Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Blessed Midsummer!

Gotta love Google! This pops up under "Summer Solstice." Fitting, don't you think?
I am well into my Do the Stuff Challenge, and today is one of the milestones of that challenge. It is the day of Midsummer, the Summer Solstice, Litha, and a host of other names both known and forgotten. Blessings to all of you Rioters!

Unfortunately, I had to work today. I wasn't able to spend all day being witchy and worshipating, but I was able to do a few things that, for me, celebrated the spirit of this day.

I woke early, or, at least, early for someone who did not work until the afternoon. I greeted the sun with some nice stretching in the back yard and then went inside to prepare breakfast. I had a simple, but healthy breakfast of hard boiled eggs, multi-grain toast with butter and organic blackberry preserves, and a delicious golden pear. Nutritious. Delicious. And I saluted the Sun God at the height of his glory with a simple blessing.

Then, I strapped on my outdoor running shoes, made sure the animals were fed, and headed out to the forest preserve. I hiked up to the top of a hill, surveyed the gorgeous flora of a landscape that has been rich with rain this season, and took in the verdant landscape. I did a bit more stretching and offered up my physical activity as offering to the universe. The universe giving me life and I expending energy to maintain it.

3 miles and several mud puddles later, I had managed to make it through the preserve with a time I wasn't ashamed of, though I was covered in mud from the knees down. I lifted my hands, feeling the warmth of the high sun and soaked in the energy of the day as my feet expended the feeling of being tired.

Lunch was the same as breakfast, simple and nutritious. Soup made with spring vegetables, spices, and chicken as well as a homemade roll. I prepared a healthy, organic dinner to take to work, and then went off to chase a paycheck.

While today isn't a completely witchy day, I did offer up what I felt was the right spirit for the day. I enjoyed the fact that it is summer, that the day is long and hot and sunny, and that I can be outdoors. I celebrated that I am in the prime of my life and able to stretch my limbs and go for a run whenever the weather permits. I celebrated the turning of the wheel, and I dedicated my effort as offering to the Gods of My Understanding.

Simple as a hard-boiled egg, but as complex - to me - as the spinning universe.

Tomorrow I am off work. I plan on spending the day painting, cleaning my house, and generally doing the witchy-minded things I could not get done today for lack of time. Also, (SQUEE) I have the esteemed honor of interviewing one of my favorite people on my continuous quest to learn more about the religions of others.

So, happy and blessed Summer Solstice, Rioters! I hope you are able/were able to celebrate in a meaningful, personal way. After all, that's all the Gods require is your simple, heartfelt effort.

Which, I believe, is the best lesson I'm learning from this Do the Stuff Challenge I've undertaken.

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

7 comments:

  1. That is a wonderful picture. A blessed Summer Solstice to you as well. May your days be filled with love and laughter that warms the heart.

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  2. I watered plants and pruned the rose bush out front. Then I picked flowers from my new yard to leave a faery offering. It was so weird. I actually looked over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching me pick the flowers before I realized: hey wait, these are my flowers. I can pick'em if I want. lol!

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  3. That is a beautiful picture! I may need to change my desktop wall paper to that.

    Unfortunately, I've been stuck indoors all day due to work. I did make it a point to get out for a 15 minute walk during one of my breaks. I also selected a different necklace to wear today, one that symbolizes balance to me and is a very "witchy" item in my perspective.

    May tomorrow be fruitful for you!

    PS That breakfast sounds scrumptious. I'm now craving blackberry preserves.

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  4. I enjoyed a big plate of fruit for breakfast and then worked on getting my bedroom organized to make space for a new altar. Later that night, there was a beautiful rainstorm and my part of Texas received some much needed rain!! My boyfriend and I did a bit of celebrating, and it was truly a magical evening:)

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  5. I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

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  6. I'm not a morning person, but for the solstice I got up for sunrise. The bird song was lovely to hear while the sun was rising. Then I did a few mundane things, DMV, grocery shopping, doctor's appt. In the evening, we went swimming, built a fire, and had smores as the sunset. Lovely day, even with the DMV in the mix.

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  7. I took part in a drum circle at a local nature park (I know absolutely nothing about drumming, have never had a lesson--I just like drums). I didn't do a personal ritual, but my mom and I went for a walk at sunset, and although she's a fairly fast walker, she learned that she should bring her speed up a bit--heehee!

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