Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer solstice

In the Northern Hemisphere it is summer solstice today.
June 20-21 is a very important day for our planet and its relationship with the sun.


Photo: TA, 2009

The summer solstice, Midsommardagen which occurs in connection with a weekend in the same week as the Summer solstice occurs (on Friday we have a great party with friends and family). It is a major holiday in Sweden and is considered even more important than Christmas. The Swedish celebrate this holiday with dancing, maypoles, folk music and feasting that lasts for a week. Summer solstice is also now a celebration of the Christian saint, Saint John the Baptist, but in Sweden, the holiday maintains much of its pagan roots.

Solstice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.



The summer solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's and the moon's axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun, at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the summer solstice is an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like Midsummer to refer to the day on which it occurs.
The summer solstice occurs in June in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun reaches its highest position in the sky on the day of the summer solstice. However, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, the highest sun position does not occur at the summer solstice, since the sun reaches the zenith here and it does so at different times of the year depending on the latitude of the observer. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs some time between June 20 and June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied among cultures, but most have held a recognition of sign of the fertility, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

A mid-summer love blessing spell for you.

More info about the Celtic Druid’s Summer Sun Standing

I wish you all a great summer...

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