Summer solstice is nearly upon us! Called Midsummer or Litha by Western European Pagans, summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is a special day across the globe.
And here in Canada it is also National Aboriginal Day – a day when we can celebrate the diversity and community of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.
The summer solstice has always been a sacred time for Aboriginal people. Traditionally, Plains people have celebrated and honoured this time of year with intense Sun Dance ceremonies. Solstice was the start of our calendar, and many of the ancient stone circles, very much like Stonehenge in the UK, that have been found across North America, including Oodena at the Forks here in Winnipeg, have centred on this day!
Plus, hey, it’s summer! What’s not to love about the Solstice?!
Below is a poem I wrote many moons ago. I hope you like it. I hope you can go out and get inspired by the magickal solstice and write a poem or story about it too….
a thin night descends
witches raise their noses to the wind
we know the sky
the waning year dance
together this night
babies run in
and out of circles
chased by sleep
we raise our arms
and surf the year
and light a candle
light enough for half the world