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~ ~ Happy Summer Solstice ~ ~ and honoring the Father
Isn't it interesting with all of the work occurring in so many circles around the sacred Masculine right now that we are also coming up upon the Solstice? ~ ~ According to signs and tradition, Summer Solstice "is also a time to honor the Divine Masculine (the sun) as an energy in the world and within ourselves. The summer solstice furthers this celebration of the masculine, falling at the same time as Father’s Day."
quote by Havi Brysk Mandell
I never thought of that before. (how did I miss it?) We are at Father's Day as well. I am fascinated. Here's to celebrating the Masculine in the All. Divine and otherwise. Blessings as you enjoy this Summer Solstice & Father's Day celebration weekend ahead.
Excerpt from New Moon in Tammuz: Seeing God in the Dark by Havi Brysk Mandell . ... more below.
"Summer Solstice is the time of the fullness of the harvest and the fullness of the sun, the longest day of the year. Most wild herbs reach maturity by Midsummer and it is the traditional time for gathering medicinal plants to dry and store for winter use. The sun, the green, the freedom and the aliveness of summer make it a time of renewed energy and optimism. It is said that this intense light and heat represent God in His fullest presence and revelation. After the solstice, the darkness and the winding down of some of the harvest begin. It is a celebration of all this fullness, fire, energy and light, and it marks the beginning of a dying process. I have always had a certain sadness with the solstice, knowing this is the time of greatest light and that light will dim. It is both exuberantly full of light and energy and we know that, as a peak, there will be a decline.
This is the time of the rose, blossom and thorn, fragrance and blood. Now on this longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into the dark. The Sun King grown embraces the Queen of Summer in the love that is death because it is so complete that all dissolves into the single song of ecstasy that moves the worlds. So the Lord of Light dies to Himself, and sets sail across the dark seas of time, searching for the isle of light that is rebirth. We turn the Wheel and share his fate, for we have planted the seeds of our own changes and to grow we must accept even the passing of the sun. (The Spiral Dance, HarperCollins, 1999, p. 205)
It is also a time to honor the Divine Masculine (the sun) as an energy in the world and within ourselves. The summer solstice furthers this celebration of the masculine, falling at the same time as Father’s Day.
Since this is a celebration of the sun, a candle should be lit for the full day. Fire represents the sun and its power."
~ by Havi Brysk Mandell, Excerpt from New Moon in Tammuz: Seeing God in the Dark @ The Red Thread Cafe
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