On the Summer Solstice, the Sun reaches the zenith of its annual journey. We celebrate the longest day and shortest night. It is a magical time: nature is blossoming. The veil between the worlds is thin: sprites and spirits easily cross between them and we may even catch a glimpse of the little folk.
The young Sun-God Bel has climaxed, and his powers are beginning to wane. Lugh is taking over the reign. He will ripen the fruits of the earth and transform the Sun’s power into sugar and starch that will sustain us through the dark half of the year.
At the Summer Solstice, we honour the Gods and offer rituals and prayers. We ask for protection, health, and sustenance.
But most of all, it is a time of gatherings and celebrations, of revelling around bon fires, and of dancing, feasting, and merry-making.
The herbs are now at their most potent, and we should gather our annual supplies.
Spiritually, it is a time to seek guidance by divination or retreat on a vision quest to hold counsel with the gods.