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Ah, such an evening of loveliness for the Midsummer Solstice – as I went a witching to Kesty’s wood with many other fire sisters. A magical evening making a prayer on the earth with summer flowers, and of course my oak and holly leaves gathered earlier.

We sang songs, painted flames and spirals on our skin, shared stories, blessed our sister journeys, be they joyful, stormy or sad. We watched a big Solstice sun set in a stormy sky over the valley, hearts beating to a drum. White sage smoke whisped lazily around us and up into the trees. Some sat in the Red Hearth house, a Sacred and beautiful space in a bender decorated to honour women’s bleeding, while others sang into the night, lighting candles in jam jars.

We shared food, in the candlelight, and sat around a fire, woodsmoking our colourful skirts and blankets until we smelled delicious! We plotted and dreamed, laughed at exploding elderflower champagne, and sighed over the naughtiest rhubarb cake you are ever likely to taste. I loved it that some women knew each other, some boldly came knowing no one. Everyone was loved.

A big firey gratitude to lovely sisters anywhere and everywhere, celebrating the sun and our power. Be it by lighting candles, drumming wildly, sending out quiet prayers, tending families, jobs and adventures. And ho! to the darkness and rest that will (eventually!) return.

14 comments

1 Susan { 06.22.11 at 7:54 pm }

Lovely pictures

2 Mezzie { 06.22.11 at 8:13 pm }

ooo I was driving down motorways, racing home from the Peak district, trying to get home for the sunset…and yes! sigh. blessings to all you wonderful women who dreamed the Solstice Dream

3 Angela { 06.23.11 at 11:04 am }

I have been waiting to read your next blog Jaine and it was worth the wait. What beautiful photographs. My friends and I did not make it up May Hill, on this side of the river, for the Solstice Celebrations. It was cold and bones were creaking in the damp air so we stayed indoors and THOUGHT of Summer. Your blog has been a celebration in itself. Thank you.

4 Jaine { 06.26.11 at 2:09 pm }

Hi Angela, love your big photos, I am working on bigger ones myself. So you like Mollie Makes too huh? I am in love with it. Very clever of you to attach the little film they made on your blog – liked that! xx

5 Amanda Clark { 06.23.11 at 12:10 pm }

So beautiful Jaine!! XX

6 Jaine { 06.26.11 at 2:05 pm }

Ah, thank you, you would’ve liked it I think xx

7 Fuggo King { 06.23.11 at 2:19 pm }

thank you for sharing. I decided to go to a meeting that was arranged for the evening, started out with Tai Chi practice that helped us as a group to discuss some difficult times late into the evening. Drove home, still very light at 11pm as I am in the north of Scotland, watched the sky before bed

8 Jaine { 06.26.11 at 2:07 pm }

So was it a good evening? Stretching and slowness sounds good…

9 Jess { 07.18.11 at 7:24 pm }

Fabulous – your gatherings and celebrations sound AWEinspiring can I join your fire sisters please? XXX:)

10 Jaine { 10.04.11 at 6:57 pm }

Ah, we’d love you to join Jess! Thanks for reading, glad you like my little offerings……
Jaine xx

11 sandra { 08.06.11 at 9:45 pm }

Wandering through a few blog posts and photos, I feel the lingering afterglow of Midsummer Solstice.

12 Jaine { 10.04.11 at 6:55 pm }

Hi Sandra, thank you for wandering on over, liked your blog too! Jaine Rose x

13 laoi gaul-williams { 06.15.12 at 9:46 am }

oh my… i am new here after following a link via the earth pathways diary. i have been sitting here happily with my mug of lemon tea falling in love with this blog. when i arrived at this post i was just swept away and even now could feel the joyful vibrations coming from the gathering. i so wish i lived closer~

14 Jaine { 10.09.12 at 5:04 pm }

Hello! Welcome! Love your blog too, so wonderful! You’d would have loved our gathering I am sure…….xxx

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