Merry Solstice Time!
I will make a more thorough post on the Solstice later, I want to start with this:
This links to a PDF posted on the accompanying website to this blog: ThisMagickalEarth.com
The PDF has a pretty holiday boarder that gives the poem a festive feel, much more festive than block text on a blog!
If you have ever been frustrated with the commercial aspect of this Season, with all the fuss over plastic-junk-toys from box stores, the insane amount of shipping and accompanying packaging, or the cultural obsession with lying to children to 'believe' in American Santa while also believing in the story of the birth of Jesus as the Christian God's son only to find out Santa is pretend but the culture insists the God is real, then I encourage you to narrate your own family myth. You can use this as an example or template, but we all have different paths and encourage all to vary from this.
In Early Winter Season 2008, while my spouse was heavy with our first child, we decided we could not impress on our children all the things we despise about the season but also give extra emphasis to the cheer, joy, and sharing of the season.
More on this later. :) After the Longest Night of the Year and a Full-Moon tonight (a rare occurrence of overlap, about every two decades) I'm headed out to the Owyhee River and a place of personal power for some solitary ritual. The sun is rapidly coming up, so I better get going!