Psychic Portal Midsummer Eve
Midsummer is a magical time. From today until the 24th the sun will appear to stand still in the sky. It’s almost as if time itself has been suspended and with it all the ‘laws’ of nature that usually rule us whilst the unseen realms come closer to the human realm. It is a time of Faery Magic, a time in which the unbelievable and the unpredictable turn our notions of reality inside out and upside down. It’s time to lose yourself in a different world, one of infinite possibility rather than established limitations. And why not? The human world is exceedingly grim and suffering from terminal seriousness right now when what we need is a bit of levity and a different perspective. Half of the globe is in the prime growing season when Nature performs one miracle after another as plants of all kinds send their roots deeper into the earth and the Great God Pan can be invoked in the name of life and beauty to provide a bounteous harvest at the September Equinox. This is a sacred time of year, a time for labouring in the earth, working closely with the rhythms of light and dark, quarter moons and full moon, to feel the pull of the tides and synchronise our activity with the planet’s pulse.
Psychic Portal Midsummer Eve
Tonight is Midsummer’s Eve, a night when magic and mischief are afoot. The unruly hoards of faery folk, of elves and brownies, of trolls and gnomes, are lured closer to us by the smells of freshly turned earth, the greening of the land and the warming of the seas. Welcome them into your life with a small offering, perhaps a little faery house somewhere in your garden. If you think it is ‘too silly’ or ‘too childish’ or you are concerned about what the neighbours might think, it’s a sure sign that you need to ‘lighten up’ – literally. Take advantage of the longer days and spend your evenings outside. Go for a long, slow walk with your kids or the family pet. Enjoy the light of the evening and take a book outside to read. Get out your bike and go for a ride with no destination in mind but be sure to take enough change to get a cold drink or even an ice-cream cone to cool you down after your exertions. Above all, look UP at the sky. Watch the sunset and really look at the subtle colours of the sky.
When we stare at the sky at sunset we should not be impatient or concerned that we ‘should’ be doing something ‘more productive’. Suppose the most productive thing you can do at this moment is to appreciate the beauty of the sky. In native American traditions, it is part of our responsibility as sentient creatures to acknowledge the dawn and the sunset and to give thanks for both to each of the directions. Suppose, just suppose for a minute, that they are right, that we play a part in the continuity of the universe and if we become ‘disconnected’ from the natural world, we actually become less human, less sentient by limiting our attention to ourselves. Why? Because if we are failing to notice the most powerful force there is, the force of nature itself, we are guilty of the most absurd form of hubris, thinking the artificial world of humans is somehow more significant than the Universe itself. We cannot exist apart from the Universe, from All That Is, but by ignoring it we run the risk of losing that which makes us possible in the first place. So don’t laugh at the notion of invoking the Great God Pan as you plant your garden. Invoking this powerful archetype will help to keep you Mindful and your extra attentiveness may influence the growth of your plants. It may. What have you got to lose by trying it out? Likewise, building a house for the faeries with your children or even by yourself is also a practice in Mindfulness, a way showing respect for the unseen energies and powers of nature that are strongest at Midsummer.
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© Delia O’ Riordan 2012