Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere of our world. The official time of this Summer Solstice is 5:43 pm Eastern Time.
This morning brought the other worldly “green fog” to cover our mountain here in the Appalachians. After the greening up of these forests at the end of April, whenever the fog descends it takes on a pale green hue because of the lovely green trees and bushes. The gentle winds keep little wisps of fog drifting by my window
The bird feeder just outside my floor to ceiling windows has been full of activity these past few days, and this morning was no exception. Rabbits and squirrels and chipmunks also visit and look for seed among the pea gravel and grass.
Rain has been an almost daily occurrence here so the forest is a verdant, lush green residence for us all. It reminds me of summer in Ireland and Scotland. Lovely.
There will be ceremonies all over the world today to usher in this auspicious day. And like my Celtic kin before me, I light a candle to illuminate our world with the Divine gifts of peace and love and prosperity for all. Several years ago I learned that my middle name, Leigh, means “healer” in Celtic. I gladly accept that and send blessings for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. When we heal ourselves, we help heal our world.
Happy Summer Solstice, and may all our days bring joy and blessings.
Featured image “Hydrangeas in the Light”, fine art photography by Teri Leigh Teed