As we approach the longest day of the year, pausing to honour the cycle we are entering is a powerful way to engage the energy of the transition from winter into summer. Scientifically, the summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. Due to the angle of the earth, it is the moment when the North Pole is nearest to the sun. This happens every year between June 20th and June 22nd and as an official kickoff to summer, it’s an event that has been celebrated for thousands of years.
The Pagan Way
Pagans refer to the day of the solstice as ‘Litha’. It is symbolic of a battle between the Oak King who rules from winter to summer and the Holly King who rules from summer to winter. The battle between light and dark is a time to reflect on our own battle between the light and dark within ourselves. By focusing on the light of consciousness, we can drive away the darkness.
Honour the Outdoors
The best way to celebrate solstice is to be outside. Fire is the element associated with the day as it symbolizes light and inspiration. Building a bonfire and reflecting on your innermost desires can set an intention for the upcoming cycle. If you cannot light a fire, meditate with an orange or yellow candle and reflect on how the energy of the solstice is reflected in your own life.
Another way to honour the day is to wake at sunrise and connect to the energy of the transition. Scatter some orange and yellow flowers in a circle around you and place crystals in the centre. Meditate within the circle as the sun begins to rise. Feel the energies of fire, abundance and bounty and welcome them into your life. Give thanks for what you have been rewarded with and allow the energy of renewal to cleanse any lingering negativity.