Midsummer’s Eve

Elderberry in Flower

Sunrise: 5:11 am

Sunset: 8:22 pm

Day Length: 15 hours, 11 minutes

Longest day of the year.

An old Danish legend says that if you stand beneath a blooming elder tree on Midsummer’s Eve, you can see the King of the Fairies pass by with his retinue.

In the British Isles, this is the night to leave an offering of bread and milk for the Good Folk. (They really don’t like the name ‘fairies’, and you don’t want to be on their bad side.)

Whether you celebrate with a balefire or a barbecue, take a moment and reflect on the Ancients and their day to honor the bountiful season to come. Reach out and join hands with a past that extends back centuries before the birth of Christ.

If you need me, I’ll be waiting under the elder tree.

Blessed Be.

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4 thoughts on “Midsummer’s Eve

  1. Wish I could join you to watch for the fairies but I am in hot Texas helping out with my daughter-in-law and family. We will return to Louisiana tomorrow if all goes well. Enjoy your fantasy!! 🙂

  2. It’s been hot and steamy here, too, but that didn’t stop the fairy folk.

    The rest of you only THINK they’re fireflies…. 🙂

  3. We met under the ash tree that stands so high. It is noon south of our cottage making our homestead into a giant sundial. Fireflies are out and about. Or at least I thought that was who I was seeing. Could have been the fairies too.

    • Sounds wonderful, Walt. Thanks for the comment – you know what it means to a new-ish blogger to have someone they’re not related to actually read their stuff.

      Folks, Walter’s blog, sugarmountainfarm.com is a great read. Just click on his name in his comment to take a look.

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