Lughnasadh on August 1st. That will be the middle of Leo season, the season of outward expression.
Summer Solstice is a perfect time to plan intentions related to creativity and things that you want to show off during the season of outward expression that is approaching. It is a time to meditate on the expressions of nature that are all around us during this time. It is a time to reflect on the cycle of light and darkness and how the abundance of light is connected to the expressions of nature. And because the axiom goes “As above, so below; as within, so without,” it is a time to reflect on that cycle within ourselves and how abundance of light shows up in our lives.
Take a moment and let me know how you celebrated the Solstice this year. I am doing a candle ritual myself – I will likely post pictures in another blog post. But I did change out my alter cloth to the one I use during the lighter part of the year that is full of oranges and yellows and has a sun on it.
Happy Solstice to everyone.