I begin each morning with a ritual of coffee, lighting my favorite Shoyedio incense and pulling my card of the day. As I washed my hands with a homemade Florida Water concoction and began to shuffle my deck, I thought briefly, "how appropriate if I pulled The Sun." And lo, look what I pulled! I think that my deck may have been humoring me ;)
It is, after all, the Solstice! The Sun is at his apex. The longest day full of light. I used to think of myself as more of a winter person, but I have discovered as I've aged, that I am not. While I can very thoroughly appreciate all seasons, I am a summer person at heart. The intense lush greenery (it stays green in winter here), everything blooming, abundance of fruits and vegetables and the Sun, basking in the purifying light of the Sun is one of my greatest pleasures. I may have developed a greater appreciation while living here in the dark Pacific Northwest. The winters can be troublesome with its constant rain and cloud cover, often for months at a time. But I've discovered I can combat seasonal effective disorder with regular exercise, healthy eating and making sure I get outdoors frequently, even if it's raining.
Today, hopefully, won't remain cloudy for too long. I plan on harvesting some Solstice herbs off my local trail. I have found huge and massive areas filled with Yarrow, Pineapple Weed, and St. Johns Wort. Perhaps I will also collect a bouquet of wild flowers, for the upcoming super moon, the Oxeye Daisy is everywhere. When harvesting wild plants, it is always polite to ask the plants and spirit of place permission and leave appropriate offerings in thanks. Gratitude goes a very long way.