Happy Midsummer/Solstice/Litha

  1. Merry Meet, to all both in the broom closet and out of it!
    Happy Holiday!!!
    (I know its not until the 21st, but, still )

    is anyone doing anything special for the holiday?
    We're gonna burn a Wicker Man in my circle... might have some community friends there too, but a solitary ritual might happen too... dont know yet.......

    ok, I'm off to assemble 'Little Lugh', and work on my webpage
    --Barbara
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Nothing special but could you please explain the signifigance of burning a wicker man and why? (a bit ignorant here but always willing to learn from others.

    And oh.......Happy Midsummer Soltice
  4. by   Flynurse
    Its Midsummer Soltice already??? I thought we were still in April Showers here in NY!

  5. by   Rustyhammer
    We will have a big fire and friends over.
    During the moment of the solstice we usually have a bit of silence and think of peace.
    -Russell
  6. by   nursegoodguy
    Happy Midsummer Solstice!
    Yes, I am out of the closet, (again)!
    In my new home there will be no closets, only armoires!
  7. by   CashewLPN
    um,the burning wicker man is a type of magickal working.... basically, you use it as a representation of giving something of yourself to foster the growth of something else... (The story goes, that Lugh, a celtic god was cut down by the goddess and that his blood was used to feed the fields of grain that were planting... divine fertilizer... anyhoo, its to make the grain grow tall and plentiful so that the people will have enough food to make it through the winter)
    --Barbara
  8. by   karenG
    happy solstice.

    not sure what I shall do, just learning about wicca but will do something!

    Karen
  9. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Originally posted by Yeti1313LPN
    um,the burning wicker man is a type of magickal working.... basically, you use it as a representation of giving something of yourself to foster the growth of something else... (The story goes, that Lugh, a celtic god was cut down by the goddess and that his blood was used to feed the fields of grain that were planting... divine fertilizer... anyhoo, its to make the grain grow tall and plentiful so that the people will have enough food to make it through the winter)
    --Barbara
    Thank you Barbara......learn something new every day!
  10. by   oramar
    Yeah, I think we are supposed to put antlers on our heads and dance around a bonfire or something are we not? AKA...midsummer's night dream
  11. by   PennyLane
    My family is celebrating the solstice with my sister's wedding! She picked the date in part because it is the solstice. Around noon - 12:30 she will be saying her vows (I realize that's really 11 - 11:30 am b/c of daylight savings time).

    The ceremony will be officiated by a Swami, the head of the Universalist church most of my family attends.

    Afterwards the reception will be under a big white tent at my parents' house.

    Please, please, please pray for sun!!
  12. by   sbic56
    Thanks for reminding me of the coming solstice! It surely is a time of rebirth.
  13. by   Ted
    Question:

    Precisely what time is the Solstice? Is there a precise time?

    Happy solstice, folks!

    Ted
  14. by   Rustyhammer
    The dates and times of the summer solstice:
    The exact date varies from year to year and may occur between the 20th and 23rd of June.

    Year Summer solstice (UT)
    1999 JUN-21 @ 19:49
    2000 JUN-21 @ 01:47
    2001 JUN-21 @ 07:37
    2002 JUN-21 @ 13:24
    2003 JUN-21 @ 19:10
    2004 JUN-21 @ 00:56

    The above dates and times were provided the astronomical calculations on The Dome of the Sky web site. 9 Times are in UT (Universal Time). This used to be called Greenwich Mean Time or GMT. In North America, you can find your local time by subtracting:

    2 hours 30 minutes for Newfoundland daylight savings time
    3 hours for ADT
    4 hours for EDT
    5 hours for CDT
    6 hours for MDT
    7 hours for PDT
    8 hours in AKDT (Alaska)
    9 hours in ADT (Aleutian Islands)
    10 hours in HST (Hawaii) 10

    The ancients did not have access to modern mathematical algorithms to calculate the date and time of the solstice. To the unaided eye, the sun would seem to set/rise at the same location on the horizon for about five days before and after the actual solstice. Ancient people would record the days when the sun rise or set was noticeably different from the extreme position, and interpolate the probable day of the solstice. They then used a variety of techniques to display future solstices:

    A carved or painted symbol, or some other marker, would be located at the end of a long passage that was exposed to sunrise or sunset on the solstice. It would be illuminated by the rising or setting of the sun on the day of the solstice. Alternately, a hole in the roof of a structure would allow the noonday sun to shine onto a marker set into the floor.
    In temperate zones, the shadow of an upright pillar would be observed at noontime at the summer solstice. The shadow would be shortest on that day.
    The point on the horizon where the sun set and rose would be observed from a fixed location. A remote marker would indicate where the sun rose or set on the solstice.

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