Summer Solstice

The little birds in our yard have left their nest (bushtits?), the days are long and – at least today – balmy and beautiful. It must be summer! Time to enjoy the longest day, and shortest night of the year, when Earth’s axis is most inclined toward the sun, which reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North Pole.

Summer Solstice, or Midsummer, is associated with festivals and celebrations worldwide: fireworks and bonfires are lit to keep away evil spirits (and are jumped over as purification and hoped fertility), special foods served to celebrate their harvests, herbs are picked at the height of their healing power, traditional songs are sung, and beverages are consumed.

From this point on, the days will again grow shorter, as the wheel of the year turns and our planet spins in its orbit.

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2 Responses to Summer Solstice

  1. Chris Mings says:

    Someday I want to go to the summer solstice celebration in St. Petersburg.

    • That’s the best time of year to go! (well, I’m sure they all have their glories…) It almost never gets dark, just a very pale sky around 4am or so. The skies are gorgeous, and everybody’s out walking late into the night.

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