The Summer Solstice (cont)
so much in the Wheel, this must be viewed as a tidal effect. It's not
the case that the Oak King is switched off at the Summer Solstice, but
rather that this is the peak of his effect, and from here onwards, he
fades away. This gradual changeover is expressed in other myths which,
for example, place the battle between Holly and Oak at Beltane.
Sometimes the battle is seen as inconclusive and resulting in a wasting
wound. This emphasises the slow, transitional effect of the changing
In terms of the Goddess, she is seen as being in the radiant, blooming phase of pregnancy. She is in the most bountiful phase of being a Mother, an aspect of the Triple Goddess who moves between the stages of Virgin, Mother and Crone. [More...]
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