Midsummer – Litha

“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)

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