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Followers of Natural religions, and in the Old Days - that were almost all people - committed their Festivals to the Times the Nature determined.
As the beginning and end of the Harvest Season, the Summer - and Winter Solstice, and more.

To Celebrate the Wheel of the Year Festivals helps us us to reconnect with the Forces and Energies of Nature, to hook ourselves in the Rhythm of Nature.

For our Ancestors, it was very important to realize that everything is Alive, Growing and continually Changing according the Cosmic Laws of the Annual Cycle.
Our Ancestors lived and celebrated Eight Festivals during the Year, which found its origin in the Cycle of Nature and the changing Seasons.


We commemorate four Sun Festivals, the Winter Solstice, the Vernal Equinox, the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox.
In between there are the 4 Moon Festivals, which is Samhain, the Tree Festival in November, Brigid, the Festival of Lights in February, Beltaine, the May Festival and Lughnasad, the Reaper Festival (Reapers) in August.
Samhain is the Festival devoted the Ancestors, the Dead, the Unborn and the beings from Otherworld.

It starts the darkest Time of the Year, a time of retreat and silence.
The Festival helps us to prepare for this time that to many often appear difficult.
The Vegetation has been drawn back into the Earth's Womb.
Only survived the Seed and accumulates in Mother Earth strenght for the new shoots in Spring.

Also we turn inward, let everything superfluous die and from the core, the essence of the New arises.
Only through death can occur new life - and so just stands the Festival Samhain for the Eternal Cycle of Life.
At this time the veil to Otherworld and the Ancestors is very thin and we find it very easy to get in touch with them.
We can ask them for advice and ask their blessing and protection for the coming Year.

as the Old Year Starts To Wane, The New Begins. It's NOW !

Halfway between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice (End of the Harvest Season, Beginning of Winter) - is Samhain an important moement since Ancient Times.
Samhain (from Celtic is 'Summer's End)
It is one of the two 'Spirits Nights' each Year, the other is Beltaine.
It is a magical interval when the mundane rules of time and space are temporarily suspended and the thin veil between the two realms temporary lifted.

So, the time around Samhain is described in many cultures as a time in which the separation between the physical and non-physical realms is much thinner.

At Samhain we celebrate the beginning of the New Year according the Celtic Wheel of the Year.
Most scholars are in agreement that 'Halloween' (Hallow Eve) is a christianized feast influenced by Celtic Harvest Festivals like Samhain.
The Gaelic Festival marks the End of Harvest Season is celebrated by more and more people who want to head back to Nature and Her Cycles.

Parsifalrain, October 29, 2015, adaption & update October 26, 2016

Lisa Thiel - Samhain song

Samhain, Samhain, let the ritual begin,
We call upon our sacred ancestors to come in
Samhain, Samhain, we call upon our kin,
We call upon our dear departed loved ones to come in

The Veil between the worlds is thin
Our hearts reach cross the sea of time
To bring our loved ones in
Samhain, Samhain we honor all our kin
We honor those who've gone before
As the Great Wheel turns again

Samhain, Samhain we call upon our kin
We call upon our Sacred Ancestors to come in
Samhain, Samhain we call them to come in
We call upon our dear departed loved ones to come in

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history
Originally, the 'Feast of the Dead' was celebrated throughout Celtic traditions by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the 'wandering dead'.

Samhain was called the time when the cattle and other lifestock was slaughtered and prepared for eating in the ensuing Winter Months.
Any crops still in the field, fruits, remaining on trees and bushes, and left-behind vegetables were considered taboo and dedicated as oblations to the Nature Spirits.

Sacred Fires were burnt to clean the Old Year and to prepare for the oncoming New Year.
For after feasting, the bones were thrown into the fire (therefore called bone-fires), as offerings for healthy and plentiful lifestock and survival in the New Year, also stones were marked with peoples names and thrown in the fire to be retrieved in the morning.
(The condition of the retrieved stone foretold of that persons fortune in the coming Year.)
Hearth fires were also lit from the village bonfire to ensure unity and the ashes were spread over the harvested fields to protect and bless the land.
 
