Many people get together to worship the rising sun and welcome summer, a time of fertility and life. A time of bounty and being grateful for all that the fruits of summer has to offer. Fires are lit, a symbol of passion and creation and flower crowns worn, woven from meadow blooms and birch, particularly in Sweden.
There are many rituals and customs and you can learn more about the Summer Solstice at TheCircle where you can seek spiritual guidance at this mystical time of year. Known as Litha to Pagans, the Solstice was a time when villages built bonfires, called 'setting the watch' to keep the evil spirits away. It was also thought that if you stayed up all in night in a stone circle you would see fairy folk, one for me to try as I am Fae obsessed.
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Things to do for the Summer Solstice:
Bake flower cakes with edible flowers such as violets, marigolds and rose petals. A colourful summer confetti cake for midsummer tea.
Drink mead, a drink of summer containing honey, toast to the start of summer.
Go to the Golowan Festival in Penzance, Cornwall for a week long event with markets, music and processions that end on Mazey Day.
Bring flowers and herbs into your home to brighten it up for summer. Jam jars of flowers from the garden with sprigs of rosemary and sage for an aromatic bouquet.
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Look out for Midsummer bonfire events, mainly in Cornwall, where they are lit as beacons along the coastline in succession.
Say goodbye to the Oak King now we are moving into the second half of the year, we bring in the Holly King.
Have a summer solstice party, hang up the bunting and make summer cocktails.
Make sun wands, mobiles and catchers with the children. Summer solstice crafting as a quiet, thoughtful activity.
Have an evening picnic, string up the fairy lights and light fragrant candles. Look up at the stars and enjoy the magic. Stay up for sunrise if you can...................
Take some time to meditate, with some fragrant incense and the sounds of nature. Nothing like some quiet time on a balmy evening to refresh the soul.
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