Tag Archives: Summer Solstice

Fae Friday: Summer Vibes

Ipogeo di via livenza, diana cacciatrice

Goddess Diana hunting, Roman fresco [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Enjoy Alexander Pope’s exquisite imagery in an excerpt from his poem, Summer.

Diana the Huntress by Orazio Gentileschi (17th-century)

Diana the Huntress, Orazio Gentileschi [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

See what delights in sylvan scenes appear! 
Descending Gods have found Elysium here.
In woods bright Venus with Adonis stray’d,
And chaste Diana haunts the forest shade.
Come lovely nymph, and bless the silent hours,
When swains from shearing seek their nightly bow’rs;
When weary reapers quit the sultry field,
And crown’d with corn, their thanks to Ceres yield.
This harmless grove no lurking viper hides,
But in my breast the serpent Love abides.

Solstice Blessings,
Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Mythic Monday: Solstice Moon

When a North Carolina friend glam camped with her sister in St. Augustine last week, the Snickerdoodle family went up too. Among other old favorite haunts, we visited the fort (oldest in America), the historical jail (we were thrown in the dark, dank pokey by Deputy Otis), and Potter’s Wax Museum (where I couldn’t resist posing with royals such as Richard the Lionhearted, King John, and Anne of a thousand days Boleyn). Not to mention the Mummy and Creature from the Black Lagoon. The first time I went to Potter’s was in grade school, and I never tire of it. Riding the trolley around town was awesome and saved having to park over and over. We relaxed in each other’s company, enjoyed visiting with our NC friend, and ate the heck out of several scrumptious Village Inn breakfasts. The highlight, of course, was the beach and particularly watching the simultaneous sunset and moonrise along the beach on Solstice Full Moon. It was incredibly elemental and moving.

Gorgeous sunset.

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Glorious moonrise.

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And here’s a panoramic view of both.

 

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Best wishes for you to have some relaxation and family fun!

Cheers & Happy Reading and Reveling!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Romance

Mythic Monday: 21 Reasons to Mark Summer Solstice 2016

Earth & Moon by Galileo

By NASA/JPL (http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/Galileo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Should You Keep Your Eyes Peeled on Summer Solstice?

    • The moon turns full at 7:02 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time on June 20, 2016.
    • Summer Solstice occurs at 6:34 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time on Monday, June 20, 2016.
    • According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, not since 1948 has Summer Solstice paired with a full moon.
    • The word solstice comes from sun and stand. On this day the sun stands still or stops, in that it rises at its northernmost point, while the North Pole tilts directly toward the sun.
    • Regions near the North Pole experience the Midnight Sun or continuous daylight for 24 hours.
    • On Summer Solstice the sun’s zenith is at its farthest from the equator.
    • In other words, the midday sun is at its highest.
    • Your shadow will be the shortest one you have all year.
    • The occasion marks the beginning of summer.
    • It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
    • In the Southern Hemisphere it’s Winter Solstice or Polar Night.
    • Ironically, on Summer Solstice the earth is actually at Aphelion or its farthest point from the sun.
    • June’s moon is called a Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, or Flower Moon.
    • The moon will rise as the sun sets and will look low, close, and huge. Selene will be robed in all her golden glory.
Evelyn de Morgan - The Sleeping Earth and Wakening Moon

Evelyn De Morgan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  • In the night sky on June 20, the moon shines near Saturn.
  • Saturn in astrology governs form, the structure of things, life’s lessons, discipline, restrictions, institutions, reality, and long held traditions. Saturn is currently in Sagittarius.
  • Neptune is pretty much the opposite of Saturn, liking formlessness, liberation, inspiration, dreams, illusion, oneness, and universal agape. Neptune is currently in Pisces.
  • We are in a phase where Saturn is square Neptune, indicating friction between the two pathways. The period near Summer Solstice features an exact square.
  • We need a certain amount of both types of energy, but most people tend to have a preference for one over the other.
  • Whichever one of those is more your style, Saturn or Neptune, its opposite has been playing havoc with your status quo and the way you like things.
  • Neptune produces retrograde energy during this period as well, going retrograde starting on June 26 until mid-November. This portends greater clarity or a peeling away of illusion and the attractive images that hide deception. It’s a good time to make positive changes. Truth will stare you in the eyes, so keep those eyes peeled.

More: http://www.almanac.com/blog/astronomy/astronomy/summer-solstice-full-moon-june

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/strawberry-full-moon-makes-summer-solstice-super-rare-thing.html

http://www.mysticmamma.com/saturn-squares-neptune-november-2015-september-2016/

http://griffithobservatory.org/sky/skytable/skymoonphases2016.html

Special blessings for all of us to enjoy the beauty of full moon and Summer Solstice.

Cheers & Happy and Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Romance

 

 

Mythic Monday: Norse Winter Goddess Skadi by Flossie Benton Rogers

SnowLindaJohn'sfriendYou can imagine how forces of nature such as winter, snow, and ice played major roles in the tales that sprang up around the ancient hallowed deities of the far north. Living in sunny Florida all my life, such a contrasting climate always gave me pleasurable chills and a feeling of kinship with the gods and goddesses enduring such harsh but splendorous conditions. The Norse goddess of winter and the hunt, Skadi, inspired a pivotal character—Skada–in two of my Wytchfae paranormal fantasy romances, the first book of the series, Wytchfae Runes, and the most recent one, Demoness Dreams.

