The Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer, or Litha; happens around June 21st When the sun enters Cancer. It is the day that the sun has reached its maximum power and is the longest day of the year. The sun has worked the entirety of Winter and spring to reach its full potential. On this day it will shine powerful and as long as it can before setting into its decline of power. It is as if the sun accepts its own decline but is still proud, as if that very moment is all that matters.
Summer is generally a time for celebration and fun. This Sabbat is no exception. It is a time to celebrate and remember and honor the sun. In the old religion bonfires were built, brooms were set ablaze and were taken about the crops so the smoke and ash would promote good growth and draw out sickness and disease. The broom handles were saved to be stuck in the earth by the gardens to ward off evil spirits.
The sun represents fire, passion, warmth, and masculinity. It is the source of all life, for without it we would simply not exist. We should remember it as the provider, the light, and the god, and we should honor it on the Solstice just as we do the moon when she is full. Take the time on this day to watch either the sunrise or the sunset. Think about what the sun means to you. What does it do for you, how does it make you feel? Take the time to give thanks for what the sun does for you and the rest of the world. Meditate on what you could do to give back or contribute to the energy of the sun.
As always, have a blessed Sabbat,
Photo courtesy of: Derek Byerly of DB Photography