Activities for the Summer Solstice

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The Summer Solstice is all about the Sun and it’s brilliance.  Here are a couple of activities to do during this time.

  • Paint candles and fake fruit gold and leave to charge under the Summer Solstice Sun.  That way during dark times or scarce moments they will serve to remind you of the light and abundance that is forthcoming.  Visuals sometimes speak to us in a more subconscious way and can access a part of our mind that is forbidden to the logical mind.
  • Clean and charge water, objects or crystals under the Summer Solstice Sun, especially the crystals related to the Sun, to capture the bright and cheery essence of the Sun along with it’s full power.
  • Make a mandala out of flowers, crystals, and/or stones.
  • Make a wicker man out of twigs or the stems from harvested plants.  You can tie ribbons of things you are grateful for or of completion around the wicker man and throw them in the bonfire.
  • Make and charge protection amulets under the Sun.
  • Harvest protection herbs during high noon.
  • Watch the Sun rise.
  • Make a bonfire.
  • Sun bathe during the day.
  • Perform spells, ceremonies, or prayers regarding abundance, protection, relationships, enlightment, fertility, and gratitude for living on Earth.
  • Perform a Fire spell.
  • Salute the Sun yoga poses.
  • Light yellow, gold, and orange candles.
  • Make decorations and crafts using dry citrus fruits and flowers.
  • Use oranges as candle holders for your ceremonies or celebrations.
  • Use citrus essential oils for meditation or aromatherapy.
  • Great time to start habits and create changes that will be long lasting.
  • Make a sun wheel.
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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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