It’s the day to bring back the light! There’s a term in Italian “Dara Alla Luce,” which usually refers to giving birth, but translated means to “bring to the light.” The Solstice reflects this. We have endured the dark and are ready to be reborn. There are so very many references to the Solstice, religious themes and holidays, and manifestations in word, song, and art. It’s the crux of the year. In pagan religions, there’s the battle between the oak and holly king. Our religious holidays of Diwali, Hanukkah, and Christmas, all celebrate light. For many cultures, it’s a time to sing, dance, and celebrate.
One of my tributes to our star – our sun, is an addiction to solar lights in the garden. When dusk settles in, the garden begins to glow with gentle light. It’s not only to create light in the darkness but also magic. It takes your breath away to watch the lights become brighter as the day becomes darker. For me, seeing the lights brings joy and a wish fulfilled. It heightens the magic of blooms in the spring, green leaves in the summer, crackling leaves in the fall, and the stark beauty of winter. I’m always looking how we can add a bit more light and magic to the garden.