Midsummer Magic: The Thin Golden Veil
June brings us a Full Moon on the 2nd; a New Moon on the 16th; and the Summer Solstice on the 21st. We have the opportunities to release that which is no longer needed, then plant the new which we desire, and celebrate the golden passage to summer! I love this month as I always think of smiles, ice cream (vegan of course), coconuts, warm balmy evenings strolls, sand between my toes, candles, and of course~ magic. Golden flecks of sparkling dust coat my vision as I dance in this month. A Midsummer's Night's Dream is read, watched, or witnessed in a theatre. The veil between the worlds sparkles with the gold dust as it shimmers, inviting those with 'eyes to see' to touch it's thin veil. Let's talk Midsummer Magic.
The summer solstice was an event of tremendous importance to the early inhabitants of the British Isles and Ireland. These people built a number of magnificent megaliths aligned to the sunrise on this day, including the 5,000 year old temple, Stonehenge.
Callanish is a great stone temple dedicated to the Summer Solstice. This mysterious ancient temple sits on the island of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. Four rows of stone, which lead into the circle from each of the four directions (East, South, West, North), forms a Celtic cross in the landscape while the stones create an astronomical observatory aligned to the solstice sunrises and sunsets, and the equinoxes.
Due to Callanish being placed so far north, the sun actually never sets on a midsummer evening. Similar is the enigmatic stone circle, the Ring of Brodgar, on Orkney, aligned to the midsummer sunrise. This beautiful structure was known for centuries by local people as the Temple of the Sun.
Celebrate the sun's peak by feasting, dancing, and enjoying nature. Craft a bouquet of wild clover or rose, tying it with yellow ribbon symbolizing the sun.
You can listen below for a Summer Solstice meditation.
Enjoying Midsummer Magic!
1. Craft a herbal bouquet of roses, elderflower, wild hops, clover, and meadowsweet to give to a friend, loved one, place them on your altar, or hang above your door. Do not allow them to touch iron. Tie with a blue ribbon for love or white for strength.
2. Host a bonfire celebration-be safe! Sing, dance, laugh!
3. Share a pic-nique with a loved one. Toast with basil wine or meadowsweet tea.
4. Enjoy a delightful nature hike.
5. Leave honey, whisky, or mead out for the fairies and elementals. Perhaps all three, plus a cookie!
6. Dance outside with friends.
8. Honor the Light by hiking to the top of a mountain (or hill) at sunrise.
I'm sure you can find many delightful ways to enjoy this wonderful, magical time! Happy Summer Solstice!
Dreams help with healing, manifesting, making choices-and overall, bringing magic into our lives. Welcome the New Moon arriving June 16, by setting new goals and intentions to blossom by the full moon. Write these down in a journal. Especially paying attention to your dreams during the new moon, the night before, during and the night after. These dreams will show you what you are bringing into your life by way of your choices you are making. They will reveal the goals, desires, and choice of path you are planting, which will then begin to manifest during this moon cycle and culminate on the full moon. As the moon waxes, journal the messages your dreams give you. They will be showing you how your goals are progressing, or if you need to shift something in order to help the outcome of seeds you planted during the new moon. You may have more profound dreams around the Summer Solstice. So, be ready to experience the magic taking root during this new moon cycle- and enjoy!
Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles
These yummy, refreshing pops are just the thirst quenching goodies one needs on a hot summer's day! Not only are these delicious pops good for you, they are health to boot! This is a fantastic way to reward yourself after a hard workout or run as these are antioxidant pops. Watermelon is rich in lycopene (this protects skin from UV damage).
2 Cups chopped strawberries
1 Cup cubed watermelon
1 Tbsp honey (raw, wildflower-whatever you like. Don't forget to thank the bees by planting more organic bee friendly flowers!)
1/4 Cup lime juice
Note: All ingredients organic, especially the strawberries!
1. Blend in a blender until smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds. You can use ice cube trays and popsicle sticks. Rocket ship molds also work. ;)
3. Set in freezer for 3 hours.
3. Ahhhh! Enjoy!
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