Archive | June 20, 2012

Celebrating the Summer Solstice

The Mid-Summer Festival
By Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D.  🐾

The Summer Solstice is a pre-Christian holiday and has been celebrated throughout Europe and many parts of the world for eons. The solstice itself has remained a special moment of the annual cycle of the year since Neolithic times.

In Anglo-Saxon form, the holiday is known as Litha. A Germanic word for June and meaning mid-summer. In Irish form Meitheam. (From Old Irish mithem (“midsummer, June”), from Proto-Celtic *medjo-samīno- (compare Welsh Mehefin)).

Today Solstice celebrations center around the astronomical timing of the summer solstice. But many pagans still hold to traditional lunar calendar celebrations holding the rite at sunset on June 20th, the 21st or June 24, the day of the solstice in Roman times.

Like most pagan holidays, the early Christian Church assimilated the holiday into their calendar and original Celtic celebrations slowly faded. The “new” holiday is associated with the nativity of John the Baptist, which is observed on, June 24. Knowing that pagans followed a lunar calendar and began their celebrations at sunset on the eve before the Gregorian calendar date, the early church established St John’s Eve on the evening of June 23. This is the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of St John the Baptist. Continue reading

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: The Emperor – Inverted

The Emperor - Inverted

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

Be cautious of those telling little lies around you. It’s an important day to shield your energies, and your back pocket. Trust your intuition and control your own future. It’s hard being the leader who governs his domain. But remember, you asked for this and you will succeed. But as the Emperor you must remain vigilant and remain aware of the little games being played that can disrupt your plans.

Additional Insight:

Don’t be afraid to confront your suspicions. You may find those little lies to be transparent, but attempts by others to save your feelings from what otherwise are harmless activities.

Those are trying to pull the wool over your eyes for their own greed or ego, will deny their deceit. But they will also give up their attempts to device you and spend the rest of the week wondering how you found out.

You’re the one in control today. Be upfront and confident in expressing your insight and views. You can turn the day into a win/win in your favor!

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