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The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. The seasonal significance of the Summer Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days.
In astronomical terms, Summer Solstice occurred at 7:28am Eastern time or about 8 hours ago. In Pooties & Woozles terms, that means that the party starts NOW!!
In the Northern Hemisphere "summer" comes earlier than the Summer Solstice (the astronomical event).
"Solar summer" began in early May, and is the quarter of the year when the most amount of sunlight is entering the northern hemisphere. Astronomical summer essentially marks the midpoint of solar summer.
"Meteorological summer" is the warmest quarter of the year based on daily normal temperatures. This exact period varies slightly from place to place; but, in general, meteorological summer starts the first week in June and ends the first week in September
But "early May" and "first week in June" are hardly dates one can plan a party around. But Summer Solstice June 21...that sounds just right...
When we first visited Basement Cat and Ceiling Cat they were locked in mortal combat over the Light. Ceiling Cat prevailed and the light slowly started returning. We reached the point where Ceiling Cat and Basement Cat were equal at the Equinox and Spring was Sprung.
As they lock up again...the struggle continues...
But today...Basement Cat wins!!!
And the music critics:
Hmmm. Okay, lets try this.
One final word from Basement Cat
The Midsummer is one of the eight pagan festivals or "sabbats" from the Wheel of the Year. It is a "quarter day" along with the equinoxes and the winter solstice. The Summer Solstice, is a time for celebration of the abundance of summer, and a time to prepare for the darkening. To all my pagan friends, "A Sunny Solstice to You and may your bonfires burn brightly tonight!!"
And no party is complete without silly music: enjoy!!
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