In 2020 the Northern hemisphere summer solstice falls on Saturday June 20th and it is the official start of summer.
On this longest day of the year, the sun travels the longest path through the sky reaching the Tropic of Cancer. Solstice is from the Latin meaning “sun standing still.”
This event has been celebrated since ancient times and is one of the earliest astronomical observations. Structures throughout the world have been designed to align with the sun during the solstice, for example Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old stone circle in Wiltshire, England.
Summer solstice marks the return of the sun hence celebrations honoring the sun, Sun God and the element of Fire. Many ancient rituals involve lighting fires and bonfires that are lit throughout the day and night. The energy of fire ignites, burns through. One fire festival is Litha which is traditionally celebrated on June 21st and June 22nd. During the Fire Festival of Litha fires are symbolically burned to strengthen the sun’s energy, fertility successful crops and to promote prosperity. An easy way to honor celebrate the return of the sun is by lighting a candle, have fresh flowers in your home and work with crystals.
Juicy carnelian crystals stoke the fires of creativity
Sunny citrine is known as the stone of prosperity
You can pop a clean tumbled carnelian, citrine or quartz stone into your drinking water to imbue your water with the summer energy of the sun and creativity.
NOTE: quartz and crystals in the quartz family are safe to use in your drinking water or to make an elixir with. Do NOT use any other crystal without checking for toxicity.
Major varieties of quartz are: Aventurine, Agate, Amethyst, Carnelian, Chalcedony, Citrine, Jasper, Milky Quartz, Onyx, Rock Crystal=clear quartz, Prasiolite , Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Smokey Quartz and Tiger’s Eye.
During this time when the “sun stands still” we can take some time to pause and reflect. Take note of habits, people, and behaviors that no longer serve your highest good and release them.
It is also a time of new beginnings. What actions can you take to nurture your self? What projects to you want to begin or complete during the season of the sun? What seeds are you planting that will come to fruition during the fall harvests of your life?
You can create a list of things you want to release or banish and a list of things that you will do to nurture yourself.Choose to walk in alignment with your beliefs and goals.
Here are a few ideas to get you started. I chose to release fear and insecurity and will take more Epsom salt baths with essential oils and read more books and watch less television.
Enjoy this summer solstice and season of the sun.