Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Celebrate the Summer Solstice
In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice, often called Midsummer, Litha, festival solstice or gathering day, it occurs between June 20th and 21st.
It is the day earth has reached its maximum tilt towards the sun and it is the longest day of the year. It marks the end of spring and the beginning of summer and is the most magical night of the year.
The summer solstice is considered one of the great seasonal shifts and it is celebrated by many festivals, rituals and ceremonies. It is a joyful celebration of the Sun God, of light, growth and life.
Though it officially marks the first day of summer it also marks the beginning of the days receding back into less light by 2 minutes a day.
Here we see expressed the integral duality of the sun and moon.
Celebrations for the sun God abound. At Stone Hedge pagans from around the world gather more than on other day to watch the sun move over the stones. There is dancing, feasting, music and dance.
It is hot at this time of year and nothing symbolizes heat more than fire. The Fire God/Horned God/Pan is symbolic of the fire of life and growth. For agrarian and pagan cultures this was a time to offer thanks for the growing crops that will sustain life for another year.
Fires were burned to strengthen the power of the sun God and served as the central point of celebration.
Deeply integrated with nature, medicinal herbs and plants were gathered at this time , hence earning the name gathering day. This practice is still continued by herbalists who follow the ancient ways and are attuned to integral relationships between the sun, life and earth.
Without the sun, the crops would fail and there would be death. To more ancient cultures, this was truly a reason to celebrate.
Another interesting fact is the solstice is strongly associated with the Night of the Fairies during which one cans see faire light and communicate with them.
A special tea was drunk whist sitting by an elder tree under the stars.
In more modern societies, the summer solstice is a great time to dance around bonfires and celebrate life. No matter what your spiritual path there many ways are to celebrate.
Dance, drum, have a bonfire, drink tea and star gaze, stay up from dawn to dusk, take your partner dancing in the forest, burn incense, drink fruit-based drinks and set your crystals out to bask in the sun.
Make flowers crown and wreaths form honeysuckle, wild grapes and other flowering vines.
Surround yourselves with those you love and just celebrate life, the greatest gift of all.
1. The Sun God and all his names-Pan-Katu-Mitra-Ra-Suale and many more.
2. Herbs and plants associated with the solstice are oak, rowan, St. John’s wort, sages, mints.
3. Flowers-Sunflower, Coreopsis, roses, gypsophilia, daisies, honeysuckle and basil
4. Astrological signs-Gemini and cancer (the cusp of these signs occurs over the solstice).
5. For those born on June 23rd, you are born under the sign of fairer and are considered the most magical birthday of the year.
6. Teas are made from mints, sages and elder and are drunk to give faeire sight.
7. Homeopathic are Calcium cell salts Calcarea magnesium and Calcarea Phosphoric
8. Essential oils are citrus, rose, violet and sage
9. Food associations are all things fiery and sweetly fruit based, cayenne, peppers, berries, cherries onions, garlic, candied ginger, bread, honey cakes, teas and apple wines.
Whatever your path, celebrate solstice!
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