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Summer Solstice

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Art by Lynn Fogel “Summer Solstice
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The June solstice is known as the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice the southern hemisphere. The date varies between June 20 and June 22, depending on the year.

 

Joyous celebrations are held on the Summer Solstice , the longest day of the year and eve of the first day of Summer and in some cultures, wooden wheels are set on fire at sunset and rolled down hills to represent the sun.

At Summer Solstice we give tribute for abundance, power, and possibilities.  The warmth of the earth and the growth of crops.

Bonfires are lit in many areas on Summer Solstice, and sacred herbs such as mugwart and vervain are tossed into the flames.  Rings of summer flowers are worn on the heads of the women and children and the community comes together for laughter and celebration.

Many cultures hold sacred rituals to mark this astronomical and earthly event.  In ancient times many of these took place inside stone circles such as Stonehenge, that were aligned with solstices and equinoxes for more power.

On this Summer Solstice take some time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to celebrate the earths beauty and bounty.  And to enjoy the Suns golden light that nourishes all things.

Make flower wreaths like chaining daisies as a child and wear them in your hair or around your neck.  Visit a body of water or the woods and enjoy the wonder of nature.

Enjoy a wonderful glass of fresh water, ice tea or a nice libation of Summer Sangria!!!

Give Thanks and enjoy life!!

 

Summer Sangria

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 1 ripe nectarine, pitted and cut into thin wedges
  • 1 tangerine, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup seedless white grapes, halved
  • 1 cup club soda

Preparation

  1. In a large pitcher or other container, combine the wine and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the remaining ingredients, excluding the club soda, and mix well. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the sangria sit for at least 1 hour (and up to 4 hours). The sangria will sweeten with time, so the longer it sits, the better. Just before serving, stir in the club soda and ice cubes

Or make one of you own, best with the summer fruit with pits and perhaps a bit of ginger or some fun herbs.