This is the longest day of the year. The pace of life seems to slow.
If we are lucky, the weather is good. People flock to the seaside, parks
People bare all (or nearly anyway!) and lounge around drinking beer
and cola and eating ice-creams. Everyone acts like the summer will last
Once again, we are reminded that nothing in the world is static. For
one day only, everything is in equilibrium. Leading up to today, the
days had been getting longer. But now, the days will get shorter again.
The change may not be obvious, but we know that it is happening. Maybe
it is a time for reflection into one's own life. Perhaps we should not
look at that for which we grieve as a loss but rather a stage in our
life, necessary to progress from.
Even death can be put to good. Think of the way that people reacted
to people dying in the famines in Ethiopia. For a while, everyone gave
their money and time to sending food to these people to help them live.
Many people across the world get up early (or even don't go to sleep)
on this day to watch the sunrise. It must be a beautiful site to see
the sun rise very early on the longest day of the year.
Unfortunately, I have never seen it. I tried to on Midsummer 98 but
there was so much cloud that all we could see was a slightly bright
patch of cloud! I was very disappointed. That's the problem with trying
to see the sun rise on Midsummer in Britain - it's usually the only
cloudy morning of the summer!
There are often organised groups who get together to witness the sight.
It can involve enjoying festivities during the evening and then camping
overnight. Ask your tourist board for information. There are usually
several to choose from.
We could celebrate the Goddess Aphrodite on this day. She is probably
the most famous Goddess. Maybe because she embodies almost everything
that the patriarchal society expects from a woman. She is of course,
the Goddess of Love. She is a free, wild spirit able to enjoy the most
satisfaction and pleasure from a sexual relationship.
However, because she is a Love Goddess, not a Sex Goddess, she is able
to show her love for other people in a non-sexual way. Come together
with a girlfriend or boyfriend and bond some more. Invite as many friends
as you have. Bond together. Today is the day for making the bonds between