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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Being A Witch

We should educate people that 'Witch' is not evil but ancient and positive. The first time I called myself a 'Witch' was the most magical moment of my life.

~Margot Adler

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Summer Solstice

People around the world have observed spiritual and religious seasonal days of celebration during the month of June. Most have been religious holy days which are linked in some way to the summer solstice. On this day, typically June 21, the daytime hours are at a maximum in the Northern hemisphere, and night time is at a minimum. It is officially the first day of summer. It is also referred to as Midsummer because it is roughly the middle of the growing season throughout much of Europe.

"Solstice" is derived from two Latin words: "sol" meaning sun, and "sistere," to cause to stand still. This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount, compared to the day before. In this sense, it "stands still."

(In the southern hemisphere, the summer solstice is celebrated in December, also when the night time is at a minimum and the daytime is at a maximum.

Why does the summer solstice happen?

The seasons of the year are caused by the 23.5° tilt of the earth's axis. Because the earth is rotating like a top or gyroscope, the North Pole points in a fixed direction continuously -- towards a point in space near the North Star. But the earth is also revolving around the sun. During half of the year, the southern hemisphere is more exposed to the sun than is the northern hemisphere. During the rest of the year, the reverse is true.

At noontime in the Northern Hemisphere the sun appears high in the sky during summertime, and low during winter. The time of the year when the sun reaches its maximum elevation occurs on the summer solstice -- the day with the greatest number of daylight hours. It typically occurs on, or within a day or two of, June 21, the first day of summer. The lowest elevation occurs about Dec 21 and is the winter solstice -- the first day of winter, when the night time hours reach their maximum.

Note: This information was compiled from a variety of sources. 

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

June Moon Names

What follows is a list (in alphabetical order) of the names given to the June moon. Also listed is the tradition and/or origin of that moon name:



Aerra Litha Moon ~other
Blackberry Moon ~Greek
Buffalo Moon ~Omaha
Corn Tassel Moon ~Taos
Dark Green Leaves Moon ~Pueblo
Dyad Moon ~Medieval English
Fish Spoils Moon ~Wishram
Flower Moon ~Cherokee
Green Corn Moon ~Cherokee
Green Grass Moon ~Sioux
Hay Moon ~other
Hoer Moon ~Abernaki
Horses’ Moon ~Celtic
Honey Moon ~Algonquin
Hot Moon ~Algonquin
Hot Weather Moon ~Ponca, Arapaho
Leaf Moon ~Assiniboine
Leaf Dark Moon ~San Juan
Leaves Moon ~Cree
Lotus Moon ~Chinese
Lovers’ Moon ~other
Major Planting Moon ~Hopi
Making Fat Moon ~Lakota
Mead Moon ~Janic (full)
Planting Moon ~Neo Pagan
Ripe Berries ~Dakota
Ripening Moon ~Mohawk
Rose Moon ~Algonquin
Strawberry Moon ~Anishnaabe, Dark Janic, Algonquin
Strong Sun Moon ~other
Summer Moon ~Kiowa, Passamaquoddy
Turtle Moon ~Potawatomi
Water Melon Moon ~Natchez
Windy Moon ~Choctaw

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