Qayinite Midsummer ritual


Midsummer’s Eve, or St. John’s Eve, is a powerful and auspicious night for many forms of sorcerous workings, and the night of the year when the magical powers of the plant kingdom are believed to be at their strongest within folk-magical contexts. Midsummer’s eve is a liminal night of in-betweenness, being the day of the year when the sun is in its most elevated position and with the sun in its zenith we know as well that from that night on, darker seasons lay ahead. On midsummer’s eve we are thus given the promise of longer nights to come, something about the future that is certain at that point, and this fact in itself is linked to divination. This simple fact could very well be one of the things that for centuries has inspired people to do divinations on this specific day and night, often employing flowers in full bloom harvested for the specific purpose. A common way to do this is to harvest seven or nine flowers of relevance and put under one’s pillow in order to behold oneiric visions of one’s future partner. Another method is to make very salted porridge to eat (without having anything to drink to it) before going to bed, and the future partner will appear in dreams handing over a glass of water to the thirsty diviner. Furthermore, it is interesting that this is also the birthday of John the Baptist, a character whose birth and life of course are strongly connected to divination and prophecy.

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