Summer Solstice 2015

SHE Roars with Laughter

    “You are REVOLTING!”

    “Why aren’t you?”

The AMAZONS Take a Turn.

In the full light of Summer Solstice, womyn gather. The Amazons, Las Madres, The Raging Grannies, The Suffragists, Pussy Riot, The Grandmother Council, the Valkyries, CodePink, and a thousand small groups of committed change-makers: organize, protest, sing songs, stand firm, show up, ride out speak truth to power.

Once Amaterasu, Japanese Sun Goddess, fed up with this mad world, shut herself in a cave. All beings missed her. So Uzume, goddess of meriment, began a wild burlesque, stripping off clothes, shouting bawdy jokes. Amaterasu peeked out. Uzume held up a mirror. The Sun Goddess, bedazzled stepped out toward her own reflection, and all the world lit up.

Laughter is powerful to our sisterhood. Laughter undermines arrogance, poisons fear, suspends grief, relieves worry. When we laugh, our next in-breath contains more hope.

Let laughter call you from your cave. Join activists you admire.

Leap more, dance more–Smile more, laugh more

Gravity is a habit that is hard to break.

~Carolyn Myers, Mother Tongue Ink 2014

summer solstice

Summer Sun and Solstice Fun

Today, with summer solstice, people everywhere are celebrating light. On this day, light completely overtakes the darkness in the sky, making it just that little bit easier to shed some of the darkness from our physical lives as well.

Wild Chive Flower
The longest day of the year is always anticipated, particularly for those in the Northern Hemisphere and with it, summer has officially started. In my little valley, it seems as though Father Sun got the message as he pushed away the consuming rain filled clouds that have dominated the sky for the last week. Enjoying his last day in Gemini, he takes his rightful place in center stage, we couldn’t be more delighted.

Mica Dip

Traditionally the sun associated with the divine masculine. It represents heat, of course, but also power, initiative, light, fire, drive, and passions. Where women shift with the moon through a 28 day cycle, men cycle with the sun, in it’s 24 hour cycle. They go through their motivation, reflection, passion, exhaustion, excitement, and moodiness each and every day. Like the sun, this cycle can be looked upon as strong and fiery. Today, in particular is a power day for men with their master, the sun, casting its light on us for 18 hours in central British Columbia.

Tree Worship

Along with this is the second super moon of three just around the corner, so women are also shifting into a time of power and introspection. Timed with the arrival of summer, we can collectively appreciate the benefits of these astrological gifts. 

Today is a great day to honour the sun and earth alike. The easiest way to do this is a series of sun salutations before the sun goes down. Don’t have time to do yoga before sunset? Then try moon salutations at that point!

Do tree pose for a tree, dip your feet in a creek, go swimming. Commune with your friends and family, taking in the bounty of the season.
Essentially, go outside because we’ve waited months for this day and really, we’ve earned it!