New window display for summer solstice
As the Wheel of the Year turns, we change our main window display to be in tune with the seasons. For the summer solstice, the stag’s antlers have been decorated with horse brasses depicting the signs of the Zodiac. We have also put yellow and orange coloured flowers in the window.
The theme of our summer solstice window is the Sun (of course!) The Museum founder, Cecil Williamson once wrote, “Time passed. God was busy some place else, so mankind made do with the sun. He is not a bad god at all, this god of light, without the warmth of his smile everything would die, the only worry is that he hides deep in the sea at the end of each day. Will he, won’t he turn up again tomorrow? that is the question. So to help things along someone came up with the idea of setting up big stones in a round ring – temples to the sun. Here in the south west we still have some such left and the witches still do the sun dances in them.”
The Summer Solstice is one of the most important and widespread festivals in Europe and throughout the world.
Midsummer’s eve is a time for great magic – herbs picked at midnight have special protective qualities.
It is also a good time for love magic and charms.
The Summer Solstice is a fire festival and traditionally fires are lit on hilltops to mark the sun’s change in course.
All witches will be celebrating this time of year- many will stay up all night to watch the Sunriseon Solstice morn.
The Christian Church adopted this ancient pagan festival as St John’s Day.
The longest day, plants and animals flourish, light and life are abundant.
CELEBRATE THE SUN KING!
We also put a couple of Museum objects in our seasonal window display. For the summer solstice we have put objects relating to the sun and projection magic including a sun horse brass, a Sun Alliance insurance disk and a door knocker with lion/sun motif.