Standing Stones at the Summer Solstice

The Druid's Garden

Ancient peoples set standing stones in various places in the world.  In places, such as in the British Isles or Iceland, you can still often find these standing stones, trilithons, stone circles or stacks of stones.  While their many uses are shrouded in antiquity and subject to some speculation, in the Druid Magic Handbook, John Michael Greer describes standing stones can channel the solar current into the earth, which offers blessing and healing to the land.  I think it’s likely that standing stones can do many other things (tell time, point to astronomical features, be places of worship and community). Today, new groups of people and individuals are choosing to set stones. For our purposes, today, setting stones for land blessing and healing is certainly a good thing to do to provide spiritual support for the land.

The Summer Solstice is a fantastic time to raise a standing stone–in…

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Summer Solstice Celebration Oil

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The Summer Solstice, or Litha as it is known in the old Celtic calendar, is only a few days away. The single day of the year of the when the light lasts longest and I want to put it in my pocket and keep it forever. I’d like to roll up all the beautiful hedgerows and the country lanes and lay them out somewhere in the sunshine so I can walk them all. I’d like to ask all the birds to keep singing and to stay in their nests all year round, as the swallows and the swifts and house martins all appear back in the eaves of our summer roofs. Wasn’t it empty without them?

I walk through our valley park and I wonder how I will ever live without the banks of cow parsley and the field poppies and the busy, busy butterflies and bees. It feels as…

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Working with and Honoring the Sun at the Solstice

The Druid's Garden

Sacred rays of the sun Sacred rays of the sun

The sun’s rays come over the horizon, on the solstice, the most sacred of days. The solstice goes my many names, the day of high light, midsummer, Alban Hefin. Across the globe and through time, it has been celebrated since before recorded history. In the light of the sun, we have strength, warmth, growth, energy, abundance, healing, and wisdom. The sun has been shining down upon our beautiful planet has been shining for at least four billion years and we can expect it to remain unchanged for another five billion years. The sun is also enormous–it accounts for 99.86% of the mass of our solar system.  It is such an incredible thing that it’s hard to image in the scope of the sun as it compares to of human lives or human history.  You might say that the sun is one of the most…

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A MID-SUMMER CELEBRATION

Good Witches Homestead

The young maid stole through the cottage door,
And blushed as she sought the Plant of pow’r; —
“Thou silver glow-worm, O lend me thy light,
I must gather the mystic St. John’s wort tonight,
The wonderful herb, whose leaf will decide
If the coming year shall make me a bride.”

In addition to the four great festivals of the Pagan Celtic year, there are four lesser holidays as well: the two solstices and the two equinoxes. In folklore, these are referred to as the four “quarter days” of the year, and modern Witches call them the four “Lesser Sabbats”, or the four “Low Holidays”. The summer solstice is one of them.

Technically, a solstice is an astronomical point and, due to the calendar creep of the leap-year cycle, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches the…

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Fragrant Linden Blossom Sun Cake: A Magical Midsummer Treat ~ Gather Victoria

Delicately perfumed with the GORGEOUS scent of linden blossoms, this moist, crumbly cake truly is delicious. I couldn’t stop eating it – so now I have to bake a whole new one for solstice! But that’s okay, it takes no time to whip up and I’ll get to enjoy even more of it! In Latvia,…

via Fragrant Linden Blossom Sun Cake: A Magical Midsummer Treat — Gather Victoria

Summer Solstice Ritual

By Slavic Witch

The Witch & Walnut

SUMMER SOLSTICE BATH RITUAL (1)Midsummer celebrations are finally upon us. I’m posting this a bit early so that you can have some time to gather your ingredients if you don’t have them on hand.

Midsummer is celebrated from the Solstice and then for 3 days afterwards as well. So if you can’t find the time on Solstice, its okay you have all weekend. In-fact you have basically the remainder of the month. The energy for love is potent and thick in the air, but its not just one day. You can feel it throughout the remaining days of June and early days of July…

This is a time to fall in love, to grow love and to simply be in love. Whether you choose to seek it, wish for it or even leave it…. this is the time to honor your hearts desire. This is a time when the energy around us is drunk…

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A Summer Solstice Sunrise Observance Ritual

By The Druid’s Garden

The Druid's Garden

Summer Solstice Sunrise from the Water Summer Solstice Sunrise Progression from the Water at Yellow Creek State Park on the Summer Solstice 2017

My alarm goes off at 4:00am.  I’m conveniently camping right along the lake shore, after having spent the evening watching the sunset on the eve of the summer solstice with members of our grove. My kayak is ready to launch, and I roll out of my sleeping bag and slip it quietly into the still, dark water. The starry heavens are brilliant in their glory, the moon a crescent low in the sky. But just as I begin to paddle, the first light on the horizon is present. The mists rise up from the lake water–the lake is warm like bath water even though the air itself is much cooler on this summer solstice morning. I paddle through the mist, finding a good spot from which to watch the sun rise. The lake…

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Happy Litha and Summer Solstice

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Litha falls on the summer solstice. With the sun at it’s zenith, this is the longest day of the year. It is a celebration of the God and Goddess at the height of their power. They are the king and queen of the fertile lands and together they rule over the fertile, growing earth. Their mature love for each other ensures the success of the ripening crops. It marks the preparatory period before the harvest season at a time when the Holly King Takes over for the Oak King until Yuletide.

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TANAAZ (Forever Conscious): “Winter Solstice 2016: The Dark Night of the Soul”

In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21st marks the Winter Solstice and the dark night of the soul.

Traditionally the Winter Solstice has been a time to honor darkness and to journey deep within to reflect, restore and nourish from the inside out.

Every living being on this planet is a reflection of dark and light.  As beautiful as a rose is when it’s in full bloom, it too still needs to die and wither away into the darkness in order to be reborn.  Just like the petals float away and the bud closes for the winter in order to regenerate, we too follow a similar process.

Nature is always providing us clues as to the cosmic energy around us and where Mother Earth is directing her attention.  By following the rhythms and cycles of the Goddess Mother Earth, we too can bring harmony and equilibrium to our own state of being …

Read in entirety at Source: TANAAZ (Forever Conscious): “Winter Solstice 2016: The Dark Night of the Soul”

Summer Solstice And Supermoon Egun And Then Some…

Egun RunMonroe RKDCL Media in celebration of the Summer Solstice and the last Supermoon of 2013 by presenting Egun And Then Some….Diviners’ Spotlight.

Diviners’ Spotlight allows the talented diviners in the KDCL Media Circle to strut their stuff for our listeners. We have so many talented people in our Circle that we have to sit on our hands to keep from waving to get y’all’s attention.

Sunday’s primary diviner is:

Monroe Rodriguez. Monroe is a multifaceted psychic, medium, spiritualist, healer and diviner. Building upon family psychic gifts, he studied magick, herbalism, comparative religion and various divination systems. Although an initiate of a Congo-derived tradition, Monroe’s spiritual practices stem from Celtic, West African, Arab, Indigenous, Caribbean, and Brazilian ancestral roots. With his spiritual affinity to spirits of the crossroads, Monroe believes that are many solutions to a problem however, efficiency is key to any work.

Sitting in the our second seat Sunday will be KDCL Media host, Miss Paula, a medium using Tarot and Oracle cards as she passes on messages from Spirit.

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