Greeting, friends!

It’s June 20th and (here, at least) it is the summer solstice.

Today is the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.  The power of the sun to create life was revered in many ancient cultures and celebrated on the solstice.

Here are some interesting things about midsummer or solstice that I have found online (or elsewhere):

According to Wikipedia – “Midsummer day simply refers to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, but more often refers to specific European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice, or that take place on a day between June 21 and June 24, and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures.”

  • Pagans called the Midsummer moon the “Honey Moon” for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice.
  • Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.
  • Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called ‘chase-devil’, which is known today as St. John’s Wort and still used by modern herbalists as a mood stabilizer.

This blog was a joy to read this morning: The Pagan & the Pen.

Enjoy the day!

 

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