The Summer Solstice is on 21st June this year and in the northern hemisphere is when the Earth is most inclined towards the sun, and we get the most daylight of the year. It is also known as the first day of summer: we still have long, hot days to come and the harvest at the end of the summer but this is the longest day.
The word solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as seen from Earth) momentarily comes to a stop before reversing direction.
This is a good moment to pause and work with the energies of this special time. You may want to celebrate or mark this occasion in company in some way, but you don’t have to join the druids, pagans, revellers and tourists at Stonehenge or other ancient sites. Your celebration might be as simple as a barbecue in the garden or on the beach.
21st century spirituality is all about finding, experiencing and nurturing your own connection with spirit, in whichever way is meaningful to you. You do not have to fit yourself into any mould of the past or present, whether pagan or religious, traditional or modern.
The essence of this moment is to celebrate the light, and this is the perfect time to celebrate the light within your self: your spirit and essence.
This is a good time to focus on the things you have been building and growing throughout the Spring, whether these relate to work, home, yourself, or all of these.
Think of where you have been placing your energies, what you have been growing and nurturing and take stock of your progress. Now make plans for the next few months: give yourself a ‘harvest’ date, decide on what you want to reap and flow your positive thoughts and energies towards this time.
Now, celebrate what you have achieved so far and re-energise yourself for your next phase, whether you do this on your own, with your partner, with friends and family. A barbecue really is a good idea: fire cooking up good things, outdoors connecting to earth, air and water (or juice, wine, cider, beer).
Whatever you do, make it a special solstice celebration this year and if you’d like to share with us here, on Facebook or Twitter, we can celebrate and connect energetically with each other too.