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Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« on: May 31, 2018, 02:02:30 pm »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday? How important is this holiday to your particular path?

This will be the first time I really try and celebrate a pagan holiday.

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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2018, 06:45:47 pm »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday? How important is this holiday to your particular path?

Summer solstice is the most important holiday of the year for me. (My Wheel of the Year puts much more importance on the quarter days than the cross-quarter days. For most Wiccans, I believe, it's the reverse.) And my favorite!

I take the day off from work and celebrate this longest day of the year by getting up just before dawn and watching the sun rise; after that, I'm not allowed to set foot indoors (except the briefest of bathroom breaks) until after I watch the sunset. I spend the entire day outdoors, walking or biking, and basking in everything the world at its peak has to offer, savoring the bounty of summer: the sights, the sounds, the flavors...ice cream, frozen margaritas, cherries and grapes and peaches, a long lunch in an outdoor cafe... It's my Stop and Smell the Roses day.

If the forecast is rain, I'll shift the observation one or two days forward or back, to get better weather.
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2018, 11:44:14 pm »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday? How important is this holiday to your particular path?

This will be the first time I really try and celebrate a pagan holiday.

The Summer Solstice is my half-birthday, so I'm always generally aware of the day more so than any given Thursday.  Work has been a madhouse, I'll probably be closing that day, but I expect I'll go on a long walk somewhere I haven't been in the area in the morning, to spend some extra time enjoying the Longest Day.  After I get home from work, I'm liking the idea of a ritual bath for the evening celebrating with Apollo (whom I associate with Spring to Autumn Equinox time of the year wise).

Both solstices, since my birthday relates, I'm incredibly aware of the importance of to me.
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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2018, 12:47:58 pm »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday? How important is this holiday to your particular path?

This will be the first time I really try and celebrate a pagan holiday.

Hope you have a great first celebration!

Summer solstice isn't the most important holiday for me, but I do try to keep some kind of observation.  Assuming that the roads are still passable after the recent rains, my plan is to drive up to a tiny mountain chapel that was one of my sister's favorite places and leave flowers (memory keeping is a big aspect of my path).  Since it's not far from the Appalachian Trail, I'm planning to meet up with a friend after that for a hike and overnight camping.  If the weather cooperates, we should have a spectacular mountaintop view of the sunset.   

If the road/trail conditions are too disagreeable, the alternative plan to spend the day doing some grave tending at local cemeteries. 
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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2018, 09:03:41 pm »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday? How important is this holiday to your particular path?

This will be the first time I really try and celebrate a pagan holiday.

The Solstice is at 6:07 AM EDT, on Thursday, June 21. Personally, I'll be working that entire day (and cannot take off), however, I will be conscious of the shift between Dionysos' two sides throughout the day - Dionysos Zagreus to Dionysos Bromios - as well as Apollo, both for the light aspect, and the fitness/health aspect.

Celebration wise... I'm going to start the day with working out at 5:30 AM, dedicate the workout to Apollo, and be super in tune with Dionysos by having a picnic in the park, and walking the trails near my apartment.
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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2018, 01:36:41 am »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday? How important is this holiday to your particular path?

This will be the first time I really try and celebrate a pagan holiday.

The Summer Solstice is usually on or directly adjacent to my birthday (6/20) so I'm always aware of it. Since this year is my 21st I'll probably be spending the Solstice proper hungover like a bitch, but still basking in my own magnificent resplendence.

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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2018, 09:49:34 am »
The Solstice is at 6:07 AM EDT, on Thursday, June 21. Personally, I'll be working that entire day (and cannot take off), however, I will be conscious of the shift between Dionysos' two sides throughout the day - Dionysos Zagreus to Dionysos Bromios - as well as Apollo, both for the light aspect, and the fitness/health aspect.

Celebration wise... I'm going to start the day with working out at 5:30 AM, dedicate the workout to Apollo, and be super in tune with Dionysos by having a picnic in the park, and walking the trails near my apartment.

I will be working most of the day as well as it is a weekday. I have plans to do something small the day of, and then also do something that weekend. I've already told my boyfriend I want to be out of the house and outside most of the weekend.

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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2018, 09:50:58 am »
The Summer Solstice is usually on or directly adjacent to my birthday (6/20) so I'm always aware of it. Since this year is my 21st I'll probably be spending the Solstice proper hungover like a bitch, but still basking in my own magnificent resplendence.

Oh that should be fun! For my 21st, I had a glass of wine, watched cartoons, and went to bed. I never had a crazy, get drunk kind of 21st. Made up for it a bit in my 20s though. I hope you have a ton of fun!

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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2018, 11:40:49 pm »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday?
I work the day of, so I'll probably celebrate on the immediate following Saturday.
My plan is to make a feast in honor of the gods of my Saxon ancestors, using at least one authentic Anglo-Saxon recipe for the main dish. Offer some of the food at my altar, and serve the rest as a feast with my wife and hopefully some friends.
I've kinda always done something on or around Midsummer. I'd expect it's a reflection my roots in Wicca, which was my gateway into Paganism. I have a hard time dropping things entirely. So I've recontextualized it as part me honoring my ancestors.

