This is the day, the time of year we pivot from the extreme of daylight. Or, if you live on the other side of the planet, it's the day we pivot from the extreme of night.
Either way, it's one of those moments we celebrate as we realize we are a part of the cycles of this universe, this planet and this body we inhabit. We create rituals around these natural events for that reason. It grounds us in our physical space.
Take time to honor and appreciate rituals. We practice them to stay connected to ourselves, our community both intimate and entire.
For your reading pleasure -- go out some summer night soon, when it's clear, and look up. Stay there a while. Think of this.
Carl Sandburg - 1878-1967
Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming.
Love and peace to you always.