Monday, June 21, 2010

A Rose By Any Other Name...

Tonight is when I celebrate the Summer Solstice, or midsummer. It is also known as Litha in come Craft circles, though I find Midsummer so much more romantic.

Summer Solstice is generally the longest day and shortest night of the year. From here on out, the days get shorter, the nights get get it.

Midsummer/ Litha is the peak of fertility, used to celebrate love, health, purification, and dedication. (thanks to Ann Moura in Green Witchcraft)

For the kids, it’s all about the faeries- we made banana bread which we gave a plateful covered in honey and milk to our favorite little folk. We bless them and thank them for watching over us and the garden. (A little bribe never hurts!) It’s great to see the kids faces when they go outside the next morning and see the plate cleaned off!

For me, well, lets face it- I’m not a big ritual person. I made and canned 17 ½ pints of strawberry-rhubarb jam, infusing it all with love, happiness, and abundance, and now I’m set to sit in peace and quiet reflection about the coming days and months. I will definitely send my gratitude to the Lady and Lord for watching over the kids and I, and the wonderful, blessed life we are able to live.

And on that note, I will leave you with a beautiful poem my dear friend, Lot Valentina Mej√≠as was wonderful enough to include me in on…

A Prayer to the Sun
The sun is high above us
shining down upon the land and sea,
making things grow and bloom.
Great and powerful sun,
we honor you this day
and thank you for your gifts.
You are the light over the crops,
the heat that warms the earth,
the hope that springs eternal,
the bringer of life.
We welcome you,
and we honor you this day,
celebrating your light,
as we begin our journey once more
into the darkness.
So Mote It Be!

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