~ the summer solstice marks the time that the sun enters zero degrees of cancer, and it is when the sun god reaches the peak of power and is celebrated in his glory ~

at Beltaine, the Maiden Goddess and the youthful God had met in sacred marriage, and now the Goddess enters the aspect of the pregnant Mother.  The God, at the apex of his manhood, is honoured in his aspect as the supreme sun.  The earth, symbolic of the Mother Goddess, is now green and with the promise of a bountiful harvest in the autumn, and is celebrated for its abundance


further reading:

solar folklore ~ a collection of mythos from world cultures regarding the sun, the summer solstice, and solar deities

midsummer, at the sacred calendar and rites of the asatru ~ a very short introduction to the summer solstice in the norse pagan path

celebrating the pagan summer solstice ~ musings on the celebration of the summer solstice (blogpost from 2010)