Summer Solstice, a summer time celebration
Happy Summer Solistice
Today is the Summer Solistice. It is the longest day of the year, a day to celebrate the Sun God in all his glory and strength and the goddess at the peak of fertility in the fullness of pregnancy. The day is also known as Litha, Midsummer and St. John's Day. It is a day for celebration in which the aspects of abundance, fertility and virility are most prevalent. It is a time to celebrate the bounty of nature with family and friends.
For Wiccan's it is a time to gather covens and celebrate the pinnacle of the Wheel of the Year. The holiday celebrates empowerment, consummation, and culminations so it is a time for hand-fasting ceremonies and coven gatherings. Every year the day is marked In Europe at monuments such as Stonehenge. In the Celtic and Norse traditions large circular fires where lit in honor of the Sun God in all his glory. In the Mediterranean the God and Goddess Pan where said to lure the maidens and nymphs into the woods with their magical pipes for a night of pleasure. While in Britain and Wales it is a time to honor elves and fairies.
Honoring the traditions
To honoring the Summer Solstice we want to make the most of the longest day. Collection of the morning dew at sunrise is a great start to the day as we commune with nature enjoying the fresh scent of morning and the sound of birds. Dew collected on this day is thought to be especially potent in most traditions and is used for consecration and purification.
Continuing your Summer Solstice celebrations for the day with decorating, center around themes of red and gold the traditional colors of the season. Sunflowers are considered by many to be the holiday's flower. Birch wreaths can be made interwoven with flowers and red feathers indicative of fertility. Luminaries may be hung from treas commemorating the fairy's.
It is also a time to gather those you love together and celebrate the bounty of summer. Food is a big part of this holiday as it is in most Wiccan traditions. It is a great day for block parties , reunions or a night with friends. Decorations of candles, flowers and all the bright colors of the season will set the mood.
A barbecue with potato salad and a fresh garden salad will make a meal that is not only bright and beautiful but utilizes the best of summer's harvest .Top it off with a bowl of multi-colored berries crowned with a dollop of whipped cream and you have a meal that celebrates the best that summer has to offer.
At day's end light a fire while enjoying a bright drink or fruit tea and let the kids loose to catch fireflies.
Today is all about celebrating the best of summer and outdoor activities. .
How ever you choose to celebrate today whether it is a big family barbecue, a gathering of friends sipping Sangria's by a bonfire or quiet moment on the porch swing sipping a fruit tea remember that today's celebrations are to commemorate the longest day of the year. Summer has reached it's peak today and from here on in the days will only become shorter and shorter winding down to winter. So don your brightest summer dress or drag out the flowered shirt and flip flops and make the most of summertime and friends before the cold and winds drive us inside again.