Greetings! Today is the First Day of Summer, the cross-quarter day between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. If we think of the summer as the Season of the Light, then we can see that now it is definitely lighter in the mornings (am I the only one waking up at 5am?). This holiday is usually called Beltane, but I’ve been thinking of it as the Greeting of the Flame because it heralds the beginning of the long bright days.
I feel a sense of relief and respite at this point of the year after this busy and intense Spring. Though the sun has me up and working earlier and earlier, I find myself mid-day searching out the sunny spot on the couch, reveling in the light. Take a moment at this cross-point in the year to revel in the light of your own accomplishments, and give a word of thanks to those whose light has warmed and illuminated your life.
Note on Dates: Traditionally Beltane is celebrated on May 1st or the eve before. Astrologically, the First Day of Summer may be calculated as the date the Sun is at 15° Taurus (Tropical system), which currently Falls around May 4th to 5th.