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The Time of the Summer Solstice

The Time of the Summer Solstice
 
Drums pulsing solemnly presage the break of dawn,
bonfires ablaze dot this auspicious June morn.
On the shores of Albion, Druid priests converge,
as Earth, Sea, and Sky do mystically merge.
 
A circle of white-robed diviners and bards all a-chant, 
amidst sacred oak and holly, as their hazel wands enchant.
The Dawn Ceremony begins the Summer Solstice,
awaiting the Sun’s majestic rise from the eastern abyss.
 
Rapidly waning is the dark of Spirit Night,  
as the Sun God waits to unleash his most brilliant light.
Proudly the Summer King wears his crown at Alban Hefin;
but at Alban Arthan, he relinquishes it to his Dark Twin.
 
The Wheel of the Year relentlessly turns,
as each season ever changes and thus returns.
An eternal cycle of life, death, and rebirth,
it manifests the wonder of nature and Mother Earth.
 
Drums pulsing solemnly presage the break of dawn,
bonfires ablaze dot this auspicious June morn.
On the shores of Albion, Druid priests converge,
as Earth, Sea, and Sky do mystically merge.
 
 
 
05-26-2016

Contest:     Summer Solstice
Sponsor:    Shadow Hamilton
Placement: 3rd

Notes:
 
Alban Hefin – the time of the Summer Solstice, The Light of the shore, by June 21st or 22nd. Light is at its maximum, and this is the time of the longest day. Starting at midnight on the eve of the Solstice, a vigil is held through the short night around the Solstice fire.
 
The Dawn Ceremony - marks the time of the sun's rising on this his most powerful day.
 
Dark Twin - the Sun-king is called the Holly King or Dark Successor (Tanist) in the Druid Calendar who reigns during the waning light of the year, until winter solstice.
 
Alban Arthan – the time of the Winter Solstice, called in the Druid tradition Alban Arthan or the Light of Arthur. This is the time of death and rebirth.
 
The Wheel of the Year – an annual cycle of seasonal festivals observed by the Druids and many pagans. It consists of four or eight solstices and equinoxes.
  
Spirit Night - The Summer Solstice was one of the three Spirit Nights of the year, the other two being Beltane and Samhain.

