Before I start today's post, I want to take a moment to say Happy Juneteenth!
Today we celebrate the end of one of the most horrible and bleak periods in US history, and to see it finally recognized nationwide makes my heart sing.
Black Lives Matter. I love you all!
The wheel of the year is turning again, and this time, the northern hemisphere is heading into the Summer Solstice!
I love this holiday, mostly because I love the warm, sunny days of summer. There is nothing in this world that energizes me like warm air, sunshine on my face, and a big, beautiful tree to sit under and enjoy the shade. Before we moved, every summer day you could find me hanging in my hammock in my backyard or swimming at my friend’s pool.
And the summer solstice has been a favorite holiday of mine for years!
Midsummer, Midsommar, or Litha is the celebration of the longest day of the year. During the summer solstice, the sun will have its longest time in the sky. In some pagan lore, this is the time when the horned god reigns supreme and the earth is at its most green and lush. The sun celebrates triumph in the sky over the darkness of night. The holiday itself is considered a fire festival, with many people burning candles and enjoying the warmth of a late night bonfire.
The summer solstice falls somewhere around June 21st, sometimes a day before or after, depending on the year, usually between the 20th and the 23rd.
For this year, me and my husband will be celebrating the best way we know how: hikes and cooking! During the day, I’ll be brewing sun tea by adding a few tea bags of choice (I’m thinking a lovely black tea with lemon peel) to a tall mason jar of water. All you have to do to make sun tea is leave the jar in a bright, sunny location and let nature do the rest! Sun tea is a slow brew that yields a delicious, rarely bitter tea, and was one of my favorite drinks as a child in Appalachia!
Once the work of the day is done, we are heading out to the forest. I love being out in nature and a holiday like Litha calls for communing in the forest. In case of rain (which is, sadly, a risk this year), we will be staying inside and watering our plants with moon water that I collected at the full moon before last (not the eclipse!). I’m thinking about making a flower chain for my bookshelf as well.
For a meal that night, we have opted to grill up some fresh salmon and fresh veggies! We’re going to be grilling asparagus, tomatoes, onions, and broccoli to go on the side of our lemon-soaked fish. And for desert, I am making a variation of honey cakes by following this recipe. I have never tried it before and I am very excited to give it a go!
And, of course, the husband will be enjoying mead while I sip on a bottle of watermelon wine while we light out candles and enjoy the rest of our quiet, wonderful evening.
Can you tell that I love Litha?
I hope that your summer solstice is as enjoyable and loving as mine is shaping up to be. Snack on some fresh fruits and veggies! Light a candle or settle in around a bonfire! Put flowers in your hair and turn your face up to the sun!
Until next time, my friends!
Just me, a paranormal romance author with big dreams and even bigger crushes!