The summer solstice is a special time on our planet. At a physical level, for the northern hemisphere it’s when the axial tilt of Earth is closest to the sun. This creates maximum sunlight, making the summer solstice the longest day of the year for us northerners.
That’s the science behind the day. But for millennia, the summer solstice meant much more to people in tune with the cycles of the Earth. Even without telescopes, ancient people were aware that the life-giving energy of the sun lasted longer on this day than on any other. Just as the days after the winter solstice were times of celebration marking the return of the sun, the summer solstice was a time to rejoice in the fertility and abundance of summer because of the sun. It was a time to honor nature and the Great Mother, as they perceived the Earth, for the abundance so lovingly provided.
The summer solstice this year is even more special because the full moon of June falls on the summer solstice. This only happens once every 70 years or so and gives us an excellent opportunity for reclaiming balance because the sun and the full moon will be in the sky at the same time, directly across from each other. If you can, why not step outside today at sunset and honor the sun as he sets and the full moon as she rises and thank them both for the beauty and life they provide for our planet.
Seek Balance: How will you acknowledge our planet and nature today?