On Sunday 19 June I joined the Tuatha de Bridget group for a summer solstice ritual in Pollok Park, Glasgow. It was written by one of our newer members and the first time she had written a full ritual. She did an excellent job and although the sun did not put in an appearance we all had a wonderful time. It was amazing to see so many people literally laughing with joy in the pouring rain.
Today as I sit at my computer I look out one yet more rain. It’s been raining here nearly all day and I have the overhead light on in the room because it is so dull. This evening at about sunset (22.06 here in Glasgow) I plan to raise a toast to Maponos, the summer sun and solstice and the Brython tribe.
Recently I have come to feel that rain can be symbol of passion and creativity although I have to admit that at the moment I do not feel either passionate or creative but tired and drained of energy.
Next weekend, midsummer, I will be visiting Castlerigg stone circle for the first time and possibly other sites in that area. I wonder if I will see the sun then or not? I wonder if I will experience more of the strange energies of this time of year or whether I will still feel somewhat like a punch bag waiting for the next blow to fall!
Where ever you are and whatever the weather is like for you today I hope the summer solstice is a good one for you.