December 21 Solstice Birthday Horoscope

People Born On December 21: Zodiac Sign Is Sagittarius

DECEMBER 21 birthday horoscope predicts that you are a courageous sport. The Sagittarius born today is curious about most things but particularly those things that are not conventional. You have an active imagination, and you’re extremely resourceful. On the other hand, you can be slow to make a move. You will think twice before taking the initiative.

Some decisions should receive more consideration than others, and you are a patient person. It serves us best when we don’t rush into things and read the fine print. You’re realistic when it comes to important contract matters and of the heart.

 

As the December 21st zodiac sign is Sagittarius, you are a cheerful individual. Some people think you were born under a lucky star. If you could bestow all of your friends one wish, you would wish them peace at heart and of mind. That’s where you get your joy – in helping others. You are constantly thinking of your friends and ways to enhance relationships. The December 21 birthday personality not only tells their friends and family that they care, but they show them as well.

If today is your birthday, you can be pig-headed when you want to be! Yes indeed, unmovable is an understatement. Moreover, you cannot follow a rule book if you wrote it yourself. You are defiantly a hard-working person but occasionally you get carried away. These December 21st zodiac birthday people tend to be obsessive. This could involve your work as well as your personal life.

As far as your finances go, you seem to be happy with the balance at the end of the month. Characteristically, you connect with your projects to make them your own and the outcomes have been successful. Usually, this Sagittarius birthday person likes being useful. He or she will generally exceed the expectations of others.

Money seems to come effortlessly to you, but we know that’s not necessarily true. You have a knack for juggling investments and you feel the sensible thing to do is to save it. It’s better to spend a set amount wisely and in moderation than to be soon parted from it.

The December 21 horoscope predicts that underneath all of that coolness is a big heart. Your friends say that you are extremely liberal and passionate. As their friend, you have been trustworthy and unswerving. Once you make a friend, it becomes a lasting relationship. You probably haven’t had too many romantic relationships because of this.

The December 21 birthday love compatibility report shows that the highlight of a partnership is companionship for you. Nothing gives you more pleasure than to enjoy a concert in the park with your lover, your best friend. For this relationship, you will make the needed compromise to make the other person happy. Additionally, you need someone with an active imagination to keep things popping in the bedroom.

Your friends who you grew up with have a tremendous impact on who you are today. It could be that your childhood was unforgettably good or bad. Its lasting impressions could be holding you back or altering your life in some way. The December 21st astrology predicts that your emotional health could affect your physical being. Negative forces have a way of getting into the body and posing as an illness.

Getting you on the treadmill can take an act of Congress. But once you start to reap the benefits from exercising, you will go to the gym willingly then. All you needed was a little motivation. But be careful, you don’t want to overdo it. Too much of anything is not good for you including exercise. The future of person who born on 21 December will be promising and rewarding.

The December 21 zodiac shows that you are patient and kind individuals. You have a way of making success look easy, but you work hard to achieve the status you have. Sagittarians born today love the sound of live music and want to share the good times with someone special.

As a rule, you break or at least bend them backward. Placing restrictions on a December 21 birthday personality is a risky business. You should look back at your childhood to find any clues that will give answers to why you have problems with authority or rules.

See: Famous Celebrities Born On December 21

This Day That Year – December 21 In History

1985 – The music group Heart’s album “Hearts” goes #1.
1991 – Reggie Brown knocked unconscious in a Detroit Lions games.
2011 – Tropical Storm Washi’s death count now at over one thousand.
2011 – Approximately 17,000 chickens slaughtered after H5N1 virus threat.

December 21  Dhanu Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
December 21 Chinese Zodiac RAT

December 21 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planets are Jupiter & Saturn.

Jupiter symbolizes expansion of ideas, knowledge, good fortune and new opportunities.
Saturn symbolizes efforts, control, restrictions, and maturity.

