Four Delightful Ways To Celebrate the Summer Solstice
After the May time and after the June time
Rare with blossoms and perfume sweet,
Cometh the round world's royal noon time,
The red midsummer of blazing heat,
When the sun, like an eye that never closes,
Bends on the earth its fervid gaze,
And the winds are still, and the crimson roses
Droop and wither and die in its rays.
Midsummer - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
June 21st is the day of the summer solstice. It is a compelling planetary occasion when the Earth’s cycle shifts and our relationship to the sun evolves. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the longest day of the year and is known as Midsummer.
The Sun bathes us in its shimmering fire and potent energy. It is no wonder that throughout history amongst cultures, the summer solstice is considered sacred. It is a magnificent day to pause and immerse in the sumptuous energy and connect with yourself and the Divine.
The ancestors have marked this day as a time of celebration and light. The typical celebration involves the summer bonfire surrounded by music of drums and dance. For a more personal celebration, here are some simple yet significant rituals to help you draw down the power of the summer solstice:
Wait for the Sunrise
The sunrise exemplifies new beginnings. The day of the summer solstice is especially powerful so you can use the energy to intensify the new beginnings you may be experiencing.
Secure a great place to watch the sunrise. Plan in advance so that you can arrive early before the sun arises. Before the sun comes up, take a moment to relax, pause and center your mind and body. As you ground yourself, take a few deep breaths and as the sun rises, think about what is beginning within you. What do hope to grow with the resilience of the summer solstice?
As the sun rises higher, close your eyes and project a mental picture of your new beginning as a golden bubble, emitting blazing light within you. As you breathe, feel the warmth of the sun’s energy fueling the fire. With each breath, imagine the fire within burning brighter and bigger. Open your eyes and express gratitude as you walk away feeling confident with your newly lit growth.
Light Your Inner Fire
In a regular bath, your body is soaked in water and other herbs for a great relaxing and detoxifying experience. While in Sun baths, you are soaking in the abundant and spirited energy of the sunlight and the summer solstice is a great day to do just that.
Find a comfortable spot to lie on stomach with the Sun on your back. Close your eyes and take in a few deep breaths to center yourself. As you breathe in, meditate on your inner fire, your strength. Visualize that part about yourself as being powerful.
Feel the warmth of the sun shining on you and pull that fiery summer energy into your body and you breathe in. Visualize your inner fire growing. Continue to breathe in and absorb it for as long as you safely can. When you rise, continue to carry that fiery energy within you. Whenever your confidence dwindles, imagine the fire still burning within you.
I love journaling. It gives me time to express my thoughts and collective ideas on paper. I encourage you to try your hand at the creative outlet. Use this day is to reflect on the season and share that via writing.
To do so, find a good outdoor space to sit with your favorite journal book and pen. Take in a few deep breaths to get yourself centered and grounded. Let your spirit charge in the sun for just a few minutes. Then spend the time to reflect on the following inspiring prompts:
Reflect on the fire that burns within you and how that fire makes you feel. Some keywords to inspire you: powerful, vivacious, strong and passionate. Express gratitude for your strength. How does that energy manifest in your everyday life? Has it helped you to accomplish anything recently?
Since the sun is at its apex, write about a time when you felt at your peak. What were some moments this year where you felt at your peak? What have you accomplished thus far that you are very proud of?
Once the sun has reached its apex, the days will start to grow shorter and let go. What are you realizing that no longer serves you and will require you to let go? How will letting go help you to transform and grow?
Candlelight & Release
A wonderful close of the solstice day includes a small bonfire in the patio and my favorite glass of wine or champagne. If you don’t have access to a bonfire, you can simplify by lighting your favorite candle. Consider a candle dressed in summer herbs like St. John’s wort, lavender, chamomile, calendula, fennel, sage, verbena, to name a few.
After you light your candle, take in a few deep breaths and ground yourself. Reflect on attitudes and beliefs you would like to let go. What is no longer serving you that you would like to leave your conscious space? Get clear and jot down these thoughts on small scraps of paper.
Retrieve a fireproof container and place it near your candle. While gazing into your fire, continue to take in a few deep breaths. With each time you inhale, draw in your own fire energy from within. With each breath, imagine the fire growing stronger and raging. When you are ready to release, burn the scraps of paper and place into the fireproof container. As always, use extreme caution and common sense.
Bonus! Gaze the Sunset
While you watch the setting sun in its splendor, spend time reflecting on what has reached its peak in your life. What big and small projects have you accomplished recently? Take a moment to be proud of yourself. As you delight in the sunset, tell yourself, “I am so proud of you! Life has so many distractions but you are rockin’ it! You go girl (or boy!)!”
I hope this post inspires you to try some ideas for the upcoming solstice. Please share what you will be doing during this sacred day. We can all inspired each other by sharing the moments that helps us to reconnect!
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