The Sun's Return To Power
Tomorrow we celebrate the Summer Solstice (June 20th). Whatever your faith or spiritual practice you are invited to celebrate the Sun’s return to power. As the longest day of the year, the Solstice is a day of illumination.
The Solstice heralds the start of a season of fertility and growth. The Sun is associated with positivity and wellbeing and at this time you are reminded that true positivity is not achieved through the rote repetition of affirmations but from a sense of wholeness or balance. Just as the Sun heals, illuminates, promotes, and warms it also burns and scorches. Wholeness includes both the light and the dark aspects of our personality. Sometimes our fears and anger and sadness are signs of searing change and healing transformation. Or they indicate imbalances in our social or natural environment. In either case, try not to push undesired feelings down in an attempt to appear outwardly positive. You can bind the negative feelings and make them part of your whole self.
The Solstice is our yearly invitation to unlock sources of energy and happiness and rediscover our creative potential.
Here are simple rituals (the simpler rituals are oftentimes the most magical) for the Solstice:
Get up with the Sun and let the Sun’s rays stroke and soothe you. Give thanks for the Sun’s life-giving light and gifts and if you are moved to do so, do as our ancestors did and light a fire (a symbolic representation of the Sun) or light a yellow candle.
Do Sun salutations (yoga).
Visualize yourself crossing a threshold. The sun is shining before you. What are you leaving behind? What are you walking towards?
Sit a while with Father Sun.
Spend most of your day outside in nature. This is a way of honouring both the Sun and Mother Earth.
How will you be celebrating the Solstice?