Solstice — time in the yearly rotation of the Earth around the Sun, when there is the shortest day or the shortest night. In year two solstice — winter and summer. In the Northern hemisphere the winter solstice occurs on 21 or 22 December and then there is the shortest day (and longest night), summer — 20 or 21 June and then there is the shortest night and the longest day). In the southern hemisphere on the dates given are, respectively, the summer and winter solstices.
In the mid-latitudes, during the year, in spring and early summer, the Sun every day rises higher above the horizon, and at the time of the summer solstice stops and changes its movement reversed. Then it rises every day and in the end, at the time of the winter solstice, again changes its movement in reverse and starts to climb.
In the times of the solstices the Sun in its apparent motion along the Ecliptic is most distant from the celestial equator, reaches its greatest declination North or South.
Due to various inequalities in the motion of the Earth, era solstice oscillate at 1—2 days. The summer solstice, when the Sun has the greatest Northern declination, it is an average of 21 June, this day is the beginning of summer. The winter solstice, when the greatest southern declination of the Sun, it was December 22, and is considered the beginning of winter.
For several adjacent days (22,23,24,25 June)solstice, the Sun declination does not change, his Meridian height in the sky almost unchanged; hence the name solstice.
The summer solstice has long been a cause for celebration. The summer solstice festival as one of the most important celebrations in life still revered among the ancient Slavs and Baltic peoples. In Russia celebrated at this time of Day the sun God Khors which represents the motion of a star, hence the Dance. ( Kupala holiday celebrated on 7 July, no need to be confused, as Midsummer is not bound by the solstice, he is associated with the combination of natural elements of water, fire, earth, air, ether and because “Coop” -together, and is celebrated at night, so the sun here is not with it). In Latvia on this day celebrating one of the most exciting holidays of the Republic — the days of Ligo (literally Pouring Th -high – highest). which are official holidays,
Rituals for the summer solstice
For millennia this day (and the winter solstice on December 21) was of great importance to our ancient ancestors who lived in harmony with Mother earth and under the natural cycles.
The ritual on the fulfillment of a wish
Witch’s Ladder – traditional mascot, the best time to create of which – the Summer Solstice. In order to make this amulet, you will need a long strip of yellow or gold color, nine small beads – you can use any tone, all the beads can be the same color. The schema that is the witch’s Ladder is extremely simple. Knot-bead-knot, “free” a piece of ribbon knot-bead-node, and so on.
Stringing each bead you can make a wish – different or to repeat the same thing. When all nine beads strung on the ribbon, it is necessary to tie two nodes, at the beginning and end of the resulting “ladder”. The old witch’s Ladder is suspended over the entrance to the dwelling and to remove only one year: the day of the Solstice, when it is traditionally burned in the fire kindled in honor of Yasuni.
The ritual of change in life
To radically change your life, you need all night (from 21 to 22 June) to spend at a spring or well (or the stream), every hour, drinking from his glass of water with the words: “As the water runs — is changing, and my life will change”. The ritual suggest that you start with the sunset, and before sunrise.
A ritual for fulfillment of desires
Early morning walk up to the window and gazing at the sun, say: “the Sun-father, the sun, help me in my fulfill my dream, light bright light, a ray of warm”. After that, your own words make a wish. They say that it must be executed during the year.
Very successful during this period and knot magic. You should stock up on lace or rope of any color. Knots you need to tie this: take the ends of the rope in both hands, with the left hand with a rope should be placed at the right. Serves your right hand on the rope with the left hand and tie a knot. All nodes and the movements that are made counterclockwise, mean income and profits, and clockwise – loss, return something useful. After your wish will be granted, the cord or rope that was used in the ritual, you need to burn.
Ritual’s home defense
Summer solstice — this is the perfect time to perform a ritual to protect your home. Protective charms made on this day will be particularly strong. Ritual protection of the house is also well done in the day of the full moon and the autumnal equinox. For the ritual to protect a house you need a piece of wood of the ash tree red fabric and red thread.
You can use stones that have protective properties, for example, agate or turquoise, and protective herbs of your choice, for example, it may be St. John’s wort, honeysuckle, anise.Put it all together in a red cloth, wrap it and tie a red thread, saying seven times: “As Rowan tied with red, protection surrounds my house.” Every time you say these words, add one node for the red thread. Place your protective amulet at any safe place at home or around the house.
Try to use the energy of this day with the maximum benefit for your spiritual growth. Please refrain from negative emotions and thoughts (as well as on any other day) be closer to nature and learn about themselves.