A Midsummer Meditation

An Irish Blessing
When the first light of sun – Bless you.
When the long day is done – Bless you.
In your smiles and your tears – Bless you.
Through each day of your years – Bless you.


The Summer Solstice is known by many names, including Midsummer and Litha in the Celtic tradition.  It occurs on or around 21st June in the Northern Hemisphere.  It is the longest day and shortest night and occurs when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23°26’.  In the Northern Hemisphere, this is when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer. Astrologically, the June Solstice marks the Sun’s entry into the cardinal, water sign of Cancer.

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