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Note: Illegal in Deerfield Beach. Photo is from Finland, where they take the solstice seriously.

Pagan for a Day

Published: 06/21/2011 by Janet

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Got any pig roasts or wreath burnings on your agenda today?

This year you, yes you, can celebrate Summer Solstice like a Pagan.

Summer Solstice is sometimes also called Midsummer, Litha, or St. John's Day, and is the longest day of the year and the beginning of Summer. It has been a grand tribal gathering time since ancient times, all over the earth.

You want to celebrate like a Pagan, but what if you are currently tribeless?

Thankfully, today you can designate your own tribe.  Your tribe can be your friends, family, neighbors, or any combination.   Gather your tribe, and celebrate with a Spirit Gathering.  Keep a "sacred fire" (aka BBQ grill) burning throughout the gathering.  Make a pledge to Mother Earth that you will do something to improve the environment (compact fluorescents?  Reusable grocery bags?), and then do it.  And our favorite part; burn your Yule wreath in the sacred fire (gotta remember to save the wreath next Christmas). And no, not a plastic wreath.  

Of course there should be a communal feast, music, some "mead" and maybe even some ecstatic dancing to drums around the blazing Weber (there's a Matthew McConaughey naked bongo joke in there somewhere).  

Now, where are the bongos...