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Summer Solstice, The Longest Day

Summer Solstice

The Longest Day

 

What’s Bearing Fruit?

The Sun’s beams are at their brightest, for the longest day (here in the Northern latitudes).  Summer Solstice is on June 21st, and it’s one of the four grand turning points of the solar year.

What’s begun at the Spring Equinox, with Sun into Aries, is coming to life from the vitality and intention brought to it.  Tomatoes are ripening on the vine.

Long Summer Day

Summer is here, with the Sun into Cancer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

When the Sun is at its most northerly point, hovering over the astrological Tropic of Cancer, that’s known as the summer solstice. The Earth is tilted on its axis, so like a sunflower, the Northern Hemisphere has its face toward the life-giving Sun.

The Sun is at its most powerful, and appears to stand still in the sky, and that’s what solstice means in Latin. After the summer solstice, the Sun’s rays will begin to light up more of the Southern Hemisphere, and days will start to shorten in the North.

The bright glowing orb we call The Sun is celebrated in many traditions at the summer solstice. There are fire dances, bonfires, and in the olden days, the ancients rolled fire wheels down the hills. There’s also a long tradition of ritual bathing, dipping in the cleansing waters. Fire and water are celebrated at the summer solstice, along with the Earth as Mother Goddess, at her most abundant.

It’s a celebration of the Earth, the feminine and the living natural world. It’s one of the four cardinal turning points of the solar calendar, along with the Winter Solstice and the Spring and Fall Equinoxes.

For those living in harmony with nature’s cycles, it’s the season to harvest herbs and honey. Many couples still marry in June, at the peak of nature’s abundance. Some traditions would feed the newlyweds honey-laced foods for the entire first month, which is where “honeymoon” comes from. The full Moon in June is the Honey Moon.

The summer solstice coincides with the Sun’s ingress into Cancer, and the official start of the season. Cancer is the water cardinal sign of the mother, nurturing, and family. It’s a high spirited time, when solar light is radiant and the feminine energies are in abundance, too. There are parades, picnics, festivals and celebrations of all kinds in the Northern Hemisphere at this time, often outdoors.

Becoming aware of these solar turning points tunes you into the natural rhythm of the seasons. The summer solstice is the peak of sunlight, and the Sun as radiant manna of all that grows, has been celebrated with feasts, dancing and just being together. After the solstice, the days begin to shorten slowly toward the Fall Equinox, when days and nights are equal again.

 

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The Witches Correspondences for May 1st, Beltane


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The Witches Correspondences for May 1st, Beltane

Beltane (May 1st Northern Hemisphere)

 

Beltane is one of the Greater Sabbats, opposite Samhain in The Wheel of the Year. It is based in part on the Roman festival of Floralia, dedicated to Flora – Goddess of Flowers. This is a time to celebrate fertility in the height of Spring and the flowering of life.

 

The traditional Maypole of Beltane represents unity of God and Goddess ~ the Maypole itself represents the God, and the ribbons surrounding it, the Goddess.

 

Other names for Beltane:

Bealtaine, May Day, the Great Rite, May Eve, Walpurgisnacht (Night of the Witches), Giamonios, Floralia, Celtic Summer, Walpurgis Eve

 

Meaning and Symbolism:

Fertility in all living things, love, self-discovery, renewal of vows, personal growth. Sacred Marriage, The God and Goddess Union, and the conceiving of the God as the Goddess enters her motherhood phase, all new life

 

Symbols/decorations:

Small May Pole, daisy chains, springtime wildflowers, flower wreaths, May Day baskets, ribbons, flower crowns, fairies. Any white flowers are appropriate, especially those with five petals.

 

Activities:

Making and dancing around a May Pole, creating large and small fires, leaping the balefires, dancing, braiding ribbons to put into hair and onto trees, gathering flowers, The Great Rite and celebrating the joys in life. Also a popular time for Wiccan handfastings.

