Summer Solstice 2017

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Photographer: Unknown. Artist: Rosiland Solomon. Edit by Eternal Waking Beauties
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 9:24 PM PST

Summer Symbolism

Summer is the time of celebration as we continue our process of growth and maturation into the year. This is often expressed through jovial festivities, impulsive adventures, and enchanting nights as the weather is at its pique of warmth. Just as spring represents rebirth and childhood, summer is the season of our teenage years. We are filled with endless possibilities with the world at our feet. The days grow longer, and the nights shine brighter as bonfires sprinkle the Earth. We are able to reconnect with nature during this time grounding back into our true form. The outdoors calls to our souls as we find ourselves camping, traveling, river rafting, and exploring every nook and cranny of our precious Earth. Time ceases to exist and life feels eternal during this magical season. Allow your inner teen to embrace these moments as the sun enters Cancer.

Sun in Cancer

During the Summer Solstice, the sun moves over the Tropic of Cancer. Cancer is our cardinal, water sign that is ruled by the moon. The moon governs our emotions, subconscious, and other divine, yin aspects. Our emotions are also regulated by water, which is controlled by the moon based on lunar placement creating neap and high tides in our oceans. As the sun shines in Cancer, we are asked to look at our feelings in our conscious mind bringing them to light. Cancers often try to hide their thoughts and emotions even as they overflow due to their sensitive nature. It is a misconception that emotional signs are all tears and sadness. Emotions also include anger, happiness, contentment, indifference, and an infinite array of other feelings. Even though Cancers are often sensitive, this does not mean they are pushovers. Since they are cardinal signs, Cancers are the trailblazers leading us into the new season of Summer. They are creative, active, motivated, and ambitious people, who are protective of themselves and their loved ones.

Cancers are the perfect sign to ring in summer due to their notable traits that correlate with teenage angst. Summer is the time of youthful life and love, and Cancers embody this period of life from emotional influxes to spontaneous bursts of active creativity as they are determined to conquer the world. They want to have the freedom to do as they please with the resources to make anything possible. Starry-eyed dreamers searching for something more during late night rendezvous are the definition of both Cancers and teens. It is important to reflect on our childhood years as we move forward in life with more wisdom and experience.

The Lunar Phase

During the Summer Solstice, our moon will be in a waning crescent phase. The moon transitions through this phase right before the new moon as we bring one lunar cycle to an end. This is a time to reflect on what has occurred over the past lunar cycle. As we reflect we continue our releasing and healing process, or celebrate the achievements we have accomplished. There are a variety of life circumstances that come to an end during this time such as ending a relationship whether a friendship or romantic partnership, a job or career choice, dissolving a facet of ourselves that no longer serves us, or completing a process we have been working hard on in order to attain our goals. Give yourself time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate, or acknowledge and enjoy the success you have mastered before jumping into creating plans and goals when we enter the new moon. There are many ways we can celebrate this time of life, while we perform recovering and healing ceremonies.

Celebrations and Ceremonies

Summer Solstice is also known as Litha and Midsummer coined by Saxon traditions and often practiced by Pagan and Wiccan faiths. Midsummer’s eve is often celebrated with bonfires at holy locations to welcome the full, summer sun. Oak is often used to stoke the flames in honor of the Oak King passing his reign to the Holly King in Celtic lore. The Oak King rules the first half of the waxing year as days grow longer symbolizing energy, happiness, abundance and fertility often appearing as Green Man. The Holly King rules the second half of the waning year as days grow shorter, and is often depicted as a woodsy Santa Claus symbolizing withdrawal, lessons and rest. At this time we are rejoicing the Earth for facilitating the maturation of crops as they get closer to harvest.

During Midsummer the fae including pixies, nymphs, sprites and other earth angels are honored for taking care of our beautiful Earth tending to the plants and animals during this time. They also celebrate this time of year as they give thanks Mother Gaia and the elements. Their childlike jest rings through the trees as they prepare for longer, warmer days. Be careful not to interrupt any forest celebration, for they are not afraid to play tricks on humans. Callous behavior will not be tolerated for we are expected to respect not only them, but our sacred Earth as well.

When we allow ourselves to enter nature we already begin the process of rejuvenation by honoring ourselves and the world around us. Take time to ground and center as you reflect during the day before joining others for evening festivities. Contemplate the time you have spent growing and maturing. Give yourself accolades for all you have accomplished and learned while forgiving yourself and others for any mishaps along the way. Then, enjoy the spirit of nature flowing through you as you ecstatically dance around a bonfire with loved ones and send out positive intentions for the summer!

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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