The Wheel keeps turning,
and now everything is at its peak. The Lord and Lady are at their personal
peaks. This is the day of longest daylight (and shortest shadows).
The triumphant sun shines high overhead. Dusk seems never-ending.
Although there is not yet a harvest, the seeds are growing. Summer solstice
is a good time to commune with the fairies and sprites. Long outdoor rituals
could be comfortably performed, since summer has arrived.
Yet, there is a certain melancholy because, from this day forth, the days
will get shorter. The summer solstice, in our life cycle, represents the
time of maturity, adulthood, and full growth and power. This could be a time
when we survey whether we have strived to reach our full potential; what
further work we have to do; whether we are "stuck" as a result of some
residue from our childhood that is keeping us from reaching full maturity.
Some of us have encountered great trauma in childhood-abuse; severe parental
neglect or rejection. We can't just repress these things. But other persons
might let themselves be snagged up by a much lesser grievance, real or
imagined. Summer solstice might just be the time to say okay, I'm 40 years
old, my mother has been dead 20 years, I know she liked my brother better
than she liked me, and that's all right because I value myself.
June 24 is the feast of John the Baptist. The holiday was once called
"St. John's Eve."