Solar Festivals

There are rhythms to everything we experience, the day we live through, our work, leisure and pleasure, the things we create, the emotions we own, the meals we prepare.

These rhythms exist to give us insights into ourselves and as a way to share together with others.

The most ancient of all these rhythms are the seasons of the year. Each cycle following on from the last in a prescribed pattern. As night follows day, we know that summer follows spring. Cycles exist in all levels of our lives, but it is through the seasons we sense our own place in the rhythm of the earth and our part in the wider sphere.

We have always found a way to mark these seasonal changes, to come together as people and celebrate the changes that make up the year. These are referred to as solar festivals. By marking them ourselves, we not only connect in a deeper way with the natural world but also with ourselves. We are able to work on our own sense of self at a deeper level, in tune with the natural processes that exist to support us.

I have celebrated these festivals for years and they are a constant source of personal joy, delight, insight and enlightenment.

At the time of each festival I will post here a description of my insights and observations, what it means for us today and any events I am originating to form part of a collective celebration.

Midsummer Solar Festival.

The Festival of Litha, Saura or the Festival of Joy (June 21st) celebrates the midsummer point and that time of the year when the sun is at its highest point and the light is with us for its longest period.

It is a time we celebrate the light and through fire, mark the power of the light to create joy in all things. There is an exuberance to this time of year in nature, as all the trees are completely in leaf and the colour is intense, as it soaks up the light.

We see all our work growing and changing, as the symbol of fire that dominates this period leading up to the festival, is the fire that gifts us three insights to move our work on. They are the fires that release, that rejuvenate and that ripen.

It is our opportunity in this festival to release that we have suppressed. This could be anger or fears on one side and on the other resources that need to be bought out to drive us forward. You maybe more drawn to the phoenix energy of the rejuvenation, where what we are working on needs to change to work at a higher level and the fire transforms it as part of our onward journey.

Lastly, we will all be working with the fires that ripen. Seeing this fire and igniting it on this festival to bring us in to the coming months the energy of ripening what we are working on to a stage where we can experience fulfilment for our endeavours.