The solstice weekend was quite busy for me despite a few snafus. I was a bit low energy early on but still managed to make my good friends’ solstice party. It was an evening of great food, greater people, and ginger beer.. one really can’t ask for more than that. I had a wonderful time. My girls and I had planned to spend the next day on Shackleford, but as it was, it just didn’t quite work out as planned. My fellow hedger and I did still make it out though, each of us having our own things we needed to do.
In absence of the planned ritual, I did light a candle for the summer and spoke a little something. We found a nice driftwood stang on the beach to hold the simple rite. I did my release of shadow and we spent the day playing in the ocean, collecting shells, and picnicking.. Kayla even found a little bone in the horses’ watering pond and I found a little sand dollar. We saw one of the foals.. truly not a bad way to spend a solstice celebration. We left early in the afternoon to head for the graveyard, she had something to do and I was going to pass the time at my grave.. I left a found feather for the little girl. It was there in the graveyard that Kayla found another bone. I got again the heron, maybe a bit of shadow has decided to linger.. or maybe it’s not mine that’s lingering.
King of Vessels – Heron
Six of bows – Abundance
In the heart of a forest clearing is a six-spoked, star-shaped log fire, formed from trimmed but unfletched bow staves. It radiates light and heat and forms the pattern of the seasons. The fire is surrounded with representations of all manner of natural forest riches from the summer season.
A time to reap the benefits of summer abundance and to accept the rewards and blessings that are a result of endurance. By patiently attending what you have sown, the blessings of the new growth will be bountiful and rich.
The Wheel turns and the time to enjoy the fruits and rewards of the summer season has arrived. Patience acknowledges the plentiful bounty which delivers the gifts and rewards for your efforts. Now is the time to allow this generous feeling of well-being to flow freely through and around you, and to enjoy the pleasures and sustenance those healing and revitalizing gifts can offer. Sometimes, after a period of stress and hard struggle, the process of healthy relaxation is vital to re-arm and re-energize the spirit in preparation for the challenges of the coming winter.