Summer Solstice Celebrations

Summer Solstice, June 21st, Lithia

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Michael P. Garofalo
Valley Spirit Center, Green Way Research, Red Bluff, North Sacramento Valley, California




Bibliography and Links
Summer Solstice, June 21st

Note:  A 2nd version of this webpage will be completed by June 20, 2013.



June Events

June 21st   Summer Solstice 



Ancient Ways by Pauline Campanelli.  Wonderful folk celebrations for the seasons. 

The Art of Ritual: A Guide to Creating and Performing Your Own Ceremonies for Growth and Change.  By Renee Beck and Sydney Barbara Metrick .    

Astaru Holidays   Germanic and Northern Heathen Celebrations 

A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith.  An extensive collection of pagan prayers. 

Calling the Quarters, Casting the Circle, Magickal Protective Sphere, Creating the Sacred Sphere  

Celebrate the Earth: A Year of Holidays by Laurie Cabot and Jean Mills. 

Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Beltane to Mabon by Ashleen O'Gaea.  A good study of four spring and summer celebrations that is rich in details and ideas. 

The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year by Caitlin Matthews

Circles, Groves and Sanctuaries: Sacred Spaces of Today's Pagans.  Compiled by Dan and Pauline Campanelli.  Ideas for creating indoor and outdoor altars and sanctuaries.   

Circle of Song: Songs, Chants, and Dances for Ritual and Celebration by Kate Marks

Cloud Hands Blog  Mike Garofalo writes about Gardening, Tai Chi, Mysticism, Walking, Yoga and the Eight Ways. 

Creating Circles and Ceremonies: Rituals for all Seasons and Reasons by Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart.  This is a valuable collection of information, poetry, rituals, songs, and craft activities for seasonal celebrations.     

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham 

Dictionary of Green and Roman Mythology and Biography by William Smith in 1869

Dionysus (Greek) or Bacchus (Roman)   

Divination Methods: Tarot   Most Holy Day rituals include using some method for divination: Runes, Oghams, Tarot, Gazing, or Signs.  I use either the Voyager Tarot or the Crowley Thoth Tarot. 

Draioch: Rites of Celtic Sorcery.  By Ian Corrigan 

A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Year by Ellen Evert Hopman.  Thorough research on the uses and lore of herbs.   

The Eight Seasonal Religious Celebrations of NeoPagans   

The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water and Earth in the Wiccan Circel by Deborah Lipp 

Exploring the Northern Tradition by Galina Drasskova

Fairies, Elves, Nature Spirits:  Lands Spirits, Alfs, Wights, Lars, Trolls, Dwarves, Sidhe, Devas, Otherworld, Little Folk

Greek Mythology Encyclopedia

The Green Man (Powers of Spring and Summer): Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Information, Lore, Myths, Role  


Heathen Gods in Old English Literature by Richard North, 1997

High Days, Sacred Days in the Year, High Holy Days of NeoPaganism 

In Nature's Honor: Myths and Rituals Celebrating the Earth.  By Patricia Montley.  

July:  Quotes, Poems, Celebrations, Lore, Garden Chores 

June:  Quotes, Poems, Celebrations, Lore, Garden Chores 

Labyrinths: Lore, Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes

Lammas, Lughnasadh, Summer Festival, First Harvest, August 1st  

Land Spirits, Nature Spirits:  Fairies, Elves, Alfs, Wights, Trolls, Dwarves, Sidhe, Devas, Otherworld, Little Folk, Ancestors, Ghosts 



Months and Seasons
Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Verses, Lore, Myths, Holidays
Celebrations, Folklore, Reading, Links, Quotations
Information, Weather, Gardening Chores
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Librarian of Gushen Grove, Michael P. Garofalo, M.S.L.S., Red Bluff, California, aka The Green Wizard 

The Magickal Year: A Pagan Perspective on the Natural World by Diana Ferguson 

May:  Quotes, Poems, Celebrations, Lore, Garden Chores 

Months of the Year:  Quotes, Poems, Reading List, Links, Garden Chores, Holidays 

The Mysteries of Druidry: Celtic Mysticism, Theory and Practice by Brendan Cathbad Myers 

Nature Mysticism    

Nature Spirits:  Fairies, Elves, Alfs, Wights, Lars, Trolls, Dwarves, Sidhe, Devas, Otherworld, Little Folk, Ancestors, Ghosts 


Neopagan Rites: A Guide to Creating Public Rituals that Work.  By Isaac Bonewits. 

Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner.  A Book of Prayer, Devotional Practice, and the Nine Worlds of the Spirit.  By Galina Krasskova and Raven Kaldera. 

One Old Druid's Final Journey - The Notebooks of the Librarian of Gushen Grove 

Order of Bards Ovates and Druids.   The largest Druid organization in the world.  A complete training program in print and audio versions, discussion groups, library, extensive resources.  I am a member of this Order as a Bardic Grade student.  The OBOD celebrates the Eight Holy Days of NeoPaganism.  I find their liturgical cycle and rituals to be spiritually uplifting, wholesome, life affirming, earth centered, ecologically positive, profound, polytheistic, and open minded.  OBOD is more orientated towards Celtic spirituality. 

Oriental Religions in the West.   By Sir James Frazer, 1922. 

Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions.  Joyce and River Higginbotham. 

Pulling Onions by Mike Garofalo  

Red Bluff, California. Natural History Studies at our Home and Gardens.  By Karen and Mike Garofalo.

Roman Pagan Holy Days, Seasonal Celebrations, Religious Customs, Roman Pagan Hearth

The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways.  By Edain McCoy.

Sacred Circles  Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes.  Photos of the Valley Spirit Center sacred circle construction project. 

Sacred Fire, Holy Well: A Druid's Grimoire.  By Ian Corrigan. 

Sexual Magic: Bibliography, Links, Quotes

The Solitary Druid: A Practitioner's Guide.   By Robert Lee (Skip) Ellison. 

Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation.  By Silver Ravenwolf. 

The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess.  Rituals, invocations, exercises, and magic.  By Starhawk. 

The Spirit of Gardening   3,500 quotes, poems, sayings, and ideas about gardening, gardens, and the Green Way.  Materials organized by 150 topics; and a fully indexed collection with a search engine.  Online since 1999.  Over 6MB of text.  Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo

Spring  -  Quotes, Poems, Sayings and Quips for Gardeners  

Summer  -  Quotes, Poems, Sayings and Quips for Gardeners  

Valley Spirit Sacred Circle, Red Bluff, California 

Walkers Between the Worlds:  The Western Mysteries from Shaman to Magus.  By Caitlin and John Matthews. 

Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life.  By Pauline Campanelli.

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.  By Scott Cunningham. 

Wisdom of the Elements: The Sacred Wheel of Earth, Air, Fire and Water by Margie McArthur


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Summer Solstice - Table of Associations and Correspondences
(Reflecting our circumstances and lives in Red Bluff, California)


Time of Day

Noon, Midday

Time of Life

40's, Raising a Family, Career Focus




Oranges, Apricots, Plums, Strawberries, Boysenberries, Blackberries


Lavender, Rosemary, Chamomile, Fennel, Thyme, Rue
Flowers Roses, Honeysuckle, Marigolds, Hollyhocks
Foods and Drinks Water, Iced Teas, Beer






Nature Spirits Faeries, Phoenix, Thunderbirds



Gardening Activities

Chores, Pruning, Mowing, Weeding, Watering


Bees, Butterflies, Mosquitoes, Blackbirds,



Sacred Circle (Valley Spirit)





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General Preparations
Summer Solstice, June 21st


1.  Working and meditating in the garden is an important facet of my spiritual path.  I need to regularly reconnect with the earth and the summer season outdoors. I live in Red Bluff, California, USDA Zone 9, Northern Hemisphere.  My late June gardening chores might be quite different from yours, depending upon where you live.  Tend your garden daily.  Water your garden each day.  Weed your vegetable garden.  Harvest squash, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables from your garden each day.  Review your own lists of chores for June and July, and act accordingly.      

