This weekend’s newsletter coincides with the celebration of the Summer Solstice. That glorious time when the Earth’s axis has brought extremes of daylight and darkness once again. This Solstice here in our northern hemisphere brings us long days of daylight, and the shortest night, and Mid-summer dreams.
To many cultures, the solstice can mean a limit or a culmination of something. From around the world, the sun is now setting and rising as far north as it ever does. The solstice marks when the sun reaches its northernmost point for the year. After the June solstice, the sun will begin its subtle shift southward on the sky’s dome again. Physically we are experiencing more ‘light’ and since the beginning of time, our ancestors have marked this period with ritual and celebration. As you know, there are thousands of ancient sites created around solstices and equinoxes that were built to honor our connection to the Sun as the source of our light. The most famous and celebrated in Britain is Stone Henge and hundreds will be gathering on the 21st. It is a time of celebrating the fullness of life and of taking the time to raise our energy to regenerate abundance and manifest our dreams.
I shall be in Iona, honouring the angels of the Earthly Mother and Heavenly Father and enjoying a sacred supper in Essene tradition, with friends.
In doing something symbolic to honour this time we are not merely reviving something of the past but rather tapping into something that is eternal. Let’s not only honour and show gratitude for the physical Sun but also honour the spiritual fire within each and every one of us. Now that’s reason to celebrate and be grateful!
How about celebrating with garlands of flowers, mandalas, music, drums, shared food and drinks made from fresh fruits and herbs, and by bringing laughter and music into the late evening?
From the moment the Mid-summer passes, to my husband’s great amusement people will remark that the days ‘are getting shorter again’ as if with some surprise – and yet the days always have lengthened and shortened as the year goes around. They always have, and always will. We have so much to be grateful for, so let’s raise our awareness and intention beyond conversation about the weather, how about including a reference to the beauty and bounty at the same time?
A beautiful – energising Summer Solstice to everyone, may your dreams be light and fulfilling. And to all our friends in the Southern hemisphere may your longest evenings be filled with darkness of only the warm and comforting kind.
Love and blessings, Chrissie