As the scorching days of summer continue, it's time to mark the peak of sunshine and good vibes - the Summer Solstice!
The Longest Day of the Year
Falling on June 21st, with the sun high in the sky, the Summer Solstice gives us the longest day of the year.
If you're a lover of warmth, sunshine, and endless daylight hours, then this is the time to bask in the glory of the sun's rays. It's like nature's way of saying, "Hey, let's extend the party a little longer!"
Contrasting Seasons: Northern and Southern Hemisphere
Now, while in the Northern Hemisphere we get to enjoy this in June, our friends in the Southern Hemisphere experience their own version on December 21st. It's the Winter Solstice down there now. Whilst we are out sunbathing ,they are cosying up, drinking hot chocolate and reveling in the magic of shorter days and longer nights.
The Sabbat: Historical Roots and Modern Celebration
The Summer Solstice has deep roots in history and spirituality. In pagan traditions, it's known as a Sabbat, which is linked to the word "Sabbath." Originally associated with religious observance and rest, it has evolved into a time of gratitude and celebration.
Abundant Light and Thriving Crops
For farmers and gardeners, the Summer Solstice holds immense significance. This is the moment when the sun reaches its peak providing abundant light and warmth for crops to thrive. It's a reminder for everyone to get ready for the harvest season ahead. So, if you have a green thumb or simply enjoy the sight of vibrant fields and gardens, this is a great time for you.
Crystals and the Summer Solstice
This solstice holds a unique energy that can be harnessed for personal and spiritual growth. Crystals like sunstone, citrine, and clear quartz are often associated with this time of year. Their warm and vibrant energies align perfectly with the abundant solar power surrounding us.
Check out this YouTube video for some more crystals and ideas to try with them.
The New Moon and Summer Solstice Combo
Fun fact, if you find yourself close to a New Moon during the Summer Solstice, the energy becomes even more potent.
The New Moon symbolises new beginnings and fresh starts. Combine this with the Solstice and it creates extra high vibes. It was the New Moon just two days ago, so, make a wish, set your intentions, and let the universe work its magic as you soak up the solar energy.
Celebrating Life and Abundance
As the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice is all about embracing the light within and around us. So, it's a time to celebrate life, count our blessings, and appreciate nature’s abundance surrounding us. Whether you're enjoying a picnic in the park, dancing around a bonfire, or simply taking a moment to soak up the sunshine, let the Summer Solstice remind you to embrace the warmth, both within and outside.
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