The Summer Solstice (cont)
Here are Jan's thoughts:
The Summer Solstice marks an important second highlight in our year as
well as underlining the height of the Sun God’s strength and
potency. For it is on this day every year that our High Priest
renews his vows to his Station. This is important for every
member of our working group, for his Oath dedicates himself in service
of the Goddess Herself, and also to us as overall leader of our
group. His strength of purpose and commitment have a
“trickle-down” effect upon all of us. It is entirely fitting, in
my mind, that such a vow should be sworn on this great day of light.
love this ceremony – well, if I am entirely honest I love every
ceremony for its different energy and influence upon me – but this one
and the Winter Solstice stand apart for me in their total
contrast. These are both “absolutes”, if you will. The
Summer Solstice has a lazy energy to it, redolent with warmth and the
promise of harvest. The Winter Solstice, on the other hand, acts
like a reassurance of eventual re-awakening against a backdrop of
This year (2015) the Sun enters the sign of Cancer in
the early evening of the 21st of June. We work at dawn on the
22nd (heavy dependence on reliable alarm clocks required here).
We do not always work at dawn – and actually each time of day a
group chooses to celebrate the Solstice bears a slightly different
meaning. We tend to decide somewhere around Beltane what sort of
year it has been thus far, and then set our working time to observe
The Summer Solstice is the day which marks the high point
of light in the year. To work at dawn reaches out to harness this
most powerful energy at its greatest possible extent in the year.
Working at some random point during the day tends to have a more
diffuse influence – we are simply giving thanks for the presence of
this welcome power. Working after sunset though, serves as a
lament for what is now becoming the fading of Solar impact upon our
lives with this year.
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