December 21 Birthday Symbols

The Archer Is The Symbol For The Sagittarius Sun Sign
The Sea Goat Is The Symbol For The Capricorn Sun Sign

December 21 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The World. This card symbolizes the fulfillment and accomplishments of goals that you were striving for. The Minor Arcana cards are Ten of Wands and Queen of Pentacles

December 21 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Aries: This will be a wonderfully loving and romantic relationship.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign GeminiThis is a relationship that could be excellent or extremely pathetic.

See Also:

December 21 Lucky Numbers

Number 3 – This number signifies spontaneity, fun, wit, enthusiasm, and enjoyment.
Number 6 – This number stands for a conventional idealist who heals and cares for people.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For December 21 Birthday

Purple: This color signifies telepathy, compassion, spirituality, and renewal of feelings.
Blue: This is a color of peace, truth, expanse, freedom, and stability.

Lucky Day For December 21 Birthday

Thursday – This day is ruled by Jupiter and represents an excellent day to increase your wisdom and get serious about your job.

December 21 Birthstone Turquoise

Turquoise gemstone is known to be a symbol of love and romance in relationships that might not be going the right way.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On December 21

A T-shirt with a slogan for the Sagittarius man and a pair of interlocking heart-handle coffee mugs for the woman. The December 21 birthday personality can be severe and soft at the same time.

To read anyone’s birthday horoscope

Some Thoughts for Litha

Solstice Poem

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General Search for Summer Solstice Spells and Traditions

Happy and Blessed be as You Celebrate Litha/Summer Solstice Sisters and Brothers in the Southern Hemisphere

A very short explanation of the Holly or Oak Kings Ruling as the Goddess Consort’

For More Information on the Oak King

For More Information on Litha

Scroll Down For More Information on the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere

I hope these links help you learn more about the different topics.

The Oak has will be born at Sunrise on the Summer Solstice after…

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Here the young Oak King fights the tired out Holly King to rule from the Litha until Yule until…

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The Holly King is reborn. Now the Oak King is an old man but still fights the Holly king.

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The Holly King wins and grows to maturity from the Yule until Litha when the cycle of the battle between the young and older Kings battles repeat themselves for the honor to rule as the Goddesses Consort. The Oak Kings is also in some traditions is known as The Green Man or The Horn God or the God of the Hunt.

A Yule Drink and Litha Cake Combined Them for Brunch Solstice Feast – Flashback to 2012

I know I have been doing separate posts for Yule and Litha things but when I came across these two recipes, in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2012, one for each season of the year the two hemispheres are going into, they sounded yummy to me to have together. I apologize in advance for not calculating from American measurements to other parts of Mother Earth. I just found this website https://www.europeancuisines.com/ while it says European Cuisines it covers other countries as well.

(SIDE NOTE if you do not have a Sun shaped disc to pour the batter in use cookie cutters for whatever shapes remind you of the Sun or use a knife to cut out a shape. Even a young maybe 3 or older this totally up to the child’s caregivers can cut out a design. Than either eat the scraps from the cut outs or put them outside for the wildlife in your area to celebrate the Solstice with your family. This is a good day to have breakfast for dinner/supper/tea or use as treated after your families Solstice ritual)

“Sun God Supreme

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 Tablespoons of melted butter or oil

1 egg

3/4 cup yogurt

Garnish with 3 cups cubed fruit, all colors

Sift dry ingredients together. Then separately whisk wet ingredients together. Combined wet and dry ingredients, mixing for no more then 20 strokes, one for each day in June (or December) until the Solstice. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes     while you prepare the fruit, set the table, and heat the frying pan lightly coated with oil or butter on a medium heat. (SIDE NOTE AGAIN Depending on the ages of the people attending your celebration feast designated cutting the fruit, setting and clearing the table, and doing dishes along with wiping the table and kitchen surfaces. If you allow a child of 3 to cut up their pancake with a plastic knife this can also be used to slice bananas or other soft fruit. This is a family celebration so let the family help with the work and as your homes Priestess you can relax and enjoy the feast and time together with a lot less stress) 

Pour batter into sun-shaped discs (or pour batter from a measuring cup with a lip to get lovely round pancakes.) cook until bubbles that have formed in the batter burst and make little dry craters. Flip one and briefly cook the other side. Serve on brighly colored plates surrounded by fruit of all colors, which represent the abundant growth and glory of the Earth Goddess. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and enjoy.

