Summer Solstice

Hail, O Sun and Gods of the Sun! We call you and we honor you on this Solstice, the height of your power and the longest day.

Without you there could be no life on Earth.

The North Texas skies were overcast this morning – I couldn’t see the rising Sun. But like so many things in our lives that are unseen but very real, it was there.

What other life-giving, life-sustaining forces are hidden by clouds? Are there people who keep you going whose work you’ve stopped acknowledging? Is there art you’ve stopped seeing or music you’ve stopped hearing? Are there communities – neighborhoods, groves, covens, churches, families – who still support you even though you’ve stopped supporting them?

Part the clouds – the clouds of busyness, the clouds of routine, the clouds of stress, the clouds of grudges – and see the beauty. And then give thanks for what sustains you.

Hail, O Sun and Gods of the Sun!

Happy Solstice.

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10388428489163998550 TommyElf

    Shame you couldn't see the sunrise. Had some openings in the clouds over here on the north side of the metro-mess. Was a little pinkish for about twenty minutes before the moving clouds swallowed all that up. Was still pretty…


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