Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Solstice

It is the longest day of the year and it is the mark of the summer season. The summer solstice focuses on the attributes of the male deity in Pagan trads. The Sun is seen as the masculine representation of the Lord and the Moon is the feminine aspect of the Lady.

The solstice is marked by Pagan brothers and sisters with celebrations for luck, renewal, love, health and prosperity. Feasting and dancing and bon fires are wonderful elements of the feast and optimism of spirit is called for. Gather friends and family and cook food outside, play music, dance and have fun and celebrate the feast of the sun.

Burn some fennel, rue, rosemary, lemon verbena, St. Johns Wort, laburnum, foxgloves, and elder flowers to help usher in the season. These herbs will encourage prosperity and a greater sense of well being. Light a blue or white candle for peace and a gold candle (or yellow) to draw luck and money and success to you. If you have the ability, take a dip naked in a pool (just make sure the neighbors can't see you) and celebrate your unity with the elements...

Celebrations are June the 21st, but some folk begin their celebrations ten hours before the dawn of the sun on the 21st