Some reflections on the themes and traditions of the Summer Solstice on this land.
About 10 days ago the weather was glorious here in Dublin. The first real touch of the summer sun’s warmth on the skin.
As I strolled between meetings in the city I was suddenly aware of how my body felt more open in the warmth of the sunshine. I also noticed the faces of people on the street were more open and appeared softer than usual. The buds on the trees lining the streets felt like they were smiling open.
And then I remembered things open in warmth. Buds open and we humans open. It’s nature and our nature.
Right now, here on planet earth, we are moving through the twice-yearly threshold of the Equinox — the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere and the Autumn Equinox in the southern half of the planet. Equinox means “equal night”, when the length of daylight and the darkness of the night are equal.