The Summer Solstice
Celebrating the Journey of the Sun from May day to Harvest
By John Matthews
The Summer Solstice by John Matthews is published by Godsfield Press.
“The sun is the source of all human life. As it rises every morning, we celebrate the beginning of a new day, and as it melts away at dusk, we return to hearth and home for rest. The cycle of human life centres around the sun, it creates all time and all life.”
This richly illustrated volume celebrates the myths and magic of the Sun from the fire festival of Beltane through to the time of the harvest in early August. This book is beautifully written and the information is given in concise and an easy to read manner.
This book would make an excellent addition to the library of anyone with an interest in the myths and folklore of the Sun, as well as the religious context and symbolism of the various symbols and rituals associated with Beltane, Midsummer & Lammas (the First Harvest).
The author gives examples from a variety of cultures and pantheons which makes for interesting reading – so if you have ever been entranced by the Druids clad in white at Stonehenge at the Summer Solstice, or by the colourful fun of the Maypole celebrations, then this book will fill provide you with pleasurable folklore and snippets, use it to enrich your own celebrations!