Summer Solstice v. Midsummer

There’s a lot of happenings in the sky this week…

Summer officially kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere, tomorrow at 12:04am here at Sonnystone, with (ta-da) the Summer Solstice, an instant in time when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. We think of it as the “longest day of the year” (though I had a few at the end of school that I think were longer) and it is Supposed to ideally have the most hours of sunlight (if clouds don’t get in the way).

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Though Midsummer occurs near the Solstice, it is more of a Farmer Holiday, reckoned to be the mid-point of the growing season, June 24. It’s the feast day of John the Baptizer, but it’s been celebrated by Ancient Earth Religions as a time when ghosts and faeries can become visible; the festivities start the evening before and the party can be pretty wild…just ask Shakespeare (or Puck). It is believed that the dew on Midsummer Day will make young girls beautiful and old women look young…That’s a myth I’ll try (not) to bust…

Decorating for this year’s Midsummer Eve was done by God Himself, supplying us with a SuperMoon. The Full Strawberry Moon will arrive at 6:23am on June 23, the largest and closest moon of 2013. Put it all together, it sounds powerful…

However you celebrate, Let the sun in! Get outside!! Watch out for trickster faeries and goblins!!! As Puck said, “Lord, what fools these mortals be”. Don’t disappoint…

More sun=good for the garden…I’ve got a ton of dead-heading to do and I’ve bought some plants that need rescued…

New Blooms…………

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