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Savoring the Summer Solstice

Summer is nearly officially here and all around us, the flowers, trees, birds, fireflies, and elements are bursting with life. If you stop and close your eyes, you can practically feel it pulsating. This is the time to savor all these sensual pleasures in abundance and revel in all that nature's bounty has to offer! Since the Solstice falls on Father's Day this year, you may choose to combine your festivities. However you celebrate the Solstice, being outside as much as possible seems to be the order of the day.

A Magickal Market

Speaking of being outside, were you aware that Houston boasts a magical, witchy outdoor marketplace? They do! The Thorn & Moon Magickal Market, headed by Jessica Anderson, runs the first Saturday of every month downtown at the White Oak Music Hall and Raven Tower from 6 - 11 p.m. Jessica is this month's "Women Who Howl at the Moon" podcast guest, so be sure to tune in and hear her describe all the sights and sounds in glorious detail. Everything from themed vendors to Goth Yoga is available for you to try. They often wrap up with some apropos entertainment, such as the Bewitched Burlesque troupe performing a show. Amanda Marie Parker from Bewitched Burlesque was our April podcast guest.

Midsummer and the Four Elements

This Midsummer, I myself plan on a long weekend camping trip, with bike and roller skates in tow. If it gets hot enough, my guy and I will probably opt for a cleansing dip. More than anything, untangling from technology and news is going to be a primary goal. Opting instead to plug into greenery, hiking, bodies of water, fresh air, and regular campfires will be an ongoing meditation. Think about the way that you can best rejuvenate, let your hair down, and just be. Be sure to honor those things for the Gods, Goddesses, and yourself. Cook up some fresh, healthful produce in bright yellows, oranges, and reds.Pack along a journal and write down some notions on what that means to you. Try and slow down and be mindful in all your actions this weekend and observe what you notice. Pay attention to all the signs nature can offer up to you. Often all it takes is a simple shift in perspective to refocus on all that is truly positive and uplifting in your life. Carry that with you after the Summer Solstice into the coming week and see what unfolds.

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Colleen DuVall has written articles, plays, short films, and a novel. Most recently, her work has been featured in her new blog, Off The Beaten Path for the Shepherd Express online (, and the Wisconsin Life radio show for WPR. She recently adopted a little grey and white cat named Tessa, after beloved 22-year-old Bootise passed on.


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