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THE SUMMER SOLSTICE

The word 'Solstice' derives from the Latin term meaning 'sun stood still', as in the winter and summer the sun appears to rise and set in practically the same place.

Summer Solstice Date
In the northern hemisphere, the Summer Solstice date tends to be either June 21 or 22. These dates mark the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere. In that hemisphere, the Summer Solstice date varies between December 21 and 22. The Summer Solstice date marks the time when the sun is at its northern-most position in relation to the equator for the northern hemisphere and its southern-most position for the southern hemisphere. This time, June 21, is associated with the 'Honey' and 'Mead Moon', and is now often referred to as 'Midsummer'.

The Solstice Sky
The sky is naturally an important symbol for the Summer Solstice because this solstice marks the time when the sun is highest in the sky. In fact, the solstice sky is steeped in astrological aspects, ranging from the position of constellations to the brightness of the stars. For astronomers, the Summer Solstice occurs when the sun enters the sign of Cancer, and the full moon is in the sign of Capricorn.

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