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  Summer solstice celebrations of Christianity, Judaism, Neopaganism, etc
This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day.
At the time of the summer solstice, the rays of the setting sun shine at 286 degrees along the building's longitudinal axis, and illuminate the eastern wall.
Ellen Jackson has an article on the summer solstice at http://www.ellenjackson.net/ She supplies some facts about summer, describes to games, and provides two recipes: one for your dog, and one for family members with half as many legs.
www.religioustolerance.org /summer_solstice.htm   (2766 words)

  Summer solstice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The summer solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the sun in relation to the celestial equator.
The summer solstice is the day of the year with the longest daylight period and hence the shortest night.
The summer solstice along with the winter solstice, vernal equinox, and autumnal equinox were discovered by people in the northern hemisphere and originally referred to northern hemisphere seasons.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Summer_solstice   (471 words)

 Summer Solstice for Kids
In the summer, around June 21 or 22, we experience the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year.
In the northern hemisphere, passing the winter solstice meant the return of the sun, which seemed to be disappearing.
The summer solstice, on the other hand, was a time to celebrate renewal, life, fertility, and the potential for a good harvest.
www.factmonster.com /spot/solsticeforkids.html   (614 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Today's issues | Summer solstice
The summer solstice is one of those things that have been around for a very long time.
Down on the farm the summer solstice traditionally represents the chance to wallow in the expectation of bountiful harvests.
In Celtic cultures, the June solstice represented midsummer, the midpoint between the start of the Gaelic summer on May 1 and the onset of autumn on August 1.
www.guardian.co.uk /netnotes/article/0,6729,1243856,00.html   (537 words)

 Midsummer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Midsummer, or Litha as it was known by the ancient Germanic peoples, refers the period of time centered upon the summer solstice and the religious celebrations that accompany it.
Ivan Kupala Day is the day of summer solstice celebrated in Russia and Ukraine on June 23 OS and July 6 NS.
The holiday is considered the turning point at which summer reaches its height and the sun shines longest, but at the same time it is said we are reminded that the days will soon begin to shorten.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Litha   (2396 words)

 Summer Solstice
Solstice, from the Latin for sun stands still, in astronomy, either of the two points on the ecliptic that lie midway between the equinoxes (separated from them by an angular distance of 90°).
At the time of summer solstice, about June 22, the sun is directly overhead at noon at the Tropic of Cancer.
At winter solstice, about December 22, the sun is overhead at noon at the Tropic of Capricorn; this marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
www.infoplease.com /spot/solstice.html   (254 words)

This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day.
The Summer Solstice is also known as: 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, Vestalia.
At the time of the summer solstice, the rays of the setting sun shine at 286 degrees along the building's longitudinal axis, and illuminate the eastern wall.
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 Summer Solstice
The Summer Solstice begins when the sun enters the sign of Cancer and the moon is full in the sign of Capricorn.
It was said that at the Summer Solstice the Oak King withdrew to the realm of the circumpolar stars, known to the Greeks as the Corona Borealis, to the Egyptians as ik-hem-sek, 'not-knowing-destruction,' and to the Celts as Caer Arianrhod.
Accurately predicting the floods was of such vital importance that the appearance of Sirius, which occurs around the time of the summer solstice, was recognized as the beginning of the Egyptian New Year.
www.crystalinks.com /summersolstice.html   (2394 words)

 American Spirit Newspaper - Spiritual Rights Foundation
In temperate zones, the shadow is shortest at the summer solstice, and longest in midwinter.
It was held at the summer solstice (December).
The summer solstice is the time of year when the feminine earth energies are at their height, this day being the optimum for gathering herbs and for healing.
www.americanspiritnews.com /MJ96/SummerSolstice.html   (1664 words)

 Cloudman explains the Summer Solstice   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Summer happens when the title is toward the sun.
At the summer solstice, the sun is directly overhead at noon at 23 degrees 27 minutes north latitude.
At the summer solstice, about 1,000 calories per square centimeter per day come to the top of the atmosphere from about 30 degrees to 90 degrees.
www.cloudman.com /sumsolstice/solstice.htm   (708 words)

 Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year when the Sun is at it's highest point.
In certain Wiccan traditions, the Summer Solstice symbolizes the end of the reign of the waxing year's Oak-King who is now replaced by his successor, the Holly-King of the waning year.
The Summer Solstice is the traditional time when Witches harvest magickal herbs for spells and potions, for it is believed that the power of herbs are strongest on this day.
www.angelfire.com /on2/phoenixrising/sumsols.html   (445 words)

 FamilyFun: Activities: Learning about the Summer Solstice - and More Family Fun
Summer comes when the earth is tilted toward the sun (June for the northern hemisphere, January for the south), and winter comes when it is tilted away.
In summer, the sun is highest in the sky, so the sun's rays are at their most concentrated.
This is much like the rising and setting of the sun during the day--the sun is hottest at midday, when it is nearly overhead (directly overhead for those at the equator), and coolest at dawn and dusk, when it is on the horizon.
familyfun.go.com /parenting/learn/activities/feature/dony67summsolstice   (892 words)

 Mystical World Wide Web - SUMMER SOLSTICE
Summer is one of the four seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn) and the seasons are affected by a change in the Earths rotational axis.
In temperate areas of the Earth, shadows are shorter during the Summer Solstice and longer in the Winter Solstice period.
In this system, the Winter Solstice period acknowledged the celestial male, or 'Yang Forces' and the Summer Solstice period acknowledged the opposite, female or 'Yin Forces' were connected with the Earth.
www.mystical-www.co.uk /solstice   (2701 words)

 Summer Solstice History & Cartoon Fun by Brownielocks.
The summer solstice is observed on either June 21 or June 22 of each year in the Northern Hemisphere.
In Sardinia, the summer solstice couples were called "Sweethearts of St. John," and the celebration involved pots of sprouting wheat and barley that symbolized a link between human sexuality and the fertility of nature.
Since the Summer Solstice was the point where they days were now going to get shorter and darker, many of the ancient rites intentions were to postpone the sun's decline by celebrating life and fertility; or, to mourn it's passing.
www.brownielocks.com /summersolstice.html   (1540 words)

 Summer Solstice | June 21, 2005 | First Day of Summer | Longest Day | Sun | Sunlight | Celebration | Outdoor Activity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Summer solstice is the first day of summer - it's usually between June 20 to June 23.
Summer solstice is also the longest day of the year.
On the summer solstice we get between 15 and 20 hours of sunlight, depending on where you're located in the world.
www.kidzworld.com /site/p890.htm   (384 words)

 Solstice a Cause for Celebration Since Ancient Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The winter solstice is again upon the Northern Hemisphere, and though the year's shortest day heralds the onset of winter it also promises the gradual return of the sun after a prolonged period of darkness.
The term solstice means "sun stands still." On the year's two solstices (winter and summer) the sun appears to halt in its incremental journey across the sky and change little in position during this time.
On December 21, the annual winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will be the shortest day of the year, while the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere marks the longest day.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2002/12/1220_021220_solstice.html   (709 words)

 CNN.com - Summer solstice marked at Stonehenge - June 21, 2001
It is only the second time since violence disrupted the event in 1985 that ordinary observers have been allowed inside the ancient stone circle to watch the sun rise on the longest day of the year.
The rocks are remnants of the last in a sequence of circular monuments built between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C., and align directly with the rising of the sun on the longest day of the year.
Solstice ceremonies at the site were banned after clashes with the police in 1985, resulting in a four-mile exclusion zone.
archives.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/europe/06/21/britain.solstice   (503 words)

 Ancient Origins: Solstice
When it's winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is directly overhead at noon only along the Tropic of Capricorn, on which lie such places as Sao Paulo, Brazil, southern Madagascar, and areas north of Brisbane, Australia.
Winter solstice was overlaid with Christmas, and the observance of Christmas spread throughout the globe.
Solstices were tremendously important to them, and the winter solstice celebration lasted several days.
www.candlegrove.com /solstice.html   (2044 words)

 Ancient Stones Ring in Summer Solstice in Britain   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The summer solstice on June 21, when the sun climbs to its highest point and daylight lasts longest, is traditionally the day to celebrate midsummer in Britain.
The latitude receiving the direct sunlight on the northern summer solstice is the Tropic of Cancer, at latitude 23.5 degrees north.
Because these societies depended on the longer days of summer to farm, fish, and prepare for winter, the sun was worshipped and therefore the summer solstice became their holiest day.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2001/06/0620_Stonecircles.html   (821 words)

