I know we’ve just passed the Summer Solstice. Here in Aberdeen it was such a dark, cold and wet affair that there was no point staying up to see the sun set at 11:30, as the Longest Day took place behind a grey curtain. But today we have seen the sun at times, and it is Midsummer Day. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says:
“Midsummer Day (June 24): To the farmer, this day is the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvest. (Midsummer Eve is an occasion for festivity and celebrates fertility.) The Anglican church considered it a ‘Quarter Day,’ one of the four major divisions of the liturgical year. It also marks the feast day of St. John the Baptist.”
According to the Mysterious Britain and Ireland website, “St. John’s Eve was a time when fairies were thought to be abroad and at their most powerful (hence Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream).” It was also the traditional time to gather the herb St. John’s Wort.
So if you do encounter any fairies this evening, I hope they are only pleasant and playful!