Yesterday Greg and I attended a Summer Solstice ritual and feast with some pagan friends of ours. It was so nice to see them again, after taking a sabbatical from the pagan community. I love my witchy friends!
Summer Solstice is a celebration of the beginning of summer. It is one of the eight sabbats (holidays) of the pagan calendar, which form the wheel of the year. At the beginning of summer, the days start getting shorter, marking the transcending into the darker part of the wheel of the year. It’s a time to be thankful to the gods for the beauty of the flowers and our gardens, and the babies of the wildlife.
For me, it is a time to be reflective about the good things in life. We are at the high point of the year. The sun is bright, the days are hot, the evenings are warm, and the summer festivies are numerous. It’s a time for me to be thankful for everything good in my life, to be thankful for the friends that I have and for time spent with them, and it’s time to be thankful for the gifts I’ve received in this life.
So, to continue my summer solstice celebration:
I am thankful for my beautiful daughters. I love you both and think of you daily. I am thankful for the passion and love you have brought into my life.
I am thankful for my husband Greg. I love you more than I have ever loved anyone. You bring out the very best in me. You have made me step out of my shell and try things I never would. You instill a confidence in me I have never know.
I am thankful for my friends. I am sorry I don’t spend more time with you, or stay in touch as much as I should. I will work very hard to change that, and try to be the friend to each of you that you have been to me.
I am thankful to the gods for my home, for my job which provides my livelihood, for the gifts you have given me, the space and knowledge to grow some of our own food, and for the wonderful life you have bestowed upon me.
As the days begin to grow shorter, I will be reminded of these things, and take comfort in all these blessings when the short days and long nights of winter approach.