We are now officially into summer, as June 21 was the longest day of the year and the date of the summer solstice. However, in places “down under” such as Australia, this very same day was celebrated as the winter solstice.
On that longest day, it was almost like the sun was standing still for us here in the northern hemisphere. Just a little bit of trivia to file away: in Latin, “solstice” means “sun stands still.”
The ancients celebrated the summer solstice by rolling fire wheels down the hills. Fire and water was celebrated at the summer solstice, along with the Earth as Mother Goddess at her most abundant.
Many engaged couples still marry in June, at the peak of nature’s fullest harvest. Some ancient traditions would feed the newlyweds honey-laced foods for the entire month, which is where the term honeymoon comes from. The full moon in June is the “Honey Moon.”