“Through celebrations in their seasons are the deeper powers of human nature realized.”
~ Rudolf Steiner
Today’s post is written by our first guest poster, Terri Jensen. This will be the first of a four-part series with Terri, who lends her perspective with sweet snippets on a favorite hobby, astrology.
Hello, Summer Solstice! The word solstice literally means “sun stands still” and that’s exactly what appears to happen during a solstice from our perspective here on Earth. The summer solstice occurs on June 21, but the Sun will appear to rise and set at very nearly the same place on the horizon over a four-day period, from June 21 to June 24. The solstice is technically the first day of summer (though to school kids everywhere, summer has been in full swing for a while now, and even the ancients called this time Midsummer, having planted their crops weeks earlier). In the Northern Hemisphere, the date of the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and the shortest night: from here on out the days get shorter and the nights get longer. Astrologically, the solstice marks the Sun’s entry into the cardinal water sign of Cancer. Cancer, ruled by the emotional Moon, is the sign of the mother, nurturing, family, home and hearth, tradition, roots. This is a magical, high spirited time, when solar light is radiant and feminine energies are in abundance.
It’s time to celebrate life’s fullness! Watch the sun set. Stay up late and watch for the first star to appear. Build a bonfire. Stargaze. Rise early and greet the dawn. Remember your roots and plant a seed for posterity. Take a hike. Prepare a seasonal meal. Make a solstice sun tea. Weave a flower wreath. Put a special treat in the faerie garden. Create your own ritual or tradition to honor the solstice and the season. Participating in the turning of the wheel of the year reminds us just how precious each day and season is.