SpiritFirst - Terry Folks

Summer Solstice/Litha

Celebrating the longest day of the year on June 20, 21 or 22; a poem and a prompt for Summer Solstice/Litha.

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Summer Solstice 

bare feet on grass




shimmering heat waves 

orange creamsicles

timeless childhood playtime

look up



        in the 


take cover

summer rain
on pavement almost sizzles
‘petrichor’ is the word for that 
unique smell 
(you know what I mean)


the vapor
as bright sunlight heats residual moisture 

light lengthens impossibly into late evening

collapse into bed smelling like summer

Terry Folks (2024)

This year Summer Solstice/Litha is at 1:50 pm on Thursday, June 20th in our part of the world ~ Vancouver Island. The longest day (most hours of sunlight) and the shortest night of the year in our part of the world, Summer Solstice marks the beginning of summer even though the days will now get progressively shorter as we head toward Winter Solstice on December 21st. We honour our connection to the sun, and how She dictates our seasons. For example, at Litha, the north pole is at its greatest tilt toward the sun, so the sun’s rays touch our Mother Earth most directly.

Once again, I ask you “What Brings You Light?”

Think about what lightens your days. It may be a particular person, or pet. It may be a view you enjoy daily, or the sound of children’s laughter. Perhaps it is a song, a piece of art, a special plant in your garden. Maybe a fond memory you find yourself returning to brings you Light.

Remember, embodied spirituality means we don’t just say we believe something, we actually use our bodies to practice our spiritual evolution.

One way to do this is to gather in virtual community to share what brings you light. You will definitely inspire others!

If you wish, you can share on our Facebook page!

In light,