Pagan Portals - Sumer Is Icumen In…
Reclaiming one of the oldest pagan fire festivals
In Sumer is Icumen In we discover new and exciting ways of surviving (and enjoying) the truly pagan excesses of the Midsummer Festival. Here we can establish and instigate a new smorgasbord of traditions of our own for the purpose of celebration and observance and, in time, even though we must never lose sight of our authentic history, they may even be integrated into future pagan revels.
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Everyone loves a summer party and in Sumer Is Icumen In, traditional witch Melusine Draco shows how to integrate our celebrations with those of our ancestors. Melusine looks at how the solstice was observed in ancient times, from the building of megalithic monuments that marked the sun’s passage to great fire festivals that took place all over the world. She offers practical suggestions for 21st century community events, including garden parties with food and drink shared around a fire pit or Swedish-style outdoor buffets, with time for reflection and offerings at the sun’s zenith. The book also includes ideas for solitary activities and coven-based rites, as well as covering summer customs from May Eve onwards in many different pagan traditions. Lucya Starza, author of Pagan Portals titles on Candle Magic, Poppets and Magical Dolls, Guided Visualisations, and Scrying ~ Lucya Starza, Moon Books author
So, you want to know about Midsummer? You can’t do better than begin here with this treasure-trove of how the summer solstice has been – and still is – revered all around the world. Melusine Draco is a fountain of knowledge, and wisdom, her books open doors and turn on lights to so many dark places that have forgotten and/or misremembered for far too many years, centuries even. And her writing style makes you laugh, makes you think, tweaks your brain and generally delights you. Definitely on my bedside reading list. ~ Elen Sentier, Author of Merlin, Elen of the Ways, Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time and Trees of the Goddess.
This is the only work I’ve read dedicated entirely to the Midsummer Festival. Packed with history of folklore celebrations from around the world, there are so many ideas here from which to build your own traditions or incorporate various practices into your existing festivities. There is something for every pagan. You can return to it again and again. One for the bookshelf! This is a companion book to Have a Cool Yule: How to Survive (and Enjoy) the Mid-Winter Festival. Harmonia Saille, author of Pagan Portals – Hedge Witchcraft and Hedge Riding. ~ Harmonia Saille, Moon Books author