What Is The Summer Solstice?

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All About The Solstice

This solstice marks the longest day of the year. Early dawns. Long days. Late sunsets. Short nights. The sun at its height each day, as it crosses the sky.

Ancient cultures knew that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shifted in a regular way throughout the year.

They built monuments, such as Stonehenge, to follow the sun’s yearly progress.

Today, we know that a solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and its motion in orbit around the sun.

It has been universal among humans to treasure this time of warmth and light.

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For us in the modern world, the solstice is a time to recall the reverence and understanding that early people had for the sky. Some 5,000 years ago, people placed huge stones in a circle on a broad plain in what’s now England and aligned them with the June solstice sunrise.

We may never comprehend the full significance of Stonehenge. But we do know that knowledge of this sort wasn’t limited to just one part of the world. Around the same time, Stonehenge was being constructed in England, two great pyramids and then the Sphinx were built on Egyptian sands. If you stood at the Sphinx on the summer solstice and gazed toward the two pyramids, you’d see the sun set exactly between them.

Easy Ways To Celebrate

Observe the sky.  Find out exactly when it will take place based on the year and your location, and spend time outdoors to witness the summer solstice.

Celebrate the light. Spend time outdoors in the sun and give thanks for the light that guides our days. Make an altar of light by arranging candles, summer flowers, and tangerines in a beautiful outdoor space. Allow the tangerines to soak up the sun so you can enjoy them later.
Honour the sun. The summer solstice is a great time to honour the sun. You can make solstice sun tea by adding edible flowers and herbs to a jar filled with water, then leave it out in the sun to steep. You can also make a sun mandala with petals from orange and yellow flowers. Arrange the petals in decorative, circular patterns while maintaining a vision of peace and serenity.

Make a flower crown. Collect flowers from your garden or get some from a garden shop. Choose flowers with thin stems and fragrant blossoms. To make the crown:

  • Take your first flower and gently split the stem in half, about two-thirds of the way up the stem, to create a small hole. The hole should be just large enough to fit a stem through.
  • Take your second flower and stick the stem through the hole you just made. Then split that stem to create a small hole for the next flower stem to fit into.
  • Continue to add more flowers in the same fashion. To finish, create a larger hole that will fit a whole flower through and thread your first flower through the last stem. Trim the ends if needed.

Or do yoga, meditate, seek fulfilment, write a gratitude journal, the possibilities are endless

Wishing You Summer Solstice Blessings ♡♡♡