Monday, June 20, 2016

Warm Litha Wishes

In a few hours the earth will slowly stop tilting the arctic towards the sun, and begin the process of tilting the southern pole towards it. The rate of change slows until, for a moment, there is a time in between seasons. The farther away from the equator a person lives the more profound the impact of this shift in tilt.

Litha is the name given to the ritual celebrations of the summer solstice in the northern lands. This year the night pagans will also have a completely full moon to dance their celebrations of midsummer’s night to. If one cannot hear the music of the spheres calling out all sorts of secrets tonight then one is not listening.

Lying on one’s back and looking at the moon creep across the night sky can create a marvelous feeling of slight disorientation. The earth is not so unmoving. A soft-focused gaze and a smile can help one imagine the incredible sensation of movement through the solar system. We are actually moving, but our perception is insulated from feeling it by atmosphere and the local gravity of the earth’s mass.

At such times when my imagination kicks into high gear I like to feel the connection between myself and the sum of all things. The connection of my perception to the properties of so much of reality that allows it to actually be perceived. The connection of the particles assembled into the atoms that make me to the expansion of the universe. The connection of those atoms to the early suns that lit the gas clouds condensing into sol and Earth.

I would also feel the connection between the warmth of my pulse to the possibilities in your embrace.

The rituals of Litha celebrate the green things nurtured by the longer days of the northern hemisphere. Flowers are woven into hoops that are worn on the head like a crown. We imagine love as the product of so much abundance of life. The believers pray to the goddesses of love. The cynical suspend for a moment our derision of love, and for a moment something new is possible. I would hold onto some of those possibilities today.

I hope you all have a great Litha. Imagine some possibilities. Imagine some impossibilities. Stretch out your imagination, and hopefully find that it does something new for you as the earth tilts us all into the new season.











8 comments:

Kimberly Wilson said...

Happy Solstice to you, too! I'll be listening for the music of the spheres tonight.

adult onset atheist said...

I bet one could, probably by whispering just right, come up with words that complemented that music. especially under a full moon!

Nihilism is for lovers said...
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Nihilism is for lovers said...

Agnosticism. Its just like knowing for sure but without writing a book about it.

"The great thing about being right is I don't need you to agree with me."
-Joshua Grady

The great thing about quoting yourself is I'm awesome.

What's the name of that rainforest fungus that infects ants, drives them insane, somehow triggers them to climb the tallest available thing before killing them by bursting a spike through their skull that releases spores down into the damp, dark detritus below? In asking I'm providing you with a generous opportunity to come up with something brilliantly inappropriate yet classy...so.

"The only difference between me and a madman is I'm not mad."
-Sal. Dali

Greater words, they'll say, were never written.

Poetry needs me to fix it.

Leanord Cohen said all this...so.

Nihilism is for lovers said...

Randolph Scott was here.

Nihilism is for lovers said...

TVOTR is better when they're less awful. Dear Science was a gem. Truly original if that's possible.
Incongruous comments are much this way.

Nihilism is for lovers said...

TVOTR is better when they're less awful. Dear Science was a gem. Truly original if that's possible.
Incongruous comments are much this way.

Nihilism is for lovers said...

Randolph Scott was here.