21st / 22nd June
Also known as: Litha, Midsummer's Day, Midsummer Solstice, Alban Heruin
This is the longest day of the year. The Sun is at its peak and the year is halfway through. Once more the cycle turns and the Light Months give way to the Dark Months. The Holly King again triumphs over the Oak King and assumes his place as ruler of the Year.
It is a time to celebrate the Great Mother and the promise of the crops to come. It is also a time of change, for now the Sun begins its climb down from on high.
In the story of the Goddess and the God they are stewards of the harvest that will provide for the inevitable winter. The Goddess is the Great Mother, her belly swelling with the child of the God, while he is at his strongest; but it is a strength that will not last.