The Summer Solstice, or Midsummer, is celebrated by many cultures throughout the world. Although it is the longest day of the year, within the great circle of the seasons Midsummer also marks the time when days become shorter, leading us out of summer and into fall. To mark this event, early cultures would light fires on Midsummer eve to speak to the sun, convincing it to reach its zenith and continue on its yearly journey. As John Matthews reminds us in his book The Summer Solstice, the light of the fires were thought to call the sun back to earth, to warm it and to bring the promise of life renewal to the lands. It was a purification of the land and its people, and a cleansing of negative forces in general.
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o Write down any transgressions of the past year on a piece of paper and burn it in the fire of St. John, symbolizing your commitment to start anew for the coming year.
o Spend a quiet evening in your garden, lighting (protected) candles at sundown, and contemplate the gifts of light and of dark.
o Decorate your home with summer flowers and blossoms.
Finally, celebrate with friends and family, since this “Summer Christmas” is the perfect time to renew connections and friendships.