Summer Solstice in Pine Hill Preserve

I am enchanted by the universal sacredness of our shared celestial bodies. These orbiting spheres have coaxed the evolution of human understanding about our outer world while also providing inspiration to our inner world for tens of thousands of years. It is an ancient thread of our humanness: the wonder of looking upward into the unfathomable expanse and responding to it with a brilliant collection of curiosity, scientific study, ritual, reverence, and awe that has yet to grow old - such is the mystery of nature.

When I speak of universal "sacredness" I do not mean "spiritual" or "religious", although it certainly takes on that shape. I mean it as something that carries a significance tethered uniquely to the human experience; be it an object, a person, a place, a moment, or this day - the day of the Summer Solstice.