I awoke this morning to a cacophony of birds singing as they welcomed the dawn and once again my feet found the trails of Sedona near my home as the Sun arose. The air was unusually crisp and the forest teemed with jack rabbits, deer and a profound sense of equanimity. The moment felt blessed and I was filled with gratitude as I moved through the forest and into the sense of peace it always provides.
Today marks a turning point on the archetypal wheel of the year: Summer Solstice. We enter the sign of Cancer and move into glorious summer.
I will share more about the intricacies of Cancer next week for the New Moon but wanted to offer a Solstice ritual to welcome this season of change.
Welcoming the moment is an act of profound power.
To welcome the moment, any moment not just this one, is to move into alignment with your life. It is being receptive to your experience, no matter what the experience. Because it is yours and therefore a sacred part of your life.
Cancer is the sign associated with nurturing and birth. Gestation. This is a time of ripening. So ask yourself what is quickening within? What dreams do you wish to fertilize at this brilliant moment in time?.
Take some time to journal today exploring those questions. It will help you ground and gain clarity as to where you wish to devote your time and attention over the next few months.
As Cancer is so connected with nourishment, if you can, make this evening’s meal a ritual/celebration of those dreams you wish to nurture. Take care as you prepare your meal consciously holding love and gratitude for your bounty, symbolizing all of the bounty in your life as it is currently constituted. Dress the table festively, light a candle, put on some background music, bless the food. If you are with friends and family have each person name one thing they wish to nurture in the months ahead and hold space for each other’s vision of possibility. Do the same for your own vision if you are dining alone. Hold space for it. In other words, send love to your inner vision. Nurture it as you would a child gestating within your womb (whether you have a womb or not just imagine) and in the words of Ram Dass: Be Here Now.
Celebrate and ground in this singular moment of your life, note where you are blessed and fertilize with your attention and energy the seeds to be harvested at the Autumnal Equinox in the fall.