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Celebrating Mid summers day 2014

Mid summers sunset over Slievenamon, county tipperary, Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Mid summers sunset over Slievenamon, county tipperary,
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Mid summers day 2014

Happy Mid summers day !!!

This mornings sunrise over slievenamon county Tipperary was at 04:57am and by the time it sets again on the other side to the west the time will be 21:57 , thats seventeen hours of sun light and the most anyone can witness during the suns movement across the sky during any one year.

Today is also called the Summer Solstice

Solstice, or Litha means a stopping or standing still of the sun. It is the longest day of the year and the time when the sun is at its maximum elevation.

Wiccan blessing for Summer

As the sun spirals its longest dance,
Cleanse us
As nature shows bounty and fertility
Bless us
Let all things live with loving intent
And to fulfill their truest destiny

This date has had spiritual significance for thousands of years as humans have been amazed by the great power of the sun. The Celts celebrated with bonfires that would add to the sun’s energy, Christians placed the feast of St John the Baptist towards the end of June and it is also the festival of Li, the Chinese Goddess of light.

Pagans are in awe of the incredible strength of the sun and the divine powers that create life. For Pagans this spoke in the Wheel of the Year is a significant point. The Goddess took over the earth from the horned God at the beginning of spring and she is now at the height of her power and fertility. For some Pagans the Summer Solstice marks the marriage of the God and Goddess and see their union as the force that creates the harvest’s fruits.

This is a time to celebrate growth and life but for Pagans, who see balance in the world and are deeply aware of the ongoing shifting of the seasons it is also time to acknowledge that the sun will now begin to decline once more towards winter.

Lugh (Celtic) god of the summer soltice

Similar to the Roman god Mercury, Lugh was known as a god of both skill and the distribution of talent. He is associated with midsummer because of his role as a harvest god, and during the summer solstice the crops are flourishing, waiting to be plucked from the ground at Lughnasadh.

Mid summers day 2014

14 responses

  1. Stunning! Midwinter’s Day here in Sydney! : )))

    June 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    • Yippee πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Happy mid winters Anne , your moving back towards summer πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Have a great day and weekend , hope you both get some good walks in πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    It is indeed Mid Summer – for us here in this part of the world anyway – very interesting post. Thanks Nigel.

    June 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you for the like, comment and re-blog , very pleased you enjoyed πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

      June 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm

  3. Yes! πŸ™‚ Beautiful images Nigel. Thank you.

    June 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

  4. Lovely. Happy Solstice. Lugh is one of my guides…loved seeing you write about him. I so enjoy your posts! Blessings to you!

    June 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

  5. Wonderful. You not only capture the splendour of the sunset, but have chosen the spot perfectly. That dip in the hilltop adds so much to the composition of your photograph.

    June 22, 2014 at 6:16 am

    • Hello Simon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you, very pleased you like the image and commented πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 22, 2014 at 9:37 pm

  6. poppytump

    Glad you made it too Nigel ! Sure was beautiful .

    June 23, 2014 at 8:16 am

    • Hello Poppy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Yes we had a clear sky for once wonderful to see the sun set on the big day πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thanks Poppy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      June 23, 2014 at 5:46 pm

  7. Love the blessing!

    June 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm

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