The Solstice is upon us. The sun has reached its highest point and we feel drawn out into its heat after weeks of warm one day, cold and rainy the next, northwest weather. Nature is finally flourishing and our senses are receiving quite the treat. We gathered once more with friends this quarter turn to celebrate a gorgeous change of season.
With the silks waving in the afternoon breeze, the children just frolicked happily in the yard until a surprise visitor emerged from the shrubbery! Green Man crept out from the bushes to gather the young ones around him. He held their rapt attention as he spoke a beautiful poem and gifted each child with a crown and wand.
"I am the Sun -
And I bear with my might
The earth by day, the earth by night.
I hold her fast, and my gifts I bestow
To everything on her, so that it may grow;
Man and stone, flower and bee
All receive their light from me.
Open thy heart, dear child, to me,
That we together one light may be."
(by Ch Morgenstern from Summer by Wynstones Press)"With these crowns and wands, I knight you all princes and princesses of the Summer. Together we'll hold the sun in our hearts to light the world all year long..."
Wearing their felt coronets the children dipped their decorative copper bubble wands into the bubble jar...
Woosh, swish... bubble magic ensued...
We painted a few faces, jumped on the trampoline, relaxed in the hammock and played in the tepee...
After enjoying a delicious community pot luck dinner we partook of the glorious sun cake (dairy and gluten free!)
Such an extraordinary afternoon with all the wonders of the season received as gifts from the earth.
Before we parted we each took a stone to the fire. Holding it to our hearts, we made a wish and walked around the burning wood three times before tossing the pebble into the flames.
It was a simple but perfect afternoon organized with loving detail by an amazing village of adults for the imaginative, wonder-filled world of our children. Actually, I believe the wonder was enjoyed by all.
Many thanks to our gracious hosts and to all who joined us to make this such a meaningful and memorable festival.