posted on Jun, 20 2010 @ 07:19 PM
From the Pagan Book of Days (by Nigel Pennick):
Summer Solstice: Midsummer, Druidic Festival of 'Alban Hefin', Anglo-Saxon 'Litha'. It is the longest day of the year and the seventh station of
the new year, the time of sanctification. At Stonehenge, the heelstone marks the midsummer sunrise as seen from the center of the circle.
This is one of the 8 sabaths (holy days) of the Wiccan Calender. the other three cardinal points (spring/autumn equinox and winter solstice) & the
midpoints between the cardinal points (Imbolc... Feb 1, Beltane...May 1st, Lamas...August 1, and Samhain...Nov 1, commonly known as halloween), are
the remaining 7. (full moons are pretty special as well).
so, to some, it is a rather holy day, to be respected as we would respect any other culture's holy day.
as far as any occult vibe goes... that is propoganda left over from the christians and pagans squaring off back in the day. same propoganda that
turned the pagan forest lord (and symbol of the masculine): cernunnos, or pan, into the modern depiction of the devil. (horns, beard and stag/goats
don't believe the hype! and judge not lest ye be... oh, you get it.
let the wiccans pray in peace, without whipping out the ol' satan BS.
Blessings for those who celebrate the holiday.
Enjoy the burgeonings of summer for those who celebrate it in a secular fashion.
in any case... the days will be getting shorter for us folk North of the equator.
[edit on 20-6-2010 by mythos]