Pancakes combine the traditional foods of Litha — butter, milk, cakes, and honey — represent the Sun God at the height of his reign.

Copyright Dallas Jennifer Cobb page 77

Magical Mulled Cider

(SIDE NOTE This cider contains no alcohol so the whole family can enjoy it. If you want to spike it for the adults I have used dark rum measured to the adult who is drinking it taste. It is also good cooled to room temperature but I did not like the taste will chilled in the refrigerator)

1 quart (or 1 liter) apple cider

6 orange, sliced to look like the sun

12 whole cloves

1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 cinnamon sticks

Honey to taste

Toast the return of the Sun God, and the holy rebirth, with this warming drink when you gather with friends and family on the longest night of the year, Best made over an open fire, but easily concocted on a stove indoors will warm the hearth, heart, and home. Sip this and know anything is possible.

In a large pot combine apple cider which represents the Sun God, cloves, nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Simmer for at least half an hour to make your house smell wonderfully festive, or longer for a stronger mulled taste. This simmering symbolically brings the God and Goddess together. and adds a little “spice” to the mix. Pour into a mug, carefully an orange slice into each cup. Add cinnamon stick and serve. Makes 6 servings.

Copyright by Dallas Jennifer Cobb page 129

 

I Need Help Finding a Specific Pictures

I have the Goddess with an infant or toddler. What I cannot find is a picture of the Goddess with an infant or toddler. I have this, I think, a cool idea for a post and need both of these kinds of pictures in order to do it.

Thank you so much for your help. It will be much appreciated.

S. H. Count Down to Litha – Printable Coloring Pages

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N. H. Count Down to Yule – Printable Coloring Pages

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S. H. Count Down to Litha – Flashback to 2002

Litha

Litha or the Summer Solstice sabbat celebrates the Sun at the peak of its power. The Sun and solstice are about male energy; and because of fixed water power dominates on December 21, Mars triumphant will lend its energy to “increasing” projects and any magic begun at this time, such as money or prosperity spells. The Sun is waxing, the Moon is waxing, Mars is potent, and the day belongs to a smiling Venus, This is a wonderful holiday for lovers and their fertility.

Begin your ritual at dawn. Use Sunflowers to represent the Sun King but for Aphrodite decorate your altar with red roses, rose water, strawberries, and other aphrodisiacs. Burn dry clippings from your rose bushes for the cauldron fire. Spread rose butter on toast for cakes and ale, and sprinkle with fresh rose petals or rose scented sugar. To make rose butter, take a stick of butter and completely surround it in a small container with a cup of organic, fresh rose petals (SIDE NOTE – DO NOT EAT ROSES unless you use roses from your own garden or someone’s garden you know that does not use any kind of pesticides. DO NOT purchase from any kind of store because chance are they have gotten pesticides in them as they grew. ingesting any kind of pesticides is taking poison into your body and may cause a mild to server stomach problems or damage to other organs in your body.). Let the flowers marry overnight; discard petals and repeat.

Copyright K. D. Spitzer in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2002 Page 81

N. H. Count Down to Yule – Flashback 2002

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(SIDE NOTE – the position of the Moon, Sun, Mars, and Venus are not where they might be in 2019 as this was written in 2002.)

Yule brings the longest night of the year and the rebirth of the Sun King. The energies of this Sabbat are very strong and very fertile in water and earth on December 21. Mars and Venus are united in Scorpio, and the Moon waxes full in her own sign, but then moves void-of-course. Celebrate the night before on Venus’s day and enjoy all the pleasures of the flesh. Use a table-top balsam as your altar, and festoon it with all glittery symbols of the elements and Lord and Lady. Anoint bayberry candles and burn them for propensity and growth in the coming year. Make a sumptuous fest of comforting and magical foods. Smudge your altar with dried arbor vitae to waft your desires to the Goddess. Indulge your senses with the sights and smells of the season. Carve Sun symbols on last year’s Yule log and burn it with chanting (bring back the light!).

