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1 Happy Solstice on Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:09 pm

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The Pagan Meaning of the Longest Day of the Year
  June 21, 2017


https://www.seattleweekly.com/arts/the-pagan-meaning-of-the-longest-day-of-the-year/


Summer, and the summer solstice, are nearly here. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, I’ll forgive you if you don’t believe me. Starting last fall, we’ve had more rain than since, well, ever. According to the National Weather Service, this is the wettest October-to-June stretch on record. But perhaps that makes this particular witch’s sabbath all the more important.
Also called Midsummer or Litha, the summer solstice marks the high point of the sun’s arc across the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. We are treated to the longest days and the shortest nights of the year. Around June 19 to 21, it will rise and set at the same point on the horizon three-ish days in a row, hence the word “solstice,” which we get from sōlstitium, a phrase that is part Middle English, part old French and part Latin. It means, loosely, “sun” (sōl) and “to stand still” (stitium).
For some pagans, like the Celts, this was a lesser holy day. The Celts were a mostly pastoral society, much more concerned with the rhythms of animal mating cycles. The minutiae of the sun’s movements were nearly inconsequential to them. But for societies like Scandinavian heathens and Teutonic pagans, who were agrarian, every subtle change was tracked as closely as possible. Miscount the days of the sun’s course, and your entire crop could be in jeopardy.
Even though the heat of summer, such as the “dog days” of August, are still yet to come, witches, pagans, and followers of many other traditions consider this day and the season it inducts to be the zenith of their sun deity’s potential. Whether this is a god, like the Aztec Huitzilopochtli, Mithra from Persia, or the Canaanite Ba’al, or a goddess, like Amaterasu from Japan or Sekhmet from ancient Egypt, many of these deities come into their power now. According to their archetype, they do this by either passing a test or by killing off their predecessor and taking their force into themselves.
In the Western witchcraft traditions, the “god” idea is often divided into two forms; the Holly King and the Oak King. At the summer solstice, the Holly King fights and kills the Oak King, ruling over the waning year until they meet again at the winter solstice, weaving back and forth forever. And what they are fighting for is the love of (or the opportunity to knock boots with) the Goddess, who is eternal. That’s why we see holy weddings taking place at this time of year, like Isis and Osiris, and Orpheus and Euridice. We also see the Jewish holy day of Shavuot in this season, a day celebrating the marriage of Israel to the Abrahamic God.
Themes of water and fire permeate this season. And while this is certainly a time to focus on all the solar and fire deities, many of the great water deities, like Oshun, the massive ocean goddess from Nigerian Yoruba, and Cerridwen and her overflowing cauldron from Welsh mythos, also have their holy days at this time of year.

All of this is reflected very nicely in our astrological myths that have come down to us from the very ancient past. Gemini, the sign that rules over the end of spring, is the sign of the twins and the union of opposites, illustrated in the myth of Castor and Pollux. Then comes Cancer, a nurturing water sign, followed by Leo, a leadership-oriented fire sign. We see a beautiful example of this metaphor in the relationship between John the Baptist and Jesus. June 24 is St. John’s Day in the Catholic Church, and December 24 is Christmas, the Mass of Christ. Perhaps this relationship is a version of the witch’s Holly King and Oak King (though there is a long discussion to be had about which group adopted the idea first), with John the Baptist coming first to purify souls with water and Jesus Christ coming later to purify souls with fire.

Modern peoples around the world still recognize this day as a point of reverence. Eating, drinking, and making merry are all acceptable forms of worship. So is going skyclad—or naked—in your rites, if at all possible, and letting your body revel in the warmth of the sun. Many Renaissance-era witches would wander through their gardens and fields naked, “leaping on their broomsticks” to encourage the crops to grow as high as they jumped. Getting handfasted or married is also appropriate. If you can’t start a giant bonfire on top of a hill as your ancestors may have done, keeping a candle burning for the 24 hours of the solstice will do nicely.
But if you wanna be a real badass, take a giant wooden wheel, wrap it in heather and straw, set it on fire, and roll it down the biggest hill you can find. In Seattle, the steepest hill we have is East Roy Street. I hope the nice people of Madison Park are ready for some old-time religion.


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The Solstice Gateway

Create Positive Energy Shifts
Ready to shift some energy in your life? This week we have a powerful Solstice gateway, providing a new doorway for transformation and progress. Continue reading for a simple process you can do now and throughout the week to take optimal advantage of this doorway.
Background
Solstice is June 20-21 depending on your time zone, but energetically it’s more than one day. Indeed Solstice is a potent gateway occurring over several days and into the weekend of June 24-25.
Think of it as a quantum pause, providing opportunities over several days for you to see yourself more clearly. With more clarity, positive intentions you’ve recently focused on receive an energetic upgrade. This means that your intentions have increased aliveness and more focused direction. This upgrade can make a huge difference in what you are able to manifest!
Keep in mind that this is not an automatic upgrade. You must be present and consciously involved. What you need to do is not complex or difficult. However, your personal action is needed. Below are the steps. It’s recommended that you work with these now, even if you plan to take part in a Solstice-related event this week.
Solstice Gateway Process
The following simple steps can be a guide for making the most of this Solstice gateway. As you work with them, do so with new eyes and be willing to change your mind about specifics. This gateway gives you the opportunity to revamp even current projects. So keep an open mind.
Preliminary steps include centering yourself and inviting the wisdom of your higher self. If desired, have a favorite crystal with you, holding it  as you do this process. As you do the process, don’t overthink responses – go with the first ideas that come to you.
First step, consider the direction of your life. Give yourself some quiet contemplation time to explore your life direction. Get all of your senses involved, visualizing what it looks like and how it feels in your heart. Factor in both practicalities (like your actions and response of other people) and energies (like your energy state and mindset). Create a sentence or two describing your life direction. Example: being energetic and healthy as you apply a sense of adventure and experimentation with new things supportive of your life mission. Know that you can come back to this over the next several days for additions or revisions.
Second step, consider your place in the world. This is more about your role and life mission than it is about a job. As an example, you likely see yourself as a divine changemaker. Invite clarification of what this means on both practical and energetic levels. Create a sentence of two describing your role. Examples: your role may involve modeling heart-centeredness or authenticity. Like with the first step, you can come back to this later.
Third step, consider what needs to shift internally and/or in outer world circumstances. This part relates to inner qualities and belief systems, along with divine timing and situations with others. Examples: you may need to become more positive about results, having more patience before good things fully materialize; the ideal partner you need for expansion to the next level may not become known until after you do more on your own.
Fourth step, consider what is missing from your life. Knowing the answer to this question can be more important than what you discovered in the first three steps. Tip: most likely what’s missing is more a feeling or approach to being than it is material success or having a romantic partner. Examples: laughter, joy, feelings of self-acceptance, being able to let go, or having persistence when nothing seems to be happening. Whatever is missing on these inner levels cannot be satisfied by career success or by being with a soulmate.
Fifth step, consider your support team. Reminding yourself that you indeed have support is helpful. Visualize the faces of your team, inviting a remembrance of how they assist you in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. Examples: friends and family, business associates,  counselors and healing practitioners. Be sure to include the support of spirit, your invisible team of helpers on the inner planes. Daily get in touch with a sense of gratitude for what these people and nonphysical beings bring to your life.
Over the next several days through the weekend, you can come back to this process for updates and more energizing. As you do this, your intentions will have more aliveness and more focused direction. Be prepared for wonderful new developments!
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