Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow. James 1:17
Happy Summer Solstice! Summer Solstice or Midsummer, was also known as Summer Christmas. Why Christmas? Because Jesus is the Light of the World and what better thing to show that than the longest day of the year! Just as the light of the Sun brings us light and warmth, Jesus sends us His Light and Warming Love.
Midsummer was also known as St. John the Baptist’s Feast Day. It was picked for two very good reasons. The first reason is that it reminds us St. John was a herald of Jesus just as the shortest night of the year heralds the longest day.
He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” John 1:23
The second reason for this being St. John the Baptist’s Feast Day is that it also reminds us that the light of the Sun will now be on the wane until Winter Solstice.
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30
It also used to be known as Urielmas, in honor of the Archangel Uriel, bringer of God’s light. Now, all of the archangels are celebrated on the 29th of September.
There is another part of Midsummer that most people tend to forget. The fairies. Yes, I said fairies! Think more Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and less Tinkerbell. But what am I doing talking about fairies in a post on spiritual holidays?! Obviously, because fairies exist and this is the holiday most attributed to their celebration. For more details see my post “Spiritual Beings.”
Summer Solstice is what is called a thin time when it is easier for the world of the spirit and the physical world to connect. That is why this is also known as a celebration of the Fairies. That is also why tradition is for June brides, so that it is easier for the babies’ souls to cross over so that the couple can conceive.
Lord, You send to us Your Fire, Your Light, Your Warmth and Your Love. On this Mid-summer we thank You and light our fire to send to You our fire, our light, our warmth and our Love. Amen.
Peace be with you.