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Summer Solstice Myths!!!!

Posted: Jun 24 2016

 

Happy Summer! 

It's already getting darker earlier now--but that's ok!

A solstice happens when the sun's zenith is as far as possible from the equator, which, on the June solstice, is at the northernmost point--Earth’s North Pole was tilted directly towards the sun, at about 23.4 degrees.

Solstice translates to 'sun-stopping'! And on these days, the sun rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, so that we can see it for a longer amount of time. 

In Greece, for some, the solstice marked the start of the new year and the festival of Kronia, a celebration that honors Cronus--and it was the one day that slaves could participate in the festivities along with the freemen, joined in equality temporarily. 

In Rome, only on the Solstice, Vestalia, married women could, for one day only, enter the temples of the vestal virgins. 

Several Native American honor the day with a traditional Sun Dance.

The Mayas and Aztecs made it so that many of their buildings would align perfectly with the shadows of the two solstices.

In Europe, the day was called Litha--a balance of the elements of fire and water--and it was believed that people could see fairies that night.

In Judaism it's refer to the day as Tekufat Tammuz--and it's thought that on that day, no one has shadow. 

 

 

 

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