Today marks our longest day, & is an important part of the ritual of time. The sun will rise at 4.52am and set at 9.26pm, giving us 16 hours & 38 minutes of sunlight / daylight.
The Solstice marks the beginning of the astronomical summer. The word ‘solstice’ comes from the latin word meaning ‘sun standing still’ which is a good description of how the day will seem to hang around.
Pagans mark this day, often at Stonehenge because they believe mid summer has special significance.
People used to light fires to keep the dark & bad spirits away.
Some of the folklore sayings associated with mid summer
One swallow never made a summer
When the summer birds take flight, there goes the summer with them
Welcome summer, the long days & short nights are very welcome after a long winter.
Some previous blogs on this day:
I will light candles tonight for my light, unfortunately there is no sun today which would have given us brightness.
However, this weekend we have been out taking photos of very summery scenes in Shropshire - the poppy & daisies in the fields