The longest day of the year is today, June 21st. The Summer Solstice.

The word solstice comes from two Latin words meaning ‘sun’ and ‘stoppage’ – this will be the day that the sun stops moving North and reaches its highest point of the year.

Cultures all over the world, throughout history, have celebrated this day. The Solstice represents a time of newness, nourishment and sustenance and a time of rebirth and healing. We have the opportunity to to turn our attention inward, creating balance between the dark and light within, as well as with the forces in the world around us.

There are may ways to celebrate this special day, here are a few suggestions:

  • Prepare a home altar with colours of the sun – brilliant golds, red and oranges. Use candles, flowers, food and anything that brings thoughts of brightness and radiance into your being.
  • In a journal or in meditation, reflect upon your journey over the last 6 months. What has transpired for you in the first half of the journey around the sun?
  • Place a jar or bowl of water out in the sun to be energized with the Solstice sun. Drink in the later day to receive the vitality of the sun.
  • Write a list of your intentions for the next 6 months. Bury these intentions in your garden to grow with you over this next cycle of light.

If you have a particular ceremony or practice that you use to celebrate the Solstice – please share it on my Facebook Page. I would love to know how you honour this special day.

**The beautiful image above was made by Lynn Fogel. Her Etsy shop is at: http://tinyurl.com/lynnfogel