Summer: The Season of Celebration

by | Jun 1, 2010 | Dying/Death, Holidays/Holy Days/Seasons | 3 comments

The third edition of Rhythm of the Home was published this morning. It’s a wonderful online magazine and my article on Summer: The Season of Celebration appears here.

About a month ago, I received a wonderful phone call from a woman named Heather, who blogs at Shivaya Naturals. I had been following her blog for a couple of months and was thrilled to speak with her about our mutual interests and passions. At the end of the conversation she asked if I would write a four-part series for her online magazine, Rhythm of The Home, about the cycles of the seasons. I told her I would be honored to do so. My first article would appear in the summer issue, so the topic would be summer.

When I got off the phone, I realized that my research on transitions has revealed a three-part framework of lettting go, liminal, and new beginning, which I’ve always corresponded to autumn, winter, and spring. But about summer? Where did this season fit into the framework? Upon meditating on this interesting idea, I realized that summer is is the fourth stage of transition, the celebration that follows the tender new birth of spring. Summer is life in full bloom, the manifestation of the resources that pushed above ground during a life transition. It was exciting to happen upon this new concept in my understanding of transitions.



  1. We are so thankful to have you! I so enjoyed your piece and am looking forward to the other three seasons.

    • Thank you, Bernadette. It’s really a joy to join your beautiful community and amazing online magazine.

  2. Your article, as always, puts into words what I have trouble expressing in my own emotions right as we watch my grandfather enter his final stages. Joy and grief – yes. The transition so closely connected to the seasons – absolutely. I have a deep sense that our fall season this year will for certain involve us letting go.


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