As I crawled into bed last night it was just about 9pm and yet the sun was still shining in through my blinds making sleep a bit elusive. Summer Solstice is just about here! This pinnacle of the light, the longest day and shortest night. This marks the first day of Summer and also the descent of the sun as we begin to make our slow journey back toward the darkness.
This is a day of fire! With the sun high in the sky we are called outdoors to celebrate this moment.
The crops we planted in the early spring are beginning to fruit and often we are starting to see the first glimmers of harvest. My zucchini and squash are growing wildly into being and our plum tree is laden with fruit, it’s branches dipping earthbound as the plums turn from green to deep deep purple. The heat of the sun has turned the hillsides golden and the baby birds are everywhere.
Summer Solstice is a holy day full of movement and transformation.
This year it falls on the 20th of June (Saturday) and is followed by a new moon in Cancer on Sunday the 21st. I understand a solar eclipse will be happening on the new moon as well. Although we will not be able to see it from North America I can guarantee some of the energy of this will be felt.
Solar eclipses turn my attention to the questions “What power/skill/gift am I hiding from the world? What action have I been trying to avoid or not take?” With the new moon hanging in Cancer these questions will likely filter through some deep emotion as I explore the answers.
So even as the Sun reaches its height and we call in Summer and all the play it evokes, we are also gifted the opportunity to look inside ourselves and burst forth with the growth we may not even know has been happening within! If you have a hard time answering these questions, I invite you to use tarot, oracle or runes and ask these questions as you pull a card or rune then reflect on the answer you find there.
There are many ways to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Here are a few to help inspire you!
Emily Morrison MA, MFT