Tomorrow, on Wednesday the 21st, we welcome the first day of summer, which is also known as the summer solstice or Litha in nature-based faiths. This day is one of the main sabbats in Paganism.
Tomorrow will mark the longest day of the year, it will also give us the longest twilight of the year, usually about 1 to 1.5 extra hours after sunset.
There are always two solstices each year – one in the winter and one in the summer. Though it might seem like a day to celebrate, it actually signals the moment the sun’s path stops moving upward in the sky, and the start of days becoming steadily shorter as the slow march towards winter begins.
Pagans have always believed the summer solstice – also known as midsummer as it was the midpoint of the growing season – holds a special power. Midsummer’s eve was believed to be a time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest and when fairies were thought to be at their most powerful.
Summer Solstice in Howth
Summer Solstice in Merrion Square
Summer Solstice in Tara Hill
Summer Solstice Sunset in Wicklow