|Gotta love Google! This pops up under "Summer Solstice." Fitting, don't you think?|
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,