Summer solstice fell on June 20th this year, which is my birthday. I have always loved this time of year so much, not only because of celebrating my birthday but also and largely because of the long days of light and the buzz of activity from a world wide awake with bird song, ripening fruit, and the hustle and bustle of human endeavors. But it is in fact the day in which we begin our return to the darkness. This thought has rarely occurred to me, but this year at this time death seems to be prominent. The truth of the precariousness and preciousness of life has become evident – from the death of celebrity after celebrity, to the latest mass shooting in Orlando, to fires raging in some parts of the world with extreme heat, to a friend of mine dropping dead of a massive heart attack a few days before the solstice – death seems to be all around us.
The Celtic Goddess I explore this month is the perfect one to nurture our understanding of the unending connection of life and death. Olwen, Welsh Flower and Sun Goddess, rules in the three realms – the Underworld, the Earth, and the Heavens. She was known as the “White Lady of the Day” or “Flower-bringing Golden Wheel of Summer.” In the medieval story which retells her ancient and lost stories, she is the motivating force in healing a world of aggression, violence and rivalry.
Yes the human experience has long been one of suffering and pain. Yet the more we allow ourselves to feel each moment – the good and the bad – the more we can appreciate the greatest gift of the Goddess – Life. The Way of the Goddess guides us through the light and the dark on the path to balance and wholeness.
Discover the power of Olwen to help you on that path. Read my retelling of Olwen’s story in my latest post on the Feminism and Religion blog.