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Happy Summer Solstice!

June 21st marks the summer solstice, or first day of summer. The summer solstice always falls on the longest day of the year, also the day on which the sun is farthest north (for those in the southern hemispheres, today is the winter solstice). It’s a great day to enjoy the extra hours of sunlight outdoors and to celebrate Mother Earth!

Historically, many cultures have celebrated the summer solstice as a time of fertility and an occasion for outdoor festivals and gatherings. For example, at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, Druids and Pagans once gathered to celebrate the summer solstice by sitting around a solstice fire. Stonehenge was a sacred burial ground, and ancient peoples would hold a vigil there until sunrise on the summer solstice. The sun appears to rise between the two stones at the northeastern entrance on the day of the summer solstice (as shown in the picture above). This is part of the “mystery of Stonehenge.”

For we modern folk, the summer solstice is a wonderful time to nurture our environment, remember our spiritual connection to the earth, and celebrate with our loved ones. It’s a time to enjoy the change in season and the new foods the season brings. It’s also an occasion to pause and enjoy the sounds and smells and all the sensory experiences that accompany summer.

With the change in season comes a chance to begin again and renew our commitments to living kind. It’s a chance to do as much we can to honor nature with our choices, from eating plant-based foods as much as possible to reducing waste by using less.

How do you plan to spend the summer solstice?

 

Photo Credit: Southern Sky Photo

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  • Crystal Holovacs

    I’m Wiccan so I will be attending the local metaphysical stores Litha ( summer solstice) ritual circle. :)

  • http://www.thenomadicvegan.com/free-offer [email protected]

    Happy summer solstice to you too, Alicia! Here in Geneva, Switzerland (and in many other parts of the world), the event is celebrated every year with the Fête de la Musique, known in English as “Make Music Day”. So I will be checking out some local bands and enjoying the green grass and sunshine. And strawberries. Lots and lots of strawberries :-)

  • Nikki N Mardy-Baker

    I plan on continuing to nurture my garden and find a way to keep my animals cool and comfortable in this Southern California heat. :)

  • BC

    I had a beautiful day celebrating the summer solstice with my family at a family friend’s home. Away from everything, so high up you can see out for miles and actually see a sky full of stars at night. Ate fresh veggies and picked more in the morning, laid out in a hammock by their pond when I got up in the morning, morning stretches over looking a gorgeous flower garden and a crazy view. It was lovely. Life has been quite stressful lately, it was a perfect way to get some balance.

  • y3shuA imMANu3l

    “SUMMER SOLSTICE FULL MOON IN JUNE!
    On June 20, 2016, the Full Moon appears on the same night as the summer solstice! It’s rare, all right.”