June (Midyear - Meadmoon - Ærre-Lithe - Solmanudhr) 21st
This is the longest day and the shortest night of the year: Now Sunna begins its ling decline, sliding into the darkness which will culminate six months from now at Yule. Identifying the sun with the brightness of Baldur, we celebrate in honor of both. Hold blot to Baldur and High Feast. This was the traditional time for holding the AlThing in ancient times. There are several promanite archeologist that believe that this time of year was one of the main reasons our ancestors created Durrington Walls.
I believe that the summer solstice was second only to Yule in importance to many of the ancient Europeans. It is also a time for general merriment and, in the Scandinavian countries, many of what we know as the traditional May Day rituals, such as May Poles and folkish Dances, were celebrated at Midsummer rather than in May. This was the traditional time for holding the Althing in ancient times (although this is a different day in Iceland then it is here in the US), so, in Iceland, the day is dedicated to Tyr, the God of Justice and Order. As we pass through the longest day and the shortest night of the year, it is also appropriate to meditate on the good things of life, all of things that make you happy every day. Asatruar remember Balder at this time and also honor the Sun (Sunna) itself.
We will be holding a Balder Blot, evening feast, burning a sun-wheel at Sumble, holding some practice events for the upcoming Althing Viking Games as well as several other traditional summer type rituals for the children, and then at sun up we will give honor to Sunna and share a breakfast feast.
Hail to Balder, Hail to Tyr and may your Midsummer be grand and bountiful.
In Grith, Frith and Friendship,