At Midsummer the powers of Light are at their height. Breathe in the magic and harness the energy – it has never been easier to make a change for the better!
The peak of the year
‘Solstice’ means ‘standing still of the sun’. Days are at their longest, light is at its strongest. Midsummer is the ancient Druid festival of Alban Heruin, which means The Light of the Shore. An all-night vigil is held around the camp-fire and dawn is welcomed by a ritual. To all nature-worshippers this is a very important date, because the life-giving sun is triumphant, but also because now is a turning-point. As the season hangs in the balance, you can make amazing choices and move, with the times, into something new.
Celebrate the Solstice
The exact date of the Midsummer Solstice this year is on June 21st. Make a resolution that this will be your fresh start.
• Stay up all night to watch the sunrise - so much the better if you can do this on a nearby hill-top. As the glowing disk appears, feel yourself being renewed by its power. Even if the skies are cloudy, you will feel the earth coming alive. Midsummer falls on a Saturday, so instead of your usual weekend chillax, why not keep the birds company and experience the excitement of Midsummer dawn.
• Invite some like-minded friends to an all-night party. This could be a rave-up or a quiet group of people who like to chat. Talk about your plans for the coming six months and each one of you should commit to doing something different, challenging and inspiring. Promise to assemble again at the Midwinter Solstice, to compare notes.
• Traditionally, Midsummer is a time for pilgrimage. Walk or travel to a location that is sacred to you. This could be a place you loved as a child or somewhere that has meaning, such as a church or stone circle. Try to go on foot – even barefoot - at least part of the way, to feel close to the spirit of the place.
• Watch Morris dancers. Some people say that Morris Men are ‘Mary’s Men’ and their dance is dedicated to the Earth Goddess. This old-fashioned custom has pagan roots, and Border Morris, with blacked-up faces and clashing staves is especially exciting. Most Morris groups will encourage you to have a go, too!
• Make a wish on the shortest night and visualise your dreams coming true. Light a gold candle to bring you luck.
• Nature is at her most luxuriant now. Visit parks and gardens, and feel blessed.
• Now is best for large gathering so take yourself to a festival or gig and dance all night.
Growing the magic
Herbs and flowers are especially potent now. Use them to improve your life.
• Roses: Midsummer is the time when the rose is queen. Take a bath with rose-petals, preferably some that you picked yourself by the light of the Moon (which is full on June 13th). As you soak, imagine the romantic rose drawing love towards you. Make a necklace from dried rose-hips as a love-charm. You can also brew a fragrant tea with rose petals. Sip this to be able to see the future.
• St. John’s Wort. This cheery herb is known to beat depression. If you pick it yourself at Midsummer it will give you a special boost. If you want to get pregnant (and you aren’t at all shy!) walk naked at Midsummer in a vegetable patch where some St John’s Wort also grows, and pluck a sprig to keep on you. With Nature on your side you should soon conceive.
• Pick vervain at Midsummer and keep it in your house to attract wealth. If you scatter it around your home it should keep the peace, and if you carry it you’ll stay young. If you’re pining after a love that isn’t returned, help is at hand – burn vervain on a Midsummer bonfire and you’ll be able to move on.
• Pluck meadowsweet at Midsummer to cheer your heart and bring tranquillity.
If you’re at a loss about generating Solstice enthusiasm, and feel that your life is at a low ebb, our uplifting readers at The Circle
are always available with encouragement and helpful ideas.
01 July 2014