Here we are, we have arrived at the longest day and the shortest night of the year. This is the peak of the Solar year and the Sun is at the height of its life-giving power. The Earth is awash with fertility and fulfillment and this is a time of joy and celebration, of expansiveness and the celebration of achievements.
Almost EVERY culture across the globe has marked this day in some manner since the beginning of time and our ancestors around the earth built numerous monuments to commemorate this time. There is no doubt that the Summer Solstice marks an important moment on the seasonal & spiritual cycle.
Yet I find the Summer Solstice to be bittersweet. Within this climax of the sun's power is the whisper and promise of a return to the Dark. As the Light reaches its peak so this is also the moment when the power of the Sun begins to wane. It both ushers in the warmest season, and reminds us that the season is short, slipping away day by day.
Spiritual Significance of the Summer Solstice
The Summer Solstice is aligned with the element of fire, passion, will & drive. This is the time to seek right action, to choose to walk in alignment with your beliefs. Now is the time for you to look at the grander scope of your life and spiritual path and take note of what is out of alignment. What doesn't serve you? What things do you tell yourself or others that are not in line with what you preach? What things do you do that do not serve your personal and spiritual growth? The Solstice gives us a window to step into the personal power you have cultivated this past year & to manifest it as a new habit, a new relationship, a new way of being in your body.
There is also a slow side to The Summer Solstice- it teaches us patience. The fruit is still yet green & until it's ripe you just can't rush it. There is the slow, sure rhythm of time that events will enter into our lives if we let them. We can't hurry things, but if we just relax and let go, things will reach their fullness without effort or the striving of ego on our part. The seeds of spring have been planted, we've labored over them all spring-now it's time to let nature take it's course.
Take the opportunity of harnessing the power of the solstice into your spiritual practice by looking at what is out of alignment, manifest a new part of yourself - but also do not rush it, you simply can't. I also like to spend some time BASKING in the sun, soaking up the heat & energy. In just 6 short months we will be thrusted back into the darkness of winter-Give Thanks to the Divine Sun while you can.
Have a Blessed Summer Solstice Wild Ones.
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