Summer Solstice, Honoring the Fire Lord

The Summer Solstice is a combination of joyous celebration and the realization that the wheel has reached a pinnacle and is now turning toward the dark again. It’s a time to gather loved ones close and to celebrate community. If covens have hived off during the year, the Summer Solstice is the time for them all to gather with the original coven.
Participating in a large celebration is one of the joys of the Summer Solstice. Whether its a group of covens reconnecting, a family reunion, or a neighborhood block party, the spirit of the community is paramount. Sharing food, experiences, and games contributes to bonds. Making a tub of potato salad or batch of brownies enhances the festivity of solstice.
And yet, a few quiet moments in a darkened room with a lit candle, honoring the fact that after today, the wheel has turned and the light will fractionally shorten everyday, will give you a sense of peace. It is a time for inner connection as well, because the inner and outer communities are interwoven. That can be represented with the brightly colored woven placemats so popular during this season! by Cerridwen Iris Shea, Llewellyn Worldwide

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