2.  Read about the Summer Solstice, and summer harvest celebrations around the world.  Add notes and links to your webpages for good books, magazines, and webpages on the subject.  See my bibliography and links above Visit your local public library or college library to obtain access to books, media and magazines on the subject.  Study about ancient Indo-European religions.  I update my Months webpages on June and July

3.  Add some appropriate Summer Solstice songs, chants, prayers, reflections, invocations, or poems to your Neo-Pagan Craft Journal, Book of Shadows, blog, website, or Ritual Handbook.  Write in your personal journal.  Most spiritual seekers keep a notebook, journal or log as part of their experimental, creative, magical and experiential work. 

4.  Stay at home.  Improve your home, backyard, or garden.  Eliminate long driving trips.  Do you really need to "Go" anywhere?  Do you really need to fly by airplane to another country?  Explore your backyard, neighborhood, local community, nearby city, county wide area, and regional area within 100 miles.  Visit a local "sacred site."  For us, for example, this could be Mt. Shasta, the headwaters spring of the Sacramento River in Mt. Shasta City, the Sacramento River at Woodson Bridge Park, a long walk in the forest below nearby Mt. Lassen, sitting on the shore of Whiskeytown Lake, sitting in my backyard in the moonlight, or visiting a beautiful church or college or park that is nearby.  Watch a DVD on a spiritual subject, sacred place, or inspirational topic.  Learn more about your local environment. 

5.  Read solitary or group rites for Summer Solstice celebrations available in books and webpages (see above).  Create your own ritual for the Summer Solstice.  Practice the ritual.  Conduct the ritual at a convenient time for you, or your family and/or friends, as close to the day of the summer solstice equinox as possible. 


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Quotations, Information, Facts, Lore
Summer Solstice, June 21st



"The sun is always a powerful, invincible image, whether it is the weak illumination of the pre winter solstice, or the savage primal energy of midsummer. Long before humanity developed written language humans must have gazed in terrific awe at the reborn sun each morning, how it over came the dangerous dragon of darkness that it sank into each evening, the provider of light, warmth, sustainer of growing vegetation -life itself--this enormous solar edifice quite clearly was one of the earliest forms of worship as man began to fashion a supernatural interpretation of natural phenomenon from the daily spectacle of the dying and reborn sun. Albert Pike makes the following concise statement in his Morals and Dogma: 'To them [aboriginal peoples] he [the sun] was the innate fire of bodies, the fire of Nature. Author of Life, heat, and ignition, he was to them the efficient cause of all generation, for without him there was no movement, no existence, no form. He was to them immense, indivisible, imperishable, and everywhere present. It was their need of light, and of his creative energy, that was felt by all men; and nothing was more fearful to them than his absence. His beneficent influences caused his identification with the Principle of Good; and the Brama of the Hindus, and Mithras of the Persians, and Athom, Amum, Phtha, and Osiris, of the Egyptians, the Bel of the Chaldeans, the Asonai of the Phśnicians, the Adonis and Apollo of the Greeks, became but personifications of the Sun, the regenerating Principle, image of that fecundity which perpetuates and rejuvenates the world's existence.'"
-   Christ, Constantine, Sol Invictus: The Unconquerable Sun   By Ralph Monday 



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Poems, Prayers, Rites, Liturgy, Invocations
Summer Solstice, June 21st





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Mike Garofalo's Notes

My notes, observations, listing of local activities, and studies on the Summer Solstice, June 21st.   




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Months and Seasons
Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Verses, Lore, Myths, Holidays
Celebrations, Folklore, Reading, Links, Quotations
Information, Weather, Gardening Chores
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