Invite friends and family to the feasting to reveal the universality of your craft and the playful side of your spirituality. Reclaim the ancient pagan customs of the season.

Copyright K. D. Spitzer in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2002 Page

S. H. Count Down to Litha

This is a video showing how to make a Summer Solstice/Litha candle to keep or give as a gift.

Craft With Me – Altered Candle – Summer Solstice Crafts

N. H. Count Down to Yule

This video has some ideas for things to make to decorate your home or altar with.

Yule Altar Crafts & Decorate My Altar for Yule with Me!

Counting Down to Celebrating Litha

Each day I will bring you a new song an/or video and/or a back flash from Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook (these will range from 1999[1st year published] until 2019) for our upcoming Litha/Summer Solstice celebrations.

Today I picked a beautiful instrumental with amazing pictures and words that touched my spirit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Witches Sabbat – Litha

 

N. H. The Return of the Sun King (A Litha Fairy Story) Plus a Coloring Page

Once upon a time, there was great sorrow among the fairy folk. Something had happened to the Fairy Queen, Titania. She had fallen asleep and would not wake up.

The winter had come, terribly cold and full of ice and snow. In the fairy wood, no fires were burning. The seed babies were safely tucked in their beds, deep under Mother Earth’s coverlet of leaves and moss. The gnomes and dwarves were working deep underground. The water sprites waited under their ice roof, which covered the crystal lake and bubbling brook.

Most of the fairy folk, those who tend the flower children in meadows and forests, were left to wander through the winter, seeking warmth and shelter. They sought these in the homes of mortals, hoping to rest beside the fires both in castle and in hovels. Where ever fairy stories were being told at night or where ever Christmas candles were burning, there they were allowed to rest awhile.

This winter, the Fairy Queen and her troupe had been wandering and wandering. The snow blew in great swirling clouds and Old King Winter laughed and crackled. Jack Frost had a jolly time pinching their noses and toes. Worst of all and sad to say, there were not enough resting places for the fairy troupe. Most of the stone castles were dark and deserted and had been so a long time. The houses, great or small, where real fairy stories were still being told were few and far between. And the Christmas Candles burned in but a few windows.

One very dark night, after Yuletide, but long before Spring was due, the Fairy Queen began to grow very sleepy, as mortals do
when they begin to freeze. Not being a mortal, she could not die but she could not wake up either. All of the fairies tried to wake her up. They danced and fluttered around her and sang songs as loudly as they dared. At last, with the help of two white snow-hares they managed to bring the Queen back to the stone circle, which is their palace and dancing place. Without their Queen, the fairies were entirely without direction and purpose. Many also fell asleep and the ones who stayed awake were mournful and very miserable.

Lady Spring finally came back from her palace in the South. She chased old King Winter back to his ice palace in the frozen north. The ice melted and gentle rains fell. Seed babies began to awaken and the first flower children appeared. The fairies grew hopeful and hurried to bring Lady Spring to the bed of her sleeping sister. Lady Spring took Titania’s hands and breathed the promise of Spring over her. She sang her magic song of roses and butterflies, of newborn lambs and nightingales. Titania’s cheeks grew rosier and she seemed to breathe more fully than before. But alas! Her eyes would not open, nor would she speak!

Lady Spring grew sorrowful and this brought a tremendous Spring storm. She had to dry her eyes quickly so as not to bring on a flood. She took leave of Titania’s attendants, saying, “I must continue on to waken all of the seed babies. Guard your Queen well and wait for Summer.”

The fairies promised to do their best, but in truth, the seed babies and flower children were not taken care of as well as they should have been.