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How important is this holiday to your particular path?
Not the main fork of my path, which is Religion Romana. But as part of practising a Roman syncretism, I honor my ancestors and the gods of my ancestors. That means I also have a sacra privata in which I honor a few Anglo-Saxon gods, using their terms and rites, because I have many English and English-American ancestors. I'm not so presumptuous as to describe that as proper Heathenry, but I try to respect those gods' roots as best I can within the context of a Roman-driven syncretism.
Which is to say-- the solstices and equinoxes are important to me, just from one of the secondary branches of my religious path. But I do make time for them, and celebrate them as I would a major festivity.

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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2018, 06:23:24 pm »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday? How important is this holiday to your particular path?

This will be the first time I really try and celebrate a pagan holiday.

I tend to mark the seasons by calendar months, so I've already done my 'summer' thing ... which involved swapping out all of the decorations in my apartment.

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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2018, 08:50:13 pm »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday? How important is this holiday to your particular path?

This will be the first time I really try and celebrate a pagan holiday.

It's one of the main days in my ritual practices.

I usually offer my rite every day so my observances aren't that different from other days on a holy day.  But on the Summer Solstice there is a poem I wrote that replaces another part of the ritual.  It will remain in place for that ritual for the remainder of the season until the Autumnal Equinox when another poem takes its place.

I associate that day with the spiritual companion I call Grandmother Wisdom.  The themes of the poem have to do with wisdom, awakening, ascension, and grace.  There is only one fixed ritual for that day, but any less formal devotions I may do would be centered around working with Grandmother Wisdom.
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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2018, 05:46:20 am »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday? How important is this holiday to your particular path?

This will be the first time I really try and celebrate a pagan holiday.

I will be working this year, but I really want to do something special. I haven't done any celebration or ritual work since March, because my life has been very frantic, and I miss it so much, I need to get it back together!

June 21st is also World's Music Day! I know it's not celebrated everywhere (ive heard that in the US it's not that big of a deal), but since it originated in France it is a very very important holiday for French people (if you're not familiar with it it's one day where it's legal to make music anywhere you want to in public spaces and all concerts are free, so there's basically a concert on every street). It's especially important for me because music is one of my biggest ritual tool.

Last year on June 21st I was too busy to celebrate the solstice because of Music Day. I was directing and playing the villain in a musical playing in a big natural park in front of a castle so I spent all day setting up the stage and the sound equipment in the park, helping my actors rehearse, and then at dusk we performed. Even though I didn't have time to celebrate the solstice it really felt like a celebration to work on music (which is a huge part of my practice cause my first "magical mentor" was a singing teacher) from dusk to dawn and then perform in front of hundred of clapping and laughing people with big smiles on their face.

Even though I haven't planned a performance this day, I wonder if I'll have the energy to do some music magic. Maybe setting up a lil' stage and singing some hopeful songs in a street to share the summer energies with passing people. Maybe a music ritual at home. Or if the weather is especially nice, going to my favourite forest with all of my instruments and put up a show in the forest so all of the creatures and spirits that live in it can have fun listening to music like people in the city do and wake up for the summer.

Even if I don't get the energy after work to do something special, I'll make sure to sing as much as possible and appreciate summer!
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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2018, 10:49:50 am »
June 21st is also World's Music Day! I know it's not celebrated everywhere (ive heard that in the US it's not that big of a deal), but since it originated in France it is a very very important holiday for French people (if you're not familiar with it it's one day where it's legal to make music anywhere you want to in public spaces and all concerts are free, so there's basically a concert on every street).

Thank you for this info! I googled it, and there is indeed a Make Music Day on the solstice here in NYC--probably not on the same scale as in France, but I can't wait to take part (as part of the audience). It will add a new dimension to my Out All Day solstice celebration; I just have to figure out which ones are outdoors, and at what times, and I can spend a good chunk of my day wandering between them.
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2018, 02:37:58 am »
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! What are your plans? Do you do anything special for the holiday? How important is this holiday to your particular path?

This will be the first time I really try and celebrate a pagan holiday.

Because it's a Thursday, I won't particularly do anything to celebrate on the actual day - work flow doesn't allow this.  But we are going to have a big bonfire the Saturday night after (6/23).  My circle is coming, friends, family, etc.  It will basically be an all day event.  Festivities start around noon, and will go on until the wee morning hours.  Until everyone either goes home or passes out.
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Re: Midsummer/Summer Solstice
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2018, 03:21:40 pm »
The Summer Solstice is my half-birthday, so I'm always generally aware of the day more so than any given Thursday.  Work has been a madhouse, I'll probably be closing that day, but I expect I'll go on a long walk somewhere I haven't been in the area in the morning, to spend some extra time enjoying the Longest Day.  After I get home from work, I'm liking the idea of a ritual bath for the evening celebrating with Apollo (whom I associate with Spring to Autumn Equinox time of the year wise).

Both solstices, since my birthday relates, I'm incredibly aware of the importance of to me.

Update: we actually got invited out to the local UU church by a friend to celebrate solstice with them last night, and I gotta say, I had a great time!  I got to drum for the first time ever and wow, you want to talk about a sudden obsession with that?  I have too many tabs about drums open right now. 

So that was unexpected, but I'm feeling pretty renewed by it, and that's not just because my friend made mead for the ritual. :)

And I am definitely working Thursday night, so... I'll have a good time wandering around earlier in the day.
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