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Solstice 2013

When I was a child, Summer Solstice was just a date on the calendar. As I grew older, I’d stare wistfully at the calendar, imagining on that day somewhere, maybe in Europe, people were gathering to celebrate the way they did hundreds of years ago. How they were celebrating, I couldn’t imagine then. Perhaps just joyfully greeting the Sun as it arose to own the sky as long as it could on what was called the longest day of the year.

Now I am privileged to know more about how Solstice was and is still celebrated around the world, as well as writing and hosting my own ritual to honor the Sun. In Wiccan and Neopagan traditions, this time of year is called Litha. Litha is the time of year when the sun is its brightest and fullest. This years Summer Solstice occurs on June 21, 2013 at 1:04 AM  in our part of Florida. Although it won’t feel that way here, the Sun’s light will begin to wane slowly, day by day. We will be coming together not just to celebrate the brightness of the Sun, but all of the bright things in our life. We’re grateful that the Sun continues to protect and warm us no matter the time of year. James Frazer’s “The Golden Bough” offers a 16th century reference that tells us fires were lit on ‘Midsummer’s Day’ in all parts of Europe. A quick internet search on ‘European Midsummer Travel’ will offer you destinations and descriptions on traditional Midsummer celebrations being held this year.

A great way to celebrate the Summer Solstice in Florida is to venture out and discover the landscape around you. Wild grapes will be ready by summer’s end. I’m sure you’ve seen the vines growing regardless if you live in a country or urban setting. Nothing smells like sunshine more than simmering a pot of these grapes in your kitchen and making a quick and easy jelly from them. Most commercial pectin packages available at the grocery store contain easy to follow instructions. I encourage you to give it a try. A jar of homemade jelly from wild grapes is always an eagerly accepted gift.

I wish every one a happy, healthy and safe Summer 2013. Brightest Blessings!

 

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