Reflections from Alban Hefin 2019

As the light goes out....
As the light goes out….

Alban Hefin “The Light of Summer” is the name aptly used in OBOD for the Summer Solstice. Sometimes Alban Heruin “Light of the Shore” is used, either way, both names are used for the festival of Midsummer and neither are wrong.

This year, the Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) was on Friday 21st June. I spent the morning walk to work reflecting on the nature of the Solstice and about what I wanted to do in the evening when I got home and how to celebrate midsummer in the garden.

I thought of the things I have achieved this year so far as well as the one stumbling block I just couldn’t think of a way round. Until I decided to take time out and regain my energy. And so, the following came to mind:

Every now and then the Sun, much like life, is obscured by cloud. It might be a short while, or it can be weeks. We might get a patch of sadness or frustration or we can’t see the light to a situation because all we see is the grey around us. Our minds fogged by confusion and fear.

And yet, behind those clouds, like the next day to our night, the Sun still burns. It’s light still shines in the cold universe, it keeps on going.

There is that saying about the darkest hour being just before the dawn, and I think there is truth in that.

In Modern Druidry, there is the maxim of “In light there is darkness, and in darkness, there is light.”

And for a few years after first reading that, I didn’t really get it. Until one night when I saw the first stars come out.

The light you may be seeking might be as brilliant as the Sun, breaking out of the cloud cover and it’s heat clearing the sky. But beware of staring at it for too long!

Or the light you seek may be as soft as the moon, close yet far and reflecting the sunlight to show the way.

Or the light you seek in your darkness could be as faint as the first stars before the night grows dark and even though you can’t see it at first, once it shows itself you can’t un-see it. And that star might be distant and faint, but it’s shine could be brilliant once night sets in.

The point is, that we may have times of cloudiness in our lives, we may have the confusion of fog, or even be lost in the dark. But these are temporary, and the light you are looking for might not be what you were expecting. Sometimes we have to make our own light, make our own way out of the dark. In other situations, we simply have to wait, let our eyes adjust to the dark, or to wait for the cloud to move, the star to show itself, or for the dawn to come.

Whatever your cloud or darkness is, keep shining!