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The Moon Path Chapter Of CUUPS [Witchvox Sponsor] announces...
What to Bring: Bring your drums and percussion instruments, as we
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Event Id: 83360
2013 (4) Summer Solstice Sun Celebration - Litha
When: Jun. 22nd. 2013
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Ft Lauderdale Summer Solstice Sun Celebration
Event Details: The Moon Path Chapter of Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS)
will host a Summer Solstice Sun Celebration -
7:00 pm, Saturday June 22, 2013 at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale,
3970 NW 21st Avenue (between Commercial and Oakland Park) ,
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33309, 954-484-6734. Love Donation.
Bring non-perishable food items (Or Cash Donation)
to be donated to LifeNet4Families
Bring your drums and percussion instruments,
as well as food and drink to share for the
feast before the Celebration.
The public is invited to attend the Summer Solstice Sun Celebration
which will conform to, and celebrate, the Ancient Tradition.
There will be drumming, dancing, chanting, and feasting.
Feel free to come dressed in Garb or Costume.
Anyone interested in participating is welcome.
Visit the CUUPS Moon Path Chapter website for details on pagan activities.
This year the Summer Solstice is 5:04 UT UT on June 21, 2013,
when the Sun enters zero degrees Cancer.
The Summer Solstice is the official first day of Summer and marks the division
of the year and the peak power of the Sun. Just as the light or waxing half
of the year began at the Winter Solstice with the longest night, the dark or
waning half of the year begins now at the Summer Solstice with the longest day.
In some parts of ancient Egypt the somber rites of the presentation of
the first sheaf of harvest wheat to the fertility God Min
took place at Summer Solstice.
The Summer Solstice name of 'Litha' is a modern usage, based on a Saxon word
that means the opposite of Yule (Winter solstice) .
The full moon in June is known as the 'Mead Moon' or the 'Honey Moon'
due to the activities of gathering the honey, which of course was used to
make honey mead.
This year the Honey Moon is 11 32 UT on June 23, 2013.
The month of June is also the favorite month in which to be married,
hence the term of going on a 'honeymoon.'
The month of June was perhaps named after the Roman Junius Brutus or
in honor of the goddess of marriage and childbirth, Juno.
Juno was the wife of Jupiter, known as Hera to the Greeks she was also
known as Saturnia to the Romans.
The ancient Egyptians had both a lunar calendar, and a solar 365 day calendar,
which was divided into three seasons of four months each. Each month consisted
of 30 days (3 weeks of 10 days per week) . At the end of the year,
five additional 'Heriu-renpet' days were added to the solar calendar
for the birth of the Goddesses/Gods. An extra day would be added as needed.
The heliacal rise of Sirius just before dawn was an extremely important event
for the Ancient Egyptians. The first visibility of the star Sirius on the
morning sky, called heliacal rising, fell close to the Inundation of the
Nile and was the beginning of the Ancient Egyptian solar year.
The first new moon after the heliacal rising was the begining of the lunar year.
3, 000 years ago the heliacal rising was in early July, currently it is around
August 1st. Each lunar month was named after an Ancient Egyptian Goddess,
God, or major festival. In a year with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month
was added to the end of the year.
Ancient Egyptian eleventh solar month from May 28 to June 26 is
Shomu/Shemu III (low-water) when crops were harvested.
Ancient Egyptian twelth solar month from June 27 to July 26 is
Shomu/Shemu IV (low-water) when crops were harvested.
The ancient Hellenic lunar months would start on the new moon and a
new day would start at sunset. The new year would start on the new moon
before the Autumn Equinox. Except for Athens which used the new moon
following the Summer Solstice. I use the Autumn Equinox and the lunar
month of Boedromion for my calculations for the new year. In a year
with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month (Poseideon II) was inserted
between the 4th (Poseideon) and 5th (Gamelion) lunar months around
December/January. A different Goddess/God was honored for the
full moon of the month.
The Roman calendar was originally lunar.
The first days was the kalends (from which the modern word calendar is derived) ,
the first quarter was the nones, and the full moon was the ides.
A crown of flowers was hung over the hearth, and sacrifices were made to the
Lares, or household gods on the kalends, nones, ides, and all feast days.
The waning moon was the unlucky part of the month and had no name.
