Summer solstice: the season of light

… and heat …

There seems to be a lot more subtlety about winter solstice. There is the darkness through which we must search for meaning. There is the hoping and looking forward to the returning of the light.

But with the summer solstice it seems like everything is just out there: open and on display. And yet this is another turning point in the year. This is the day of the maximum extension of the light and from here on in the days grow shorter, the angle of the light more acute, and even though we can’t feel it from here, the cooler days of fall and winter are ahead.

We would never mistake the celebrations of summer for those of winter. There is such coziness in the coming together that happens over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cozy is not a word that fits the celebrations of summer like the Fourth of July, and Memorial day.

These celebrations are about going out into the world and having adventures. Get together’s are outside. There is noise. There is a lot of running around.

When we think of the winter celebration we think of meaning. This is not to say that memorial day is meaningless, but the main thrust of the holiday is getting out side. Children behave as though they are released from prison.

The energy of the season is essentially an extravagant explosion of growth and color: Of abundance and extravagant becoming. Energy that has been sequestered through the winter is finally able to express itself by Brantley. The interesting thing about the solstice and summer Is that it does not seem to express an ending. It seems to be only the beginning of ever increasing life.

Summer is about now. The summer solstice is about now. Pretty much all of the celebrations of summer are about now. About being in the now, being present. Being like the grasshopper in the Aesop’s fables fiddling and eating while the ants gather food for the winter ahead. Thank goodness there are farmers!

For a while that is. Until autumn.

And that’s OK. Like this cycles and one of them should be full of joy and energy before returning again to the quiet and contemplation. Happy solstice!

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