Sun Heil and Happy Sonnenwende to all my readers. At this time of the year our ancestors would gather and light their Midsummer fires. Singing would continue as long as the fires were lit and children would "jump over the glimmering coals; formerly grown-up people did the same". (Teutonic Mythology, Volume 2, Jacob Grimm). Grimm goes on to tell us that a garland would be plaited "of nine sorts of flowers." Herbs were also cast into the fires.
The correct times to hold the Midsummer rite is either during the daytime on the Solstice itself or on the evening before as our ancestors reckoned in terms of nights rather than days. The night was imagined as giving birth to the day. According to the Prose Edda Nott (Night) gave birth to Dagr (Day) through her third husband Delling (Dayspring/Shining One).
- "Hail to the Day! Hail to the sons of Day!
- To Night and her daughter hail!
- With placid eyes behold us here,
- and here sitting give us victory.