Our ancestors paid a lot of attention to the sun because they depended on it. They were farmers and hunters. They knew that it was the longest day of the year, the longest time the sun would shine and so they honored it with flowers and herbs that grew under the warm summer rays and by making little suns in their fields: Bonfires. They would tend the fires thru the night and jump them when they got low. They would pass touches thru the fields and seek the blessing of the embers.
Well worship was not uncommon at this time, to seek a balance to the heat and to ask for summer rains to keep the crops strong.
As fire is a pure representation of the sun’s power so bonfires were often raised in the fields to give the crops the power of the sun throughout the night. We still hold bonfires today, outside of pagan practice like St. John’s day or the 4th of July in America. As Neo-Pagans we seek to extend the sun’s power by greeting it on sunrise, building fires at sunset and feeding them thru the night. The simple joy and power of the sun is what is sought at midsummer, and so shall we seek to light the fires in our hearts.