The days were numbered backward from the first of the next month.
The ancient Roman solar calendar consisted of 10 months in a year of 304 days.
The Romans seem to have ignored the remaining 61 days, which fell in the middle
of winter, the unmarked "Terror Time". The 10 months were named Martius,
Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November,
and December. The year began with Martius "March". Numa Pompilius,
the second king of Rome circa 700 BC, added the two months Januarius "January"
and Februarius "February". He also moved the beginning of the year from Marius
to Januarius. This made the Roman year 365 days long.
The month of Junius, the modern June, was originally the fourth month of the
Roman solar year and is dedicated to the Goddess Juno. Junius is derived from
the name of the Goddess.
For the ancient Romans the first half of the month was ill-omened,
and as little business as possible was conducted at this time.
Fors Fortuna (Fortune) was honored on the Summer Solstice.
This was a time of happy and even drunken celebration; rides on boats decorated
with flowers are especially popular. Sellers of flowers, vegetables, wool,
bronze, etc. bring their goods to market, which they sell with praises to
Fortuna, or they dedicate them to the Goddess.
Summer Solstice observences, fesitvals, and/or celebrations in June are:
Alban Hefin (Druidic) , Inti Raymi (Incan) , Feast of the Sun (Aztec) ,
Celtic New Year, St. John's Day/Festival of Saint John the Baptist (Christian) .
The Summer Soltice in ancient times was celebrated in many ways as a sacred day
with: fire, singing, dancing (around a bonfire) , feasting, all-night vigils,
torch lit processions, and setting a Firewheel ablaze.
Firewheels symbolize the sun at its highest point. They are usually rolled down
a hill into water, simulating the course of the sun.
Native Americans still perform Sun Dances at this time of year to honor the
Sky father. The Sun Dance is a ceremony of rebirth, and the spiritual renewal
of participants and their relatives as well as the renewal of the living earth
and all its components. Ancient Native Americans built stone structures which
marked the sun rise/set of the Summer Soltice.
Summer Solstice celebrates abundance, fertility, virility, the beauty and bounty
of Nature. It is a good time for empowerment, for strong magick and male rituals,
for handfastings and communing with Nature Spirits, for workings of consummation
The door to the Faery Realm is said to open on Summer Solstice Night, and twilight
to be the best time for faery magick. This is the time to weave green boughs and
crowns of flowers. Decorate altars with candles and flowers. Erect a Summer
Solstice Tree. Draw down the Sun. Begin taking St. John's Wort. Drink mead
or use it for offerings. Make honey cakes or cornbread with honey butter for
the feast. Fennel was hung on doors on Summer Solstice Eve in medieval times
to ward off evil spirits.
Some of the Goddesses and Gods associated with the Summer Soltice are:
Sekhmet-Bast-Ra, a form of Eqyptian Mut; the Summer Solstice Bride;
the lion-guarded Queen of the Year; Aine of Knockaine; Kupala; Mother Nature;
Aphrodite Erycina, Aphrodite of the Heather; the nymph-goddess of Summer
Solstice; Astarte/Anatha; Vesta, the Love and Death Goddess of Summer Solstice,
for whom fires were lit at Summer Solstice; Horned Gods; Oak Kings; Sun Gods;
Sky Father; Baldur; Mars; Nergal.
At this time Apollo gives way to Dionysus, Osiris to Set, Baal to Mot,
the Oak King to the Holly King, Sir Gawain to the Green Knight, Lugh to Goronwy,
and the rule of the Dark Lord supersedes that of the Lord of Light over the
wheel of the year. Balance is maintained.
Druids would gather mistletoe in the oak groves, for mistletoe without
the berries was viewed as an amulet of protection.
In Sweden the Summer Solstice mistletoe was attached to the ceiling of the
house, horse stall or manger to render the Troll powerless to inflict harm
on people or animals.
For Austrian/Bavarian festivities boys decked out in green fir branches went
from house to house with a group of young people to collect wood for the
Summer Solstice bonfire.
Torches made of bundled reeds were carried on Summer Solstice Eve by the Irish.
For the Celtic, the Summer Soltice is a fire festival. The traditions of
jumping the fire and driving cattle between two bonfires are observed the
same as for May Day. Bonfires are kindled for health, fertility, love,
sacrifice or purification. There is a long European tradition of lighting
bonfires at Summer Solstice, especially of oak wood and in high places.
