Once again we gathered for a small Summer Solstice celebration with some of our dear Waldorf friends. The day was overcast but still festive and, as always, a gentle and enriching commemoration for this seasonal quarter turn.
Mostly these festivals are about the getting together and, for the children, the play! We adults hold the inner meaning in our hearts and plan a few games and crafty crafts for the kiddos but they just enjoy the fun of it all. So, we set the stage for joy and frolicking and also put out some Fimo oven fire clay. (I know... it looks like cheese. All the kids thought so too.) The children crafted little clay suns (and various other objects) that we later turned into refrigerator magnets for them to take home and display.
Then they were out in the grass, jumping on the trampouline and fishing for shells in the pool with their toes.
While they were distracted, Green Man crept into the yard...
He spoke his now traditional verse:
"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 gifts of the earth, 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..."
The little ones loved their shells and gorgeously warm and sunny stone orbs.
Some wore their crowns and a few sat with we grown-ups to weave some flowers into the ivy wreaths.
Of course there was a fire and a delicious pot luck feast.
And, as the season turned, we embraced the new summer rhythm of long days and warm nights, free time and unscheduled outings.
Welcome all (at least in the northern hemisphere) to afternoons lazing in the shade and enjoying bare feet on the grass. May the goodness and fullness of Summer fill your days.