‘Midsummer And The Generosity Of God’

Summer Solstice celebrations are being held in the United Kingdom. Sometimes known as Midsummer, Litha, or St. John’s Day it is the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. As I understand it for some contemporary pagans the Summer Solstice is seen as the day the ‘Goddess’ manifests as ‘Mother Earth’ and the ‘God’ as the ‘Sun King’. A union from which will come forth the fruit of the future harvest.

Of course I am a believer in Divine Unity but I still find this a moving metaphor for the generosity of God, one of the ‘divine attributes’. In this sense the fruitfulness of the earth itself can be seen as a metaphor for divine generosity. This reminds me of the words of Bahá’u’lláh

‘Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth is a direct evidence of the revelation within it of the attributes and names of God, inasmuch as within every atom are enshrined the signs that bear eloquent testimony to the revelation of that Most Great Light..’

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1990

 

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2 thoughts on “‘Midsummer And The Generosity Of God’

  1. In Judaism, the Divine is both male and female; the female aspect is called the Shekhinah. The union of the Shekhinah with the Godhead is foreshadowed every Friday night, both when the candles are lit for Shabbos, and when couples make love.

    Many Pagans (but by no means all) see the Divine as both One and Many. One substance, many forms and faces.

    • Thank you for the comment. The concept of the divine as both male and female is beautiful. Though personally I see God as being beyond gender. I can also appreciate the idea of the many forms of the divine and see them as the ‘attributes’ of the One God- aspects of the divine unity. Of course ultimately these are all metephors as we have no knowledge of the essence of God which is beyond mortal comprehension…

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