Summer Solstice

 

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The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. During the Summer Solstice the energies of light briefly overcome the energies of darkness and the power of the Sun is at its full force.  It marks the beginning of Summer.  For centuries our planet’s movement around the Sun has been observed and celebrated.  Here we celebrate the completion of the cycle that began at the Winter Solstice.  The Summer Solstice is a doorway of the second half of the year, energizing the paths that lead within.

For some pagans this marks the marriage of the God and Goddess and their union as the force that creates the harvest fruits.  This is seen as a very joyous occasion  because by this time the ground had thawed out, warm temperatures had returned, flowers are blooming and the leaves have returned… signs of abundance can be seen everywhere.  Summer is seen as a time of rapid growth, fruitfulness, and abundant awareness.

But the Summer Solstice also holds a much greater spiritual significance.  The Sun has always been symbolic of the highest divinity.  The Summer Solstice represents our Spirit’s ascension to the Divine, the reunion of Self with the Divinity.  The light of the soul shines its brightest over the darkness of the shadow.sun inthe woods

This is the time of enlightment.  The Summer Solstice is an ideal time for you to let go of your ego and old patterns of suppression and focus on what you desire to bring into your life.  It is a portal opening of energy that overwhelms obstruction, blockages, and ego.  This is a time of strength, accomplishment, and achievement.

Before Christianity, Midsummer was thought to be one of the times in the year where magick was the strongest.  It is considered a good night to perform rituals that could change the future.  Midsummer is a supercharged time physically and emotionally, which makes it ideal for making resolutions to:  kickstart new habits, strengthen human relationships, and let go of negativity.  Now is the time to create daily habits that will be hardwired into lifestyle changes that will keep your spirits afloat as the days become shorter.

fire spellThis is a good time for all types of healing work, for setting intentions and resolutions, for doing affirmations or visualizations, for doing artistic work, for making love and connecting with your partner at a deeper, more spiritual level, and for connecting with the various “kind beings of the universe” — your spiritual helpers, power animals, higher power, and so on. The sun at this time is just moving into the Water sign of Cancer. Cancer is a very psychic, sweet, empathetic and sensitive sign, so you’ll feel these influences come in.  Some evocative and powerful words to think about or concepts to meditate on include: hope, transformation, transfiguration, release, ecstasy, and resolution.

Globally, a wide range of rituals for the Summer Solstice which focus on the themes of fulfillment, enlightment, abundance, sharing, and the joy of living on this beautiful Earth.  Ceremonies are also performed regarding community, career, relationships, Nature communion, and planetary wellness.  Most common Summer Solstice themes tend to revolve around warding off negative spirits, protection, marriage, and fertility.

handfastingAncient cultures around the world have celebrated the Summer Solstice by making bonfires, as Fire represents Summer, the Sun, and heat.  The Sun is the giver of life.  Thus, certain cultures have associated the Summer Solstice with fertility and is believed to be a good time to get married.  Celebrations of feasting, dancing, and singing were held.  Yellow and orange flowers are used in decorations and activities.  You can use the flowers to make a floral wreath, a sun wheel, or a mandala.  St. John’s Wort was often picked and thrown onto the fire.  People usually leapt through bonfires, considered to bring good luck.  The bonfires were also believed to ward off negative spirits.  Protection amulets were made and charged under the Sun on the Summer Solstice to charge and heighten its power.  People would gather to see the Sunrise.

Ironically, while summer is just hitting its stride, the Earth is already turning towards the dark season as the nights begin to lengthen and the days will shorten from this point on, until after the Winter Solstice.

So where as in May we celebrated and honored the mother energy, in June, we celebrate and honor the father energy.  This is seen as the Father Sky or the Yang symbol in the Chinese symbol.  It’s the Active force in life.  It’s characterized as hard, fast, focused, and aggressive.  This energy comes in handy when we need to push through things, shine light on the dark, transform heaviness into lightness.  It’s the go-getter attitude, filling us up with passion, enthusiasm, and motivation to move and do!

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Summer Solstice

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The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and also marks the beginning of Summer, for us in North America.  Summer is seen as a time of rapid growth, fruitfulness, and abundant awareness.  The Sun is the most powerful and this time and shines the brightest.  At this point, we enter the doorway into the second half of the year.  The Summer Solstice holds a much greater spiritual significance.  It represents our Spirit’s ascension to the Divine, the reunion of self with the Divinity.  The light of the Soul is shining its brightest over the darkness of the shadows.   This is an ideal time for you to let go of your ego and old patterns of suppression, and focus on what you desire to bring into your life.  It is a portal opening of energy that overwhelms obstruction, blockages, and ego.  This is a time of strength, accomplishments, and achievement.

Globally, there are a wide range of rituals for the Summer Solstice, which focus on themes of fulfillment, enlightment, abundance, sharing, warding off negative spirits, marriage, fertility, and the joy of living on this beautiful Earth.  Cultures around the world have celebrated the Summer Solstice by watching the Sun rise and making bonfires.  Bonfires were believed to ward off negative spirits and leaping through one was considered good luck.  Protection amulets were were made and charged under the Summer Solstice Sun.  All night vigils and celebrations of feasting, dancing, and singing were held.

So where as in May we honored the Mother energy, in June, we honor the father energy.  This is seen as Father Sky, the Sun itself, or the Yang in the Chinese symbol.  It is the assertive force in life.  It’s characterized as fast, hard, focused, and aggressive.  This energy is beneficial when we need to push through things, shine light on the dark, and transform heaviness into lightness.  It’s the go-getter attitude, filling us up with passion, enthusiasm, and motivation to MOVE and DO.

Ironically, while summer is just hitting its stride, the earth is already turning towards the dark season as the nights begin to lengthen and the days will shorten from this point on util after the Winter Solstice.  Here we celebrate the completion of the cycle that began at the Winter Solstice.  At this point, the paths that lead within us will be energized.  As we too, will soon be turning towards the dark half within ourselves.

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