Summer Solstice: Honoring & Nourishing Your Light
The Summer Solstice where we see the true stretch in the long days, warmth has returned (we call still hope here in Ireland!), and the flowers are blossoming.
And yet, once Solstice passes the light begins to decline. The days will grow shorter again. And for the seeds to be released, the flowers must wither and decay. A poignant time where there is so much life, with a taste of what is to come in the natural cycle of life.
The Summer Solstice is when there is the most light, sun energy available for us to use. We have the inner fire and outward focused energy to do things. We can nurture our intentions so they grow into our late summer and autumn harvest.
Can you feel it?
How do you plan to use it? How can you shine your light out into the world?
The sun gives us the life force energy to support us with the strength and will to succeed and achieve our destiny, life purpose and dreams. In astrology, the Sun represents the essence of your being – the Self, your personality, your ego and what makes you uniquely YOU. It’s your identity and how you face the world or are seen in the world. The fire energy of the sun is associated with will power, conscious choice and invites us to take risks, to tap into our courage and live a life of passion, creativity and inspiration.
When the sun shines in the sky, it doesn’t wonder what the clouds will think of it or is it shining too much… it just shines.
What prevents you from being who you are at your core, your true self? Your conditioning, beliefs, generational, karma, trauma, the shoulds, the thing we do to make others happy, the don’t upset the cart…. the sun knows who it is and what it’s here to do which is show up everyday and shine and bring light to the world (granted we might not always see it!)
Shine Your Light
Shining our Light is one of the most beautiful things we can do and also one of the most terrifying. Some people will celebrate your light and others will want to dim it down. For some, your light will be considered ‘too much’. Your light may make others uncomfortable.
Shining your light will require you to possible learn to not give a feck about how others think you ‘should’ be or their fears about you shining your inner light. We always have the opportunity to reclaim more and more of our light as it’s not a one time thing. So shine on.
Let the Light Nourish You
Solstice is taken from the Latin words ‘sol’, meaning ‘sun’ and ‘sistere’, meaning “to stand still’ as the sun appears to stand still in the sky for. In the Northern Hemisphere we have the day of longest light (in Southern Hemisphere for the Winter Solstice it is the day of longest darkness).
Like all the points on the wheel of the year, the Summer Solstice is a gateway. Summer starts on Bealtaine (May) and goes until Lughnasadh (August) where Autumn begins. At Bealtaine we are opening to the building energy of the earth, at the Solstice we are at the climatic point, the energy of the sun at its fullness and then we connect to the energy that always follows the peak – the descent.
Although the days get shorter after the Summer Solstice, it’s hardly noticeable as we are still enjoying being outside in the brightness as we ‘play’ and party in the light and heat.
On top of the Ferris Wheel
The Summer Solstice is a midway point where both the light and the darkness are honored. Our seasons reflect to us that they hold both light and dark at the same time, just like us. We remember that without darkness there is no life.
In this brightness and celebration, we acknowledge that spiral of life as we begin to turn now to the descent into the dark. Its like being at the very top of the ferris wheel, it’s a beautiful moment to pause, notice, celebrate, prepare as it is about to start it’s next phase – decent for us in the North and ascent for those in the South. It’s a slight shift initially as it will be months before we see more of the darkness. We remember that the spiral continues, life ebbs and flows like the seasons and the moon and the tides.
We can use this midway point as an opportunity to see how far we’ve come this year, to take time out to review what have we done with the year.
- What you have learned since the Winter Solstice?
- How have you grown?
- What can you take forward with you?
- What seeds did not germinate and how could you do things differently to ensure success next time?
- What can you leave behind as you focus on the movement towards Winter Solstice?
- Who has supported you and how can you show your gratitude for them?
- How can you use the fire energy of the Summer Solstice to take action steps on your intentions?
Nature shows us the abundance that is all around us. Open your eyes to natures gifts – the flowers are bright and blooming, the first berries are ripe for the picking, the lush green is everywhere, the warmth of the air envelops us.
It’s a magical time to attune yourself to this abundant and fertile energy. Express gratitude for the life-giving sustenance the sun provides and all that it manifests for you.
Shine a light on what are you GRATEFUL for right now? Really feel into what you are grateful for, what you do have rather than what you don’t have or what you wish to have.
Imagine opening your arms and allowing the light to beam even more light into your heart so it can open up more to receiving as well as giving.
Summer Solstice is a time to:
Journal Prompts for Summer Solstice
Ways to honor Summer Solstice
There are lots of ways to honor Summer Solstice. Choose one (or more) of the below or come up with your own way. Your intention and the energy you bring to it is more important than what you are doing.