The Summer Solstice is technically the begging of summer however it is often referred to as Midsummers do to the ancient Celts who only had 2 seasons, summer and winter. Summer for them started on Beltain (may 1st) and so Solstice is Midsummers.
As often the case with Nature it is a day of paradox. It is the longest day of the year, the day when the Sun is at the height of His power. However, anything that has reached its apex must by definition descend from there. Which is to say that the very next day, the days have already started to shorten.
Regardless if this is a spiritual holiday for you (as it is for me) or secular holiday it is a fun day to revel in the Sun and all things Summer. I also happen to live in a summer town. That is to say our town is on the California Coast and is swollen all summer with the tons of folks that flock here to celebrate the sun, the sand, and the waves. Summer always was the magic time of late nights and bonfires on the beach.
Appropriately I am planning a potluck celebration at the beach complete with bonfire. This will be for the women in my circle as well as our family and friends. I think it is a wonderful time for everyone to just hang out and enjoy the beauty and the company. It is also a good chance for family members to see what are those crazy witches up to LOL. Sometimes people have the most peculiar ideas of what a Witch is, and seeing the normalcy of it all helps bring them back to reality 😉
Some other plans I hope to carry out are to be in the garden with my tea and watch the sun rise. To have a lunch picnic in the garden with Little and perhaps others. This will no doubt include kiddie pool time. I am also hopping to make some fun crafts such as Gods Eyes and sun catchers. I have not planned the menus yet but I will let you know when I do. Right now I’m thinking spicy citrus, you know solar.
Do you have plans yet? Craft ideas or menus? I would love to hear about them.