Ahh…. Summer. I love this time of the year… the heat of the sun, the brilliant colors of the flowers, the abundance of fruits and vegetables, the clear blue sky, picnics at the beach (or river), the gathering of family and friends. LIFE! …what it should be, won’t you agree? I look at this time of the year, as Mother Earth’s heaviest pregnancy. Coincidentally, this is the first day of summer, when the Sun is right over the sign of Cancer, the representation of motherhood.
The ancients celebrated Summer Solstice as one of the most important solar events. It is the longest day and shortest night of the year. It is the time of year when the Sun’s power is at the strongest – the noon sun appears to be at the farthest north from the celestial equator. Solstice stands for “sun stands still” (sol “sun” and sistere “to stand”) in Latin.
There are Temples of the Sun all over the world including the Temple of Karnak, Egypt,
the Stonehenge in England, and the pre-Columbian temple in Mexico where the Sun worshippers pay respect to the Sun god. The ancients understood that our life and vitality is dependent on the sun. Why not?
Can you imagine life without the sun? What would happen to the plants? And, how would your health, your disposition be like without it? Do you have a “sunny” personality meaning, joyful and happy? If you don’t, it means that you’re gloomy (no sun), right?
In some rural areas, midsummer is celebrated with the elements of Fire and Water: fire for purification, and purging, water for healing, cleansing and protection. Midsummer Eve is the night when spiritual healers, midwives and herbalists harvest the healing herbs with the belief of the plants’ exceptional potency around this time. “This is the time when the spirit of the plants is wide awake” according to my family’s belief. Herbs may be hung above the door, and windows for home protection or to drive away unwanted spirits or negative energies. Bathing in the river or in water springs is another cleansing process commonly done in rural areas.
Try this for Midsummer Eve magic with your friends:
4 white candles, one for each direction (east, south, west, north)
Bergamot oil to anoint the candles with
Sandalwood for incense
Gardenia or Plumeria flowers to float in a white bowl with water
Saint John’s Wort herb to lightly spurge yourself with
Papaya fruit or Zucchini bread for serving or offering
Coconut Juice for libation
“We All Come From the Goddess” for music
Share stories of your fun childhood years.
May you be blessed with the Magic of Midsummer full of happiness and prosperity.
“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”