One of the most important events of the Solar year.
The word "Solstice" derives from the Latin Sol + systere, meaning "Sun" + "standing still".
Being the longest period of direct sunlight from sunrise to sunset. In the northern Hemisphere the sun is as far North as it will go before descending southward toward the Winter Solstice. At this apex it reaches what is called the tropic of cancer at 23 degrees by 27 degrees and in ancienet times the summer solstice sun was in Caner but it is now in Gemini.
Seen as the day that the light or the creator is at its peak before it begins to give way to the growing night hours leading us south toward the dark winter.
Occuring in the month of June- From the Roman Goddess Juno. Her name derived from the root yeu* meaning vital force. The same root as youth and juvenile. Also analagous with the name Lucina which is latin meaning she who brings the children to light. The summer solstice now takes place in the zodiac house of Gemini the twins, ruled by Mercury the closest planet to the sun.
Many trations mark this day as a day of celebration and worship of that special G Type Star that we are all dancing around.
Lets get some stuff together about this powerful day.
This is kind of like the suns last big Hoo-Ra before descending southward giving way to the winter.
Speaking of ra, why not start with
HORUS the risen savior and light of the Egyptian world. Egyptian animystic creation story says the Rising sun or coming son is identified as HORUS. Born on the Winter Solstice. Son of the virgin ISIS and resurrected OSIRIS. Just as in christian mythology Osiris(jesus) is slain by his evil son/brother SET only to be magickally resurrected by his wife ISIS and the Architect THOTH. Osiris was slain on March 17th of the Egytian year, now known as St. Pattys day or Pater-Fathers day where many enjoy the gifts of alcohol and the green fertile season. Osiris was the green man and god of Alcohol, Vegetation, Barley, Underworld, the Sun and so on. Horus then defeats Set and Avengers his father sometime around the summer solstice. The flooding of the Nile in July is marked by the helaical rising of Sirius marking the new year and the fertile riversides flourishing gifts. The glory of the rebirth of the sun peaks on june 21st and the fruits are enjoyed when Sirius-Isis- rises above the Nile flooding and fertilizing the land surrounding.
Jesus the Christ
Jesus the Christ is born on the Winter Solstice. As the Son/SUN of God. He was said to be the messiah of the Piscean age. .He likely derived from the myths of Mithra and Helios who were indefinatly latter forms of Egypts solar god Horus. Just like Horus Jesus was the Son of God. The light of the world. He was born on the winter solstice December 25th and then killed March 17th to be resurrected on Easter. East-er being where the sun is reborn. Just as the Sun Dies when it rests at the southern pole and is reborn on the winter solstice to begin moving North toward the North Pole and the Summer Solstice. Which in Catholicism would be the birth of St. John the Baptist of Jesus.
St. John the Baptist
June 24th Marks the Feast of St. John the Baptist. He was a cousin to Jesus as well as having baptized him. He was a mystic and a preacher to commonpeople. Born to Marys cousin Elizabeth with a message from the archangel Gabriel about Johns birth. Gabriel told mary that he had also told Elizabeth about St. John before the birth of Jesus as well. John was killed by Herod because he was too good an organizer/preacher/baptist and he threatened his rule. He died in 30 ad. This feast was actually very pagan whay before St. John was around. His birth/feast marks 6 months from the birth of the sun/son Jesus. St. John has been depicted with horns and cloven feet just like Moses has also been seen horned with light in many ancient depictions. These horned/cloven/pointy eared characters are a common ancient archetype. The Green Man can be found in just about every ancient tradition and is still worshipped today in various forms. Romes Pan the god of the feilds and fertility horned and green, Osiris of Egypt was green and the god of vegetation, barley/alcohol, the sun, rebirth, underworld, etc. Bacchus was the god of Alcohol and vegetation and was a green leafy character identified by a snake/goat, Dyonisus was also a green man with horns and pointed ears and an alcohol god. St. John was depicted as a horned cloven footed character who was born/celebrated on the mid summer night of June 24th.
Earlier Pagans had been observing the worship of other male deitys on the 24th of June for a very long time. They were Worshipping a god named Tammuz or Baal. Well be looking alot deeper into that in a minute. We now celebrate the birth/life of the baptist of Jesus on the 24th or a Mid summer night. June 24th is also the first day of the Chaldean month Tammuz.
Just to demonstrate a few green men.
The green man, and the cloven goat hoofs, horns and so on all derive from the Pagan understanding that on December 25th the Sun is reborn via the constellation Capricorn. The Goat. Thus tying in green men, pointed ears, horns, hoofs and solar resurrection. Soon we will see how St. Johns feast actually made its way into the catholic tradition.
St. John, Capricorn, Pan and Solar Resurrection will all be wrapping into one as we move along here.
Ancient Celts were celebrating Alban Heruin. Meaning Shining light of the shore. Heruin likely derived from Heru or Horus. As Horus was the god of the two HORIZENS. It is theorized that the Solar Preists of ancient Egypt then became the Druid Solar preists in Ancient Ireland. Fires feasting and the Crowning of an Oaken King would be celebrated. This would be the crowning of the dark king who rules over the time after the summer solstice as night begins to grow longer toward the winter solstice when the Holly/Light king would be born. This one of eight holidays marked by the movement of the sun including the winter solstice and equinoxs as well as cross quarter days like Samhain (halloween) and Beltane ( may 1ast Mayday).
Amon Ra is one of the most important figures in the Ennead. He was the father of all male gods in the egyptian pantheon. He was a patron of all the pharoahs giving him popularity as a deity. Identified with the Goat as well as being a fertility god. He was symbolized by the Ram or Goat. Amon is directly related to the male goat deity of Babylon/Sumer Tammuz.
So what we have here is the relationship of St. John the Baptist and Solar Ressurection as well as St. Johns Goat depictments being relative to pagan holidays observed well before the days of St. John. Tammuz, Enki, Amon etc. Are all solar gods that are part of the greater world pantheon.
Eat well, drink wine from the veins of the earth, smoketh the green herb that emenates from the sun and dance toward rebirth.
Adore the Source
summer love- kevin