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Today at 12:45AM [CDT] 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 ] [YouTube] by Модест Петрович Мусоргский [Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky], which everyone should play very loudly.

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


1 cookie jill { 06.21.09 at 12:34 am }

I love the Andante tribute on the right column.
.-= ´s last blog ..Food, Inc. is set to open 6/26/09 in Santa Barbara =-.

2 Bryan { 06.21.09 at 12:49 am }

That’s the way most people recognized her, and was truly responsible for my getting into blogging.

Her name will keep coming up here because I have a lot of links, in addition to her comments.