June 21st marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere. It’s the day in the wheel of the year that is known for its shortest night and longest day. I have always been attracted to Summer Solstice, or Litha as the pagan traditions call this day, because I was born on the Winter Solstice, Yule. Something always keeps me yearning for summer and warmth.
On the Summer Solstice we celebrate the highest point of the Sun, we can feel the energy rising of the masculine life force. After this day the days will be getting shorter so this is truly a time to celebrate life and abundance.
Some Summer Solstice celebration ideas
- Go outside very early on the morning of the 21st (or a day before or after, what suits you better), and watch the light of the Sun return. It’s a magical scene, to see nature rise and awaken to the first rays of sunlight. Make sure you are outside at least an hour prior to sunrise, to see the light returning slowly. For most of us in the Northern hemisphere this can be quite early! I will be going to a nearby lake at 4.30 a.m., sunrise is at 5.20 a.m.
- Light a fire at dusk to celebrate the longest day, invite some friends over. Write down the things you want to transform or the abundance you want to bring into your life on a piece of paper, decorate it with drawings and throw it into the fire. Dance around the fire together, sing along with a guitar if you’re lucky to have a friend who plays it, have fun and celebrate.
- Jump over the smothering charcoal like my kids do in Waldorf school, see how daring you are! (Always make sure the flames are out and that you are wearing closed sturdy shoes and nonflammable clothing!! Be careful!)
- Pick seasonal flowers and decorate your home and your sacred space (altar or corner where you keep treasures and pictures of loved ones) with it.
- Gather herbs and flowers that you can dry to use as potpourri or smudging herbs later in the year.
- Create a mandala with yellow and orange flower petals.
Picture from Pinterest
- Meditate on the Summer Solstice and make it your own special celebration of Life. Feel the warmth of the Sun on your skin, be grateful for the Light that is there every morning when we wake up. Let this Light move into every cell of your body and feel how it invigorates and energises you.