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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: Three of Wands – Inverted

Three Of Wands - Inverted

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

It’s ok to be unconventional. Some of the best ideas come from being upside down and a little different. Don’t let others push you into being what they want or think you should be. Live true to your own inner instincts, respect all things around you; including yourself, and allow your inspiration to flow and brighten the world.

 


Additional Insight:

Just because others are afraid to be a little different, doesn’t mean you have to live through their fear. In today’s competitive world looking at the world with a different perspective can help to think outside the box. Utilize your own intuition to inspire new solutions and exciting concepts.  Use your unconditional perspectives to imagine new innovations that others have never conceived. Be yourself! And others will come to appreciate your different perspectives.

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