It was danced around the Bonefires, dances which told stories or demonstrated the Cycle of Life - and Death.
They characterized the Wheel Of The Year, commemorating The Cycle of Life, honoring those who have passed on.
It is believed that the souls are set free from the Land of the Death during the Eve of Samhain.
And thus the Ritual of Samhain would bring about the release of these souls into the physical world.
Although, not all of the souls were refered in days past:
Many were dreaded, for they may return to the physical world to destroy crops or hide lifestock or haunt the living.
So, yet an other reason for the Samhain - rituals were to disguise oneself from these malevolent spirits and to escape their trickery.

Lastly, the Rituals of Samhain were to show Gratitude to the Deities for the passing Year ... and to ask for their blessing for the coming New Year.

ideas for rituals to celebrate Samhain

A ritual for letting go on Samhain:
Remember all the things in your Life that don't work for you.
With this in mind, now walk around somewhere outside and collect fallen twigs or branches; *)
(carefully, never break off, cut or burn parts of Elderberry) -
Each one of these will represent something that you would like to release from your Life.
In a special place build your sacred Samhain Fire, and throw onto it one by one of the sticks which represent so much of your Hearts Desire for Change.
Really feel these things being let go as you throw them into the fire.
Watch these things while turning into ashes and sense how much it would release from your shoulders.
Allow this change in your Life to happen !
Your intention has NOW been released into the Universe !

*) alternatively you can write down what you want to let go on a spell paper and throw it in the fire - proceed as described above.

As mentioned earlier, the veil between Worlds is very thin at that time - making this period ideal for the purpose of communications and all forms of divination with spirits.

 

The Goddess Tana, (was seen as youthful and beautiful in the youth of the Etruscan civilization, but as it aged, so did Tana, eventually becoming 'Our Mother' and being replaced by a young and beautiful Diana [Di-ana = two-mother] at the height of the Roman culture) as the original Moon/Mother Goddess, Goddess of Inspiration and Higher Love.
Remarkable: In Hindu as well as other forms of ancestral worshipping, there are many similarities to Tara, which is sometimes refered to Dana, Tyana/Di Ana, whose names mean respectively Ancestral Mother and 'Thy Mother'

However, it would lead beyond the scope of this article if we lose ourselves in the historical parallels of deities in different cultures or 'development' of Gods.

High Priestess Robin Wood Tarot deck

High Priestess -- preferably from Robin Wood Tarot (in this Deck, Tana is not sitting between the two freemasonic pillars of Boaz and Jachin or bears a Papal Tiara):
In the Deck of the Tarot Cards, the second Card, 'The High Priestess' (Tana, Mother), represents this aspect of the Goddess.
If you possess A Tarot Deck, take out the Card of the High Priestess and put it on top of a seasonally decorated altar.
Place a BLACK candle upon the card and say with me:

'I call to thee, oh Goddess Tana,
and with you I take this journey.
Now, together we are one for I invoke thee !'

Now gaze into the flame of the black candle ...
and perform a guided meditation journey with the Goddess.

When you're all done, place the Tarot Card back in the Deck and lay a spread for the next coming six Months.

Set down three pairs of cards, mirrored over an imagined horizon line.
The first pair, Life and Death, asks the two questions I hold at the core of most of my readings.
What do I need to move towards and embrace ?
What do I need to let go of and cut from my life ?

The second pair, Courage and Fear, contrasts the fears I manage well with the fears I repress and avoid.
Where in Life am I brave ?
Which fears do I openly face and manage with skill ?
What fears am I less skilled at navigating ?
What do I need to shed light on and tackle next ?  

The final pair, Celebration and Contemplation, acknowledges the odd dual Nature of holidays that jumble festivity and solemnity together.
What do I have to celebrate ?
How can I let go and 'squeeze' the most Joy out of this moment ?
What requires more sober refflection from me ?
What do I have to meditate on ?
If you're in a period of mourning, you could use the 6th card to reflect on what and how you grieve.

Make sure to let the candle burn down in honor of the Goddess.

Samhain tree honoring ancestors - what a wonderful addition to an Ancestral altar. Celebrate the Reunion

suggestions for a Samhain altar


candles
incense
Harvest / Samhain scented Oils
Harvest Leaves
grains
corn
Harvest flowers
offerings for gods
pictures
handcrafted statues or offering bowls or plates
breads
skulls
Ancestor beads
decorated picture frames

A great way to reconnect with your Ancestors is to create an Ancestor altar

Anything else ?

