Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Solstice!!


Yay, summer is officially here! As described on  PlanetSave, "on June 21 2013, at exactly 1:04 am EDT (5:04 UTC), the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth will reach its point of greatest inclination to the Sun. The term ‘summer solstice’ generally refers to the exact moment in time when this occurs, but also to the day.

 The day, and also the general period in time, are also referred to as midsummer. The summer solstice is an important holiday in much of the Northern Hemisphere, and was very important to many ancient cultures....The solstice was/is thought to be the time “when the forces of nature are at their most powerful, and the boundaries between the physical and spiritual worlds are thinnest.” The term used in modern times — solstice — is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still)."

It has been a time of celebrating the long days of summer, and the abundance of nature since the times before recorded history. In stone age Britain, it was a time of dancing, feasting, large bonfires, and gathering of medicinal plants and herbs. Need I say more? Go gather those medicinal herbs, and while you're at it, dance naked around a bonfire or two! If that's not your style, check out how some brave people spend the summer solstice in Seattle.

2 Comments:

Blogger Father Tyme said...

We've peaked! It's all downhill until December.

Always hated summer solstice! That means the sun is heading back south and winter is coming.

I know. It's months away. It's just the thought that the days will be getting shorter.

And eveyone knows winter lasts months longer than summer!!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

I know, honey, I feel the same way!

Right now I'm in shock and absolutely devastated - my oldest mare died today. I had her for 22 years, and she was literally part of my heart. I just can't believe she's gone, and I can't quit crying....

9:12 PM  

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