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Celebrating Summer Solstice & MidSummer

Lore and Rituals by Selena Fox

summer-solstice-plaqueSummer Solstice, sometimes known as Midsummer, Litha, or St. John's Day, occurs in the middle of June. It is a celebration of the longest day of the year and the beginning of Summer. It has been a grand tribal gathering time since ancient times. This is a sacred time for honoring Mother Earth and the Sacred Sun. Colors are Yellow, Green, and Blue. It is a festival of community sharing and planetary service.

Celebrate Solstice time with other Pagans -- take part in the Pagan Spirit Gathering or some other Pagan festival happening during June. Keep a Sacred Fire burning throughout the gathering. Stay up all night on Solstice Eve and welcome the rising Sun at dawn. Make a pledge to Mother Earth of something that you will do to improve the environment and then begin carrying it out. Have a magical gift exchange with friends. Burn your Yule wreath in a Summer Solstice bonfire. Exchange songs, chants, and stories with others in person or through the mail. Do ecstatic dancing to drums around a blazing bonfire.

Traditions include:

  • Sun Rituals & Offerings
  • Sacred Fires - Bonfires, Candlelight Labryinths, Fire leaping, Fireworks
  • MidSummar Pole
  • Herb gathering
  • Flowers & Greenery Wreaths, Crowns, Garlands
  • Waters - Dew, Swimming, Holy Wells, Purification
  • Foods, Drinks, Feasting
  • Music & Dancing
  • Revelry

Resources for Summer Solstice Celebrations

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