Meanings of the Summer Solstice | Things to do + Solar Eclipse in Cancer

On June 21st, the Summer Solstice, summer has officially begun. It marks the longest day and shortest night of the year. It brings warmth, vitality, and great change.

Several different religions and cultures all celebrate this wonderful annual event in similar ways. That being said, it is a time of good cheer and togetherness, to celebrate the arrival of sunshine, heat, and blue skies.

This Solstice in particular is a very special one because it also falls on the same day of a solar eclipse in Cancer! This is very rare and will only occur twice this century – one in 2020 and another on June 21st, 2039. This brings on powerful energies of its own.

This solar eclipse will bring forth mass awakening on the planet. More people will be able to tap into their abilities and see things in a new light. We are moving through a new dimension of time, a beautiful renewal of the New Earth!

In the meantime, let’s spend this day with loved ones and spreading positive vibes. Here are some things to do to celebrate the summer solstice!

HISTORY

Since ancient times all around the world, the Summer Solstice was a day of wonder, superstition, and celebration. With both spiritual and cultural aspects, the history of the Solstice is an interesting one.

When the June Solstice came about, the ancients would organize calendars and use this date as a marker to figure out when to plant and harvest crops.

The people in ancient China would use this time to perform a ceremony celebrating the Earth, femininity, and the “yin” forces.

In ancient Egypt, the Summer Solstice was the start of a new year. It preceded the appearance of the Sirius star, “which the Egyptians believed was responsible for the annual flooding of the Nile that they relied upon for agriculture“. Therefore, as the Egyptians coincided the start of their calendar year with Sirius’ appearance, it also fell near the Solstice.

In New Age and Neopagan customs today, thousands of people visit Stonehenge every year on the Solstice. There is a long-standing belief that the Druids would use this site as celebrations of the Solstice from the way the Sun lines up with the stones on the winter and summer solstices.

The one thing that most cultures have in common is the fact that they all associate the coming of the Summer Solstice with positivity and new beginnings. Perhaps we should all observe the Solstice with ancient eyes!

Things To Do

• Meditate. Focus on the energy and blessings that you wish to receive in your life. Manifest them. See that the universe has listened and it has already been done.

• Spend time with positive family members and friends. Those people that make you feel good about yourself and happy? Be around them during this time. If you don’t have people like this in your life yet, use this time to reflect and focus on self-love.

• Spend time in nature. Connect with the earth and the universe beyond it through plants, trees, water, and dirt.

• Have a bonfire. This is a staple of Pagan tradition and ancient culture that is used for cleansing and protection. If you like, call upon good spirits and/or energy to bring you vitality, cleansing, and rebirth.

• Give offerings to the fairies. After all, I am certain this is one of their favourite times of the year, with plants and flowers blooming all about. In honor of their beauty and good nature, leave out tiny pieces of cake and sweets for the beloved Little People.

• Make flower crowns, dance, drink, and be merry!

Overall, the Summer Solstice is a memorable day of the year that has been treasured for generations throughout the world. No matter what religion or culture you belong to, this holiday has something that everyone can celebrate.

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