Summer Solstice

Definition of Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice (also known as Litha) is the day that marks the longest period of sunlight and the shortest period of nightfall for the northern hemisphere. It is also called ‘midsummer,’ and ‘longest day.’

This is when the Earth is tilted closest to the Sun in its orbit. This happens twice a year, and it is opposite for each hemisphere. From the Earth, this is when the Sun seems highest in the sky.

Midsummer is one of the four-quarter days in many different traditions; the others being the spring equinox, the autumnal (or vernal) equinox, and the winter solstice (also called midwinter). In the southern hemisphere, these quarter days are opposite to each other, and the midsummer for the northern hemisphere is actually midwinter for the south.

TERM OF THE DAY

Cancer

Symbolized by the crab, this zodiac sign is known to retreat when they feel overwhelmed. They are the 4th sign of the zodiac falling after Gemini and before Leo. Those born from June 21 to July 22 are considered a Cancer. As a water sign, they are highly intuitive and psychic natural healers but they have to be careful not to try to save everyone or they may drown in the watery emotions.  Cancers are homebodies and they need a home to feel secure. They make great counselors, nurses, teachers, social workers and often work in the healing arts.

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