Well if it isn’t that time of year already…

it’s the frickin’ Summer Solstice. The day when we in the Northern Hemisphere experience the longest period of daylight. YAY! (The downside is that the days start getting shorter from here.)

It’s also Father’s Day. A shout-out to all the Dads around the world – hoo-man or otherwise!

I’m celebrating this “official start of Summer” with a glass of Elderflower Peach Sangria – my own concoction and very refreshing on a hot day. (Recipe below.) À votre santé!

I just ventured downstairs to get a refill. Seeing Ramses’ behavior at the back door tipped me off to the fact that Hayley is running around the Concrete Jungle having a good old time (and driving the cat crazy…) – she’s celebrating the Summer Stolstice, too!

Hayley, won’t you come out.
– “Hayley” (ONOFF)

Anywho, I pulled a 2-card spread this morning. The first card, the 5 of Skulls (Pentacles), represents today’s Summer Solstice:

While the second card, The Hanged Man, spoke to a more personal question:

Notice how the first card is highly suggestive of this scene from Francis Ford Coppola’s production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula(1992):

The message gleaned from both cards is this: Surrender. Go with flow and know that you’ve done all you can. Fate lies with the Universe.

Indeed. Let’s raise a glass of cheer today and revel in the beauty of the season. Let your heart fill with the warmth of the Sun and KNOW that the Universe will spread your warmth to all creatures throughout the World.

Elderflower Peach Sangria

1 bottle white wine
1 ripe peach, cut into small pieces (I leave the skin on)
1/2 cup Elderflower liqueur
1/4 simple syrup (or Agave)
1 cup fizzy water

Muddle the peach slices in the bottom of a glass pitcher. Pour wine, Elderflower liqueur, simple syrup/Agave, and fizzy water on top. Stir and chill. Note: The color of the sangria will turn a beautiful pink color the longer it sits, and when all the sangria has been consumed I don’t waste those pieces of peach! They are full of sangria goodness so I spoon ’em up and eat ’em!

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