Summer Solstice 2017

Today is the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of sunlight of the year. Although it is occurring with festivals and rituals celebrated across the country, it is revered most prominently at the ancient prehistoric site, Stonehenge, in the United Kingdom. More often than not, Thousands of people travel to the ancient monument to observe the sunrise over the famous Heel Stone, which stands just outside the circle to the northeast.

The Summer Solstice is commonly thought to mark the first day of Summer. Connected traditionally with the Pagan’s Midsummer, it is viewed now to be the beginning of Summer by astrologists.

Determined by your individual spiritual path, there are many different activities you can do to celebrate Summer Solstice, but the focus is just about always on celebrating the influence of the sun.

Adjusted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, there are few rituals you may want to think about trying with just a little planning.

The first is the Midsummer Night’s Fire Ritual that is of course there is singing and dancing around a big bonfire. Next, you can hold a Backyard BBQ Ritual by inviting family and friends over for a fun ritual and cookout.

You can create crowns out of flowers. The gathering flowers to weave into wreaths and crowns were a way to channel nature’s magic to guarantee good health during the course of the year. Did you know for unmarried girls, it’s believed that if you pick and place seven or nine types of flowers under your pillow, you will soon dream of your future husband?

In front of a mirror, light a white candle and say a Lithia prayer over it. Afterwards allow the candle to burn out.

Another is floating paper boats with blessings on a river or stream to bring about love or luck to whoever may find it.

Pagans believe the Summer Solstice is a time when the veil linking this world and the next is at its thinnest, making spirits there most powerful. Remember, as we celebrate the Summer Solstice, it is the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Cooking For The Orishas Pre-Order

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Finally completed Book 10 in the Mojo’s Wiccan Series. I’ve never been a big fan of cooking since all my children has a preference and everything had to be tweaked towards their palettes. Thank goodness they are grown and cook for themselves. I now cook for the enjoyment. Even though I’ve been watching what I eat, I could not resist making a few sweets for my husband and myself. Available for preorder now. For sale June 10th. A great match with Seven African Powers: The Orishas.

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Mercury Retrograde

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Here we go again. I don’t know about you, but this is the time I work harder than I usually do. Let’s see how much is actually done through this period.

Mercury Retrograde occurs three to four times per year. The planet Mercury slows down, and gives the impression of stopping and the moving backwards. It really isn’t moving backwards. It’s merely an optical illusion.

While delays and misunderstandings do seem to happen, during this time, people thoughts, and feelings reappear for answers, resolutions and incorporations.

It is crucial to be adaptable through this period and be receptive to anything the universe is showing you. Mercury retrograde has usually been seen as a makeover period. For the most part, it’s all about the small changes that need to be made. Less often times, the event can assist to enable more substantial changes and even be insightful.

For myself, when Mercury decided to go into retrograde and my laptop became it’s first casualty, I decided to build another desktop. As much as I enjoy doing this, I know I’m going cringe at the time spent away from writing, but it needs to get done.

I really did enjoy my laptop. I enjoyed taking it outside while I wrote. But as I get ready to dismantle it to retrieve the hard drive, it’s back to working with two desktops. How many files will I find are actually on the desktop?

To switch gears, I am amazed and humbled at how well my latest book, Seven African Powers: The Orishas, has been doing. I am now in the process of completing Cooking for the Orishas, which is  recipes not only for the Orishas, but for yourself and your family. It’s to be released June 10, 2017.

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