Last night, a group of friends came over to celebrate Solstice.
These friends were from a wide variety of backgrounds: Unitarian, First Nations, Eclectic, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic, Wiccan, and those just seeking; all of us drawn together by the season.
We gathered around the bonfire in my back yard to celebrate the shared theme of the season: Light, Love and Hope.
We burned what we wanted to leave behind in the dark, and offered up what we wanted to bring with us into the light.
We passed the light, sang a rousing rendition of “Here come’s the Sun” and set our hopes and dreams afloat on a Wish Lantern.
After that, we went back into the house where I cooked up my infamous once a year, Solstice only treats, Crab Rangoons and stuffed mushrooms. (which were devoured in short order)
We had music (guitar and song), food, drink, friendship and a wonderful start to the season of light.
I posted video of the observance (even edited down, it’s long, so you might want to get a snack or beverage)
Tonight after doggie class, I need to get my fire stuff together and head over to another solstice observance and spin some fire! (in sub freezing temps, so much fun!)
How wonderful is it, that so many traditions gather at this sacred time of year to celebrate Life, Love and Hope?