In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.
Nearly every religion of the world shows traces of influence of nature and the heavens. The Old Testament of the Jews and writings by Egyptian culture are a mass of astrological and astronomical allegories. Nearly all the Greek and Roman mythologies may be traced to star groups. The ancient systems of measuring the year were based upon the equinoxes and solstices. The energy of nature right now at the time of the Summer Solstice is outward. It is solar and expressive, full of life force. You can see it in the budding and flowering plants. Astronomically, it is where our exposure to sunlight for a single day is at a zenith. In fact, at the North Pole the sun does not set on the solstice. Astrologically, it is the moment where the Sun shifts from the sign of Gemini to the sign of Cancer. This year the Summer Solstice occurs on June 20th at 10:04 p.m. PDT.
The Druids, the priestly/professional/diplomatic corps in Celtic countries, celebrated Alban Heruin ("Light of the Shore"). Modern Druids still gather at standing stone circle Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in England to mark the event and celebrate this time as the marriage between heaven and earth. As it comes up, the sun rises exactly over the Heel Stone, one of the stones that lie outside the main circle at Stonehenge.
The Summer Solstice has often been called Midsummer. Shakespeare’s fantastic play A Midsummer Night’s Dream evokes the magickal air about this cycle of the year. It is said that on Midsummer Night, elves and fairies come out in great numbers.
The Christian’s observe of this natural holiday as the Feast of St. John the Baptist, usually celebrated on June 24th. This observance is one of the oldest feasts introduced into both the Greek and Latin liturgies to honor a saint. His feast day is offset a few days after the Summer Solstice, just as Christmas is fixed a few days after the Winter Solstice. Symbolically, just as John was the forerunner to Jesus, Midsummer forecasts the eventual arrival of the Winter Solstice.
The first (or only) full moon in June is called the Honey Moon. It was considered the best time to harvest honey from the hives. Additionally, between the planting and harvesting of the crops, June was the traditional month for weddings and remains a favorite month for marriage today. In some traditions, newlywed couples were fed dishes and beverages that featured honey for the first month of their married life to encourage love and fertility. The surviving vestige of this tradition lives on in the name given to the celebratory retreat from the day-to-day world the couple takes immediately after the ceremony- the honeymoon.
Celebrate the peak of the power of the sun by bringing to the light the magical side of yourself and revealing your true nature. Blossom in the fullness of nature, express yourself creatively and revel in the potency of this part of Earth’s annual cycle. This is how the energy of Earth is flowing now so please consider taking advantage of it in selecting how you invest in your life. It only lasts until the Autumnal Equinox in late September, so be sure to take advantage of this naturally occurring energy booster.
Who knows- maybe you’ll even encounter an elf or fairy…
Cristina's writings, sessions and programs skillfully weave proven techniques and profound wisdom from the subtle energy realms of healing and the esoteric into ways to make your life better now. A Master Teacher in the Panacea School of Life, she is a contributing expert to the Om Time 30 Day Conscious Living Challenge and contributing editor to the amazing manual for life, the book, 27 Flavors of Fulfillment. You may contact her at www.CristinaSmith.com
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