Summer Solstice is celebrated in most cultures around 20. – 24th of June. ‘Sankthansaften’ is celebrated on June 23 in Norway. Though the name has Christian influences, it is mostly regarded as a secular or even pre-Christian event today. In most places the main event is the burning of a large bonfire. In parts of Norway a custom of arranging mock marriages, both between adults and between children, is still kept alive. The wedding was meant to symbolize the blossoming of new life.
To me, personally, Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate and be happy, and not forget the laws of the universe, in that after day comes night, after the warm summer comes the cold winter, etc, everything moves, nothing is permanent. It is a time for laughter and friends, but also to find a chance to withdraw and meditate on the higher aspirations of the soul.
Man if he chooses, may excel the beasts in bestiality –he may descend to depths of which the beast would never have thought. The beast is governed solely by instinct, and his actions, so prompted, are perfectly natural and proper, and the animal is not blamed for following the impulses of its nature.
The ancient Hermetists have never sought to be martyrs, and sat instead silently aside with pitying smile on their closed lips, while being put to death and tortured for being the honest but misguided enthusiasts who imagined that they could force upon a race of barbarians the truth capable of being understood only by the elect who had advanced along The Path.
Today, the LHP is filled with imitators, wannabes, freeloaders and trolls, yet the one destined to adepthood knows the personal attacks and hindrances put forward by the mundane or unenlightened is overcome by Silence.
Only in Silence can the real mystery be heard, and only with Silence can the answer to the ultimate mystery be spoken.