When someone says Summer Solstice, the movie has potential. Midsomer Immediately emerges in the mind. The 2019 horror film follows the character of Florence Pig as she joins a murderous pagan sect celebrating the arrival of summer. But really, the summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the shortest night, one reason to celebrate – of course it depends on how your day goes.
What is summer solstice?
Summer solstice occurs when the North Pole is at its maximum inclination (23.5 degrees) in the northern sky. Sounds complicated, but it does mean we get the longest hour of sunlight and the shortest night of the calendar year, the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In London, that means 16 hours and 38 minutes of natural light. But the sun not only stays high in the sky but also sets slowly, meaning you should find a roof bar near you as soon as possible.
This process changes in the Southern Hemisphere on June 21 with the shortest day of the year and the onset of winter. Bo.
How is it celebrated?
Humans have been celebrating summer solstice in one form or another for thousands of years, with each culture having a slightly different name and ritual associated with it. The Druids, the makers of Stonehenge, named Solstice Letha, meaning light, and it was celebrated as a festival of life and rebirth. To this day, pagans gather in Stonehenge and similar ancient stone circles to see the sunlight shining among the rocks, reflected in the display of magical light on the main altar.
The Romans celebrated Solstice with a feast in honor of Vista, the goddess of the stove and the women leaving flowers and offerings on the altars of their temples. In ancient Greece, meanwhile, Solstice began the New Year, and feasts were held in the name of the agricultural gods Cronus and Titan, Queen Rhea, whose slaves were presented by their masters. In the ancient Viking settlements, now Iceland and Sweden, Solstice was one of the most important days of the year, celebrated with visits to bonfires and wells, which were thought to have healing properties.
What does this mean for us?
Astrologers and spiritualists believe that summer solstice (when the sun reaches the tropics of cancer) is a powerful time to express our desires for the coming year. As a result of its association with the astronomical sign of cancer, it is time for the solstice to reflect itself and re-focus our “homes” or inner worlds, so that evolution can take place over the next six months.
According to ancient pagans, Solstice, also known as the evening of Midsummer, was steeped in magic, and the intentions or spells cast during that time were particularly likely to be true.
Astrologers, shamans and spiritual healers still believe that the energy of the sun, which burns the most on this day, has the power to supercharge intentions, expressions and decisions.
How can you celebrate summer?
Our society has become more and more interested in spirituality and mysticism in the last few years, as a result of which summer solstice is being recognized and celebrated more mainstream.
If you’re going to Glastonbury this weekend, head to Stone Circle, now known to revelers as a place to keep the party alive when everyone else is asleep, but the druid The formation is widespread in ancient folklore and is widespread. Considered one of the most magical places in Britain.
If you’re in London, why not clean up your mess with an a. Syrian fire ceremony Or head to Chelsea Physics Garden for them. Summer Solstice Sound Bath Ritual Alternatively, just write down a list of intentions or desires that appear in the next six months and light a candle to use the healing power of the sun.
Kill two birds with one stone and combine your exercise with the ringing in early summer. Shake Parliament Saturday with their Solstice-based evening swimming program. Or, if you’re in central London, head to Leicester Square. Merit Club On Sunday, where spiritual healing goddesses are hosting a healing circle, Tantric artists are sharing their expertise on everything from healing to transformational healing.
Or if crystals and star signs aren’t your thing, toast the arrival of summer with ice-cold apricots. St. Margaret’s House.