Summersolstice
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Summer Solstice: Illumination and Creativity

by Donna Woodwell June 05, 2014 05:27 PM EST
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It's party time on planet Earth with the annual celebration of the Sun -- also known as the Summer Solstice!

For locations north of the equator, the solstice -- mid-summer -- on June 21 marks the longest day of sunlight during the year. From Russia to Scandinavia to the British Isles, this solar festival is celebrated with games, dancing, and bonfires, all to offer thanks to the Sun for its life-giving rays.

The veil between worlds is also said to thin during such celestial turning points. Many practice divination or other magical acts. Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" portrays the faerie realm spilling over into human affairs on this special night.

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Why not host your own solar celebration this year? Traditionally, mid-summer begins the evening before the solstice, which is Friday, June 20 this year (the solstice is exact at 3:51 am PDT on June 21). Fire is the offering of choice for the Sun, as well as anything fun. Host a barbecue and play some games.

The Greek Sun god, Apollo, was also the god of prophecy; it's a night for divination and checking out what the future holds for you. The Sun also loves all acts of creation, including magic or making wishes.

The Summer Solstice occurs as the Sun enters the sign Cancer. The cosmic weather forecast for the Summer Solstice is ... energizing! Action-hero Mars is approaching another opposition to zany Uranus, and an Aries Moon is also approaching a square to jovial Jupiter. Intensity and melodrama are in the air this weekend -- expect the unexpected, and be extra careful if you're traveling.
 
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