Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting...
--from To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time --by Rober Herrick
Summer Solstice... The longest day of the year, the real beginning of summer. It is the time of the Wiccan & Pagan celebration of Midsummer, also known as Litha. This is also a fire festival day, and bonfires are lit.
Midsummer as a celebration is a bit of a paradox. In December, at the Winter Solstice, The Sun King gains strengh, warmth & power. Now at Midsummer, The Sun King begins his decline. Then we begin a slow farewell to summer, as the the days now shorten toward Midwinter again. And yet He, The Sun, shines now, so strong, with beauty & the richness of life. And so we celebrate.
The Summer Solstice invites us to live in this moment--the very now, to celebrate the loveliness of summer while it lasts, to revel in the joy of the Divine. To delight in the gifts of this season--flowers, fresh fruits & vegetables, walk barefoot in the grass in the sunshine, gather roses, sing the sun a song...
Happy Summer! May we be blessed with the joy & grace of life's vitality and this season's bounty!