A solstice is an event occurring when the Sun appears to reach its most northerly or southerly excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere.
- Two solstices occur annually, around June 21 and December 21.
- The seasons of the year are determined by reference to both the solstices and the equinoxes
- The winter solstice has so many spiritual meanings that make it so much more than just the shortest day of the year. For many cultures around the world, the winter solstice (which falls on Dec. 21 this year) marks an important milestone. ... It was believed that on this day, the moon would give birth to the sun."
Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the shortest night, and a tipping point: from here on out the days get shorter and the nights get longer. The solstice, sometimes called midsummer because by now farmers have long done their planting, is technically the first day of summer.
It both ushers in the warmest season, and reminds that the season is short, slipping away day by day. For those who revere nature, summer solstice may be celebrated by a bonfire, and staying up to greet the dawn. Celebration may be a small private event, or a large communal event such as the Pagan Spirit Gathering held on beautiful rural land in Missouri, with ritual, prayers, altars and sacred space