 

So at the time of Samhain, the Goddess Tana goes willing into the Underworld to discover for Herself all mysteries including Death.

one of many 'gateways to the Otherword' from whence beings and spirits emerge on Samhain: This can be family, friends and foes, pets and wildlife...

We are called to go with Her on this Journey in order to meet our Shadow Self, stripping away AND eventually renewing our Chakras by embracing our Shadow Selves to become Whole in Time prior the cold Winter Season.
By enacting this sacrifice, we fuse with the enegies of Nature: God and Goddess.

celebrate the Festival of Samhain when alone, without a coven, grove or group (more mindfully and actively honouring and celebrating my Ancestors)
cook up a dumb supper
cook a favorite dish from a family recipe
set a place for your ancestors and provide them a portion
sit in quiet contemplation through the meal, and maybe hear their voice again
burry their portion after the meal under your favorite tree (if available Elderberry or Hawthorn).

create and fill an acestor-box
take a box and decorate the outside with things that say 'ancestor' to you
then place mementos from your ancestors inside and keep it on your altar all year long to remind you of them.

eat a pomegranate and carve a pumpkin
the pomegranate is an ancient symbol of the Underworld thanks to Persephone's choice to eat of its seeds, and pumpkins are a new way to ward off the spirits that march from place to place when the veil is thin.

hold a firewatch
light a fire in your backyardand keep it going all Night
from sundown to sunrise
sing songs, dance and remember aour ancestors
pray to certain ones you remember well
with a candle you can also do this

tell the story of someone who has passed
not all ancestors are our blood and sometimes we are closer to those who live in our hearts than those who share our lineage
tell the story of someone important to you to someone who did not know them:
we live on through our fame and telling their story is the greates honor we can do for the Dead

Samhain Prayer
Samhain prayer, good and simple, for use after the opening of the magic circle on that special Night:

questions that we can ask ourselves to Samhain:

• What will die in me in order to make room for something new ?
• What legacy I want to let go permanently ?
• What does die for me ?
• How can my ancestors support me ?
• With whom ancestors is there still to clarify something ?

 

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topics that are associated with Samhain
• perceive Life as eternal cycle - without death there is no Life
• withdrawal of all Life on Earth - withdrawal of us Humans in our Inner Worlds
• to face the innermost, deepest, darkest feelings
• confrontation, examination with death and transience
• to end the Old Year - sow the seed for the New Year
• conjunction with the Otherworlds - ancestors, fairies, elves
• appreciation of our own origin

other names
Third Harvest, Shadowfest, Vigil of Saman, Samana, Strega, Martinmas, Day of the Dead, Samhuinh, and later ... The Witch's New Year, Old Hallowmas, All Hallow's Eve, Halloween.

meaning
Third Harvest, The Dark Mysteries, Rebirth through Death

correspondences
symbols
Gourds, Apples, Besoms, black cats, Jack-o-Lanterns

fruits and veggetables
Apples, Cypress, Ferns, Hazel, Heather, Mugwort (aid in divination), Mullein seeds (projection for abundance), Marigold, Nuts, Pumpkin, Sage and others, according the season

Samhain - Incense
Mint, Nutmeg, Rosemary (rememberance), Lavender, Helitrop and Patchouli

stones
black stones, Obsidian, Onyx, Jet, Bloodstone, Carmelian

colors
Grey, Silver, Gold, Orange, Red (Scarlet), White and Black

Give praise to the Earth Mother as She dons her Wintry dark cloak and her Autum Rains the Earth will soak.

Loreena McKennitt All Soul's Night

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)o( Blessed Be, have a blessed and magical Samhain with lore !

 

images: thealchemistskitchen, pinterest and lolaelespaciodelalma

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Autumn Equinox - Mabon - September 21-23

Autumn Equinox - Mabon - September 21-23
Category: BEYOND ILLUSION
Tags: Autumn Equinox Mabon Wheel of the Year Harvest Thanksgiving Parsifal


to celebrate Wheel Of The Year Festivals is an ancient tradition in many cultures.
Long before Christian thought gripped the world, lived and celebrated our ancestors 8 Festivals during the Year.
These Festivals have their origin in the Cycle of Nature, the changing Seasons and the passage of the Sun and Moon.
So we celebrate the 4 Sun-Festivals, the Winter Solstice (longest Night of the Year, December 21), the Summer Solstice (the longest Day of the Year, June 21), but also the Equinoxes in Autumn and Spring.

parsifalrain, September 18, 2016

The harvest of the year is brought in, the work of the summer is done.
Silence returns in a time of gratitude and regeneration.
For the second time in the Year reigns of special state of equilibrium in which day and night are of equal length - Everything is balanced.

