On This Beautiful & Glorious Solstice Morning, A Quick Up Date………

Litha Comments & GraphicsGood Wednesday morning, dear brothers & sisters! It was a glorious Solstice morning here today. The beautiful Sun came up shining in all His glory, the magick was coursing through the air, it was pure magick. I thought I would give you a quick up-date on what is going on….

 

Yesterday, started out to be a lovely day but…..yes, there is always that but, lol! You know we have been selling merchandise on Etsy. Well come to find out there was an issue with one of the items we sold. The buyer contacted me in regards to the issue and when I found out about it, I went through the roof. We do actually have craft people that make items and we had what this customer wanted in stock (I thought, keyword “thought”). Anyway, we had a lady that would bring me the list of items we had to sell on Etsy. This item that was causing the problem was on there. I trusted her and I listed it. Well, come to find out, we did not have the item in stock. Instead, she went to another woodworker and got the item made. The customer told me it was horrible. I don’t believe horrible even began to describe what he received. So when the lady came in, I asked her about it and she told me the truth. I don’t feel good to start with and I went off on her. To say the least, we are now one employee short and I owe this customer a refund. Then to even make matter worse, I really ought to know not to do business when I am angry, Etsy and I got into it. The men who do our woodwork did some elegant spoons, they are rare and hard to find. I listed them. When I did, Etsy suspended our account. They stated the items and some others were not hand crafted and did not meet their standards. Ha! These men worked for numerous hours carving these spoons and they are beautiful and for Etsy to have the gaul to say they didn’t make them, pissed me off! Etsy contacted me and told me our account was suspended with them. They informed me of how I could go about getting it re-instated so I took the time to do just that this morning. I went through and deleted every item in the shop. Etsy isn’t what it is cracked up to be. They trust no one. They hold the customers payments for three days to make sure they clear (yeah right, they just want their money up front). Then they forward it to us, the seller, which takes another three days for us to get the payment. Etsy doesn’t trust their buyers or sellers. With a policy like that, it makes the seller look horrible. I explained to them this fact and got no reply. I also told them we had been on the internet since 2009 and had an excellent reputation. I wouldn’t stand by and let them ruin it or anyone else. So Etsy can bite me.

 

After that fact, I had to go to the hospital and get some blood work done. With my morning being such, my blood pressure was through the roof.  Besides when I get upset or pissed, it only seems to make my condition worse. I hurt like hell all day yesterday and this morning. The doctor has me on a powerful pain pill. I had been only taken a half of it because I found out early if I took a whole one, I became a zombie. We already have coyotes and wolves around here, I don’t believe we need any zombies, lol! By the time I got through at the hospital, I came home, shut the door and went to bed. I did, however, get up to see the beautiful Solstice Sun rise and boy, was it breath-taking.

 

On top of my illness, my pup is also sick. For the last few months, I had been taking him to the vet I used with Kiki. After the second trip there and completing all his meds, he wasn’t any better. So I found a specialist who is located about 75 miles from here and took Kade to him. I seriously thought he had the dog flu and I was going to lose him. You don’t know how many nights I have spent crying over him. Kiki hasn’t even been gone a year yet and to lose this one after losing the other one, I couldn’t stand it. But this new vet seems to know what she is doing. Kade is 100% better and I believe he is going to out live me. But we have to go back to day for a check-up and see what the vet want to continue or discontinue. I believe you all know how I feel about my familiars. When Kiki was so bad, I did blood sacrifices for her (my own blood). She was only suppose to live for 6 months after they found out what was wrong with her. But thanks be to the Goddess, Kiki lived for an additional 2 1/2 years. I love my familiars to death and there is nothing I wouldn’t do for them. So we are going to the vet this morning at 11:30.

 

Then there is tomorrow, back to the doctors I go. The delay in my treatment is because I have several complications at once, ain’t I lucky! I have the tumor on my hip, I have nodes in my liver, and I have a very large uterine fibroid tumor. I have had numerous test over the past few weeks that is why there has been practically no activity on this site. I don’t even want to talk about the podcast. But tomorrow, we decide which one should be taken care of first. Oh, to add to good news, I have had this growth on my ankle and come to find out it is also a tumor. I didn’t know people could have tumors in so many different places, gee! But it makes me wonder if this on my hip has spread all the way down my leg. Guess I will find out tomorrow.

 

So what this long conversation is meant to say is that there won’t be much activity on the WOTC for the next few days. I plan on Friday getting back at it.  I know people don’t understand why I don’t stop. It is simple, if I keep busy, I don’t think about it. I have something to occupy my mind. And then again, when I make plans they all go straight to you know where, lol! But we are going to try our best to be back Friday. So just bear with us a little bit longer and things will work out. At least one good thing, I drug out the old Ouija board, I was trying to contact my mother instead I got my father. I talked to him a bit, got a few things straight I was curious about, turned out to be a good session. When I got ready to close the portal I told him, I would be seeing him soon I guessed. His reply was “No!” The board went crazy and kept going back to “no, no, no.” I took that as he meant I wouldn’t be seeing him any time soon and he also told me to get the idea of dying out of my head. I still had a ways to go and a lot to do before my time was up. I think most of all, after all these years of carrying a bitterness toward him, he told me, “I was his baby and he loved me.” That brought tears to my eyes. You have to understand my whole life’s story and I am not going to bore you with it. But that communications with him meant the world to me. I really was surprised when he showed up and sort of disappointed. But afterwards, I felt like there was a heavy shadow lifted off of me. I know I have a rough time ahead with my health but I am going to survive it. Then I had a little voice in my head tell me, “You always knew you would survive it because you are a fighter.” I believe that little voice was the Goddess. She has been a great comfort to me during the past year. Confronted with the possibility of death does bring one closer to their faith.

