We have finally arrived at the mid-point of the year and the summer solstice. This is the longest day of the year and then the Sun turns, and the nights become longer than the days. The pagans claim this to be Mid-Summer because summer is considered to be from May Day to Lammas (1st August).
Like Samhain (Halloween) this is an important festival to honour the faery folk. The veil between their world and ours is at its thinnest and if you want to see them the lore goes that you need to rub fern seed onto your eyelids at midnight.
Traditionally birch, fennel, St. John’s Wort, Orpin, and white lilies were placed over the front door and around the house. Also rue, roses, Vervain, and Trefoil where revered for having magical properties on the midsummer. In Spain Midsummer’s Eve is called the “Night of the Verbena (Vervain)”. St. John’s Wort was especially honored by young maidens who picked it in the hopes of attaining a future lover.
Interestingly, when this Pagan festival was Christianised it became known as St John’s Eve represented by the Feast of St John the Baptist, and celebrated on the 24th June, just as the Winter Solstice is celebrated on 21st December and Jesus’ birthday on 25th December.
Solstice is a joyous celebration where people stay up all night in order to greet the rising sun. Many celebrate it at sacred sites such as Stonehenge or Avebury. It is the time to honour the light, celebrate what we have learnt during the past six months and recognise how we have blossomed and grown, like the nature around us. It also represents change – the ending of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.
The energy is especially potent around the Solstice and everything that is happening around you is an opportunity to enable you to fulfil your intentions and dreams. The more you can let go of all expectations, and are open, flexible, and adaptable, the more magical and exciting life becomes.
I am always gifted a feather over Solstice, so if you see one take it as sign it is helping you to soar. Put it on your alter to remind you that even when you are grounded, it doesn’t mean you don’t have the feathers to fly.
The best course of action is to love whatever is happening, throw your hands in the air, and enjoy the roller coaster ride wherever it takes you! Use the opportunity this Solstice to really thank Mother Earth for the wonderful experience that is Life. For what has been – I thank you. For what is – I am grateful. For what will be – YES!!!! When we can fully trust life, it becomes magical.
Wishing you all a joyous and abundant Solstice!