As we've just had the Midsummer solstice, here is a poetic celebration of the many different customs of Midsummer. gleaned from Ronald Hutton's excellent book "The Stations of the Sun":
In the Vale of Glamorgan, there I sawA cart wheel all covered in strawSet alight, then rolled downhillAugur for harvest, good or illIf out before it reaches the endPoor harvests now bad weather sendIf lighted all its fall, and still longerAbundant crops will grow for farmer..At Buckfastleigh is lit upon on sunsetMidsummer wheel that luck may getIf guided by sticks, it meets the streamFortune will shine within its beamA flaming chariot is shown in partBringing delight and joy to heartAs sun now wheeling through the skyBrings living warmth to you and I..In Shopshire, upon St John's EveThree fires do they carefully weaveA bonfire of clean bones, no woodOf wood, no bones, the wakefire shouldKeep on burning through the nightWatched by all, for second sightAnd lastly, made of wood and bonesSt John's fire is lit upon old stones..At Penzance, tar barrels set on fireWith music played on harp or lyreFolk walk this way, sing loud and raucousHolding forth torches of blazing canvasThen link hands, and dance in circle"Threading the needle", rhythmicalOver the dying embers, fading lightAs the evening falls to night..In Ireland, when fire dulls to reddish glowMen leap over the flames in showWhen lower still, young girls can leapThrice back and forth a man to keepMarried women walk upon the embersSecure good will for family membersThen all take back within one handTo their own house, a sacred brand..Midsummer Eve, and fires are litThe solar nexus reaches summitSpoked wheel pauses, then rolls onWe chant at equinox in antiphonLay out the candles for spectacleIn pattern of five, a pentacleOf customs old, and customs nowUpon the Ancient Burial How....Book of the post:Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain (Paperback) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stations-Sun-History-Ritual-Britain/dp/0192854488
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