Thanks to everyone who came out last night to our study group meeting. It was a smaller than usual group, but we were able to do some good work on the ritual template that we’ve been polishing. I’m really proud of what we have put together, and I’m continuing to work on it this weekend (though I know it will be a work in progress for a good while).
Getting ready for the longest day is always something I look forward to – I’ve celebrated this holiday since I was a very small child with an early bedtime. On this one night of the year, we were allowed to stay up until dark (which, in the northeast US, was sometime around 10pm). Though staying up until sunset isn’t a particularly novel pleasure for me as an adult, making sure I’m up for both sunrise and sunset on the Solstice is something I shoot for. For our Northern Kin, this day was one of feasting and celebration – and still is! We have a PG member who is traveling in the Nordic countries and will be there tomorrow for the celebrations. Bonfire lighting is still practiced widely, and I can’t wait to hear tales of the fun goings-on that this person will get to see.
I hope we’ll see a good turn-out next Friday at our Protogrove Ritual – we’ll be meeting at Bay Area Park at 7pm, ritual to start promptly at 7:30pm. This is public, open ritual, so anyone who wants to come see us is welcome to do so.
Please bring a canned good or other non-perishable for a food donation to a local food bank as part of our ongoing service project. We’ll be celebrating Sunna and Thunor – The Sun and the Stormbringer, for good weather until the harvest, and protection from bad summer storms. (As a Gulf Coast protogrove, that’s important! We’ve already had one tropical storm this year!)
Daughter of Mundilfari the time-turner,
Sister of light-gleaming Mani,
Wife of Glenr, and fair mother,
We hail you.
We greet you.
Shining grace bestow upon us,
Healing hands lay upon us,
Blessings of warmth, joy and plenty
We ask of you.
Hail to thee Sunna,
Dancing Fire of Sky and Air,
Lady of the Midnight Sun,
Golden, ever-Shining One.
© K. C. Hulsman