Solstice

Today the North Pole is tipped more toward the sun than on any other day of 2011, making it the longest day and shortest night of the year.  The word Solstice derives from Latin with sol meaning ‘sun’ and sistere meaning ‘stand still’ – as the days lengthen and the sun rises higher and higher in the sky, seemingly standing still. We ushered Summer in at 11:16am Mountain Standard time today, with a blazing sun and soft breeze. Rowan and I stepped into the bright light this afternoon to collect pine cones, dried grasses, rose petals, juniper berries and a dandelion leaf for a ‘nature bowl’ in honor of the day…  For thousands of years, today has been a day to light bonfires, drink honey wine, stay up all night to greet sunrise, and generally honor the gift of Light and Sun as we remember our place in the flow of life…