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Date: 6/23/2018 8:12:00 AM
A brilliantly constructed and beautiful rendition of this time of year. As an apprentice Druid i see the flow of Awen, our inspirer, alive and well in you. Thankyou. And Blessings to you.
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Date: 6/23/2018 9:52:00 AM
Dear Martyn, I thank you for visiting and leaving me your wonderful message and blessings! I am truly honoured! You may also wish to read another piece I wrote called, "A Spell for Global Peace and Love," which I am sure was inspired by Awen! Love and blessings. Pandita
Date: 5/2/2018 11:34:00 AM
Ok. I had a big ass smile on my face when i read your first verse. I loved it. Thank you for sharing.
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Date: 5/2/2018 12:12:00 PM
John, I'm really happy that you enjoyed reading this one! Thank you so very much for stopping by and leaving your kind complimentary words! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/22/2017 1:10:00 AM
And one wonders why I read your works. Wonderful words that need to be read and heard. Thank you for you creative mind, Hugs and luv back @ ya. WRITE ON :) James
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Date: 8/22/2017 12:53:00 PM
Awwww! Again thank you my friend for your kind words of praise and which I so very much appreciate. Hope you are enjoying a beautiful day! Hugs and love! Pandita
Date: 3/19/2017 7:34:00 AM
A splendid write! Flows so well and conveys the purpose and mystery of these druids. Well done!
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Date: 3/19/2017 3:25:00 PM
Hi John, thank you so very much for stopping by and leaving your kind complimentary words! Hugs. Pandita
Date: 10/26/2016 4:24:00 PM
Very well written, lots of thought! I enjoyed reading your notes tooI posted a new poem today if you would care to read and comment, appreciated.
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Date: 11/13/2016 6:18:00 PM
Hi Hani, thank you so much for your kind compliments and support, my friend! Have a beautiful day! Pandita
Date: 8/16/2016 3:59:00 PM
lovely, just beautiful
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Date: 11/13/2016 6:17:00 PM
Hi Wanjeru, thank you for the lovely compliments which mean a lot to me! Best wishes. Pandita
Date: 7/24/2016 1:20:00 AM
Lovely win, Pandita, skat...
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Date: 11/13/2016 6:16:00 PM
Thank you so much, Skat! I always appreciate hearing from you! Pandita
Date: 7/17/2016 11:48:00 AM
Pandita your poem has captured my interest as if by a spell.Truly fascinating. Pandita means "wise lady" in our language. So you are. Thanks. Love. Rajat.
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Date: 11/13/2016 6:15:00 PM
Hi Rajat, thank you so very much for your wonderful compliments which I am seeing for the first time (I didn't get an alert)! Have a beautiful day! Pandita
Date: 7/8/2016 10:30:00 AM
Hi Pandita! I came looking for new posts and found this lovely and informative poem which somehow I had missed earlier. When you have time do look up the ancient temples which we have in Malta, amongst them: Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, Ggantija; I'm sure you'll find them interesting.~ Hope you're keeping well. Regards // paul
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Date: 7/10/2016 5:27:00 PM
Hi Paul, it is such a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you so very much my friend! I have been very busy with too many projects that demand my attention. I did some research and was truly amazed by the monumental ancient temples in Malta! WOW! One day, I would love to visit and take that mystical journey through time! Best wishes always. Pandita
Date: 6/25/2016 4:24:00 AM
You offer the reader a front row seat for the splendor of these ceremonies. The pace of the piece is so fluid, makes me feel like I am marching along with the celebrants. Splendid write, congratulations!
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Date: 6/25/2016 2:56:00 PM
Hi Dineen, thank you my friend for your kind words of praise and and congratulations which I so very much appreciate. Have a wonderful weekend! Pandita
Date: 6/24/2016 3:30:00 PM
Pandita, a lovely write and interesting research completed on this one.
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Date: 6/25/2016 2:54:00 PM
Hello James, thank you so very much for stopping by and leaving your kind complimentary words! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 6/8/2016 6:01:00 PM
Your work was both captivating and informative.... Congrats Pandita, for your placement in the contest!! ;-)
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Date: 6/16/2016 1:19:00 PM
Hello Teddy, I truly appreciate your kind congratulatory words and compliments. Have a great day! Pandita
Date: 6/6/2016 11:24:00 PM
hey, Congratulations, lady!!
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Date: 6/16/2016 1:21:00 PM
Hi Andie, thank you so much for your support, my friend! Have a beautiful day! Pandita
Date: 6/6/2016 9:11:00 AM
Very well written ,congratulations Pandita!
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Date: 6/16/2016 1:20:00 PM
Dear Sara, many thanks for your kind congratulations which I so very much appreciate. Best regards. Pandita
Date: 6/6/2016 2:33:00 AM
A very deserving congratulation on your win!
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Date: 6/6/2016 7:40:00 AM
Hello Ravindra, thank you so very much for stopping by and leaving your kind congratulations! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 6/5/2016 10:26:00 PM
Congratulations on your wonderful win! ; )
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Date: 6/6/2016 7:42:00 AM
Hi Connie, I thank you, my friend, for your kind congratulations. Hope you are enjoying a beautiful day! Pandita
Date: 6/5/2016 10:18:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Pandora!!!!!!
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Date: 6/6/2016 7:36:00 AM
Dear Eve, many thanks for your kind congratulations which I so very much appreciate. Hugs. Pandita
Date: 6/5/2016 7:26:00 PM
Congrats on your fine write and win.
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Date: 6/6/2016 7:37:00 AM
Hello Seosamh, I truly appreciate your kind congratulatory words and compliments. Have a great day! Pandita
Date: 6/5/2016 5:00:00 PM
Pandita, congrats on your placement in the contest! :)-luloo
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Date: 6/6/2016 7:34:00 AM
Hi Laura, thank you so much and have a wonderful day! Pandita
Date: 6/5/2016 4:46:00 PM
very informative and excellent poem Pandita congrats on 3rd place hugs
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Date: 6/6/2016 7:31:00 AM
Hi Shadow, I am so thrilled! Thank you for the honour of placing this piece so highly in your contest! Hugs and all the very best to you, my friend! Pandita
Date: 6/5/2016 4:34:00 PM
Congratulations on your podium win in this Premiere Contest, Pandita. I love your poem...I also chose the same ritual. Your poem is so full of imagery and description of the ceremonies! Nicely done. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 6/6/2016 7:29:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Sandra! I appreciate your kind congratulations and compliments! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 5/31/2016 12:12:00 AM
A wonderful write, Pandita. Best wishes for the contest. A7. T.J
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Date: 5/31/2016 7:44:00 AM
Hi TJ, thank you my friend for your kind words of praise and high score. Have a wonderful week! Pandita
Date: 5/29/2016 5:41:00 PM
I think this is exactly what she will be looking for in her contest, Pandita . Very well done and an informative write.
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Date: 5/29/2016 8:07:00 PM
Andie, it is so nice to receive your wonderful complimentary words! Thank you so much for the visit! Pandita
Date: 5/27/2016 8:22:00 PM
captivating read Pandita.
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Date: 5/29/2016 12:26:00 PM
Thank you so very much my dear Lenny for your lovely compliment which I very much appreciate! Kind regards. Pandita
Date: 5/27/2016 8:54:00 AM
Hi Pandita, I enjoyed reading this wonderful piece whick like Stonehenge has the quality of transporting me to that mystical place and time. You did a lot of research on this one which I appreciate as you introduced me to and clarified terminology that I was not familiar with. A-7 for this excellent write! Kika
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Date: 5/27/2016 8:57:00 AM
Dear Kika, as always I appreciate your kind compliments, comments and high score! Thank you so much and have a wonderful weekend! Pandita