Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

--Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

Dear Friends,

The spirit of summer has arrived!

For many of us, summer brings a certain joy of long days, warm nights and memories of the rest and play of our childhood. Sometimes we forget, as adults who work in the summer, that the delight of the moment can be the deepest magick of this season. There is magick in noticing the shadowless sunlight at noon on Midsummer Day. There is magick in staring at a field of sunflowers. There is magick in the sparkle on the ocean. There is magick in crickets at night. There is magick in the heat of the day. There is magick in staring up at the languid, slow-drifting clouds. There is magick in watching the circling hawks. There is magick in the pelicans skimming the waves. There is magick in the smell of honeysuckle and jasmine.

Children know and understand this magick and much of our journey as People of the Earth involves reconnecting with the perception of children. Living in the now is what this seasons teaches us. It is in this way that, no matter where we live, we allow ourselves an Eternal Summer that shall not fade.

Bright Blessings!