Summer Solstice: Celebrating a Longest Day of a Year

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Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

The initial day of a summer, brings to many, thoughts of idle afternoons, and for many Americans is only another day. Many in this nation chaperon in a commencement of summer during Memorial Day and pays small courtesy to a central start of summer that is a Summer Solstice. For some yet a Summer solstice that is a longest day of a year is a celebration.

Ancient societies were most some-more connected to nature, it was a prerequisite to know inlet and all a changes it brought about to survive. It is not startling that a object and stars had an impact on ancient culture, and complicated multitude can see justification of a good bend that ancient civilizations paid to a object and a stars in monuments that these civilization built.

From ancient Europe, to a prolonged deserted cities of a new universe monolithic structures still stand, carrying stood a exam time, and during times withdrawal those who investigate them dumbstruck that such structures could have been built by societies with out complicated tools. The structures leave clues behind, display a complicated universe how critical days like a summer solstice were and how a longest day was celebrated.

Stonehenge that is located on a Salisbury Plain about 80 miles south-west of London in Great Britain is one of those monuments. The purpose of a relic is still not wholly know and continues to be a subject of conjecture for those who investigate it. Built in 3 phases between 3000 BC and 1600 BC a ancient entertainment place still attracts visitors from around a world. On a summer solstice thousands accumulate to applaud a event. For some it is only a large party, though for many New Age spiritualist such a neo-pagans, neo-druids and Wiccans it binds a low and devout meaning. Celebrants dance, played drum, some kissed a stones, and lovers replenish their vows. As a object starts to arise a throng customarily becomes silent.  Those propitious adequate to mount in a right mark within a monument, and demeanour northeast during a hewn mill on a outdoor edged of a monument, famous as a Heel Stone, can watch a object arise above a stone.

For those unknown with a devout definition behind a summer solstice it began in ancient times, when humans looked to a sky to tell them when to plant, when to harvest, and to beam them in their decisions. The object that was and still is a giver of life’s appetite was loved as a god. On a summer solstice, a Sun God is during his strongest. The initial of a summer crops were harvested around this time. In complicated times a solstice outlines a commencement of summer though in times past it was indeed a commencement of a finish of summer, mostly called midsummer. The days now will solemnly grow shorter. In ancient times a long, splendid day, a copious food from a harvest, and a Sun God during his strongest, carrying overcome a darkness, done this a time of good celebration.

For some ancients civilizations a tour of a object via a sky was a pitch of a tour one takes in life to strech a some-more cordial consciences. The winter solstice, a shortest day of a year represents a birth of a Sun God, and a commencement of ones tour to strech enlightenment. As a days solemnly get longer, a light and note in ones life also grows. The Spring equinox paint a rebirth of a Sun God, and his reunion with a Mother Goddess. The Summer solstice, is a time of a lapse or a ascent of a Father God. It was a time to applaud a energy of light over dim in a individual, a lapse to apropos whole only as a Sun/son God, a Mother Goddess and a Father God became one, a demur of a particular became whole and reached enlightenment.Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

The ancient Egyptian, Romans, Mayans, Druids, and Essenes built many of their monuments to align with a sun. These dedicated sites were place where people accumulate to applaud and achieved rituals. In Egypt on a summer solstice a object creates a climax of light on a Sphinx’s head. The Druids distinguished a better of a dim God selected for a year, and a Egyptian distinguished a better of a dim God Seth by Horus a God of a sun. In ancient Rome a Druid tradition of guarding a glow was carried on in a festival of Vestalia.

Today a summer solstice is still celebrated, a longest day of a year is a possibility for many places to reason festivals and for Pagans to accumulate together. Some will dance, or bake a Yule spray in a bonfire, others will drum and chant. Many will go to outrageous festivals like a one during Stonehenge or a Pagan Spirit Gathering reason in fields in Missouri. For others it is a some-more personal knowledge and a jubilee will be simple, maybe lighting a candle , or only sitting and examination a morning or sunset, and shower in a energy of a sun. Towns and communities opposite a nation reason celebrations, they might not be eremite in nature, though it is still a jubilee of summer and a fun and regard it brings.

By Jessica Hamel

Sources:

Huffington Post: The Spiritual Meaning of a Summer Solstice

The Pagan and The Pen: Celebrating a Pagan Summer Solstice

Belsebuub.com:The Spiritual Meaning of a Summer Solstice

EarthSky: Summer Solstice Seen From Stonehenge

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