Three summers

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Today is the summer solstice. It’s the longest day of the year in Scotland, with 17 hours, 35 minutes of daylight and ZERO night. It’s going to be daylight 10 hours, 36 minutes longer than the winter solstice in Scotland.

The solstice means it’s the first day of summer according to one definition, but there are (at least) three:

  • Astronomical season 21 June – 23 September
  • Meteorological season 1 June – 31 August
  • Solar (Celtic) season 1 May – 31 July

There is something significant about the solstices, equinoxes, moon phases, and shifting rituals with the seasons. At the very least, it’s a chance to ponder our smallness in this world.

I made this little drawing while thinking about the notion of three summers and how much I’ve missed my summer camping trips.

Happy solstice!

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