 

Incense/oils:

Frankincense, tuberose, vanilla, lilac, rose, almond, marigold, meadowsweet, woodruff

 

Colors/candles:

yellow, white, red, dark green, pink, orange

 

Herb/Plants:

Almond, angelica, birch, damiana, hawthorn, hibiscus, saffron, ash tree, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisy, frankincense, hawthorn, ivy, lilac, marigold, meadowsweet, primrose, roses, rosemary, satyrion root, woodruff, yellow cowslip, yarrow

 

Traditional foods/beverages:

Red fruits, herbal salads, honey, oatmeal/barley cakes, dairy foods, shellfish and other aphrodisiacs, foods with flowers, red or pink wine punch, dandelion wine, May wine

 

Stones:

amber, emerald, orange carnelian, malachite, sapphire, rose quartz, yellow agate, bloodstone

 

Animals/Mythical Creatures:

Goats, Rabbits, Honey bees, Satyrs, Faeries, Pegasus, Giants.

 

Deities:

May Queen, All Love and Fertility deities, Lady of the Greenwood, Divine Couples, and Goddesses of the Hunt, May King, Jack in the Green, Horned God, Green Man, Gods of the Hunt

 

 

Resources:

Ann Moura: Witchcraft, an Alternative Path  (copyright free)

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Your Planet Tracker: Sun in Aries, Now Until Apr 20, 2015

 

 

Planet Tracker

Sun in Aries

Now Until Apr 20, 2015

From the Experts at Tarot.com

 

Aries begins the astrological year on the first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox. It arrives at the moment of perfect balance between the forces of day and night. The long Northern Hemisphere winter is finally over and new life begins poking its way through the softening earth. It is the sign of beginnings; it’s the first, number one, the sign that starts the story of self-discovery. There is an appropriate focus on the self with Aries that is not necessarily about selfishness. It’s about the discovery of oneself as an independent entity.

Aries is the warrior who is more concerned with challenging him/herself than with defeating others. In fact, Aries’ reality is about focusing on one issue at a time. It is a sign of action, rather than one of strategy. It belongs to the group of fire signs that also includes Leo and Sagittarius. But, as the initiating, cardinal fire sign, Aries is the most spontaneous of the group.

Be Here Now

Patience is not the primary virtue of Aries. However, any individual born with the Sun in Aries will be a combination of astrological (and other) factors, so patience is a possibility. Yet, the point of Aries is not to wait, but to be. In fact, Aries psychologist-psychedelic explorer-guru Baba Ram Dass wrote Be Here Now, a book that reminds us that the only reality is in the present.

Of course Aries, like everyone else, remembers yesterday and has to deal with tomorrow. But, the great gift of this month is to remind all of us to be in the moment. This is truly where we live, even if wounds from the past or fears about the future may blur our vision. Take a moment to just be. Stop, breathe and remember that everything is here now. There’s nowhere else you need to be.

Ramifications

Fiery Aries is not here to make us comfortable. It is here to spark the imagination, put a burr in the saddle and help us start anew. It’s Aries that propels us forward, breaking old connections to discover new worlds.

If you need courage to make changes in your life, this is a good time to start. You don’t have to know where you’ll wind up nor have all your strategies in place. Aries is about putting things in motion and improvising from there. Try something new this month and trust in your ability to learn what you don’t already know.

Celebrity Aries include tough old actresses like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, hot younger ones Ellen Barkin, Sarah Jessica Parker and even younger Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Claire Danes, Keri Russell, Melissa Joan Hart and Julia Stiles. Aries actors include action jocks Jackie Chan and Steven Seagal, along with Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Robert Downey Jr., Russell Crowe, Warren Beatty, Quentin Tarantino, Haley Joel Osment and Alec Guinness.

Aries women who sing include Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Billie Holiday, Mariah Carey, Emmylou Harris, Mandy Moore and Reba McIntire. Thomas Jefferson, Colin Powell and Al Gore are political Aries. Rams Rosie O’Donnell, Conan O’Brien and David Letterman love to chat, while Pete Rose, Jennifer Capriati and Garry Kasparov reflect the competitive side of this sign.

