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June 20, 2018

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

All Day Litha
Pagan/Wiccan holyday: The Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Many agricultural societies have observed the longest day of the year in some way: Stone Henge was created to glorify the rising of the sun on the Summer Solstice, the Saxons and Celts built bonfires to celebrate the power of the sun over darkness, and the Romans had a festival for Juno, wife of Jupiter, the Goddess of marriage, women, menstruation, and children during Midsummer. A time of fertility, growth, warmth, and light, Litha is one of the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year for modern Pagans and Wiccans.
All Day Yule
Pagan/Wiccan holy day in the southern hemisphere.

The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere occurs in Desember. In the darkest of winter, Yule celebrates the return of the sun, when the days begin to get longer again and bring more light into the world, with feasting and merrymaking. Decorating a tree, wreathes, the Yule log, and caroling come from ancient Norse traditions. Yule is also associated with Odin and the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession of horsemen through the sky—which became Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. Romans held feasts, decorated trees with tin ornaments, practiced fertility rites under mistletoe, and exchanged gifts during the week-long festival of Saturnalia. The Celts believed the Oak King and the Holly King fought at this time of year to see if light or darkness would win out, which some Wiccans re-enact as part of their celebrations today. Yule is one of the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year for modern Pagans and Wiccans.  

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM How Nature Instructs Us

Artists and citizens all over the globe are voicing and manifesting their concerns about environmental issues, especially climate change. The artists in the Suffolk University Art Gallery exhibit How Nature Instructs Us, are part of this chorus of concern and use their work to express both their critique and hope for our future. They are part of a lineage of artists, writers, and scientists who have been doing so since the nineteenth century.

Participating artists:
Heather Theresa Clark with Gretjen Helene and Scott Jansson
Madge Evers  
Peat Duggins 
Jane Marsching
Nathalie Miebach
Allison Maria Rodriguez
Evelyn Rydz



 


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