Summer Solstice MagickJun 21, 2022
I'm a jazz girl. I discovered this during the height of the pandemic, way back in 2020 when it was one of the few things that helped me cope with burnout. We started watching "Bosch" around this time in 2020, and I just loved all the jazz in the episodes. And it's that classic, laid-back jazz. Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis. You can keep your experimental modern jazz. I want the classics.
As I sit here and write this note on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the condensation runs down the side of my glass, and the ice cubes shift as they melt, tapping the edges of the glass with a tiny clink. Pluto snores lightly on the couch behind me. And a trumpet croons lazily into my ears. Can you imagine it?
Life is so, so very good. Days can be challenging, and bad things are happening all around us (I live in Texas, after all), but damn are we fortunate to be able to connect like this all over the world!
This Summer Solstice, I encourage you to tap into your creativity and inspiration. The fiery energy of summer is here, and down in Texas, it's fiery AND damp... Moist, if you will. There's a certain fertile feeling to the humid air, though, and I know I'll miss it come August and September when the soil dries out and cracks, the heat shimmers in waves against the concrete, and we seek solace indoors where the AC runs on overdrive.
Summer is a time to shed light on things that are - and aren't - working for you. It's also a time to "harvest" our expressive side! If you feel inspiration seeping into your consciousness, don't fight it. Allow it and open up to it. Just like the sunflower turns its face to the sun, now's the time to turn your attention to a nourishing practice that can help fuel your creativity and energy. I've recently started painting with watercolors, and I LOVE it. This new hobby helps me exercise my creative muscles while relaxing, chatting with my family, or catching up on a recent podcast.
As women, our personal power is located in the womb space - it's where the creative forces of our bodies and the universe collide. Don't be afraid to experience the more sensual things of summer - the sounds of birds in the morning and cicadas in the afternoon if you're down south like me, the juicy fruit that's in season, the buzz of bees in the crepe myrtles...
And nourish yourself with water, sun, sand, sky, bonfires, citronella candles on a warm night, good music, great conversation with friends, and whatever lights your internal flame.