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Summer Solstice

For many people, the Summer Solstice is the beginning of summer. Those of us on the Goddess path know this is not true of course, Solstice is mid-summer.


Everything is fertile, fecund, ripening, and bursting with vigor. We think of warm nights, bonfires, hands grubby from gardening, and the lovely sound of frogs at a pond. The sweetness of strawberries - and of life!


However, there is more going on at Summer Solstice than we are consciously aware of. The Solstices, like the Spring and Fall Equinoxes are the crossroads on the Wheel of the Year.


At the Equinox, we become tuned into balance in all things, in the Earth and in ourselves. We are aware that we are on the precipice of change during those times and make choices for the next turn of the wheel.


In considering the Summer Solstice, we connect this holy-day with the peak of the light. And so it is.


In focusing on the light of the longest day of the year, we can miss is that we are now *also* turning towards the dark. My beloved teacher, Marie Summerwood would say over and over again that “we are either going towards the dark or going towards the light”. I fought her on this for years (She prevailed, of course.), as I wanted to only look at the progress towards the return of the light.


As I’ve aged, I’ve come to deeply appreciate Marie’s perspective. We are always moving on a continuum, a wheel as it were. At this Solstice we celebrate the peak of the light AND have the awareness that we are again moving towards the dark, just as Earth and Her inhabitants have done since the beginning. This path is echoed in every aspect of our lives; we are always moving, turning along the spiral of life. The celebration of the light at this Solstice makes the prospect of returning to darkness all the more poignant. The wheel will turn, dark to light and back again. Immutable.


Gloria Steinem said, “God may be in the details, but the Goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there is no turning back”


We are moving and flowing along this path, asking the questions, spiraling in immutable truth.


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