 

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Your Daily Planet Tracker: Sun in Aries, March 20 to April 20

 

 

Planet Tracker

Sun in Aries

Mar 20, 2015 to Apr 20, 2015

From the Experts at Tarot.com

 

Signs are Seasons

Aries begins the astrological year on the first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox. It arrives at the moment of perfect balance between the forces of day and night. The long Northern Hemisphere winter is finally over and new life begins poking its way through the softening earth. It is the sign of beginnings; it’s the first, number one, the sign that starts the story of self-discovery. There is an appropriate focus on the self with Aries that is not necessarily about selfishness. It’s about the discovery of oneself as an independent entity.

Aries is the warrior who is more concerned with challenging him/herself than with defeating others. In fact, Aries’ reality is about focusing on one issue at a time. It is a sign of action, rather than one of strategy. It belongs to the group of fire signs that also includes Leo and Sagittarius. But, as the initiating, cardinal fire sign, Aries is the most spontaneous of the group.

Be Here Now

Patience is not the primary virtue of Aries. However, any individual born with the Sun in Aries will be a combination of astrological (and other) factors, so patience is a possibility. Yet, the point of Aries is not to wait, but to be. In fact, Aries psychologist-psychedelic explorer-guru Baba Ram Dass wrote Be Here Now, a book that reminds us that the only reality is in the present.

Of course Aries, like everyone else, remembers yesterday and has to deal with tomorrow. But, the great gift of this month is to remind all of us to be in the moment. This is truly where we live, even if wounds from the past or fears about the future may blur our vision. Take a moment to just be. Stop, breathe and remember that everything is here now. There’s nowhere else you need to be.

Ramifications

Fiery Aries is not here to make us comfortable. It is here to spark the imagination, put a burr in the saddle and help us start anew. It’s Aries that propels us forward, breaking old connections to discover new worlds.

If you need courage to make changes in your life, this is a good time to start. You don’t have to know where you’ll wind up nor have all your strategies in place. Aries is about putting things in motion and improvising from there. Try something new this month and trust in your ability to learn what you don’t already know.

Celebrity Aries include tough old actresses like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, hot younger ones Ellen Barkin, Sarah Jessica Parker and even younger Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Claire Danes, Keri Russell, Melissa Joan Hart and Julia Stiles. Aries actors include action jocks Jackie Chan and Steven Seagal, along with Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Robert Downey Jr., Russell Crowe, Warren Beatty, Quentin Tarantino, Haley Joel Osment and Alec Guinness.

Aries women who sing include Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Billie Holiday, Mariah Carey, Emmylou Harris, Mandy Moore and Reba McIntire. Thomas Jefferson, Colin Powell and Al Gore are political Aries. Rams Rosie O’Donnell, Conan O’Brien and David Letterman love to chat, while Pete Rose, Jennifer Capriati and Garry Kasparov reflect the competitive side of this sign.

 

 

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Witches Correspondence for Ostara/Spring Equinox


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Witches Correspondence for Ostara/Spring Equinox

On or around March 21st Northern Hemisphere, September 21st Southern Hemisphere *Note this year it is March 20th*

The second of the 3 spring festivals, Ostara is known also as the Spring Equinox, and Eostar. It is a time of new beginnings as new life bursts forth upon the earth. It is also a time of balance when light and dark are equal. In times past, people celebrated the arrival of spring and the Goddess Eostar or Eostre whose symbols were the hare and the egg.

Symbols:

The beginning of spring, new life and rebirth, the God and Goddess in Their youth, balance, fertility, flowers, eggs, rabbit/hare.

Decorations:

Four leaf clovers, cauldron of spring water, any and all spring flowers/blossoms/bulbs/sprouts, potted plants, eggs, butterflies, baskets, bunnies, chicks, colored ribbons

Activities/ Rituals/ spell intents:

Sunrise observances, collecting wildflowers, spring cleaning and purification, nature walks, seed blessing, garden blessing, planting, welcoming spring, coloring eggs, fertility rites, rituals of balance, herb work – magical, medicinal, cosmetic, culinary and artistic, spells for balance, communication, prosperity/fertility, action, new beginnings, potential, goals for future, banishment of bad ties, positive growth

Herbs/flowers/trees:

clover, lemongrass, mint, honeysuckle, iris, violets, peonies, lilies (Easter Lily), lilacs, acorn, celandine, cinquefoil, crocus, daffodil, dogwood, gorse, jasmine, jonquils, narcissus, olive, pine trees, rose, tansy, woodruff, primrose, forsythia

Incense/oils:

African violet, lotus, jasmine, rose, magnolia, sage, strawberry, lavender, narcissus, ginger.