We are again at a turning point.
From now on the days get shorter, the nights longer.
Nature withdraws gradually and preparing for hibernation.

It is the time in which we harvest all ripe fruits and thank for the gifts of nature - we celebrate Thanksgiving.
Mabon is a time to honor the spiritual significance of harvest, sacrifice, and survival.

It is a festival of abundance, colors and pleasure.
Music and dance are included as well as the children's laughter and a wonderful feast of fresh fruit, cereals and nuts.
Also sharing belongs to Thanksgiving.
What we have too much, we give others who have not a plenty of it.
For us personally Thanksgiving is a good opportunity to look inward, to come to rest and to contemplate in retrospect to the past year.
We may thank for all that was given to us last year.
We thank ourselves for everything we have worked and done.
But we must also make provisions for the winter - separate us from burdensome and provide real necessities importance.
It is the time we spend at home in front of the warm fire with a cup of tea.
It is the time when we reflect, talk with each other, come to rest and thoroughly into our inner.

Lisa Thiel - Mabon (Autumn Equinox)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efNHzhwvVAo

the Nature
Before the Nature completely withdraws, it shows itself once again in a very special wealth and splendor.
Many crops come to maturity now and we can look forward to fresh potatoes, pumpkins, carrots and turnips.
Also the fruit is ripe and we can harvest apples, plums, pears, and finally the wine.
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and elderberries provide us with the most important vitamins, strengthen the immune system for the winter.
Hazelnuts and walnuts are ready to strengthen our body with essential fatty acids.
But it is not only the time of harvesting, but also the time of processing, preserving and warehousing.
We have to create inventories for the Winter, so that it can be also survived.
The fruit is cooked, the vegetables are stored.
The collected herbs are made into teas and elixirs, which are used in winter as an important remedy.

At the end of September, the Nature withdraws more and more.
The leaves begin to change color, most of the plants have formed seed to ensure they survive the Winter, where they apparently die.
Many animals stuff themselves, create important winter supplies, or say goodbye to warmer zones of Earth to survive the Winter.
In the morning is often a mist over the country, it is cool and moist.
It is the time of the Indian summer, in which draw the fibers of spider through the country.
The all burning force of the August-sun is barely noticeable.
Rather, it is a golden, slightly warming light that strengthens us.
Everything indicates that we are facing a very difficult time, which is considered to outlast.
And yet shows us the Course of the Year that it continues again and again that there is no life without death and that everything is always recurring.
However, we must learn to live with the times and these also again to esteem stronger.

meaning of the Festival
For our ancestors, who had neither technical harvest hands nor freezers available, September, the harvest month was of particular importance.
It was an incredibly lot of work and it was important that the weather gods were well disposed and supported a successful harvest.
Of course, it was believed also that the Earth Goddess was responsible for a rich harvest, so because of their offerings like baskets of fruit, ears of corn, twigs or cornucopias were made and many thanks festivals were held.
The Goddess were the best fruits and nuts sacrificed so that she would care in the coming Year for a good harvest.
This Thanksgiving Festivities began to Autumnal Equinox and lasted till the next Full Moon.
The once youthful vegetation God withdraws to the Otherworld.

themes of the Festival
What I want to thank from the heart ?
How my personal harvest turned out this year ?
Which seed I sowed and nurtured and what 'life - fruits' I was able to harvest ?
Where and how I experience in my life a state of equilibrium?
How to achieve a balance between give and take ?
How can I prepare for the dark Season of the Year, what I need to let go ?
What will strengthen me and vitalize ?
How can I follow the rhythm of nature ?
Where should I draw the balance ?
What I want to carry on in my Life, which I have to say goodbye and disconnect.

