Yesterday was June 23rd, the first new moon after the arrival of the Solstice of Summer 3 days ago. As always with new moons, it is a time to re-assess and make intentions for the lunar cycle that lies ahead. Many months I remember to do this, some months I forget. The months that I do remember to examine my awareness and identify my intentions are always better months for me. They flow better and so do I.
The night before the Solstice, I woke up in the middle of the night and mostly still asleep, hastily scratched the following words into my journal: “If you are not sure where you are headed with your life, now is a good time to re-evaluate. Into the fires of summer, seasonal shifts offer symbolic and real opportunities. The pagans living (in accordance) with nature have something on us here–they have something on the modern world.”
I haven’t written a post since the last seasonal shift at the equinox, and so much has happened since that time. My site was seriously hacked and down for months. It is finally just recovered. I started a new job doing the kind of work that energized me in the beginning of my career. I moved to a new temporary place nearer to my work. I started teaching yoga at a different gym, and I began taking kickboxing classes.
The weather has changed too. The rains have turned into the winds of summer in Oregon.
I am truly filled with gratitude for breath and life and courage for the multitudes of blessings that surround me each day.
What do you let go into the fires of summer this passing year? What do you open your arms to receive? Find a way to mark this passing of time in some small way that honors you and grows love in this world. It is, after all, the mid time between planting and harvest. In the next seasonal shift, we will be honoring what we harvest. Right now, we bask in the radiance of light still, as we begin our descent into the darkness.
It’s always ironic to me that at the darkest point of our planetary time, we begin moving toward the light, and at the brightest point of our yearly solar journey, we begin to move toward the darkness. I suppose it is this way with all of life.
Some days I just want to run with my arms wide open saying “yes love!!” at the top of my lungs. Yesterday was one of those days. Happy new moon . Happy Solstice. May you find and see the blessings that surround and uphold you.