Summer Solstice kind of sneaked up on me this year—I can hardly believe it is tomorrow! This year the Solstice falls on different dates, though, depending on your timezone, so for some of you it will be on the 21st.
It is definitely starting to feel like summer here. The high today is supposed to be near 100. At the Grower’s Market this weekend cherries and blueberries were available, as well as lots of lettuces and greens, and a few early cucumbers. My absolute favorite part of summer is enjoying the succession of fresh, local fruits and vegetables. The tomato plants I am growing are full of flowers and green tomatoes. They’ll enjoy this heat we’re having, even if I don’t!
At this peak of the sun’s energy, we celebrate creativity and the fruit it bears. We celebrate the creative, fertile power of the earth that feeds us, and our own creative energy that brings joy to ourselves and others.
As the sun grows stronger, my thoughts have also been turning to questions about power—how we access it, how we use it, how we fail to claim it, or give it away to others. I am writing here of our own personal power, the power to direct and make choices in our own lives, not “power-over,” i.e. trying to control others, that is the more common association with power in our culture.
This spread for the Summer Solstice looks at these themes of creativity and power, helping us to call on the energy of the sun, even as it begins to wane again, to help us access our own inner power and to light our creative fires.
Question: What do I need to know during this next turn of the wheel? (From Summer Solstice until Lammas)
- Overall Theme
- Key Opportunity
- Key Challenge
- What will fuel my creative fire during this time?
- In what area of my life do I most need to claim my own power?
- What action(s) can I take to stand firm in my own power and live according to my own values?
I’d love to hear how your reading goes. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the spread.
May you have a blessed Summer Solstice and a blessed summer season!