The Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer, or Litha; happens around June 21st When the sun enters Cancer. It is the day that the sun has reached its maximum power and is the longest day of the year. The sun has worked the entirety of Winter and spring to reach its full potential. On this day it will shine powerful and as long as it can before setting into its decline of power. It is as if the sun accepts its own decline but is still proud, as if that very moment is all that matters.
Summer is generally a time for celebration and fun. This Sabbat is no exception. It is a time to celebrate and remember and honor the sun. In the old religion bonfires were built, brooms were set ablaze and were taken about the crops so the smoke and ash would promote good growth and draw out sickness and disease. The broom handles were saved to be stuck in the earth by the gardens to ward off evil spirits.
The sun represents fire, passion, warmth, and masculinity. It is the source of all life, for without it we would simply not exist. We should remember it as the provider, the light, and the god, and we should honor it on the Solstice just as we do the moon when she is full. Take the time on this day to watch either the sunrise or the sunset. Think about what the sun means to you. What does it do for you, how does it make you feel? Take the time to give thanks for what the sun does for you and the rest of the world. Meditate on what you could do to give back or contribute to the energy of the sun.
As always, have a blessed Sabbat,
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Open your heart and let her in, she is one with the earth, the Goddess within.
He can quiet your mind and ease your pain, His light is so bright you will never be the same.
She will only come to you when you seek her truth, Otherwise she will wait until you have used all your youth.
He will work in your heart and heal all your pain, show you how it feels to be happy again.
Her magic is potent, her power is love; So when you are ready call her down from above.
Simply ask him one question and answer you he will, his light will consume you with the power to heal.
And when her power has left you listen for her voice, she will tell you secrets and what you do with them is your choice.
But sit no more and ponder the past, for the Lord and Lady have healed you and you are free at last!
Love and lunar light,
Image courtesy of Salena Rogers
There is something absolutely amazing about spiritual enlightenment. When you find it you get a sense of all-encompassing peace, fulfillment, and true love. Nothing in this world can compare to the feeling you get when you truly know divine light, its like you get a jolt of electricity that awakens your entire being and makes you wonder what you have been doing the rest of your life to not have known this truth. Its powerful enough to move mountains, to determine futures, and will change your life forever. As long as you hold onto it, spiritual enlightenment can be the driving force in everything you do, and nothing is impossible.
The divine lies inside of us all. It is the spark that gives us life and meaning. The part of us so deep inside that takes work to awaken, that you have to prove yourself to know. It is so visible and it is so tangible, and once you find it you will have everything that you need. But you can lose it, you can get so wrapped up in the chaos of the mundane life that the goddess/god within will slip away and nestle back into the depths of your soul.
Unlocking the inner self, the self that is suppressed by the mundane need to be liked, loved, and understood by those around us is the key to knowing spiritual enlightenment. What is more important, being the person that everyone else wants you to be, or being the person that you want to be? Knowing who you are and being who you are, are two of the most important lessons a person can ever learn on a spiritual path.
Its time for us all to say goodbye to that needy mundane person that rules our lives and be the person that lies within. Connect to that inner divine spark and be true to yourself. Dont learn this lesson the hard way. Winter is around the corner, the harvest is almost done and the earth will soon come to a calm restful period. Take this time to meditate and get in touch with who you are. Make changes where they are needed, and remember that no others love can be as powerful as your own.
“The Goddess Within”
She fills my soul with love and light,
I keep her name locked inside me ever so tight.
She is what I reach for when the day goes bad,
Because I know that she is all I have ever really had.
I give her thanks when the day goes well,
The smile on my face is a sign of her spell.
I always want to feel that her presence is near,
The strength that she gives me erases all of my fear.
I’ll make sure to live everyday with the warmth of her glow,
I will strive to be like her and everyone will know.
It is important that I remember that we are the same,
The Goddess within me, LOVE is her name.
love and prosperity to you all,