The Summer Solstice is approaching. That powerful planetary moment when the tilt of the Earth brings us closest to the sun.
This is an extremely powerful moment in our year and here’s why …
1) The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year.
Since the Winter Solstice the days have been slowly growing longer, as the Earth began tilting back toward the sun.
In those darker days of winter, we are more inward focused. Physically, we wanted to be inside. Cozy & snuggled. Mentally, it was a time of dreaming, manifesting & planning.
But as the Earth started tilting back toward the sun our spirits began to wake up. We moved out of those more inward-focused days and started stretching outward. Spring is like waking up in the morning, getting out of bed & strrrrrrrrretching.
Here, at the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, we are fully awake. Our spirits are alive, refreshed, renewed, energized; all that good, juicy, rich stuff we feel in the sun.
On these long days of summer our spirits yearn to be out, to feel alive, to be moving, and celebrating.
2) We’re the closest to the sun that we’ll be all year.
That means we are currently being bathed in the energy of the sun.
The sun is, literally, all fire. And for nearly 24 hours a day right now the northern hemisphere is just soaking up all that fierce, intense, electrifying, invigorating, exhilarating energy.
That means there is an absolute abundance of that rich fire energy available for you & me to soak up as well. We can use that energy to inspire up, to uplift us, to energize us. To light our fires.
Now is the time to embrace your fiery badass self. To soak up that energy and let it fuel you.
3) The Solstice is a global moment.
This, I think, is pretty neat.
The Summer Solstice is a precise planetary moment when the Earth’s tilt reaches its zenith. It’s not a day, or a time (like the New Year), which is celebrated at various times throughout the day as the the Earth rotates through its time zones. The Solstice happens at an exact moment; the same moment everywhere on Earth. (In the southern hemisphere this is actually the moment of their Winter Solstice.)
I love this. It reminds me that I’m part of a global community. It makes me feel connected, for a moment, to everyone else on Earth.
This year I plan to set an alarm for myself so I remember to step outside at the moment of the Solstice. To be outside, pause, and be present and mindful in this global moment. I challenge you to do the same.
This year’s Summer Solstice occurs on Tuesday, June 20th at 9:24PM PST.
(*NOTE: This will occur on Wednesday, June 21st in many time zones.)
4) The Solstice is a peak. A climax. A completion.
Ever since the Winter Solstice, the sun has been slowly growing and the days have steadily been getting longer. On the Summer Solstice, the sun reaches its peak and it completes its cycle of growth.
This makes the Summer Solstice an excellent time to reflect on peak moments in your own life. What accomplishments have you completed that you feel really proud of?
5) After the Solstice the days start getting shorter.
After the Solstice, the northern hemisphere begins tilting away from the sun and the days start growing shorter again. This can make your spirit feel a little bit sad, despite your excitement and anticipation for summer.
Even though it’s only June, we’re already beginning the shift inward again. The days will continue to grow shorter until the Winter Solstice–when the sun is reborn and we begin the cycle of growth all over again.
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