Originally written on Saturday 21st June…
What a glorious day today’s Midsummer was!
We actually had sunshine, a gorgeous sunrise (or so I’m told as I was asleep at the time) and warmness throughout the day.
There was only a few of us tonight, but our thoughts went to those who couldn’t make it.
Swithland wood was our designated ceremonial area, seeming that the Hearth Grove wasn’t available. We had Léithin Cluan join us which was very exciting! We even thrust our new member, Greenfingers, into the deep end and had him call one of the quarters on his first ever ritual. Because we’re that mean!
He did splendidly by the way.
Luch Dorca was MC for this occasion and began with a speech from the character of Puck, from William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ He then went into the themes of light and darkness, of how one leads into the other. That on this the longest day, we can share some of that light with the world around us.
He then guided us through a magical practice where we drew in the light of the sun into our hearts and poured some of it into a shiny coin. The idea is to spread some light into the world by passing on the coins to people when we encounter them. This could be specific or not, I settled with “To anyone who needs it”.
The light we kept for ourselves was drawn into us to help give light to something we wanted help in gaining something for the next year. This could be a goal, a healing, I immediately said “For my new life.”
After that we reflected on what the Solstice at midsummer meant for us: the Sun’s strength, the imagery of the Green Man and the fact it could possibly be the modern resurgence of something our ancestors knew only too well.
Back at the car park, we settled down for a picnic and a good old natter…. whilst in the back ground, towards the end, we heard the screaming of children- weird indeed!