What is Summer Solstice
Astronomically the Summer Solstice is the beginning of summer although in The Old Ways it celebrates ‘middle of summer’. This is the longest day and the shortest night, it is the point at which the Sun has reached the furthest that it will travel to the North along the horizon – from this night it turns and begins its journey back toward the South.
As a ‘turning point’ this is another time when the veil becomes thin and the Fae and Spirits are ‘abroad’ – an Ysbrydnos (a spirit night). For those cultures who follow a lunar calendar the day does not begin as it does for us following solar calendars – instead it begins with the setting of the Sun on the previous eve.
This festival is a time to celebrate the Sun at its highest point, nature in her fullest abundance and is a good time to cast your magic for a good crop to follow.