Monday, 21 June 2010

Midsummer Magic

Bring some magic into your life today during the summer solstice. Easy ways of doing this are below:

1. Flowers. Be they fresh, in your garden or a symbol – show them some love! Wear a flower print dress or top, use flower clips in your hair, or wear flower emblems on your jewellery. Today I have a red flower tied around my wrist like a corsage, feeling a bit like Sarah Jessica Parker.

2. Spirals. Spirals represent your spiritual journey. I have arranged last year’s conker collection on my desk in a spiral pattern, and have drawn a spiral on a post-it note. I hope the solstice doesn't mind post-its! And I am sure the office already thinks I am a bit odd (I cite the conker collection as exhibit A.)

3. Candle. Lighting a candle is a nice way to welcome this new turn of the year. This is one for later, as I don’t think I can get away with a candle burning on my desk!

4. Write a poem or a story. The solstice is all about being creative, enhancing your creativity and feeling positive about yourself and your world. So here is my offering:

Summer Solstice

Tall and true, made of stone
Surveying the world from a green-hilled throne
The crest of the sun begins its age-old ascent
The world bathed in yellow; the light heaven-sent

The Green Men awake, stretching their limbs
Beginning their watch over all living things
The birds chatter for berries within the hedgerow
The farmer starts his day with new seeds to sew

By the time I awake the world is in motion
The noise of mankind a grind of commotion
But do take a moment to contemplate the wonder of today
The magic behind each new dawn, and new day.

5. Make a creative wish. Today is the day when you should be true to your creative heart, and confess what you wish most of all. It is also a day to be thankful. For my wish, I don’t like to use the word ‘and’ (e.g. I wish for this and this) as I think that lessens the power. So word it well! The wish in my creative heart is that I will soon sign to a wonderful literary agent who loves my novel-to-be.

Now your turn! Let me know your creative wish in the comments below, and enjoy a bit of midsummer magic. If you leave a comment then tonight when I light a candle to give thanks for today I will read out your wish and give it some positive vibes. I’ll also do this at the end of this week, so don’t worry if you don’t see this until later. Happy solstice everyone!


Stina Lindenblatt said...

This list is sweet! I love your wish. That's mine, too. That and I hope my creative well never dries up. So far that hasn't been a problem. :D

Piedmont Writer said...

I put spirals on my wish, is that okay, or do the spirals need to be separate?

I also took your wish but added something else that way it would be my own. Hope you don't mind.

Thanks for reminding me about this. I feel like I should dance naked in my backyard over the firepit or something. (Actually I would really like to, just to freak out the neighbors.LOL)

Jayne said...

Hi Stina - may your creative well always be overflowing!


Hi Anne - I don't mind a jot, let's share it! And I think spirals can be where-ever you want them to be. LOL at the dancing naked over the firepit!

Aubrie said...

Beautiful poem! I light a candle whenever I have people over. It really adds to the ambiance and covers the wet dog smell in my living room!

Old Kitty said...

What a wonderful way to bring the summer solstice into our lives!! These are such sweet ways of doing so! Thank you so much!!

The spirals are a new thing for me - I must try that!

Your poem is lovely! Very apt for today.

And thank you for asking for our wishes to add to yours. That's so lovely of you!

My wish in my creative art? May I find good homes for my orphaned stories!

Take care

sarahjayne smythe said...

What a great post. I'm off to light a candle now. :)

Lilly Higgins said...

This is a lovely idea Jayne! I wanted to mark today in some way so I'll pick a bunch of flowers and light a candle for sure! Thanks x

Christine said...

Happy Summer Solstice to you to, Jayne and may your wish come true. I loved the poem; it made me think of Castlerigg Stone Circle, not far from here.

My wish? That the novel which is now no more than an embryo will develop and grow until eventually it is born.

Christine said...

Sorry, Jayne. 'too', not 'to'. Blame it on midsummer madness!

Ann Best said...

Lovely poem. You're skilled with rhyme.

I guess I wish to be creative in many ways - and I think there are so many creative outlets for us - but especially with my children and grandchildren.

And thanks for stopping by my blog, today I think, which brought me here. How very creative - the spirals. I will be thinking of them today. Thank you.

Talli Roland said...

Happy Solstice Jayne! What about your sacrificial offering? Ginger Kitty? hehe...

Great list and I like your poem. I'm going to go with your candle suggestion.

WritingNut said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

That's a very beautiful poem. And I really love the idea of lighting a candle.

I think I have the same wish as you :).

Jen said...

Jayne you seriously rock!!! You so creative and inspiring I love it!!!

Joanne said...

Happy summer to you! We grow a zinnia garden that attracts hummingbirds, monarch butterflies and gold finches. It's such a summer spot, full of color and life :)

Boonsong said...

This is a great post. Thanks.
Very, very entertaining.

I don't have a creative wish, but I do have a wish with "and" in it. It is, "I wish to be together with my wonderful wife for ever and ever".
Corny I know - but true.

Have a nice day, Boonsong

Palindrome said...

Happy Solstice to you! I celebrated by wearing a skirt and turning on the air conditioning. :P