Tree-Hugging Dirt Worship

June 21, 2011

Celebrate the Solstice

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — paragardener @ 5:11 pm

Well, today is the day when the Goddess  begins showing her pregnancy and the Sun King, from the peak of brilliancy, begins his yearly decline and super-rapid aging process. I have also heard a story that the apparent events of the Wheel of the Year are actually caused by the Earth’s axis shifting relative to the location of the Sun, which is fine too. Actually, you can understand it both ways, and neither detracts from either. I suppose if you lose all trace of the spirit of a myth, you could turn into an uptight young-Earther (Garden of Eden, etc.) or Flat Earther or something.

Being astronomical, the solstices and equinoxes seem more universal than holidays based on an anniversary from Jesus’ life or national history. Everyone needs holidays as a mini-vacation from the numbing but necessary routines of life. Actually, Midsummer is still pretty widely celebrated, and I think we need more of it here in America. Maybe the Fourth of July contains some of the Midsummer energy, but then it has the whole stars-n-stripes, generic national American holiday feel schmeared all over it.

Now, you can’t help but feel the madcap, expansive energy of Midsummer (also known as “the first day of summer.”) So take some time today to build a bonfire or barbeque, or at least do so once the weekend rolls around. It’s traditional to display flowers, for women to wear wreathes of flowers, men to wear wreathes of leaves, and couples to jump the fire together to ensure a happy year together (small fires, pre-drinking, please). It would be most traditional to eat whatever is in season where you live — farm-stand strawberries seem a good (Midwestern) candidate, especially if you can whip them up into something special.

I’ll be getting around to celebrating “Litha” by the weekend, not so much because of my work schedule, but because it’s hard to do much special when my car is broken. But  celebrate I will… happy Summer Solstice to all!

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2 Comments »

  1. Love your blog and its name. Would this woman from Oak Park be considered one of us (ie, a tree hugging dirt worshipper) — “Michigan Woman Faces 93 Days in Jail for Planting a Vegetable Garden”? Website for her story is http://www.alternet.org/food/151572/michigan_woman_faces_93_days_in_jail_for_planting_a_vegetable_garden/.

    Comment by julian — July 13, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    • I’m starting to follow her story and respond to the Oak Park officials. But I dunno about her dirt-worshiper credentials, she might be pretty ordinary in her philosophy. I guess the City of Oak Park regards her as a savage threat to their way of life!

      Comment by paragardener — July 13, 2011 @ 10:18 pm


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