Skadi held a powerful place in Norse mythology. Some scholars maintain that Scandinavia itself is named after this powerful daughter of dreaded frost giants. Tales abound featuring the renowned ice bitten giantess. Who invented skiing but Skadi? The ingenious mode of travel allowed her to get from one place to another more quickly than ever before. She also had her share of confrontations and exploits. For example, she is the fierce soul who further curtailed the trickster god Loki by positioning a venomous serpent upon his bound body to help save her fellow hallowed ones.

One of my favorite stories about Skadi concerns her unusual marriage. Skadi’s father, irritated with his daughter’s rejection of numerous suitors, declared that not only must she marry post haste, but she must select a bridegroom from a lineup of gods—by inspecting only their feet! Using this odd restriction, she surveyed the row of feet supporting the males her father had assembled. Forcing her hands not to tremble through sheer force of will, Skadi could not prevent the violent churning of her stomach. After searching up and down the row of feet several times, she made her choice. When she was allowed to look upon the face and form of the man who would become her husband, her heart raced and her lips parted in an eager smile. The man’s sun kissed skin hinted at leisurely months spent in warmer climes. His eyes shone the clear blue of a summer sky. His golden hair rivaled that of Thor himself. He was, in fact, Njord, the cherished god of summer.

The couple began their marriage with passion, positive intentions, and auspicious good will from the people and their fellow gods. Before long, however, their differences gushed to the fore and could not be denied. The sad truth was that rarely had a man and woman been more incompatible than Njord and Skadi. Njord’s nature demanded proximity to sea and sun, and he insisted on dwelling in warm coastal lands. Skadi, on the other hand, longed for the frosty, snow covered mountains of her homeland. They each tried living in the favored locale of the other, but responded miserably to the drastic difference in weather and geography. Njord and Skadi eventually split and amicably agreed to live apart.

In Demoness Dreams, summer plays an important part in the form of a mandate that must occur by the deadline of Solstice Moon, the full moon just prior to Summer Solstice. 

Two popular revitalizations of Skadi are the White Witch in the stories of Narnia and the iconic Snow Queen. I have always loved the latter, especially the scene where the old hermit woman writes a note on a fish to send to her sister.

Does the story of Skadi and Njord remind you of other myths, such as the Greek tale of Hades and Persephone?

I hope you have enjoyed peeking into the private life of Skadi of the old north land and seeing how she inspired Skada the sorceress in the Wytchfae books.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Mythic Monday: Six Summer Solstice Celestials

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Photo by Karen Barnett

Summer Solstice celebrates the time of the greatest light in the northern hemisphere. The day is the longest of the year and the beginning of summer. How interesting that with the hottest season starting, the length of days now decreases for the rest of the year, culminating in the Winter Solstice or the shortest day and longest night. The Wheel of the Year goes round and round. Here are six mythological deities associated with the sun.

Ameratsu – Japanese sun goddess from whom ancient ruling families were descended. She was called “the glorious one.”

Glory-of-Elves – Scandinavian sun goddess. After doomsday or the end of the world as we know it, Glory-of-Elves would give birth to a daughter who would be the sun of the next world.

Atthar – Ancient Arabic sun goddess known as the “torch of the gods.”

Surya – Indian sun god and one of the three main gods in the Vedas. His being constitutes the celestial form of fire. His wife is Purusa, or dawn.

Sulis – Celtic sun goddess whose name also means “eye.” She was known as Sol to the Norweigians, Sunna to the Germans, and Sul in Britain where she was worshipped at Silbury Hill.

Ra – Egyptian sun god called “the shining one.” During the day he glided through the sky in a solar ship, traveled down through the underworld at night, and rose again from the great waters of the East each morning. A hymn began “Oh thou who arises in the horizon.”

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance

More: The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara G. Walker

Cocktail Saturday: Sunny Watermelon Margarita

Mother'sDaylunch2014bUSTDRINKA special kind of cocktail is needed as we celebrate the power and glory of the sun on this longest day of the year. We need summertime ingredients, a rosy color, and an icy taste that will leave you refreshed and energized. I’m going with Watermelon Margarita, one of my favorites.

Watermelon Margarita

Ingredients: 2 ½ cups of fresh watermelon cut into small chunks and with the seeds removed—place in a small baggie and freeze for two hours, 4 ounces tequila, 2 ounces Triple Sec orange liqueur, 3 tablespoons lime juice, lime wedge, coarse salt, fresh watermelon chunks for garnish.

Directions: Use the lime wedge to moisten the rim of a large cocktail glass and tilt the rim into the coarse salt all the way around to coat it.
Place watermelon chunks, tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice in blender and puree until smooth. Pour into cocktail glass, and garnish with small watermelon chunks loaded onto a fancy toothpick. Sip and enjoy!

Happy Solstice!
Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance