Solstice or Equinox?

During conversations with the ladies this evening while celebrating Litha, we couldn’t get our thoughts on solstice vs. equinox quite in order…I blame the sun.  So, to be clear:

Solstice means the sun (“sol”) has reached its northernmost point (Litha – longest day of the year) and southernmost point (Yule – shortest day of the year).

Equinox (“equal”) marks when day and night are equal, so the midpoint between the solstices – Mabon and Ostara.

The two equinoxes and solstices mark the Quarter days.

The midpoints between these four Quarter days are known as Cross Quarter days, or seasonal festivals – Beltane, Lammas, Samhain, Imbolc.

Now, that was easy…and now we know.

It was a lovely Litha – with some summer veggies on the grill, orange sherbert, some simple ritual and talks, and overall enjoying the sun!  Until next time…happy summer solstice!



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