SUMMER SOLSTICE Wednesday, June 21, 12:24 am EDST
The SUMMER SOLSTICE is that point that occurs exactly when the Earth’s semi-axis in a given hemisphere is most inclined towards the Sun. It ushers in the predominance of the energies of the second three signs of the zodiac: Cancer, Leo and Virgo.
Note: In both the Summer and Winter solstices, the season change depends upon your hemisphere. In both hemispheres the progression of the signs of the zodiac – underlying the ambiance in the atmosphere – is identical, so the ritual for maximizing the time periods ahead remains the same.
Cancer, Leo, and Virgo dive into an intense participation in life—the enjoyment of feeling involved in close relationships with others. Cancer seeks the experience of the nurturing, deep love, and support possible with family members. Leo encourages us to follow our hearts and share relationships with those who trigger our feelings of love. Virgo encourages us to do things to help those we love have an easier, happier life.
The following three months are well suited to spending time with those you feel personally close to. It is a period for enjoying the special relationships in your life as well as allotting time for recreational activities that are pleasurable for you. Take a vacation, enjoy your favorite hobby, go to the movies, play games and dance! It’s time to celebrate being alive and enjoy the pleasure of spending time with those who are close.
During this season, the seeds have been planted and it is not yet time to do the work of harvesting. It’s a phase suited to taking a break – to relaxing and enjoying your life. Even in the workplace, take the time to enjoy your relationships with co-workers you feel close to. The Summer Solstice ushers in a three-month period for appreciating relationships and connecting with people on a personal level.
Best use of this time period: Be willing to set aside time to spend developing close connections with family members. These are the people who will always support you just because you are part of the “tribe” of that family. Follow your heart and allow yourself to have experiences that make you feel happy and loved. Go out of your way to be helpful to someone you love—perhaps by running an errand, doing a task for them, or helping them to get organized in an area that is difficult for them.
HONORING LIFE ON THE DAY OF THE SUMMER SOLSTICE Wednesday, June 21, 12:24 am EDST
Timing is everything. By taking advantage of opportunities when the larger timing is right, you achieve success. For example, when the tide is out in the ocean, it’s not a propitious time for the sport of surfing. The rules we’re shown daily by mother nature are self evident. By cooperating with that larger timing, we can fit into the natural world and use its cycles to our advantage.
By using the principles of natural timing, we cooperate with life and know when to pull back and when to press forward for success. The times of moving forward can be used for initiating new directions that are important for us. The times for pulling back can be used for reinforcing our position, organizing our lives and growing stronger within ourselves. The times of balance open the opportunity for consciously enjoying our lives and the people in our world.
Plan a celebratory activity for this day – a party with your friends, a fun family adventure, attending a special event that feels like a festivity to you. It is a day to remember to celebrate life and have fun! Do something enjoyable – an activity that brings you pleasure in its own right. It may be going dancing or to a concert, participating in a project with others that you feel is uplifting, or gathering with friends. So much of life is about practicality and repetitive routines… this is a day to enjoy!
It’s also a day for giving. On the Summer Solstice, go out of your way to have a generous spirit. Rather than making your point, allow others to have the last word and speak their point of view. If you go to a restaurant, tip more generously than you normally would. Experience the joy of having a generous nature. If there is a cause you have felt drawn to support, this is the day to bring out your checkbook or to call and volunteer to help on one of their future activities. Whether it’s your time, money, or giving a sincere compliment—do at least one act of conscious openhandedness on this day. By performing generous acts of kindness on the day of the Summer Solstice, you open yourself to the generosity life has to offer.
On the day that signifies the beginning of each of the four seasons of the year, throughout history people have gathered together in groups to celebrate bringing in the new cycle. The Honoring Life ritual suggested for bringing in the new cycle can be done alone or as part of a group that can empower the new cycle through shared celebration!