the astrological perspective
In September, the change from the Virgo sign in the Libra takes place.
The Virgin is one of the Earth signs, with Mercury as planetary ruler.
The themes of the Virgin are earthiness, health awareness and often an increased sense of order.
For Autumn Equinox the Sun enters the sign of Libra.
Now we are in the sign of Harmony and Balance.
It follows the time of weighing and integrating - the exact checking what is important in Life.
Libra is an Air sign - in her prevails the planet Venus.
Many natives of Libra are trying to live as harmoniously and offset as possible, in particular beauty.
The deeper meaning of this desired equilibrium is perhaps in accepting besides the bright side, the dark side of people.
A really nice man has depth.
And this depth includes the darker side of the human soul.
But in Libra is also about the ability to put himself in the needs of others and empathize.
It's about understanding of other people, to a balance of power and to tolerance.

customs of the Festival
In farmer's almanac was the 29th September of Michael's, so Michaelmas as the beginning of winter work, which consisted of spinning and weaving in the first place.
This work lasted until February 1, Candlemas.
In the spinning room worked diligently, but sung and spoken.
The grandmothers shared their life experiences and were at that time than the wise old women.
So spun and wove the women - like the Goddess of Destiny herself - the future of the family and the village !

10 Ways to Celebrate Mabon & The Autumn Equinox ~ The White Witch Parlour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ATPA0mOS8Y

9 hazelnuts charm.. hang on the door for blessings ...

Indian Summer


Just in September the Indian Summer is often clearly visible.
The spiders weave their threads, which covered with dew, coat the whole land.
According to earlier stories, these are the threads of fate that were woven from the spindle of Holla.


The Goddess who spins the thread of life and also weaves the fate of people, also appeared the women sometimes in the late evening and helped them at work.

Goddesses and myths of the Feast
For Autumn Equinox the archetype of the Goddess who knows the laws of life and rules over life, death and rebirth gets the meaning.
Also the Harvest Goddess and Goddess of Agriculture were honored.

In Celtic the Festival is also called 'Mabon', which means 'Big Son'.


The mother of Mabon was Mordon, patroness of the 'Other World'.
It is the Earth herself.
From story-wise it was so that the little son Mabon disappeared from the earth, when he was only three nights old.
His mother, the earth, suffered greatly.
She searched for him everywhere.
but has been found Mabon of three animals, namely a blackbird, a deer and an owl.
They found Mabon in the Otherworld - the abdominal cavity of the Mother Earth.
This is an enchanted place, but also a place of challenge.
And only in such a place the Son of the Earth could be reborn as a Son of Light.

In Christian belief
And later, Jesus who was resurrected after 3 days.

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hanging acorns for Mabon

In Greek, a similar story is told.

Demeter sacrificing grain at the altar on vaze figure, National Archaeological Museum Athens
The story of Demeter and her daughter Persephone.
Demeter's daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades and taken to the Underworld because he could not find a woman who voluntarily went with him to the Underworld.
Demeter was full of sorrow and pain - everywhere she sought her daughter, but she could not find her anywhere.
She raged, cried, complained, begged for mercy, but nothing helped.
Finally furious anger accrued from her grief and she cursed everything was fertile on Earth.
'Die, die, die!' she screamed, and from now on no more children were born, no wheat flourished any longer and no bud opened further - the people and animals threatened to starve.

The earth itself died.
Demeter sat by the well and shouted into her daughter's name.
Here comes another Goddess to the plan: The Goddess Baubo.
She is the Goddess of Humor, the irrepressible laughter and vulgar jokes.
She rides on a sow, which is a very ancient symbol for birth and rebirth.
Baubo rode to Demeter, dancing wildly, wiggling her breasts and told her a few dirty jokes.
Demeter was herewith awakened from her grief and first began to laugh again.
According to history, both Goddesses were sitting by the fountain and laughed that they were shaking their bellies.
They laughed until for Hades it became unbearable, and so he set Persephone free again and she returned to the surface to her mother.
Although it was not allowed to remain throughout the year on top of the Earth, because Persephone had eaten already food of the Underworld (a few [Punica granatum] pomegranate seeds).
But she was able to spend at least two thirds of the year with Demeter on Earth.
The other third of them had to live in the Underworld.
Demeter had given her approval.
She was happy again and regained her zest for life, and so also the Earth, the people and the animals were fertile again and no one had to starve.

