Happy Summer Solstice.
Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning sun and to stand still. As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. Ancient Pagans celebrated Summer Solstice with bonfires. This is the fairies merriest day. They might be willing to do you a favour, but they also like to play pranks now that they're loose. Thus I have been out and about since dawn making sure nothing naughty happens on my watch. Got my annoyed human up at the crack of dawn and nipped outside to collect the morning dew as it has healing powers. Then I put thistles in the fridge so the pookas won't steal the milk. Dug about in the flower beds looking for ‘Kwiat Paproci’ (the fern flower) a legendary bloom which supposedly only flowers on this one night in the year. Anyone who finds it will enjoy good fortune, power, wisdom and wealth. No such luck but the garden got a good make-over? This is the most magical time of the year, so remember to wear a sprig of thyme or a dog rose in your hair. I’ve got plenty if you need some after my mammoth gardening session looking for the fern flower. And don’t forget if you offend a fairy they may hit you with a fairy dart. This will cause severe pain and swelling in the paws. An old cure for this is ointment made from unsalted butter (if the pooka hasn’t stolen it) and a special herb rubbed on the affected paws. Naturally the fairy dart had to be extracted for the cure to be permanent. So if you spy a fairy tomorrow show it some respect and you may get showered with fairy dust!