I am the fire that burns within your soul
I am the Holy light that fills and makes you whole
I am the Flame within, that never dies
I am the sun that will ever arise.
–Lisa Thiel, Litha (Summer Solstice Song)
I’m enjoying 30 Days of Midsummer with the fabulous Joanna Powell Colbert right now. I am unlikely to manage a daily post during this journey, but I hope to create a few posts as the inspiration and time strikes.
I change my home altar + tiny temple altar spaces regularly and I also set up tiny altars wherever I go (or discover them while I’m out!) The photo to the right is of my living room altar space, freshened up for summer. The one below is my current summer altar in my tiny temple (a small building separate from my home, but only a few feet away, which I use as a dedicated personal work space as well as holding small circles/study groups):
The other photos are all photos I took the day of this prompt, all but one before I read the prompt. After reading it, I then recognized them as summer altars in their own right.
Picking wild raspberries that morning…
Admiring the blooms on the rose bushes we planted in front of my tiny temple…
Visiting the Roubidoux Spring that afternoon with my kids (a Trail of Tears historic site)…
At Brigid’s Grove, we are celebrating Summer with a free ritual kit for you! The kit includes:
- Two ceremony outlines (individual and group)
- Tutorials for two projects
- Summer poem
- “Blessing and Blooming” mandala activity
- Wild berry cobbler recipe
This free ritual kit is included in the June issue of our Creative Spirit Circle Journal. (Make sure to join the circle today. It is free and full of resources!)
Glory of the Day-Star, hail!
Lifter of the Light, Burnisher of the Sky.
Gifts of love to earth are bringing,
Summer’s shimmer, dew’s delight.
Dancing be the heart within us,
Open be our souls to bliss,
Courage vanquish every shadow,
Greet Midsummer with a kiss.
— Caitlin Matthews, The Celtic Devotional