Midsummer is an abundant time, especially on a farm where one is so acutely aware of the ebb and flow of daylight throughout the year, the cyclical nature of the seasons, and the rhythms and whims of the weather. For me, the solstice is always a special day.
I love etymology, and wikipedia has this to offer:
"A solstice occurs twice a year, whenever Earth's axis tilts the most toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to be farthest north or south at noon. The name is derived from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstice, the Sun stands still in declination, that is, its movement north or south is minimal."
It's a great time to celebrate the bounty and fertility of the generous earth with a meal of fresh local fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs, and the ripe offerings of the season, like berries, new corn, or local honey. (Just thinking of it is making me hungry!)
Is there a farmer's market in your area? This is a perfect time to make a visit. Buy or pick some fresh flowers for your home or workplace. Add some fresh herbs to your bouquet and meals. Mmm...the fragrances of summer.
No matter whether you live in a rural or an urban area, try to bring some of the outdoors in to celebrate the bounty of the season of light. And if you live in the southern hemisphere, we send light and love your way as well! Blessed Litha to all.
Chortled by Obsidian Kitten at 10:26 PM