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About Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice in Astrological Terms:
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is the longest day and shortest night of the year, and marks the first day of the season of summer.  At the time of summer solstice, (usually occuring about June 22), the sun is directly overhead at noon at the Tropic of Cancer.

Summer Solstice for Wiccans & Pagans:
In the Pagan  year, there are four major Sabbats (harvest festivals) and four lesser Sabbats (solar festivals).  The Summer Solstice is one of the lesser Sabbats and is also known as Litha, Midsummer and Vestalia.

Tthe Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, and usually occurs around June 21st.  Astrologically spealing, it is the time when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. This date is considered the mid-point of summer, which began with Beltane on May 1st and ends with Lughnasadh on August 1st.  

The ancient Romans saw this time as sacred to the goddess Juno (wife to Jupiter), the goddess of women and children and also the patroness of marriage. The month of June is named after her, and is the reason that marriages are so popular during this month.

Summer Solstice does not just recognize marriage and love, but it  is a time of brightness, purification and healing. It is a time to meditate on the aspects of light and dark both within us and in the world around us, to celebrate the outdoors and to enjoy the warmth of the sun and the beauty of nature. 

In 2008, the Summer Solstice will occur on June 20.

 



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