 Summer solstice: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Midsummer is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice....
Summer is one of the four temperate seasons....
A season is one of the major divisions of the year, generally based on broad climatic patterns....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/s/su/summer_solstice.htm   (1102 words)

 Summer Solstice
The daytime hours are the longest in the Northern Hemisphere, and Summer Solstice, currently considered to be June 21st, marks the beginning of the summer season.
In the beautiful summer, the vim and verve reach a climax, flood the earth’s face, and proceed to the planet’s center for cleansing.
Summer Solstice is also a time of magic and enchantment.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/holidays_observances/68002   (355 words)

 North County Times - North San Diego and Southwest Riverside County News
Known as the summer solstice, today is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer.
He said it is that extra one-quarter of a day that caused summer solstice to occur on June 20 this year.
Depending on whether it's summer, winter or somewhere in between, the sun appears to set in the north, south or due west.
www.nctimes.com /articles/2004/06/20/special_reports/science_technology/14_43_246_19_04.txt   (514 words)

 Santa Barbara Solstice Parade
Solstice provides a staff of professional artists-in-residence on hand to teach and assist community members as they become involved in this collaborative activity in the construction of floats, masks, costumes, giant puppet and banners for the Parade, as well as sets and stages for the Festival in Alameda Park.
Today, the Summer Solstice Celebration is a nonprofit organization, 501C3, run by a Board of Directors, responsible for carrying on this delightful multi-cultural performing arts celebration for years to come.
Solstice funds come from fund-raising events, business sponsorships of artists in residence, personal contributions, board contributions, grants, and the proceeds from the sale of Summer Solstice posters, t-shirts, hats and totes.
www.santabarbara.com /events/solstice_parade   (397 words)

 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Summer Solstice   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Solstice, Midsummer or Litha means a stopping or standing still of the sun.
The Goddess took over the earth from the horned God at the beginning of spring and she is now at the height of her power and fertility.
For some Pagans the Summer Solstice marks the marriage of the God and Goddess and see their union as the force that creates the harvest’s fruits.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/paganism/festivals/summer_solstice.shtml   (300 words)

 NCNatural's Guide To Summer Star Gazing
The summer solstice is sometimes called "Midsummers Day", but we know it as the first day of summer.
Summer being a time of plenty is usually an occassion to celebrate individuality and creativity.
Among southeastern Indian tribes, the Green Corn Ceremony, which is celebrated at various times during the summer depending on the corn, is also a time when the old fires are extinguished and new ones ignited from a single fire that provides the source for all of the others.
www.ncnatural.com /NCNatural/stars/solstice.html   (554 words)

 Myth*ingLinks' Summer Solstice Greetings & Lore for 2005
For the pure science of this summer solstice event, see this engaging little page with charts and text explaining how summer actually gives us less, but longer, sunlight, which is why it's so much warmer than in winter when we get more, but shorter, sunlight.
Summer gathered in the weather, the wind had the proper touch, the breathing of the world was long and warm and slow.
Kupalo [summer solstice] comes from the verb kupati which means "to bathe" and mass baths were taken on the morning of this holiday.
www.mythinglinks.org /summersolstice2000.html   (3786 words)

 Yoga Retreat - Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice is the day when the expansion of nature is at its peak.
Summer Solstice Sadhana is held at Ram Das Puri, the spectacular 170-acre yoga campsite located in the crown of the Jemez Mountains.
In the summer of 1969, Yogi Bhajan’s students invited him to New Mexico where young people were gathering to celebrate the summer solstice.
www.3ho.org /events/yoga-retreat2.html   (364 words)

 CTMS | Annual Summer Solstice Folk Music, Dance and Storytelling Festival
The CTMS Solstice Festival was first held in 1980 in Greystone Park at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.
From 1986 to 1990 the CTMS Solstice Festival was held at the campus of California State University, Northridge (CSUN).
The annual Summer Solstice Festival is the largest teaching-oriented gathering of its kind in the nation.
www.ctmsfolkmusic.org /festival/2003/Solstice   (663 words)

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