I had various plans to try and get my kids involved in non-ADF (by which I mean, without portals, but with deities) solstice rituals. One way or the other, none of them worked out — but we did talk about the fact that it was solstice and I tried to impart something of my ramblings about the energy of the season.
And then I realized, I needed to get something done in order to qualify for the Dedicant’s Path. Then, while out with the kids, we found a new climbing tree:
And, while my kids were off chasing frogs I tried my hand at climbing it myself. Then, closer to the sun and thinking I had a bit of time to myself, I tried an impromptu ritual, akin to the Samhain that I felt was so beneficial.
And I had a bit of a nice ritual, honoring the ancestors, the nature spirits, and the shining ones. I even was able to speak some spontaneous praise to Sol and Apollo before being interrupted with the kids.
I considered just counting that as my ritual. (I need to finish up the Dedicant’s Path so I can begin focusing on worshipping in a way that fits me — which will probably be with rituals but without so much pressure.) But then I thought, “no, I had some serious thoughts about this high day and didn’t even make any offerings.”
So I got up early the next morning and made the sacrifices. I didn’t draw an omen, because I wasn’t sure what to ask. In the moment, it felt more like I was just covering an existing debt (not a debt, but more like just doing the right thing, for form’s sake. Like when you go out and buy a friend a card, even though their birthday has passed and you’ve already congratulated them. You both just know that it’s appropriate and you want to have the kind of relationship that includes cards.)
That was my Summer Solstice. I’m a little discouraged. I’d put more thought into what I wanted it to be like, and I wanted it to be an ADF ritual, to gain experience in having them. Also, I have a higher affinity for the ‘solar’ high days (I guess they’re all based on the solar calendar) than for the cross-quarter days. So, I wanted it to be more, but it was still something.
And that’s not nothing.