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Mustang Bobby noted that today is the Summer Solstice, technically considered the “first day of Summer”, but the mid Summer by much of Europe.

Many Wiccans celebrate the day as Litha, while computer programmers honor their predecessors, the druids, who build the first solid-state computing devices, the megaliths, like Stonehenge.

The Slavs celebrate St. John’s Night, Иван Купала [Ivan Kupala], the battle between the White god [Белобог – Belobog] and the Black god [Чёрнобог – Chyornobog] for control of the Sun. The Black god always wins and the night begins to expand.

The sound track to the battle is Иванова Ночь на Лысой Горе [Night on Bald Mountain] by Модест Петрович Мусоргский [Modest Petrovich Musorgsky], which everyone should play very loudly.

Via Andante from some time ago, I ran across Archæoastronomy which tracks all of the important solar events.


1 Anya { 06.21.06 at 8:40 pm }

Happy Solstice, Bryan!

We marked the day with strawberries and the Sacred Chocolate. 😀

2 Bryan { 06.21.06 at 8:56 pm }

I’m marking it by replacing a toilet, and sacrificing a calculator to the Dumpster.

Berries and cherries should be ready any time, with sweet corn and apples to come.