June Solstice

The Summer Solstice is known in Contemporary Paganism as Litha or Midsummer, as in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Nichols (2009) calls this a time when bonfires are lit, people may leap through the fires, and the young stay up all night.  Pagan lore often marks this as the moment the sun god meets hi death, though Nichols reserves that event for the coming cross-quarter.

Glenys Livingstone of PaGaian sees this time as the moment when, metaphorically, “the Goddess and God embrace in a love so complete that all dissolves into the single song of ecstasy that moves the worlds. Our bliss, fully matured, given over, feeds the Universe and turns the wheel. We join the Beloved and Lover in the Great Give-Away of our Creativity, our Fullness of Being.”  To symbolize this, her ritual script sees flowers, fruit, and the like distributed to participants, who then give away this bounty by casting it into the central fire.

Jon Cleland Host of the Naturalistic Paganism yahoo group suggests kayaking local rivers or lakes, hiking in the woods, and holding a ritual in the forest.   He also takes this as a time to celebrate marriage, as well as to consume mead:

Mead is often consumed – celebrating the honey of our marriage and the season.  Mead is honey wine, and the full moon closest to Litha is traditionally called the mead moon or the honey moon (hence the name “honeymoon” for the vacation after a wedding).  (see files section of yahoo group)

Meanwhile, those in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate the Winter Solstice with Yule.

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