Heralding the Summer Solstice
Having a November birthday and a “winter” color chart, as well as growing up in the Midwest, it is no wonder that I am not a big fan of summer. So, it took some thought on my part as to how I might combat the summertime blues and rejoice in the heat and humidity of Hotlanta. And voilá – heralding the summer solstice did just that – because it will be cold again in only six short months…
From about.com and religioustolerance.org: The solstice occurs twice in each circuit of the earth around the sun. A circuit of the sun is a year, so there are two solstices a year, winter and summer. The summer solstice is in late June in the Northern Hemisphere, and the winter solstice is in late December. In the Southern Hemisphere, the solstices are reversed.
The word “solstice” is derived from two Latin words: “sol,” meaning sun, and “sister,” to stand still. The summer solstice occurs when the sun appears to be at its greatest and the day is at its longest. 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 2009, the summer solstice will occur on June 21st in the Northern Hemisphere.
The following are a few more of my favorite summer solstice items found on etsy: