Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Solstice Madness

Howdy folks! Beth Williamson here again and I've brought something hot with me. Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway).

Today is officially the first day of summer. It's also the summer solstice at 12:26 today, which actually throughout time has been more a religious event.

Interestingly enough, the Summer Solstice is also known as: Alban Heflin, Alben Heruin, All-couples day, Feast of Epona, Feast of St. John the Baptist, Feill-Sheathain, Gathering Day, Johannistag, Litha, Midsummer, Sonnwend, Thing-Tide, and Vestalia.

It's the longest day of the year and is sometimes called Midsummer because it is about in the middle of the growing season. Of course for those peeps in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, this is actually their winter solstice. That's a brain bender...

There were solstice celebrations in every part of history from Ancient China, Gaul, Celts, Neopagans (Wiccans), and Ancient Rome all the way through Christians who celebrate it as The Feast of St. John the Baptist.

So what does this long rambling post mean? Good question. I'm glad you asked! I want to know your wildest summer stories. Give me the most interesting thing/place/person you ever did during the summer. Was it a celebration? Dancing beneath the moon naked? Or skinny-dipping down in Mexico?

Bring it on folks! Everyone who posts gets entered to win a download of Vixen Virgins.

Ready, set, confess!


Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

Jónsmessa - St. John Baptist's Day -

This day has inherited many of the customs and folklore
associated with Midsummers Day, three days before.
Regarded as one of the most magical nights of the year,
cows gain the ability of speech, seals transform into humans,
very propitious for looking for herbs, grasses,
and of course the Magical Stones.
These stones usually were supposed to lie at the
bottom of a particularly inaccessible lake
and you had to reach the site at midnight when
the stones would float to the surface.
The dew falling on this night has special healing powers,
but only if you roll in the dew - stark naked.
The local authorities allow the nekkidness, so long as you are not touching anyone else's nekkidness.

God, I love Iceland.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Cherie J said...

My favorite summer memory is my honeymoon on St. Thomas. We had our own private villa with a small pool. I remember one night we went skinny dipping in the pool. It was the very first time I had ever been skinny dipping and it was a bit difficult shedding my inhibitions at first but i enjoyed it after I did.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Beth Williamson said...

Darragha - LOLOLOLOL! That's great stuff! Man, is it warm in Iceland on summer soltice? Like warm enough to roll around nekkid in the grass?

10:10 AM  
Blogger Beth Williamson said...

Cherie - ooooh, St. Thomas. I've always wanted to go. Sounds like an amazing memory... Thanks for sharing!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

It was hanging out on the beach with Jane's Addiction member Dave Navarro in St. Petersburg, FL and later making out with him in the parking lot of his hotel.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Beth Williamson said...

meljprincess - that's a hot memory. ;) Thanks for sharing!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

Beth, we stood in the parking lot making out like fools and then decided to call up and see if anyone was in the room. They were so we couldn't go up. *G*

But by six degrees of seperation I know Carmen. HAHA, Carmen! I had him first! I love the six degrees of seperation deal...

8:58 AM  

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