Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Summer Solstice on June 21

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. It's called by a variety of names: Alban Heflin, Alben Heruin, All-couples day, Feast of Epona, Feast of St. John the Baptist, Feill-Sheathain, Gathering Day, Johannistag, Litha, Midsummer, Sonnwend, Thing-Tide, Estalia, etc.

Australian astrologer Rob Tillett has a concise and a not terribly technical article about the
summer solstice, including what's going on this year in particular.

And yikes for Robert Wilkinson's astrological analysis of the grand cross we're all feeling July, August, and September to start this year's summer solstice on the 21st.

Planet aspects at this time just aren't very nice. Mars Conjunct Saturn is the biggie and if it aspects your chart just right, you'll be incredibly frustrated for at least a week, starting now. "It's like driving with the brakes on," as astrologers will explain to their harried clients.

Venus Square Neptune, Sun Opposition Pluto, Mars Conjunct Saturn Square Jupiter, and Uranus Stationary Retrograde are the other unpleasantries we'll be dealing with. So go to
for more specific information, dates, and times.

For Wiccans, Pagans, and other spiritual earth-oriented practices that use ritual, offers candle spells and affirmations to help you "renew, release and enhance our external physical manifestations."

Dates for the solstices and equinoxes are at

This from

The summer solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the sun in relation to the celestial equator. At the time of the summer solstice, Earth is at a point in its orbit where one hemisphere is most tilted towards the sun, causing the sun to appear at 23.45 degrees above the celestial equator, thus making its highest path across the sky. The summer solstice is the day of the year with the longest daylight period and hence the shortest night. This day usually occurs on June 21/June 22 in the northern hemisphere and on December 21/December 22 in the southern hemisphere. The actual date changes due to differences between the calendar year and the tropical year.