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Mid-summers day 2013

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Sunrise over kilkenny

Midsummer’s day 2013

Midsummer’s Eve/Litha/Feill-Sheathain/Alban Hefin/Gwyn Canol Haf

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year falling circa June 22 when the Sun enters Cancer (this year 20 June 2012 19:09 EDT). This is the time of celebrating the Earth’s bounty. The God is vibrant and at the peak of his power and the Goddess is fertile and pregnant. This reflects in our fertile gardens, brimming with life and and the fruits of our labor. The Sun is bright and strong. Animals in nature have established families they are showing off to the world. Midsummer is a celebration of the Earth and all she provides for us, also known as Litha after an ancient European fertility Goddess. This is also time sacred for the Fae and is one of the days one can see the them (keep a sprig of rue in your pocket so they don’t lead you away!!)…This is the time when the Oak King and Holly King battle for supremacy again, Holly King emerges triumphant this time around, they meet again at the Winter Solstice when the Oak King shall prevail.
Activities:

Midsummer is a good time to see the Fae folk; skip through your garden ensures fertility (not necessarily your own fertility) for the season; renew your vows/affirmations/bond with the God/Goddess; Stay up the entire night (old custom); harvest your herbs and other light garden work (weeding, etc.); have a bonfire (if you are oh, so lucky to have the place & clearance to do so!!); If you practice sex magic today is a powerful day to do so; ideas for family: spend a day at the beach, go birdwatching (be sure to bring a bird guide!), gather flowers and make Midsummer crowns or garlands for you hair and/or altar.

Incense: Wisteria, Rose, Mints
Decor: Suns, green plants, flowers, early garden bounty, herbs, bees, butterflies, birds, dragonflies,etc.
Herbs/Flowers: St. John’s Wort, Fennel, Vervain, Trefoil, Mugwort, Lavender, Rose, Fern, Daisy, Elder, Honeysuckle, Oak, Chamomile
Colors: Red, Yellow, Gold (represents the Sun God), various shades of green
Stones: Jade, Garnet, Lapis Lazuli=psychic awareness & fertility of mind & body (for more info on lapis visit http://www.earthbow.com/crystals/lapis.htm) ,diamonds

Knockroe, County Kilkenny

Knockroe passage tomb
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Each midsummers there is a meeting at knockroe passage grave, Co Kilkenny to mark the rising and setting of the mid summers sun.

Knockroe Markings


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We welcome in Mid summers day !

16 responses

  1. poppytump

    Oh what a lovely post Nigel ! Love all the interesting facts and legends you’ve mentioned .
    How lucky were you that the Sun rise was so magnifcent then this morning πŸ™‚
    Enjoy the day ….

    June 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    • Thank you Poppy πŸ™‚

      The same for yourself enjoy the day and the weekend ahead πŸ™‚

      June 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  2. Beautiful images, Nigel, especially the sunrise. Happy Summer Solstice to you πŸ™‚

    June 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚

      Thank you and the same for yourself !

      June 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

  3. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Lovely photos especially the gorgeous reds in the last image.

    June 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    • Hello Victoria, thank you, very pleased you liked these images πŸ™‚

      June 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

  4. Great shots Nigel…..and I’m just photographing the gloaming over Dublin at the end of Midsummers Day.

    June 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    • Hello Smithie πŸ™‚

      Thank you, very pleased you enjoyed your mid summers day πŸ™‚

      June 22, 2013 at 10:08 am

  5. Magnificent images!!

    June 22, 2013 at 3:53 am

  6. I love the summer solstice. I hope you had a good one. Enjoyed this post.

    June 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    • Hello Elen πŸ™‚

      Great that you do !

      Yes It was a perfect day thank you πŸ™‚

      June 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

  7. Gorgeous sunset! I love the colours in the first one. Great shots! πŸ™‚

    June 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    • Hello Norma πŸ™‚

      Thank you, very please to get your comments and that you enjoyed the images πŸ™‚

      June 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm

  8. lovely images with interesting information, thanks!

    June 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    • Hello Mari

      Very pleased you visited and commented πŸ™‚

      Thank you and its a pleasure πŸ™‚

      June 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

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