Day by day, the fairies could see the ascent of the Sun King on his fiery steed. He was still far away, just over the horizon. Little by little he came closer and the day began to grow longer than the night. Finally, it was Midsummer’s Eve and the Sun King reached the pinnacle of the sky. He was riding very high over the palace of the Fairy Queen. The fairies shouted and clamored, pranced and danced, trying to catch the Sun King’s attention. He was too high up to hear them, but he soon noticed that the Fairy Queen had not come to greet him on this, their meeting day.

The Sun King turned his steed toward the Earth and came as close as he could without harm. Of course, everything grew tremendously hot and the flower children took refuge under the broad leaved trees and bushes.

Still, Titania did not wake up. Here hands and feet were still icy, although her hair shone golden in the brilliant light. Then the Sun King took off his mantle of fire and climbed down from his sky horse. Without the fire mantle, he would not scorch anything or anyone. Still, he was almost too bright to look at! He came to the Fairy Queen’s couch and he bent down and kissed her. He took her hands in his and felt them grow warmer and warmer. She opened her eyes and drew a long breath. She arose with all of her sleeping companions.

What rejoicing there was! Such a shouting and singing! Each fairy nurse ran to find her poor neglected flower child.

Titania thanked the Sun King for bringing her back to life. She told him how dark and cold the winter had been. She wondered what to do the next time King Winter’s might was stronger than human love and light.

“Do not fear,” said the Sun King, “For the darkest winter has passed and Winter’s power will someday be totally overcome. Human beings will remember to light their fires again. The Christmas candles will burn brightly in many homes and around the hearths, real fairy stories will be told again. I myself will proclaim this from the skies. For the light of the world has come to birth in human hearts and this can never again be extinguished.”

Then the Sun King mounted his winged charger, put on his fire mantle and rode back to the summit of the sky. The fairy folk waved him on his journey with love and gratitude.

That Midsummer night, they held the most joyful festive there ever was in all of fairy land. And if the lights have not gone out, they are dancing still.

 

Christine Natale© 2003 All Rights Reserved found at The Return of the Sun King

To you and yours from the WOTC and Covel Life staff may you have a wonderful summer.

What Does The Week Ahead Hold, Your Astrology Report for June 14 – 21

 

 

Weekly Astrology: June 14 – 21, 2015

Here comes the sun

t’s a simple, clean week ahead with straightforward Astrology and a gorgeous Summer Solstice. Read all about it!

Tuesday, June 16: New Moon in Gemini conjunct Mars

On Tuesday the New Moon in Gemini will cozy up to Mars and will stimulate your mind in the most extraordinary way. This lunation is all about planting seeds of a bright new idea and fleshing it out over the coming weeks. You will have a cosmic “green light” to initiate an important conversation, make a life changing decision, negotiate a contract or other agreement, or simply flesh out an idea that excites you.

This New Moon has plenty of pep in her step thanks to Mars, so you can expect communication matters to be put into action in the blink of an eye. You won’t second guess yourself and you’ll have extra confidence to talk to others.

Sunday, June 21: Summer Solstice; Sun enters Cancer

On Sunday the Sun enters Cancer and we celebrate the Summer Solstice. There’s a bright light shining on matters of home and hearth, so pay attention to what’s happening right in your own backyard. A family BBQ might be the perfect way to kick off the season. Then, put on your swimsuit and go have some much awaited fun in the Sun!

 

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A Midsummer’s Celebration

A Midsummer’s Celebration
by Mike Nichols


The young maid stole through the cottage door,
And blushed as she sought the Plant of pow’r; —
“Thou silver glow-worm, O lend me thy light,
I must gather the mystic St. John’s wort tonight,
The wonderful herb, whose leaf will decide
If the coming year shall make me a bride.”

In addition to the four great festivals of the Pagan Celtic year, there are four lesser holidays as well: the two solstices, and the two equinoxes. In folklore, these are referred to as the four “quarter days” of the year, and modern Witches call them the four “Lesser Sabbats”, or the four “Low Holidays”. The summer solstice is one of them.

