Beginnings (Summer Solstice)

MARREE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 07: A file photo shows the sun shining on the outback landscape June 7, 2005 near Marree, Australia. An Australian Federal Government report has found that Australian coastal cities and tourist destinations are facing a much higher risk of the destructive effect of climate change resulting in severe storms. The report concludes that likely scenarios include the Australian continent warming by between 1 and 6 degrees by 2070, more droughts which could cut farm output by billions of dollars, tourism suffering from damage to reefs, rainforests and beaches and an increased risk of more tropical cyclones, and longer growing seasons, fewer frosts and higher rainfall in some areas which could help some agribusinesses but adversely affect others from less rainfall. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

After the trees have shed their layers of bark
And the hours of the day are now scarcely dark
The ground becomes littered with debris so dry
The bush is anxious, in danger of Fire

There’s a shimmer of heat and a haze in the air
The Sun bearing down with a blinding glare
Tossing and turning at night without sleep
It drives us mad, this fierce bloody heat

Cause the Sun has journeyed into the Southern Lands
The spiral of the year to its widest it expands
And will soon return to the North whence it came
The spiral of the year begins once again

This is Alban Hefin, the Light of the Shore
Where Land, Sea and Sky meet we will dance ever more
The Mabon, The Child of Light, son of the Great Mother Modron
Has grown to his peak, his most potent and strong

The Oak King grows weak at the end of his reign
While the Holly King grows strong when the Sun starts to wane
At Litha the dark brother stands up to his bright twin
And battles the Oak King his crown he does win

The Druids pick blessed plants, St Johns Wort and Vervain
Filled with the energy of the Sun once again
To bring health and happiness to home and hearth
And prosperity to all with a bountiful harvest

So let’s review this past year, and look to the future
And celebrate rebirth, balance and renewal
Open your hearts and let’s dance with glee
It is time to Rejoice and celebrate being free