Skip to main content

Summer Solstice Part 1

Summer Solstice is also known as the first day of summer, Midsummer and Litha.

Traditionally people celebrated renewal, life, the potential for a good harvest, inner and outer abundance, ascension, and the full return of the light of the sun on the summer solstice.


It is also the day to commune with the faerie folk as the veil between our worlds are thinner at this time. 

It is a solar festival & a fire festival, it is a time of great joy but also a bit of sadness as we know the days will be getting shorter after this day as the night slowly comes back into power.

There are many gods and goddesses associated with this day one of these is my goddess Aphrodite in her most sexy phase. I am not as inclined as I once was to celebrate this day in her honour the way it was meant to be honoured but I can and will express a wish to her for the continued health of my sexual apparatus.

Preparing my altar for the ceremony is my first step. One of the first things I change is the symbols on it to reflect this day. I am thinking I'll change the altar cloth as well but more of this later.

This year I will be adding a bee, a butterfly, a hawk and a horse as the animal spirits I wish to manifest in the next 3 months. There are several others but these four are the ones I want.

The current flowers will be replaced with roses for Aphrodite and I think rosehip tea for the drink. 

The last piece I plan to add is a sun disk, it is a solar festival after all. 

The craft for today will be creating the sun disk using clay. You will find the directions I am going to use here


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

National Make a Friend Day

I am not very good at making friends or keeping them it seems. I do not go outside much, in fact I hardly leave my home unless it is family related. That makes it hard especially since friends expect you to come to them at least once in a while and I find I can't.

If it were simply a matter of laziness it would be understandable but it isn't. Some days I can't even open the door to let in some fresh air. I do not know where the fear comes from I just know that that is what I feel when I think about going outside most of the time.

Agoraphobia: Triggers for this anxiety may include wide-open spaces, crowds (social anxiety), or traveling (even short distances). Agoraphobia is often, but not always, compounded by a fear of social embarrassment, as the agoraphobic fears the onset of a panic attack and appearing distraught in public.
Causes: Genetic and environmental factors Symptoms: Anxiety in situations perceived to be unsafe, panic attacks Treatment: Cognitive behavioral ther…

Hello March

May the sun be with us! Except with the quiet coming of March be on the lookout for at least one more big storm before the end of the month. I love the sun but I always hope March comes in like a lion so that it will go out like a lamb. I can deal with cold and snow early in the month but I always wish for the beauty of sun and green buds on the trees at the end of it.

So where did the phrase 'In like a lamb, out like a lion' come from?

There are several ideas:

While many sayings are base on observation and are accurate, others are the rhymes and beliefs of those who came before us.
Those folks actually believed that bad spirits could change the weather adversely, so they were cautious as to what they did or didn't do in certain situations.  Those beliefs also included ideas that there could be a balance in weather and in life. So if the weather came in bad, (like a lion) it could go out good and calm. (like a lamb)
Since March is such a changeable month in which we can see…

Women's Heart Health

February 1st - 7th is Women's Heart Health Awareness Week and I felt it would be remiss of me not to include some conversation about it here given that the professor suffered a heart attack a bit over two years ago and that I am a prime candidate.

Let us start with why I am a prime candidate - Obviously being 100 pounds overweight puts me in the high-risk area immediately. Add in High Chloresterol, physical inactivity, diabetes, post-menopausal and over 55. Since only two of those are needed to put me in the at-risk category that I have six means that I am very high risk. The only way it could be worse is if I still smoked or drank and still lived a high-stress life. Thank goodness for small miracles.

Not sure where you stand? check out this checklist. This checklist and the other pdf's linked here are from the Women's Heart Foundation

Do you know what the prescription is to lower the risk factors? It's simple join the 10,000 steps a day club. That's it! walk 10 th…