Technically, a solstice is an astronomical point and, due to the calendar creep of the leap-year cycle, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, and we experience the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Astrologers know this as the date on which the sun enters the sign of Cancer.

However, since most European peasants were not accomplished at reading an ephemeris or did not live close enough to Salisbury Plain to trot over to Stonehenge and sight down its main avenue, they celebrated the event on a fixed calendar date, June 24. The slight forward displacement of the traditional date is the result of multitudinous calendrical changes down through the ages. It is analogous to the winter solstice celebration, which is astronomically on or about December 21, but is celebrated on the traditional date of December 25, Yule, later adopted by the Christians.

Again, it must be remembered that the Celts reckoned their days from sundown to sundown, so the June 24 festivities actually begin on the previous sundown (our June 23). This was the date of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Which brings up another point: our modern calendars are quite misguided in suggesting that ‘summer begins’ on the solstice. According to the old folk calendar, summer begins on May Day and ends on Lammas (August 1), with the summer solstice, midway between the two, marking midsummer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that summer begins on the day when the sun’s power begins to wane and the days grow shorter.

Although our Pagan ancestors probably preferred June 24 (and indeed most European folk festivals today use this date), the sensibility of modern Witches seems to prefer the actual solstice point, beginning the celebration on its eve, or the sunset immediately preceding the solstice point. Again, it gives modern Pagans a range of dates to choose from with, hopefully, a weekend embedded in it.

Just as the Pagan Midwinter celebration of Yule was adopted by Christians as “Christmas” (December 25), so too the Pagan Midsummer celebration was adopted by them as the Feast of John the Baptist (June 24). Occurring 180 degrees apart on the wheel of the year, the Midwinter celebration commemorates the birth of Jesus, while the Midsummer celebration commemorates the birth of John, the prophet who was born six months before Jesus in order to announce his arrival.

Although modern Witches often refer to the holiday by the rather generic name of “Midsummer’s Eve”, it is more probable that our Pagan ancestors of a few hundred years ago actually used the Christian name for the holiday, “St. John’s Eve”. This is evident from the wealth of folklore that surrounds the summer solstice (i.e., that it is a night especially sacred to the faerie folk), but which is inevitably ascribed to “St. John’s Eve”, with no mention of the sun’s position. It could also be argued that a coven’s claim to antiquity might be judged by what name it gives the holidays. (Incidentally, the name ‘Litha’ for the holiday is a modern usage, possibly based on a Saxon word that means the opposite of Yule. Still, there is little historical justification for its use in this context.) But weren’t our Pagan ancestors offended by the use of the name of a Christian saint for a pre-Christian holiday?

Well, to begin with, their theological sensibilities may not have been as finely honed as our own. But secondly and more mportantly, St. John himself was often seen as a rather Pagan figure. He was, after all, called “the Oak King”. His connection to the wilderness (from whence “the voice cried out”) was often emphasized by the rustic nature of his shrines. Many statues show him as a horned figure (as is also the case with Moses). Christian iconographers mumble embarrassed explanations about “horns of light”, while modern Pagans giggle and happily refer to such statues as “Pan the Baptist”. And to clench matters, many depictions of John actually show him with the lower torso of a satyr, cloven hooves and all! Obviously, this kind of John the Baptist is more properly a Jack in the Green! Also obvious is that behind the medieval conception of St. John lies a distant, shadowy Pagan Deity, perhaps the archetypal Wild Man of the wood, whose face stares down at us through the foliate masks that adorn so much church architecture. Thus, medieval Pagans may have had fewer problems adapting than we might suppose.

In England, it was the ancient custom on St. John’s Eve to light large bonfires after sundown, which served the double purpose of providing light to the revelers and warding off evil spirits. This was known as “setting the watch”. People often jumped through the fires for good luck. In addition to these fires, the streets were lined with lanterns, and people carried cressets (pivoted lanterns atop poles) as they wandered from one bonfire to another. These wandering, garland-bedecked bands were called a “marching watch”. Often they were attended by morris dancers, and traditional players dressed as a unicorn, a dragon, and six hobbyhorse riders. Just as May Day was a time to renew the boundary of one’s own property, so Midsummer’s Eve was a time to ward the boundary of the city.

