I’m posting a lazy post now. The summer solstice occurs this night, and I thought you need to know this is the time for spotting elementals! Listen to Steiner:
‘And thus it was that especially at midsummer people perceived the ruling and weaving of Nature in the summer nights, in the summer evenings. And what they felt then seemed to them to be a kind of summer dream which they experienced in reality; a summer dream through which they came especially near to the divine-spiritual; a summer dream by which they were convinced that every phenomenon of Nature was at the same time the moral utterance of the gods, but that all kinds of elemental beings were also active there who revealed themselves to men in their own way.
‘All the fanciful embellishment of the midsummer night’s dream, of the St. John’s night dream, is what remained later of the wondrous forms conjured by human imagination that wove through this midsummer time on the soul-spiritual level. This then, in all particulars, was taken to be a divine-spiritual moral revelation of the cosmos to man.’
In a day or two, it’s midsummer’s eve. This is as important to Swedes as christmas. For me it’s simply enigmatic. Honestly, it’s the time of year when I feel the most culturally alienated. I have sometimes toyed with the idea of trying to watch it from afar. In the archipelago, for example, lots of people gather for the occasion, so in that sense it seems different than christmas, which — I guess — not many people celebrate with their neighbours. Allegedly, people dance around a pole, sing about small, funny frogs and get drunk. They probably get drunk first though. Just guessing. I think it’s on friday.
I figure I’d better be looking for elementals instead.