June 19, 2013

Summer Solstice 2013


As I write this post, it is the evening of June 19th.  In this part of the US, the Summer Solstice will take place at 11:04 PM on the 20th, Thursday night.  This is a great time to honor with gratitude and appreciation our Father Sun and our Mother Earth.  We would not be here for our experiences in the physical if not for them.  The Earth Mother provides the raw materials for our bodies, and also provides our sustenance in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink.  Father Sun provides the energy that keeps this whole realm alive.

In the Peruvian traditions, we are talking about Inti Tayta and Pachamama.  In the Southern Hemisphere, they will be honoring their Winter Solstice. This is the shortest day of the year for them during which the return of the Sun from its farthest point away from the land will be celebrated.  It is the time to start planning for the next fertility cycle with the crops and the domestic animals.   In Cusco, it is party time with days of parades and evenings of rock concerts and fireworks.  

For us, we will be celebrating the longest day of the year.  If you have the opportunity, it is a nice time to do some sort of celebration, too.  I will be having a fairly large group of people here at my house for a fire ceremony.  Most of them are new to this type of ceremony and some are new spiritual seekers as well.  Part of the ceremony will involve everyone expanding their core essence and filling our sacred space with their higher dimensional energy.  Sharing sacred space around a sacred fire with the almost full moon overhead will be delightful.  

I send my blessings to all of you for a very wonderful Summer Solstice filled with the light of Father Sun and within the deep embrace of Mother Earth.

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