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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The solstice is either of the two times of the year at which the sun is furtherest north or south of the equator. The summer solstice is about 21st June in the northern hemisphere. The winter solstice is about 22nd December in the northern hemisphere.

Do you have any special travel plans for this solstice?

2. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I hadnt thought about thus far yet but I believe I will be in Tampa, Florida away for the holidays celebrating Christmas with the in-laws. Slight slight chance I will be in South America in those dates but if the tickets are cheap enough, I will.

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Falling on or about June 22nd, the Summer Solstice is a time of light and of fire. It is a time to reflect upon the growth of the season: the seeds that were planted in the earth and the seeds planted in our souls. It is a time of cleansing and renewal. It is a time of love and growth as well.

How can anyone NOT love the longest day of the year? ;)
A little Solstice triva.......

The First Harvest
This is the time of the first harvest, which usually consisted of the herbs planted during the Vernal Equinox. Used for food, medicines and ritual, these gifts of the land clearly denote the importance of the harvest and the cycle of growth to the body, mind and soul.

June Weddings
A June WeddingWith all the reference to the cycle of life, it is small wonder that June has been the month for both Handfastings (trothing to one another in the Olde Way) and weddings. The pull to bring forth the harvest of feelings is as bountiful as the harvest of the land.

Even today, as we enjoy our summer vacations, we, too, reap the bounty of the past season of labor and renew ourselves to face the coming of fall.

The Summer Solstice and Honeymoons
The moon of Midsummer is, in pagan tradition, called the "Honey Moon" from the mead made of fermented honey drunk after the many marriage ceremonies held on the Summer Solstice.

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

I hadnt thought about thus far yet but I believe I will be in Tampa, Florida away for the holidays celebrating Christmas with the in-laws. Slight slight chance I will be in South America in those dates but if the tickets are cheap enough, I will.

I should have read that better . I totally skipped the summer solstice. No, Wocca, no plans.

Though, I am going on a full-moon kayaking trip tomorrow. It is near my house and it takes about 2 hours. Does that count?

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

That sounds like a plan, Anne

6. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

What about you, Wocca?

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I am waiting to find out which day it is. I can't get any information here in China

8. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member 99 posts) 11y

Last year, I celebrated summer solstace by dressing up like a fairy, or rather a wood nymph (you know: flowey earth toned clothing, but no wings, and willow branch bracelets, belts, etc,) and going to the quarry with friends and standing on a cliff at sunset and dancing around. Then we stayed up all night sitting there talking until the sun came up and we danced again. I mean, this may sound like we were making fun of pagan religions, but really it was kinda a "sun worship" type thing. It was a lot of fun, except the bugs were evil.