Herbs and medicinal plants in September
Apple Tree, Hazel, angelica, hops, valerian
Apples are a perfect Mabon symbol, and there are so many wonderful things you can do with them.

colors
Brown, yellow, gold, orange, red and violet

stones
Amethyst, sapphire, lapis lazuli and yellow topaz

Happy Mabon !


May the blessings of the harvest be plentiful for all as we prepare for the cold and dark of Winter.

earlier

Reapers Festival - Lammas - Lughnasad

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Wheel of the Year-Celebration Samhain

Summer Solstice - Litha - June 21
Category: BEYOND ILLUSION
Tags: Summer Solstice Litha Midsummer Wheel Of The Year Celts Festivity Tradition Fire

Midsummer or Litha Festival or the Summer Solstice is the most powerful day of the year for the Sun God.

In the summer solstice, the sun's power and the daytime brightness reach their absolute peak.
We celebrate the longest night of the year, but which also represents the turning point at which the days get shorter.
The highest solar power - and the turning point.
The Summer Solstice was seen since time immemorial as a time of great significance to our ancestors.
The word 'Solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', which literally translates to 'sun stands'

The Summer Solstice was celebrated quite extensively among the Celts.
Usually the celebration lasted for 12 days.
It was a festival of thanksgiving for the glorious summer time, with all its wealth and abundance.
It was the most carefree time of year, as people had really enough to eat.
Consider that the supply of food in former times was very much dependent on the seasons and many people starved to death in late winter because not enough food was available.

Parsifalrain, June 20

So it is particularly clear how important this exuberant celebration in the summer for the people was.
Like Beltane, Litha is also a celebration of fertility.
The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane.

The women were brewing strong beer, to which plenty of the important Amber [Hypericum] were added, which had special intoxicating and aphrodisiac effect.

There was dancing around the fire, most pairs.
The women wore wreaths of Ground ivy vines [Glechoma hederacea] at the top and belt of Mugwort [Artemisia vulgaris] around the hips.
During the evening the dances became more ecstatic, sometimes was danced naked.
The nudity was considered ritual nudity, a holy state, which should make the connection to the (mystical) original.

The young couple swore oaths of love and jumped over the fire.
Of course, at this festival was again a lot of room for eroticism, desire and passion.
At the end of the evening the herbs were thrown into the fire and it was hoped that all diseases and all evil of last year have disappeared.

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It is said that at the time of the Solstice, the curtain between the worlds is particularly permeable.
It is a time in which the Gods descend to Earth, that the decedent walk around, but wander around on Earth also the elves.
At their pageants, Fairies and Elves should be able to notice, if you put yourself under an Elder Bush.
But be careful, they sometimes give raw deals ...

Previously it was also protected the house and yard with garlands of Ivy [Hedera helix], St. John's wort [Hypericum perforatum], Yarrow [Achillea millefolium], Plantain [genus Plantago] and French daisy [Marguerite] against evil spirits or ogres from other worlds.

Midsummer Incense
Sage [Salvia officinalis], Mint [Mentha], Basil [Ocimum basilicum], Saint John's Wort [Hypericum perforatum] , Sunflower, yes, Mistletoe (specifically the berries that represent semen), Oak, Rowan [Pyrus aucuparia], and Fir [genus Abies].


Summer solstice
Nature can be seen in its full glory and wealth.
Plants bear fruit that have arisen from the buds and seeds.
Everything grows and flourishes.
Many plants develop their highest healing power around the summer solstice.

We may enjoy the bounty of nature and the light heartedness.
But we also celebrate the power of the sun, which can grow and flourish all life, warms us, makes our innermost free and carefree.

http://lovingenergies.net/pt/Summer-Solstice---Litha---June-21/blog.htm

For us it is a time of abundance and fulfillment and we celebrate the richness and the beauty of Nature - and in us.
We wonder what has become of our ideas and plans, which fruits we bear now.
Celebrating the fullness, the richness and beauty.

The Festival of the Summer Solstice is in The Wheel Of The Year located in the South.
The South is Noon, stands for the Mid-Life, the Element of Fire and the themes of Motherhood and the True Love.

