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Summer Solstice Full Moon 2016

Summer Solstice Full Moon 2016

As we reach the official first day of summer and the longest day of the year, many celebrate the sunrise and rejoice in the hours of sunshine  which can be up to 16 hours today. Thousands flock to Stonehenge to see the sun rise through the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. But historically this is a fire celebration marking the quarter year or Midsummer, and tonight’s is special.

 

Pagans, Native Americans, and Science Geeks unite to celebrate a once in a lifetime occurrence tonight as a full moon falls on the same day as the summer solstice. Depending on the source, this is the first time in nearly 70 years (Old Farmer’s Almanac) or maybe 50 years (accuweather) or maybe just since the infamous “Summer of Love” in 1967 (earthsky.org) but it won’t happen again until June 21, 2062.

It’s being called the Strawberry Moon because June’s full moon was a signal to the Algonquin tribe that the strawberries were ripe for picking. Other names include the Rose Moon or the Honey Moon. But the odds are that it will look like any other full moon with a possibility that it might be amber in color depending on where you are as the color of the moon is affected by the light reflecting through the atmosphere.

The AstroTwins tell us tonight’s full moon in Sagittarius is the second in a row since May 21  and should be a great time to start new adventures. So stay out late to play, light a fire, strike up the barbecue, and add a nod to this rare event to your solstice celebration.

For more on traditional Solstice celebrations and some ritual suggestions check out:

https://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/litha

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/lithathesummersolstice/a/AllAboutLitha.htm

http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usma&c=holidays&id=3525

Photos from the 2016 Weekend

Photos from the 2016 Weekend

Thanks to several of the ladies who attended C.O.W. this past weekend for the photos.

Friday night was dedicated to setting up camp and getting to know everyone with people talking late into the night. Saturday many took nature walks through the park, and in workshops we dyed eggs using patterns and dyes from nature, visited a local rock shop, learned about crystal grids then wire-wrapped a crystal ending the day with a chant workshop before supper and main ritual. The night ended with drumming and peep toasting (that’s the weird looking green and pink thing).