“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers,
but for the wide world’s joy.”
– Henry Ward Beecher
Happy Summer Solstice
“Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling:”
– Walt Whitman
Ceremonies at sacred sites all over the northern hemisphere are held on the longest day / night of the year, including bonfires and all-night vigils. The celebrations focus on fertility and the life-giving power of the sun.
The Wild Hunt has a nice post on the sabbat, including a photo of Druids at Stonehenge.
Also happening around this time:
June – Dehaluyi – Native North American month of the Green Corn
June 23 – St. John’s Eve – Commemoration of the nativity of John the Baptist
July 16 – Ezili – Haitian Voodoo celebration of a protective female spirit
(source: Ceremonies of the Seasons by Jennifer Cole)