I’m going to reflect on the Solstice briefly tonight, so that I can get back to honoring the earth and her keepers.
What does Litha mean to me?
Balance – Days and nights, swapping their time with each other between winter and summer. Warm and cold, light and dark. They return full circle.
Connection – As I linger outside, surrounded by green, I feel fully connected to the earth. I see the messengers in the birds, the animals, even the insects. We’ve emerged from our winter and spring shedding layers and breathing in the sun.
Heart – The pulse of the sun strengthens, echoing through my blood. The core of the earth, its people, all of its living beings are affected by the shift in the energy.
Energy – The pull of the moon and the planets draw us together.
I am grateful for the blessings I have, and the ease that the earth provides us during this time of year. Survival is not as much of a struggle in the summer as we will not freeze to death, and the harvest will be on the heels of the solstice. Yet in all things there is balance, and even as we celebrate the light and warmth, the earth reminds us that soon we will be preparing for the opposite. Both cycles have something to teach us, and our transitions are easier when we’re plugged in. We know the subtle changes the earth makes in preparation. We learn to listen in our bones and our blood, feeling the minute adjustments. Be prepared, and learn the earth’s changes. When you do, the seasonal transitions will not be so abrupt.
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