Welcome to the Longest Day!
Here we are at Midsummer already. It seems like yesterday we were celebrating Imbolc and watching signs of the coming spring. Now we are in the throes of summer. In Florida, the temperature has been in the 90s for so long, winter is a distant memory. I am glad we are now in the rainy season since the earth is so dry. I hope we get just enough rain to nourish the ground without flooding. This was the storm building over the Gulf of Mexico.
The female turkeys and the sandhill cranes have been walking around with their babies. This year, there is a large group of male turkeys. For the first few years we lived here, there were two or three males. Now, the group is over ten and they are becoming destructive.
We noticed a neighbor has a scarecrow in his yard make out of plastic pipes and aluminum pie pans. This is a picture of a mother with three babies in the yard 2 with the scarecrow.
Last week I had to rescue a baby turkey from the two dogs next door. The mother and baby were cutting through the fenced area when the dogs came outside. The mother flew to the nearest tree but the baby was not that fast. I heard horrible screeching and began yelling at the dog to drop it. Luck was with me and the dog dropped the bird. Once out of the dog’s mouth, it quickly flew to the top of the fence and then up in the tree with its mother. That was too close for comfort for me.
The Goddess transitions moves from Maiden to Mother. We honor women between the ages of 21 to 35. For Dianics, the summer solstice is a time to recognize feminine fertility and creativity. We also honor the element of fire. We associate fire with inner strength and use it to cleanse negativity from our bodies and thoughts. At Beltane, we cleaned the temples and our bodies. At the Summer Solstice, we continue the cleansing and prepare for the first harvest.
I have been taking inventory of my life—deciding where I should direct my passion. I decided it is time to experiment. I have a list of things I want to try. Now I just have to take the next step and DO. The first one my list is to complete Advanced Service Dog 3 training with my dog Colt.
I am attending a couple of Paint Nites. One is a moon goddess and the other is a portrait of Colt. So, take some advice. Take time to find what fuels your fire then use it ignite your passion. Start or finish a project. Be creative! The sky is the limit.
Blessings on this Longest Day,