Summer Solstice 2021

Celebrate Summer Fully unfurled, the green growing world is in motion now that the long days of summer are here. Traditionally celebrated with bonfires and outdoor festivities, the summer solstice, or Midsummer, as it is known in northern Europe, is an ancient holiday honoring the power of the sun. In the United States, bonfires are […]

Summer Solstice 2020

Welcome Summer’s Fire the Fuel for Justice Welcome June solstice! As the sun roars into the northern hemisphere drenching us in rose-perfumed, sea-side beckoning light, we the people, caught in an extraordinary moment of human history, roar back. The pent-up frustration dammed by a pall of contagion that has compelled social distancing and stay-at-home orders […]

Summer 2019

Peonies, roses, and a full June moon trill the senses with triple delight. The sun has pushed us to its boundary in the northern hemisphere. Summer solstice has come. There is a bird outside my window that warns me of the sun’s advent around 3 AM every morning—way too much of an early bird for […]

Summer Solstice 2018

Reflections Seductively bright, the summer solstice is upon us. While joyous dances and bonfires into which herbs with magical properties are thrown mark June 21, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, beneath the blazing sun on the Texas/Mexico border, children are being separated from their parents in a drama that lacerates […]

Summer Solstice 2017

Musings from a Beach House Halloo to summer! Wild roses and daisies festoon sandy paths that meander near the ocean’s edge and carry me down from my cottage to the beach. I want to explode in joy as I play tag with the incoming tide and watch tiny translucent beach hoppers jump about the sand […]

Summer Solstice 2016

Get ready to celebrate! In 2016, the summer solstice falls on June 20th, which is also the date of the full June moon, traditionally called the Mead Moon in northern Europe. Since mead is an intoxicating beverage made from honey and June is the traditional month for weddings, the two ideas were wedded into the […]

Summer Solstice 2014

At summer solstice, the earth is fully alive in a riot of abundant growth as the sun’s fires peak. At the solstices, both summer and winter, the sun seems to stand still for several days rising and setting at about the same place in the sky.  In his book, To the Summer Solstice, John Matthews […]

Summer Solstice 2013

Summer Solstice blessings to you! Also known as midsummer’s eve, this solstice marks the longest day and thus shortest night of the year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the Sun, our source of light. It is a time of passion, bounty and life. Let the ideas below inspire your […]