Colors/Candles:

Gold, light green, robin’s egg blue, lemon yellow, pale pink, all pastels.

Stones:

amethyst, jasper, aquamarine, bloodstone, red jasper

Foods:

Seeds, leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits, hard-boiled eggs and any egg dishes, milk punch, dairy foods, apples, nuts, flower dishes, sprouts, jelly beans, chocolates, lamb, spiced or flower cupcakes, hot cross buns, honey cakes, unleavened bread, poultry, ham, roast beef, yellow cake with poppy seeds, banana nut bread, fruit juice or fruit liqueur, poppy seed or sesame seed rolls, sweet or honeyed wine

Animals :

Rabbits, hares /Easter bunny, chicks, robins, lambs, swallows, snakes, unicorns

Deities:

all love, virgin, and fertility Goddesses, all love, song & dance, and fertility Gods.

Resources: Some information adapted from Simple Wicca by Michele Morgan, and Ann Moura’s Witchcraft, an Alternative Path.

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When it is Ostara in the Northern Hemisphere, many of our Southern Hemisphere friends celebrate Mabon.

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To Find Exact Time Spring Equinox by You

Spring Equinox – Vernal Equinox

The spring (vernal) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the autumnal (fall) equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

Equinox and solstice illustration
Equinoxes and solstices happen twice a year.

When is the equinox in my city?

On the two equinoxes every year the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – but not quite.

Northern Hemisphere spring equinox

March equinox 2015: March 20, at 22:45 UTC.

(USA, Central America, Canada, Europe, Asia, northern Africa)

Southern Hemisphere spring equinox

September equinox 2015: September 23, at 08:20 UTC.

(Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa)

First day of spring?

In the northern hemisphere, the fall equinox marks the first day of fall (autumn) in what we callastronomical seasons. There’s also another, more common definition of when the seasons start, namely meteorological definitions, which are based on average temperatures rather that astronomical events.

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Wheel of the Year-Northern Hemisphere

NO Hemi WoY

From the web site Deviant Art. It does not have any more information on this topic but I liked the look of this wheel and the short explanations given. Below is the link I got this from:

http://ghost-isametroid.deviantart.com/art/Wheel-of-the-Year-Wiccan-101602957

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The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice

The darkest day makes way for the return of light

Tarotcom StaffTarotcom Staff on the topics of winter solstice, capricorn, astrology

December 21, 2014 marks the Winter Solstice, which is the official beginning of winter, and the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. But there’s a light at the end of this tunnel — literally! As the temperatures fall throughout the winter, the light grows, representing new hope during a time of darkness.

Ancient solstice festivals were the last big feasts before food became scarce during the harsh winter months. This magical day was celebrated from ancient Rome to China, and by the builders of Stonehenge to the Mayans. In fact, we all remember the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2012, which was the apparent end of the Mayan calendar, causing many to believe the end of the world is coming. Obviously, we’re still here!

Many modern holiday traditions, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s, have their roots in the Winter Solstice celebrations of yesterday. Winter festivals continue today, complete with lights, feasts, dancing and singing, and spending quality time with those we love.

Astrologically, the Winter Solstice marks the moment the Sun — the ruler of the zodiac — moves from adventurous Fire sign Sagittarius to the steady Earth sign of Capricorn. This is the dark night of the year, a day when the Sun appears to stand still. It’s a time for light and laughter, but also deep reflection.

The Sun’s move into steady Capricorn urges us to take some time to look back on 2013 before we make those New Year’s resolutions. What did we do right? What do we wish we’d done differently? Don’t fight the seriousness it brings to the festive holiday season — use it to start 2014 on the right foot! Just make sure to keep some of the Goat’s ambitious energy alive when the Sun makes its next move.

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