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!