Celebrating the Solstices
From the introduction to the book:
“Acknowledging the moments of the Solstices, those extremes in the elliptical orbit of our Earth around the Sun, offers us yet another opportunity to express gratitude for those people and things that allow stability for our individual well-being.
Our traditions and celebrations described in this book provide an opportunity to pause and reflect on all that we now know and all that we still do not know about our universe. We contemplate our heliosphere and our natural world’s dependence upon the cycles of the Earth and Sun. The readings and activities described provide a framework for celebrating what we know about these cycles and for sharing with others our curiosity about what we still have yet to learn, in so doing inspiring a sense of wonder about our universe and our place within it. “
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"Discovering our planet and ourselves"
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
"So often our busy lives leave us little time to stop and reflect upon our place, both physically and metaphorically, in the universe. Celebrating the Solstices is a fascinating guidebook into better understanding both our physical space and how our environment resonates spiritually within us. In this text, Jim Donovan illuminates the synergy between the physical movement of the planet and the deep seeded connection with our own humanness. His writing is both technically astute and movingly poetic, and the reader feels both the author’s passion for protecting Mother Earth and our individual imperative to do the same. His descriptions of creating a solstice wreath and celebrating the occasion with family and friends are illustrated with stunning photographs that add to the beauty of this lovely book. I recommend Celebrating the Solstices to anyone looking to discover, or perhaps rediscover, the wonder and beauty of our natural world in a simple and celebratory way."
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2019
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"I really enjoyed reading Seasons in Mind. As someone who celebrates summer and winter solstices, I am always on the hunt for resources to help me and my family extend our experiences. This book is filled with so many good ideas to elaborate on the celebrations and make them a truly family experience. Whether it's designing the wreath, enjoying a meal or gathering outside, this book has so many thoughtful ideas. I especially enjoyed reading about the suggested activities such as doing a play, having a fun quiz or joining in a sing-along all of which we will definitely do during the next solstice celebration. I also enjoyed reading about the history of the solstices and learned things I had not come across before.
If celebrating the solstices is something you enjoy doing, this book is a must-have for getting even more out of the observance both through activities as well as inspiration."