Midsummer is the magical turning point of the year, when the forces of Light are at their greatest. Pagans, ancient and modern, realise the seasons bring powers for positive change. Breathe in the enchantment, and believe that anything is possible!
UNDERSTAND THE SOLSTICE
‘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 Nature hangs in the balance, we can make choices and move, with the seasons, into something new.
PLAN YOUR 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 Sunday evening, so it could be more convenient to celebrate it on the Saturday before.
• Traditionally, Midsummer is a time for pilgrimage. Walk or travel to a location that is sacred to you, and discover your spiritual source.
• 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.
• Make a wish on the longest night – affirm that your life is changing course. Light a gold candle to bring you luck.
• Nature is at her most luxuriant now. Visit parks and gardens, and feel blessed.
• Call one of TheCircle’s Wiccan readers, to tune in to the enchantment that is all around you, and to get hints about how you can enter into the spirit of this wonderful time.
A TIME FOR EARTH MAGIC
Herbs and flowers are especially potent now. Use them to improve your life.
• Roses: The rose is queen at Midsummer. Take a bath with rose-petals, preferably some that you picked yourself by the light of the Moon (which is full on June 2nd). 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 with 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.
Tuning in to the ebb and flow of the seasons truly can change your life. However, sometimes it isn’t that easy, and you need some insight and encouragement. At TheCircle you can always contact a psychic or medium who can help you. Benefit from a psychic reading, check your horoscope, get some advice, insight and support. A clairvoyant reading can show ways to move forwards, so make contact with us without delay
PUBLISHED: 19 MAY 2015