Happy Solstice, friends! Here in Oregon, it’s the longest day of the year. The sun is at its zenith, brightening the night sky at 4:43am and fading from the horizon at 9:40pm. Yesterday, it was over 90 degrees F and the little 5000 BTU air conditioner my partner and I installed on Monday couldn’t keep up, so I finished my Major Arcana workbooks sparsely clothed and sweatin’. Today marks the official start of summer in the Northern hemisphere, and it’s also the first day of my Tarot Summer School workshop series. I’ve been working hard to finish these workbooks—36 pages of discussion, interpretation, exercises, and spreads—so I haven’t had time to create my usual guidance and spread for the Solstice. (I may make one belatedly, energy permitting.) I couldn’t help but share these little booklets I created, though, because I’m just so proud of them! I’ve made a free PDF download of the full workbook available on my Patreon, which you can join for as little as $1 a month. I’m also planning to sell them on my website eventually, along with other goodies as I produce them. But for now, become a patron at the link in my bio, and it’s yours!
Today may be the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere, but it also signals the gradual fading of the light as the Earth tips back slowly away from the sun. So even at the Solstice, even at the height of the light, we must not forget the dark. The two are inextricably interwoven, adding meaning and resonance to each other. Enjoy the sweetness of today, friends. Savor that late light. Give thanks to the day as it slips past the horizon, and then, welcome the night.
Now, I’m off to teach some Tarot with a group of beautiful souls! Merry Solstice, friends.