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Solstice in Wimberley, Texas

THE SUMMER SOLSTICE

 

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How now, spirit! Whither wander you?
Over hill, over dale, Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale, Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander every where, Swifter than the moon's sphere;"

 A Midsummer Night's Dream
-William Shakespeare

The Summer Solstice, June 21st,
is the longest day and the shortest night.

After that, the days grow shorter and shorter until the winter solstice.
Due to the tilt of the Earth's axis of rotation, it is a day that the northern hemisphere is leaning closest to the Sun, which has its lowest arc in the sky. Solstice actually means "Standing-still-Sun." Earth's tilt at Summer Solstice
Throughout world history, this time of year has played an important part in many cultures as a celebration of balance and rebirth. Midsummer is said to be a mystical time when the forces of magic are increased and fairies roam our world. Shakespeare brought this belief delightfully to life with A Midsummer-Night's Dream, a night of romance and confusion featuring Titania and Oberon, Queen and King of the Fairies, and a whole cast of mere mortals who experienced a spell of magic.
The appearance of the solstice led to the building of hundreds of megalithic structures throughout Europe. Even medieval churches were constructed, supporting the connection between religious celebrations and the passing of the seasons. In our part of the world, the Native Americans had solstice rites, lasting many days.


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THE PLAY'S THE THING!

SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS
AT WIMBERLEY'S EMILYANN THEATRE

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