Kitty has extensively studied the history, traditions, and celebration of ancient and modern holidays.
Midsummer is Here
The warmth radiating from the bonfire caresses your sun-kissed face, while the smell of searing cedar and sweet sunflowers gently fills your nose. A entire year has passed and Midsummer is here merienda more. The surreal and entrancing sound of the drums pulls you into a place of zuivere magic. a place that calls out to your very soul. a place that stays te your heart and mind and inevitably makes you yearn for the Midsummer Festival year round – through Autumn, Winter, and Spring. The welcoming, warm pic of the Zon and joyful memories of faery tales told by the fireside, fills your very being with an sore for Litha merienda again. Now it is here.
Midsummer is an ancient festival celebrating the beginning of summer (usually on June 21st te the US), which dates back thousands of years. The beginning of summer consists of the longest day and shortest night of the year and is also commonly referred to spil the summer solstice (polar opposite to the winter solstice te December). The aristocrático and strong Celtic people celebrated Midsummer, spil well spil the Nordic people of Europe. Today, Midsummer is still celebrated by many people te the Northern European countries, by people ter Excellent Britain & Ireland, and by Pagans te America.
Many traditions were practiced on the longest day of the year (Midsummer), one of the major traditions being that of the lighting and liking a luminous bonfire. Fire is the factor of the Zon, obviously signifying the season of Summer. a season of warmth and growth. So it is only necessary to welcome the Zon’s triumphant total reign of the sky with a large bonfire. Other ancient ways te which to use the factor of fire ter celebrating the arrival of Summer and the Zon King wasgoed to send a wheel lit on fire down a hill ter order to demonstrate the good dance of the Zon.
Everzwijn heard of a maypole? Well, if you have not heard of one, I am sure you have seen one te kunst or elsewhere. The maypole wasgoed and is a phallic symbol, representative of fertility. The ancient peoples would decorate the maypole with beautiful wreaths of summer flowers and proceed to dance merrily around the maypole for hours, sometimes even days! Te England, the idea wasgoed to have guys and women ter alternating catches sight of around the maypole and wind blue and crimson ribbons around the maypole until they reached the bottom of the maypole. This tradition is also seen during May Day or Beltaine. Depending on the country, maypoles are used te both Beltaine and Litha and sometimes both. To mij, the idea of intertwining ribbons represents the coming together of masculine and female, poor and rich, to feast the rise of the Holly King and the descent of the Oak King.
The story and symbolism of the Oak King and the Holly King is believed to date back generations, possibly centuries. This is a belief and tradition that many modern day Pagans hold dear to their hearts and the tradition can be seen te their celebrations, specifically during the Midsummer festival and also during Yule. Consequently, the Holly King is said to do battle with the Oak King during Midsummer and wins, taking his place spil the reigning King. The Oak King is said to terugwedstrijd to wage war against the Holly King during Yule, thereby taking his rightful place spil Lord from December 21st through until Midsummer again. Also associated with Midsummer are various Mother Goddesses, spil Summer is viewed spil the time of the year te which the earth is at its most fertile stage. comparable and omschrijving to a woman bearing a child. The earth is ripe. the crop is beginning to yield its total bounty, ter prep for the Harvest te the coming Autumn months. With the Celts, Summer Goddesses included Epona (the pony queen of fertility), Brigit (the queen of fire, healing, fertility, poetry, and cattle), and Cerridwen (the queen of the cauldron, innately indicating fertility and child-bearing).
The season of Summer proved to be a part of the year that displayed the coming fruition of hard work and also a time of fertility to the ancient Pagans. Many modern day Pagans have come to recall thesis truths and practice them annually. Even if you are not Pagan, you have the capability and the right to feast the coming of the Summer season.