The Wheel of the Year – Summer Solstice

About the Jez of It

19 – 23 June

The sun is at its highest – and about to begin its slow decline – during the longest day of the solar year, the Summer Solstice, occurring between 19 – 23 June when the sun enters the sign of Cancer. The Summer Solstice, Midsummer, or Litha is an important and symbolic fire festival.

In ancient times customs included farmers lighting torches and parading them around newly ripening crop fields. The intention of this ritual was to drive out harmful spirits that may cause illness in their communities. It was also aimed at preventing weakness in the harvest.

In terms of symbolism, the Summer Solstice holds a wealth of it. Viewing the sun’s annual journey through the skies as representative of our own lives. Midsummer communicates a vital message. Symbolically the midpoint of summer as the midpoint of human life. At its height of power at Midsummer…

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

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