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.