21 Jun 2014


Magic crowns Midsummer. Under the big waxing Moon tonight may your celebrations be joyous and all your meetings most merry
- Author Unknown.

Seen by many as the one and the same. with one ruling the waxing year, the other the waning year, there cannot be one without the other.

As the season's turn so the Holly King (traditionally thought of as an older man clad in red and decked with holly leaves and berries) and the Oak King (dressed in green and clad in oak leaves and acorns, traditionally he is thought of as the younger of the two) fight a constant battle to win the favour of the Goddess and just as the Oak King defeats the Holly King at Yule (the Winter Solstice) so (the Summer Solstice) Litha known as Alban Hefin or Alban Heruin in the druid traditiononce again sees the Holly King defeat the Oak King to reign until Yule.

One of the fire festivals, sacred to the mother Goddess and pregnant women. Lore has it that Midsummer's Night is a time of powerful magic, a time when faeries, sprites and wood elves known for their love of music, laughter and food and drink emerge to play tricks on us mere mortals. 

Midsummer Mead ..... 

Take 1 quart/two pints of dry cider (an alcohol-free version may be used),
3/4 cup of honey,
1/4 cup of various citrus fruits, sliced,
3 cinnamon sticks of approximately 3 inches/7 centimetres long.

Combine all ingredients in a container. Seal and refrigerate, stirring mixture once daily for for five days. Sieve before drinking.

Wishing a happy Summer Solstice to those in the northern hemisphere and a happy Winter Solstice to those in the southern hemisphere. 

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Kelly said...

I can just envision the Oak King and the Holly King (I'm picturing the Ghost of Christmas Present from Dickens).

That mead looks pretty tasty.

Brian Joseph said...

Thanks for this Tracy. This is wonderful folklore.

Thanks also for this recipe. I might try it. My wife and I are really into making and trying unusual things. I will let you know if I do.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Happy Summer Solstice!!

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

What a fabulous post! I can easily picture the scene and love the magic of the solstices. :)

I would enjoy trying the recipe- if I have the time to do it. Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie Faris said...

I forgot it was the Summer Solstice until I started reading blogs this evening!

Suko said...


So many books, so little time said...

I have never heard of this before, will need to o a wee bit of reading around it.

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Alexia561 said...

Haven't heard of this tale before, so thank you for sharing! I love the sound of that mead recipe! Now I just need to find someone to make it for me. :)

Gina R said...

Aww thanks Tracy! Happy solstice to you too!