So firstly, I thought I would explain what a solstice actually is, you know, the technical stuff! The word “solstice” comes from Latin solstitium — from sol (Sun) and stitium (still). Due to Earth’s tilted axis, the Sun doesn’t rise and set in the same locations on the horizon each morning and evening; its rise and set positions move northward or southward in the sky as Earth travels around the Sun through the whole year.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice ( summer solstice) occurs when the Sun travels along its northernmost path in the sky. This is the astronomical start of summer in the northern half of the globe. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the opposite: the June solstice is the start of winter, when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky.)
This results in this being the longest day of the year, Sunday 20th June 2021. A day where we have the longest number of sunlight hours here in the UK. So this is regarded as the start of summer to many, though with the amazing weather we have been having lately, here in the UK, it does feel as if Summer has already started.
So now we have got that out of the way, let’s look at what it means spiritually and energetically.
Summer solstice has a deeply spiritual meaning to it, this is a day where all the energies come together to help you. To help you with your spiritual growth, achieving your goals, your dreams and desires, and it gives you those positive vibes we all need as we go into the second half of the year.
The summer solstice is about letting go and allowing the flow of the universe to bring to you all that you desire, all that is destined. It is a time to rest, have some fun, and celebrate.
It is a time of awakening and enlightenment and it is a symbol of the light winning over darkness. This is a time of fertility, new beginnings, and positive energy. A time when we are reminded about our connection to each other, to source, that we are in fact one. A time to connect to the earth, nature, and the light within all of it.
This is a time to celebrate being alive, being well and the abundance of life!
Here are 8 ways that I know lots of people will be embracing to celebrate the Summer Solstice this year:
1. Harvesting plants, herbs, vegetables and fruit
2. Having a fire — traditionally done to represent coming out of the darkness. This is said to bring luck
3. Spending time out in nature
4. Meditating as the Sun goes down
5. Celebrating with friends over food, drumming and sitting in circle
6. Lighting candles on a Summer Solstice Altar — to represent light
7. Gathering at Stonehenge, or closer to my home, Avebury to watch the sun go down. You can even watch the livestream of events at Stonehenge here this year on their Facebook page
8. Journaling or forming a cosmic order, a prayer, out into the Universe.