Customs surrounding St. John’s Eve are many and varied. At the very least, most young folk plan to stay up throughout the whole of this shortest night. Certain courageous souls might spend the night keeping watch in the center of a circle of standing stones. To do so would certainly result in either death, madness, or (hopefully) the power of inspiration to become a great poet or bard. (This is, by the way, identical to certain incidents in the first branch of The Mabinogion.) This was also the night when the serpents of the island would roll themselves into a hissing, writhing ball in order to engender the “glain”, also called the “serpent’s egg”, “snake stone”, or “Druid’s egg”. Anyone in possession of this hard glass bubble would wield incredible magical powers. Even Merlyn himself (accompanied by his black dog) went in search of it, according to one ancient Welsh story.

Snakes were not the only creatures active on Midsummer’s Eve. According to British faery lore, this night was second only to Halloween for its importance to the Wee Folk, who especially enjoyed a ridling on such a fine summer’s night. In order to see them, you had only to gather fern seed at the stroke of midnight and rub it onto your eyelids. But be sure to carry a little bit of rue in your pocket, or you might well be “pixie-led”. Or, failing the rue, you might simply turn your jacket inside out, which should keep you from harm’s way. But if even this fails, you must seek out one of the “ley lines”, the old straight tracks, and stay upon it to your destination. This will keep you safe from any malevolent power, as will crossing a stream of “living” (running) water.

Other customs included decking the house (especially over the front door) with birch, fennel, St. John’s wort, orpin, and white lilies. Five plants were thought to have special magical properties on this night: rue, roses, St. John’s wort, vervain, and trefoil. Indeed, Midsummer’s Eve in Spain is called the “Night of the Verbena (Vervain)”. St. John’s wort was especially honored by young maidens who picked it in the hopes of divining a future lover.

And the glow-worm came
With its silvery flame,
And sparkled and shone
Through the night of St. John,
And soon has the young maid her love-knot tied.

There are also many mythical associations with the summer solstice, not the least of which concerns the seasonal life of the God of the sun. Inasmuch as I believe that I have recently discovered certain associations and correspondences not hitherto realized, I have elected to treat this subject in some depth in my ‘Death of Llew’ essay. Suffice it to say here, that I disagree with the generally accepted idea that the Sun God meets his death at the summer solstice. I believe there is good reason to see the Sun God at his zenith—his peak of power—on this day, and that his death at the hands of his rival would not occur for another quarter of a year. Material drawn from the Welsh mythos seems to support this thesis. In Irish mythology, midsummer is the occasion of the first battle between the Fir Bolgs and the Tuatha De Danaan.

Altogether, Midsummer is a favorite holiday for many Witches in that it is so hospitable to outdoor celebrations. The warm summer night seems to invite it. And if the celebrants are not, in fact, skyclad, then you may be fairly certain that the long ritual robes of winter have yielded place to short, tunic-style apparel. As with the longer gowns, tradition dictates that one should wear nothing underneath—the next best thing to skyclad, to be sure. (Incidentally, now you know the real answer to the old Scottish joke, “What is worn beneath the kilt?”)

The two chief icons of the holiday are the spear (symbol of the Sun God in his glory) and the summer cauldron (symbol of the Goddess in her bounty). The precise meaning of these two symbols, which I believe I have recently discovered, will be explored in the essay on the death of Llew. But it is interesting to note here that modern Witches often use these same symbols in their Midsummer rituals. And one occasionally hears the alternative consecration formula, “As the spear is to the male, so the cauldron is to the female.” With these mythic associations, it is no wonder that Midsummer is such a joyous and magical occasion!


Document Copyright © 1983 – 2009 by Mike Nichols.
Text editing courtesy of Acorn Guild Press.