Turning point
Summer Solstice also means at the same time the turning point takes place, as of now, days get shorter and the nights are getting longer.

Nature can be seen by the end of June in absolute Abundance.
Many plants bloom in the beautiful Summer colors or now carry their sweet Fruit.
Strawberries, Raspberries, Currants and Blackberries provide us with the long-awaited fresh vitamins.
Even the vegetables are growing rapidly and plentiful and if Mother Earth is well disposed towards us, facing a rich Harvest.
It is the time of Abundance, where we have to make us not worry about our supply, because everything that our body needs, is available in sufficient quantity.

Emotionally, the Summer begins for us at this time.
The days are hot and we enjoy the warmth and the power of the Sun.
She strengthens us with her energy and life-giving force.

At the same time can be felt that the sun also bears destructive force in itself.
She can parch, burn and wither the earth.
At this point, it is important to honor the opposite pole.
The water, and the cooling night.
On the apparent Climax or Culmination, the turn has already been completed.

Astrology
The Summer Solstice marks astrologically speaking, the change from zodiac sign Gemini (carefree air element) to the sign of Cancer.

In contrast, zodiac Cancer delivers the introspection of the human in the foreground.
It's about feeling and intuition.
We develop our sensitive side and suddenly the mental experience and the processing moves to the foreground.
The maternal-nourishing aspect gets importance.
It is getting the task of every human being, to make sure how much he even mothered and nurtured himself - how well he takes care of his Inner Child.

At the time of greatest heat so the water-sign of cancer with its pronounced moon forces takes over the guide.

The Summer Solstice, the feminine power of the goddess peaked.
She is now the mature woman and is the fertility-giving nurturer and mother.
The summer goddesses represent the archetype of partnership and motherly goddess.

The amorous transformed into the lover.
It comes to the sacred marriage with her counterpart, the sun god.
This divine couple unites male and female portions, whereby a state of equilibrium and sameness is achieved.
At this moment, the world can be experienced in its totality.

The South is the Element of fire associated why we also like to deal with the celebrations of the Fire issue and the force of Fire.
Fire generally stands for high energy, heat and transformation.
But Fire can also be very dangerous and destructive, yet is essential for life.

The Fire element is
Transformation - change, conversion
Energy, activity, spirit (in the sense of moxie)
Life and creativity
Fervor
Enthusiasm

When we call the fire energy
If life energy and vitality is lacking or missing
If we are to see more enthusiasm
If we have too little self-confidence, and/or radiate
If we want to release or convert old
When we are discouraged and incapacitate
If I want to live more passion

The matching dance at the Summer Solstice is the Spiral Dance.
Everywhere Spirals emerge are brought in connection with Creation and Formation of the World.

Woman Of The Earth (Spiral Dance -From the Mist: A Retrospective)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnPur0SEsd8

The Spiral counts as the labyrinth of the oldest symbols of Humanity.
The Spiral is always in motion.
In it there is no standing still.
She turns, she twirls, she dances, it approaches and again moves away.
All static is a stranger to her.
Brings petrified relations in motion.
It is a symbol of change.
Much in Nature is structured Spiral.

In these dances we move Spiral-out to the center and-back.
The Spiral can be placed of stones or marked with flour or the dance leader takes his fellow dancers in the hand and leads them in the dance to the center.
In the center is carried out for each dancer a short pause, then made a conscious inversion and also danced out again of the Spiral.

The path of the Spiral is in, and again, the way out.
In the middle is the Turning Point, repentance, orientation to the new.
Old can be left behind, we return to (turn around) and move forward into the New.
(Clockwise danced multiplying, in the opposite direction it is applied to break something [unwelcome] down)

So, the right-handed Spiral is the sign of creation, because from one point is all spread outwardly.
The left-handed Spiral is the sign of return to Unity, because from the outside, the path leads back to the center, (into) inside, so to our Self.
The Spiral is therefore a sign of inner repentance of men, his mental and physical renewal.
Moreover, Spirals symbolize infinity.

Litha is a superb time for early rising and gazing at the early morning rays.
What a grand way watching the sunrise and the sunset and to celebrate this longest day of the year.
Celebrate solar-energy by decorating with yellow, gold, orange, and red.
The most important thing to do when celebrating Midsummer but is to get outside and enjoy the wonderful sun.

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