SUMMER SOLSTICE – THE LONGEST DAY.
The Summer Solstice will be at 5.24am on June 21st 2017. Yes, it’s the longest day of the year!
The word Solstice comes from the Latin word “solsticium.” This is a combination of two words “sol” (the Sun) and “cistere” which means grinding to a halt, or standing still.
This is the day that the Sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer and then reverses its direction. The day where it halts its current path, and then turns back the other way. In December, it will be directly above the Tropic of Capricorn for the Winter Solstice.
ANCIENT SOLSTICE CELEBRATIONS
The Summer Solstice celebrates the first day of summer. The celebrations to greet this day run throughout history. People of many religions marked this day as an important one in their calendar.
In ancient times, before our cities of millions came to being, and when man led a simple life, the Solstice was an important festival. This is the time where the plantings of Spring begin to yield their first fruits. All those sweet gifts of nature come bursting forth. These days we enjoy strawberries and cherries, the first summer fruits. And of course, none of those tasty treats would be possible without the sun’s warming rays.
The celebrations of Litha took place on the day of the Summer Solstice. These were celebrations centred around the power of the Sun. Often fires were lit, with the burning symbolising the full heat of the Sun’s power, as well as the light that it gives on the longest day. There were a myriad of superstitions and customs, such as jumping over small fires to bring good luck, circling a fire with a stone clasped in your hand and rolling a burning wheel into a river to see whether the harvest would be a good one or not.
WHAT ABOUT STONEHENGE?
Most of us know the famous stone circle at Stonehenge. Outside of this circle of monolithic stones stands a single stone known as the Heel Stone. If standing within the Circle, the Sun at sunrise can be seen hitting the top of the Heel stone and bathing it in a warm light at the Summer Solstice. Hence, the historic celebration at Stonehenge is the Celebration of the Sun at its standing point. Its coming to heel, before it’s journey backwards towards winter.
At the Winter solstice too, the Sun sets in the middle of three immense stones at Stonehenge, known as the Trilithon or Trilith. This consists of two gigantic vertical stones, with another smaller stone laid on the top.
It would therefore appear in fact that Stonehenge, one of life’s monumental mysteries, was actually built so that the Midwinter Sun meets the Triliths with its full force. The surface of the Triliths are purposefully smooth and they face OUTWARDS from the stone circle, so that the setting sun of the Midwinter Solstice can hit them fully just before setting.
Stonehenge, like the Pyramids, is another mystery and mastery of engineering. And in the case of Stonehenge, a dedication to the Summer and Winter Solstices and the power of the sun.
CELEBRATE YOUR SOLSTICE!
We here at Psychic Today don’t advise on you setting fires in your living room! But we do invite you to join us in the Solstice Celebrations. Watch the sunrise. Have a picnic at lunchtime. Raise your glasses. Or simply join us at Psychic Today for our special Summer Solstice celebrations. We have a great star psychic line up right the way through the day. Watch Psychic TV on Channel 886 or via your mobile or computer. Find out who will be joining us for the Summer Solstice here
Enjoy your Summer Solstice with us!