Twin bonfires were common. The summer solstice celebration honors the
Lord as sun god or horned god at the peak of his powers, the King of Summer
crowned with roses. The summer solstice celebration also honors the Lady,
the Love-and-Death Goddess ripe for union. In the agricultural year
Summer Solstice is the time of full bloom, between planting and harvest.
In parts of England the Summer Solstice fires were lit in the fields to
bless the apples. Summer Solstice bonfires were jumped over to make flax
grow as high as the people could jump.
In Serbia Birch bark torches were lit on Summer Solstice Eve and carried
around the sheepfolds and cattle stalls. The people then climbed up into
the hills, where the torches were allowed to go out.
In Moselle, France a good vintage was expected if the Summer Solstice Eve
Fire Wheel was still aflame when it rolled into the river.
In some parts of Germany young people jumped over Summer Solstice bonfires
to make the flax or hemp grow tall. In Germany Latzman, the Lazy Man of
Summer Solstice Day festivities, was a conical or pyramidal wickerwork
frame covered with fir sprigs.
Moroccans and Algerians threw incense and spices on their Summer Solstice
bonfires all night, invoking divine blessings on the fruit trees.
In Italy young singles gathered around a standing stone at Summer Solstice,
the boys wearing green ears of grain and the girls wearing flax flowers,
to leave plants on the stone. The affections of a couple were believed to
last as long as the plants stayed fresh upon the dolmen. Also in Italy
wheat and barley were sown in small pots a few days before Summer Solstice.
Each pot represented a specific person. Fortune and good luck were believed
to come to those whose grain had sprouted well by Summer Solstice Day,
bad luck to those whose grain had not.
Nettles were planted or put into water on Summer Solstice Eve in Sicily.
The way they were found on Summer Solstice Day, blooming or fading, was
an omen, especially as to fortune in love.
The Basques burned vipers in wickerwork panniers on Summer Solstice Day.
The Phoenicians sang Dirges for the child Linus at Summer Solstice
during the flax harvest.
In Bohemia, fir cones gathered before sunrise on Summer Solstice Day
were believed to confer invulnerability. Wild thyme collected on
Summer Solstice Day in Bohemia was used to fumigate trees on Solstice
as a fertility charm, to make them grow well. Bohemians believed that
fern seed bloomed with fiery golden blossoms on Summer Solstice Eve,
and that the person who climbed a mountain holding it would find a vein
of gold and see the treasures of the earth shining with a bluish light.
St. John's Wort symbolizes the festival of Summer Solstice. Young women gather
(kupoliauti) St. John's Wort on Summer Solstice Day or Eve. A plant was hung
up in the house for each member of the family. It was believed that you would
soon grow sick and die if your plant failed to bloom. The remaining plants
were bundled, tied to a pole, and set up where grain would be brought at
the next harvest. Farmers prayed to the Lithuanian Goddess Kupole for a
good harvest. The bundle of herbs, called the Kupoles, represented her.
The Year is divided into Quarters by the
Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and the Fall Equinox.
Halfway beteen the Solstice and and Equinox is the Cross Quarter.
These Quarters and Cross Quarters are called the
Wheel of the Year of the Sun.
Summer Solstice is one of the 4 Quarter Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year.
It is halfway between 2 Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations,
May 1st (MayDay) and August 1st (MidSummer) .
Exactly opposite Winter Solstice on the wheel of the year.
The eight Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year are:
Wiccan name: Druid Name
Samhain November 1 (Cross Quarter)
Yule December 20-22 (Winter Solstice) Alban Arthan
Imbolc Feburary 2 (Cross Quarter)
Ostara March 20-22 (Spring Equinox) Alban Eiler
Beltaine May 1 (Cross Quarter)
Litha June 20-22 (Summer Solstice) Alban Hefin
Lammas August 1 (Cross Quarter)
Mabon September 20-22 (Autumn Equinox) Alban Elfed
Sophialinus The Drum Lioness
Event Location: 3970 NW 21st Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale
Event TIME Details: 7:00 PM
Directions: between Commercial and Oakland Park
Phone: (954) 484-6734
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