 

Well, enough with all that, I just wanted to catch you up on a few things. I do hope you understand and I sincerely appreciate your patience with us. We will be back Friday in full force, I promise. I was worried about being short handed but Mystie told me, she had found someone to replace the one I fired or let go (a nicer term). So we won’t be running short after all. I will up-date you on my condition and we will see you Friday. I am very sorry that we could not spend this glorious Solstice with you but life happens. I believe there is enough information here for you in case you need it regarding Litha and the Summer Solstice.

 

Have a very blessed & beautiful Litha & Summer Solstice, my sweets….

With all my love,

Lady of the Abyss

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Litha Prayer to the Sun

The sun is high above us
shining down upon the land and sea,
making things grow and bloom.
Great and powerful sun,
we honor you this day
and thank you for your gifts.
Ra, Helios, Sol Invictus, Aten, Svarog,
you are known by many names.
You are the light over the crops,
the heat that warms the earth,
the hope that springs eternal,
the bringer of life.
We welcome you, and we honor you this day,
celebrating your light,
as we begin our journey once more
into the darkness.

 

-Patti Wigington, Author
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What Christmas traditions are actually winter solstice traditions?

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The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and is also traditionally understood to be the beginning of winter. This year, the solstice will occur on Dec. 21st, and according to a timetable created by the Astronomical Applications Department of the U.S. Naval Observatory, people in New York will only experience 9 hours and 15 minutes of daylight all day. Those in the U.K. will only have 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight.

The solstice (also known as Yule) has been celebrated as a pagan holiday for thousands of years, and in all actuality, many of the Christmas traditions that seem to be so tightly intertwined with the Christian holiday itself are actually “borrowed” from the pagans. (And by borrowed, we mean condemned and then eventually repurposed). Want to find out which of your favorite Christmas traditions are actually steeped in the pagan celebration of the solstice?

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Summer Solstice Traditions – HISTORY LISTS™

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or many bygone civilizations, the summer solstice—the longest day of the year—was endowed with great significance. People celebrated this special day, which falls in June in the northern hemisphere and is also known as midsummer, with festivals, celebrations and other observances, some of which still survive or have experienced a revival in modern times.

Ancient Greeks
According to certain iterations of the Greek calendar—they varied widely by region and era—the summer solstice was the first day of the year. Several festivals were held around this time, including Kronia, which celebrated the agriculture god Cronus. The strict social code was temporarily turned on its head during Kronia, with slaves participating in the merriment as equals or even being served by their masters. The summer solstice also marked the one-month countdown to the opening of the Olympic games.

Ancient Romans…

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June Solstice: Longest and Shortest Day of the Year

The June solstice is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice the Southern Hemisphere.

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The June Solstice. (Not to scale)

The date varies between June 20 and June 22, depending on the year, and the local time zone.

June Solstice in Aurora, Illinois, USA was on
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 11:24 pm CDT (Change city)

June Solstice in Universal Coordinated Time was on
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 04:24 UTC

Zenith Furthest Away from the Equator

A solstice happens when the sun’s zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. On the June solstice, it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.4 degrees.

It’s also known as the northern solstice because it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Meaning of Solstice

‘Solstice’ (Latin: ‘solstitium’) means ‘sun-stopping’. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it’s visible in the sky for a longer period of time.

Although the June solstice marks the first day of astronomical summer, it’s more common to use meteorological definitions of seasons, making the solstice midsummer or midwinter.

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Stonehenge in England.
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Solstices in Culture

Over the centuries, the June solstice has inspired countless festivals, midsummer celebrations and religious holidays.

One of the world’s oldest evidence of the Summer Solstice’s importance in culture is Stonehenge in England, a megalithic structure which clearly marks the moment of the June Solstice.

In the Southern Hemisphere, where the June solstice is known as the shortest day of the year, it marks the first day of astronomical winter, but the middle of winter in meteorological terms.

Midnight Sun or Polar Night?

On the June solstice, the midnight sun is visible (weather permitting) throughout the night, in all areas from just south of the Arctic Circle to the North Pole.

On the other side of the planet, south of the Antarctic Circle there’s Polar Night, meaning no Sunlight at all, on the June Solstice.

Solstice Dates Vary

Even though most people consider June 21 as the date of the June Solstice, it can happen anytime between June 20 and June 22, depending on which time zone you’re in. June 22 Solstices are rare – the last June 22 Solstice in UTC time took place in 1975 and there won’t be another one until 2203.

The varying dates of the solstice are mainly due to the calendar system – most western countries use the Gregorian calendar which has 365 days in a normal year and 366 days in a Leap Year.

A tropical year is the time it takes the Earth to orbit once around the Sun. It is around 365.242199 days long, but varies slightly from year to year because of the influence of other planets. The exact orbital and daily rotational motion of the Earth, such as the “wobble” in the Earth’s axis (precession of the equinoxes), also contributes to the changing solstice dates.

Moving to Other Seasons

Equinox and solstice illustration.
Equinoxes and Solstices

After the June solstice, the sun follows a lower and lower path through the sky each day in the Northern Hemisphere until it reaches the point where the length of daylight is about 12 hours and eight to nine minutes in areas that are about 30 degrees north or south of the equator.

Areas 60 degrees north or south of the equator have daylight for about 12 hours and 16 minutes. This is the September Equinox, the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.

Earth does not move at a constant speed in its elliptical orbit. Therefore the seasons are not of equal length: the times taken for the sun to move from the March Equinox to the June Solstice, to the September equinox, to the December solstice, and back to the March equinox are roughly 92.8, 93.6, 89.8 and 89.0 days respectively.

The consolation in the Northern Hemisphere is that spring and summer last longer than autumn and winter.

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