Today marks the longest day of the year. The summer solstice.
In pagan tradition, two kings battle during the year and eventually trade positions of dominance.
The Oak King who you probably know as the Green Man, is dominant on this, the longest day of the year. As the coming days pass, his power wanes and the Holly King takes his place.
The Holly King, you will notice, bearing a striking resemblance to Santa Claus.
Before the Abrahamic religions took over, nature was the Goddess, the God and the temple of worship.
In modern society, we spend much of our time indoors. We lose touch with our connection to nature.
We shun the heat, which is the result of the light, for air conditioning and other indoor conveniences.
The tale of the two Kings teaches us that we need balance of light and dark. Of warmth and cold to survive.
While you wouldn't want to stand outside, burning in the noonday sun, it is good, to feel a little sun on your skin.
Spend a few moments outside and enjoy the beautiful greenery and the flowers around you.
The hope that came with the birth of the Holly King at Yule (Christmas) has been fulfilled. It is time to rest and prepare for the busyness of the harvest season to come.
Have a Blessed Solstice.