The June solstice occurs when the Sun enters Cancer, and here in the northern hemisphere, it marks the longest day and the beginning of summer.
Traditionally, summer ushers in a time to venture out of our homes, socialize with others, connect with nature and enjoy the bounty of the season. This year is a little different, because in most places there are restrictions in place that limit social activities and put a damper on summer fun.
Still, the spirit of the summer solstice remains the same: it’s a celebration of life.
Physically, the Sun sustains life by providing light and heat. Astrologically, it represents our free will and creative abilities, including the ability to give birth on physical, intellectual and artistic levels. Perhaps most important, the Sun signifies one’s soul, that immortal part of us that can never be broken or destroyed.
In the southern hemisphere, the June solstice marks the shortest day and the beginning of winter.
It ushers in a time to withdraw into our homes, look within and connect with our higher selves and appreciate the stillness.
The winter solstice marks the rebirth of the Sun, because from this point forward, the days begin to grow longer.
With or without social restrictions in place, the spirit of the winter solstice remains the same: it’s a celebration of the light that dwells within us. It honors our ability to reawaken, emerge from darkness and experience renewal.
Whether you’re welcoming summer or winter, may the Solstice bring a new cycle of peace into your life.