Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Sharlyn Hidalgo, author of The Healing Power of Trees and the new Celtic Tree Rituals.
I just got back from a three-week visit to Ireland on a pilgrimage of sorts to connect with the spirits of the land. We were a small group that traveled with local guides so that we could visit out of the way places strong in spirit.
The greatest reward for traveling there was understanding that Ireland is the birthplace of the ogham, or tree alphabet. It originated in Ireland and then moved east to the rest of the rest of the British Isles. So, in a way it was like going home. I also met quite a few people who are as passionate about the ogham as I am.
The beginning of June marks shorts days, grill days, and summer hours for our luckly Llewellyn employees--but it’s not very fair that you don't get to participate, is it? So we want you to join us in a summer celebration! We are hosting our second annual Solstice Twitter party!
Did we mention giveaways? In addition to having a great time, you’ll have a chance to win one of three signed copies of Great Sex Made Simple, by Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson, a perfect way to turn up some heat as we roll into summer! Three  lucky prizewinners will be drawn at random at the end of our Summer Solstice Twitter Party Celebration from the participants of that party. We will contact
Today marks the beginning of summer, the longest day of the year, and a time of celebration at Stonehenge and everywhere else across the northern hemisphere. What exactly is the summer solstice, and what makes it worthy of feast and fun?
In short, the solstices (one occurring on or around June 21 and one occurring on or around December 21 each year, marking the beginning of summer or winter, depending on your hemisphere) occur because the Earth is tilted on its axis; it is on the solstices that the sun is tilted most toward (the summer solstice, with longer, warmer days) or away from (the winter solstice, with cooler, shorter days) the sun. Because of the Earth's tilt and the