🌿🌺After years of feeling awkward about Christmas and new year (because it confuses me), I’ve found myself sharing a more genuine expression that everyone can relate to:
HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE
It applies to everyone I meet in person. Meaning it’s inherently inclusive.
Here in the multicultural sub-tropics, seeing woollen-clad white-skinned Santa Claus with faux pine Christmas trees and fake snow in the middle of summer just seems so... dumb. It’s not cold and winter; it’s hot, humid and beach weather. Even the ‘Santa in board shorts’ thing is annoying.
I get that deeper down, the cellular memory of Euro-settler Australians longs for the knowing of this celebration from long ago when it was legitimately celebrated back in Europe.
But, things have changed.
We’re on Black Country in a land filled with people of many colours and practices.
If Xmas is to be celebrated in Australia, celebrate in winter at the end of June when the sun literally ‘dies’ (shortest day) for 3 days and then is reborn. That’s what the practice relates to.
Summer Solstice happens in the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday 22 December. This marks the 3 longest days of the year. It’s a time of:
This time marks the mid-point of the solar cycle - the annual movement of the Earth around the sun. To my knowledge, it’s one of the most certain and steady rhythms we can dance to as Earthlings.
I will be busy in festival build mode with a crew of people who are contributing beauty and reverence to Woodford Folk Festival. I might even go to a solstice music event.
And I will also be joining my family, in the days following, to celebrate Xmas. This isn’t a religious observance. It’s a moment of connection & celebration of life; which I greatly appreciate.
More and more, my traditions are orienting to the real-time patterns that we all experience in our localised area. I encourage you to observe what’s happening around you (and within you), and find a way to align with it all.
When we align ourselves with the reality of life within and around us, we can live with more resonance, belonging and inclusion of all.
Blessed festive times y’all 🌺🌿
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