Summer Solstice

June 20, 2010

The Summer Solstice will happen June 21, 2010 at 6:28 am CDT. The Blue-eyed Bear has found some curious standing-stones from which to observe this midpoint of the solar year. Its a good time for the BE Bear to pause, like the Sun, in her travels and adventures to take a moment to remember her connection to the Earth and to all beings! Solstice means Sun standstill. The Sun rises a little further north each day from from its position due east at the equinox (equinox means equal amount of light and dark) and over this northward journey the days get longer until Sun stops and so marks the first day of Summer.  In a way this yearly cycle reflects the life cycle of all. The BE Bear celebrates summer, life is rich and full, there is usually plenty to eat. As I write this two squirrels a male and female are chasing around the trunk of the pecan tree and cicadas are screaming. But, its also good to remember  that now the Sun is moving back to the south and soon it will be winter once again.

The symbol the Blue-eyed Bear sees in the solstice Sun is one form of the solar wheel. It represents the turning of the seasons with the four arms marking the two solstices and two equinoxes. It has been called Brighid’s cross in parts of Europe. It is a symbol of protection, rebirth, renewal which is sorely needed in this world.

In terms of renewal the Blue-eyed Bear is also taking pause at this Solstice hour to reconnect with her inner shaman. The BE Bear had made a trip to Ireland not to long ago and visited the power point on the Boyne River  marked by humans with their ancient site Newgrange and Knowth among many others. The BE Bear saw the ancient carved symbols that likely represent the human shamanic experience. Since bears and humans are similar in form its not too difficult to believe that the BE Bear also experiences these symbols on her spirit journeys. The BE Bear journeys to the spirit realm to bring forth healing and wisdom.

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