Happy Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer everyone. May the sun shine brightly on all of you. ❤

The Sisters of the Fey

The Summer Solstice is one of my favorite times of the year. We leave Spring behind and leap into the sunny (and sometimes stormy) days of Summer. Also called Litha, this summer solstice Sabbat honors the longest day of the year. Take advantage of the extra hours of daylight. Try and spend as much time as you can outdoors honoring the natural world around us.

With my move to Arizona, I waited to rededicate my altar on Litha. This year, I’m paying special attention to the land spirits and those that have found their way into my home. I also honor Kwan Yin, the goddess of compassion, and the Christian, Mary, who for me represents the mother goddess. I also honor the good neighbors (the fey) and welcome my connections to them.

Last weekend, I spent some time in my backyard, which is bare Arizona dirt! I thanked the land…

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Happy Summer Solstice: Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration Available NOW!

 

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HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!

I’ve planned this day out in my mind for over a year… Today, as a tribute to the Summer Solstice, my first book of poetry and short stories has become a reality. Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration is now available on Amazon.

From June 21st through June 27th, this book will be featured at the introductory price of $.99! Grab your copy today!

Here is the Country Tagged Universal Book Link: Smarturl.it.FairiesMythsMagic

Blurb:

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

What’s Litha ~ the Summer Solstice?

Litha is the celebration of the Summer Solstice—June in the Northern Hemisphere, and December in the Southern Hemisphere. Here in North America, the Litha Sabbat honors the longest day of the year with the most hours of sunlight.

Pagans celebrated Litha by observing and honoring the power of the sun. The sun’s influence reminded the people that the summer months represented fertility, ensuring the survival of the species.

During midsummer, magnificent fruit burst forth from the flowers, shrubs, and trees, providing ample food for all. Summer was also the most favorable time for the birthing and survival of animals, birds, and insects. This also included humans where the most births occurred during the months of July through October, which still continues today.

For the ancients, nothing represented the power of the sun more than fire. On the Solstice Eve, huge bonfires were erected on hilltops celebrating the link between the earth and heavens. Festivities lasted for days before and after the main event.

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Yet, the primitive people recognized the need for balance between fire and water. Some celebrations included setting a wheel on fire, then rolling it downhill into a body of water, signaling the power of the sun at it’s mightiest, and also the day the sun’s power begins to diminish.

For me, a Summer Solstice celebration was the perfect day to share my collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the magic of the ancient pagans. I hope you’ll enjoy this collection. ❤

Colleen Turquoise

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist writing YA fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet.

A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.

Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the CarrotRanch Literary Community.com in November 2017 for her piece, called “The Bus Stop.” Her debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy won gold in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com cover contest.

Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband, Ron. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com.

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You can find Colleen in all the usual places. Drop by anytime.

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Hugs n kissesfor sharing in my joy! Happy Blessed Litha! ❤

“Summer Posies,” A Haibun/Tanka Flash Fiction

Carrot Ranch writing challenge

June 14, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bouquet. You can explore the meaning of the word or gather a bunch of flowers. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by June 19, 2018Rules are here.

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The Litha preparations had been underway for days. Yesterday, the children had gathered bouquets of yellow daisies for us to carry on our journey to the bonfire which would honor the magnificence of Father Sun. The people were assembled, ready to pay homage to the One.

Excitement coursed through my veins, and I quivered. Tonight, my secret would be revealed. The mother had blessed me with the greatest gift of all. Inside, I felt the first fluttering of my tiny son.

My summer posies—

awash with an early dew

standing sentinel.

A gift of fertility,

honoring the summer sun.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

 

Fairies, Myths, & Magic Final  Litha, the Summer Solstice, is June 21st. Help me celebrate this Sabbat with the release of my first poetry and short story collection, written as a tribute to summer. See you there! ❤

 

“Celebrate the Summer Solstice,” A Tanka Poem

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I’ve stretched the limits of my Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge this week, but I have a good reason as you will see below. In my Tanka poem, I used “cheer,” for praise, and “feed the fires,” for excite.

This is also a book cover reveal!

Please join me on Thursday, June 21st, to help me celebrate the release of my first book of poetry and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration.” This book is written as a tribute to the Summer Solstice.

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Book Cover design by Wendy Anne Darling ~ Bookxeedo Book Covers

 

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

This summer solstice—
cheer the balmy rising sun
Litha blessings flow.
Triumph the light over dark,
feed the fires of midsummer.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Stayed tuned to learn about the special introductory price which will be announced on June 21st. ❤

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“The Litha Celebration,” A Garland Cinquain

This week I thought I would give you a tiny sneak peek into a project that my dear friend and Sister of the Fey, Wendy Anne Darling and I have been working on called, Fairies, Myths & Magic, Volume One – Summer Solstice. 

We’ve created our first collection of short stories and poetry that will publish on the Summer Solstice, June 21st… (if everything goes as planned). The Second book will publish a week before Halloween, the third book, in January 2019, and the fourth book, May 2019. In the weeks ahead we’ll be revealing the cover, so stay tuned.

This poetry challenge is such a big part of my life that I couldn’t see a way around not creating a poem for our book based off of some synonyms from a challenge. It just worked out that this week’s words fit the best. This poem is the last entry in the book. ❤

I used “honor,” for dignity and “profit,” for success. This is a garland cinquain which is a series of six cinquains in which the last is formed of lines from the preceding five, typically line one from stanza one, line two from stanza two, and so on.

As you can see, with proper alignment, the garland cinquain resembles a ribbon.

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The Litha Celebration, A Garland Cinquain

 

All hail

the Sun God reign

applaud the golden rays

as we grow in wisdom and might

Extol

 

Honor

the warmth and light

of bonfire’s cheerful glow

while fairies dance and spirits sing

Rejoice

Mystic

Summer Solstice

hints at changes to come

metamorphosis of ego –

Releases

 

Profit

from all good deeds

gained from sun, moon, and earth

our spirits rejuvenated

Rewards

 

Litha

Midsummer blessings

Closes the long-drawn day

Sending us on our way

Goodnight

 

All hail

The warmth and light

Hints at changes to come

Our spirits rejuvenated

Goodnight

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Smashing good timeSummer’s just around the corner. ❤