This Saturday, June 21, is Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and while some say it's the first day of summer, it actually marks the peak of light, the peak of the element of fire in our Wheel of the Year. In the old days, and among some groups nowadays, Midsummer is celebrated as a fire festival, honoring the Sun as it passes its highest point and begins to gradually decline into dark, marking the waning of the light.
So this is a turning point. All of the seeds we have sown for ourselves are reaching maturity and coming close to harvest time, when we can see and reap the fruits of our labor. It's a still point, before the pendulum swings the other way toward darkness, when we begin to turn inward and reflect on this past period of growth.
And as for this fire? Fire is the most easily seen and immediately felt element of transformation. It can burn, consume, shed light, or purify. In order to transform though, there has to be a container, and that is why we have our spiritual practice. To hold space for ourselves in love and trust.
I have been deeply listening to my soul, allowing myself to feel grounded, settled, and supported. More and more, I'm letting myself say "no" to things that don't resonate in order to allow space for things that call to my spirit. Things that I know I'm meant to do. I'm following the wisdom of my heart, my guides, my allies. Old wounds have begun to heal, and I'm going back to pick up pieces of my soul that had been cut off and left behind. This Summer Solstice I'm reflecting on the teachers I've had this past year, lessons I've learned (mostly the hard way), and how much I've grown to trust my Self.
What this means for Wild Grace? You can expect to see a lot more work in this space with plant medicine, moon magic, animal spirits, weaving words, and dancing with shadows. Sharing more of my spiritual practice and my deep soul with you.
And as for you...What is being transformed in you by this elemental fire that we've been in, that's been burning, transforming, and purifying? What has this fire felt like for you? And as this light is waning, what is waning in your life? What is ready to be lovingly and graciously released?