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Morgana Post number 27006 Posted: 23rd May 2021     Subject: PF/PFI Round the Summer Solstice Fire
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PF/PFI Round the Summer Solstice Fire - celebrating 50th anniversary Pagan Federation



SAVE THE DATE!
13 JUNE, 2021
Time 14:00 -15:00 UK/ 15:00 -16:00 CET
Founded in 1971 the PF seeks to support all Pagans to ensure they have the same rights as the followers of other beliefs and religions. It aims to promote a positive profile for Pagans and Paganism and to provide information on Pagan beliefs to the media, official bodies and the greater community.
On June 13, 2021 PFI will be celebrating Summer Solstice and this joyous occasion with an online gathering.
More details to follow.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/300642081666918/?
Updates here: https://forum.paganfederation.org/viewtopic.php?t=7421

Bright Blessings,
Morgana
Morgana Post number 27017 Posted: 30th May 2021     Subject: How do you celebrate Summer Solstice? Sharing stories
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How do you celebrate Summer Solstice? Sharing stories

The event page is already up & running...
See: https://www.facebook.co ... b=discussion

I recently asked the question;

How do you celebrate Summer Solstice?

Please share your stories, videos and photos here on the PFI Forum [Very happy]

Bright blessings,

Morgana
(From my garden in June 2020)

Morgana Post number 27038 Posted: 7th June 2021     Subject: Images From Ivan Kupala Night
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Marta (originally from Poland) pointed me to these articles:

Images From Ivan Kupala Night
ALAN TAYLOR JULY 10, 2018
In parts of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and Russia, an ancient pagan summer rite called Kupala combined with the traditional Orthodox feast of Saint John the Baptist, becoming Ivan Kupala Night, a festival celebrating the summer solstice. On Ivan Kupala Night, young people wear wreaths symbolizing purity, people sing and dance around bonfires, and they bathe naked in rivers and lakes. Many gather up their courage and leap over fires as a test of faith, to purge themselves of their sins and bad luck, and to improve their health. Collected here, a handful of images from Ivan Kupala Night celebrations in recent years.

(A woman stands in front of a bonfire during the celebrations of Ivan Kupala Night in the Pyrogove village near Kiev, Ukraine, on July 6, 2017 # Sergei Supinsky / AFP / Getty


A man jumps over a fire during a celebration on the traditional Ivan Kupala (Ivan the Bather) holiday in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 6, 2018 #
Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters

... and many more...

See: https://www.theatlantic ... ight/564818/
Morgana Post number 27048 Posted: 9th June 2021     Subject: Kupala Night: Mixing Pagan & Christian Traditions
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Kupala Night: Mixing Pagan & Christian Traditions
Author: Culture.pl Published: Jun 15 2016

Like in many other European countries, the arrival of summer is celebrated on St. John’s Eve in Poland.
While part of the Polish custom ‒ bonfires, singing and dancing ‒ resembles other celebrations all over the world,
the traditional wild flower crowns and fortune-telling rituals date back to Slavic paganism.
Ancient Greeks and Romans as well as the Germanic and Slavic tribes of Europe all held celebrations for the summer solstice in one form or another. According to some historians, the Slavic ancestors of modern-day Poles ‒ who eventually formed the first Polish state in the 10th century CE ‒ observed midsummer by having joyful outdoor celebrations with bonfires, dancing and singing, a holiday called Kupala Night.

The festivities would often involve some otherwise unthinkable promiscuity, the results of which were justified nine months later by saying that storks had delivered a new brood of babies to the village. (Fittingly, storks return to Europe from Africa about 9 months after the summer solstice.) After the founding of the Polish state and the simultaneous introduction of Christianity to its territory in 966, the pagan celebrations of Kupala Night fell into disfavour. Nevertheless, efforts to root out the tradition proved futile. Eventually a tamer version of the custom was incorporated into the Christian calendar as St. John’s Eve. As a result, the conventional Polish celebrations of midsummer are an interesting mix of pagan and Christian influences.

What Is Known About Slavic Mythology
Some creatures of ancient Slavic daemonology, like vampires and strigoi have gone on to earn some worldwide notoriety – and even became part of popular culture. Slavic mythology, by contrast, remains to a large extent a terra incognita. So if you’ve ever wondered about multi-headed Slavic idols, horse divination, human sacrifices (allegedly made by Slavic peoples), and Slavic cosmogony, read on.

Much more than Valentine’s Day, which is widely held to be a dubious cultural borrowing, Kupala Night symbolises love in Poland. Bonfires are thought to be beneficial to lovers, and daring celebrants jump over the flames to secure good fortune and ward off evil. Mullein leaves and wormwood are burnt to keep malicious spirits at bay. Young women make crowns from herbs and wild flowers and, having put a burning candle on top, let them float away on lakes and rivers. It is believed that the fate of the crown predicts the future of its maker. If it floats steadily, or even better, if it is removed from the water by a sweetheart, she will be lucky in love. A sinking or still wreath foretells of unrewarding Tinder trysts and loneliness. If it gets stuck to another wreath a friendship will be formed. Going for a swim outdoors is also customary on St. John’s Eve, if one wishes luck in marriage and motherhood.

Some Poles also venture into the woods in search of the mythical fern flower, which appears exclusively in midsummer and can supposedly be found only by people of exceptional virtue. The flower is meant to bring great wealth, but unfortunately botanists do not believe in its existence. In the old days, the hunt for fern flowers was a socially acceptable pretext for unmarried pairs to go on a walk without a chaperone. Some ethnologists tie the fern flower myth to the old belief that adder’s tongue, a plant rarely encountered in Poland, is a powerful aphrodisiac. Lore has it that a woman could make herself more attractive to men by rubbing her skin with the leaves.
However, the special properties of the plant could only be activated if a woman incanted ‘so help me God’ during the ritual, a clear example of the entanglement of pagan and Christian traditions in Polish folklore. To mark the Christian character of St. John’s Eve, churches would also sanctify lemon thyme and other medicinal herbs.

Most of the traditions mentioned above used to be rural for the most part, but over time they migrated to Polish cities. Nowadays, midsummer is still very much an occasion for merrymaking. Concerts and firework displays are organised by local authorities while the old traditions endure.

Author: Marek Kępa, June 2016

https://culture.pl/en/a ... n-traditions
Mountain Post number 27049 Posted: 10th June 2021     Subject:
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COOL,
I look forward to setting aside a few moments to read about this is further detail...

Mountain
Morgana Post number 27052 Posted: 11th June 2021     Subject:
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Busy updating the program... please log in 5-15 minutes before the event starts... there will be a waiting room.
Make sure your name is visible and that you have registered.

Registrations still open, send an email to <morgana::at::paganfederation.org> Thanks ❤

Morgana Post number 27054 Posted: 12th June 2021     Subject: ZOOM meeting details JUNE 13, 2021
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PFI ‘Round the Summer Solstice Fire – celebrating 50th anniversary PF’ SUNDAY June 13, 2021 online gathering

Time: 08:00 Wisconsin/09:00 EST Canada/ 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET/ 16:00 Moscow

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us ... UktqZHdKZz09
Meeting ID: 869 0859 3730
Passcode: 756035

[please do not share details without our permission... thanks!]

Links:

PFI website: https://www.paganfedera ... _june-_2021/

PFI Forum updates: https://forum.paganfederation.org/viewtopic.php?t=7421

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/300642081666918/?

PFI FB: https://www.facebook.com/paganfederationinternational

PFI Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWgSepTcV4345tC2I3n0bQ

The event will be livestreamed via this channel.
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