Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice

The summer solstice is on June 20th 2024. It is a time of new beginnings; with the changing of the seasons, we say goodbye to a long, stagnant period of self-reflection and welcome the fiery energy of the sun to propel us forward. The Summer Solstice Symbolizes Prosperity, Extravagance, & Good Spirits In earlier times, the summer solstice (aka Midsummer) marked the beginning of the season that contains the utmost bounty, abundance, and beauty. 

 This very physical changing of the seasons is a powerful time to manifest spiritual transformations. The Summer Solstice is a sacred time, commemorated by our ancestors through fire and ceremony, honoring the sun as it peaks high in the sky and stretches the day into the longest of the year. It’s often said to be a time of new beginnings; with the changing of the seasons, we say goodbye to a long, stagnant period of self-reflection and welcome the fiery energy of the sun to propel us forward.

Couple this summer solstice energy with the full moon the next day, June 21st! Full moons are always a great time to release negative energy and all that is no longer serving your higher purpose. (BTW Don’t forgot to place your moon money out. Place a silver coin out where the moon can shine on it for a full week. Set your intentions as you place your coin out for unexpected prosperity!)

This very physical changing of the seasons is a powerful time to manifest spiritual transformations. Rituals to release, cleanse and renew, sacred scents, and other tools from nature’s pharmacopeia paired with ancestral wisdom can be applied and adapted today in simple yet effective ways.

Purify

Prepare a bowl of water. Light incense, a sage stick, or palo santo wood chips. Waft the smoke throughout your space or home, in a purifying routine.

3. Cleanse

Light a candle, then add 2 drops of Palo Santo Essential Oil. A small fire like this is used to repel negativity and to move stagnant, stubborn energy away from the space, offering a cleansing effect. This makes way for new intentions, welcoming in the fiery solar energy that peaks this time of year.

Set Intentions

Take a few moments to meditate. Envision the incense smoke candle fire clearing your mind, whisking away negative thought patterns you may have been holding onto. Identify any elements blocking your intentions, and then send them away with the powerful smoke and fire as their sacred transports.

Once your mind is clear, contemplate what new ways of being you want to call forth. How do you wish to be from this moment forward? What intentions will you embody as you enter this new season? Take a moment to envision being the embodiment of these intentions. What does it look like? How does it feel?

5. Write Your “Release List”

Now that you’ve formed a clear vision of your new self, take out the pen and paper and start listing all the things you want to release—negative thought patterns, money issues, beliefs, ways of perceiving yourself and others, excuses, fears, etc.—anything that does not serve your highest manifestations and purpose.

6. Sit in Gratitude

Opportunities to be and become your best self await—to release negativity and manifest our highest intentions, we must first give thanks for these opportunities as though they have already arrived.

In your right hand, which is the hand of release, hold the paper with your “Release List”. Then, select an object from your ritual space to act as your anchor to your intentions and new self. Hold the object in your left hand as a symbol of what you want to receive, or call forth to support your intention.

Take a few moments to sit quietly with your gratitude. Give thanks for the opportunity to release the old as you open the path to new and positive energy.

7. Release

After giving thanks, you will completely release your attachment to old habits, patterns, and ways of thinking that no longer serve you. Tear your paper. With the bowl of water next to you, you may burn your paper to signify cleansing and releasing those old patterns. Imagine the water absorbing the negativity, manifested as smoke, clearing and purifying your space.

8. Call in Positivity

Now that the space is cleared, you have the opportunity to fill it with positivity! One way to do this is to make a room spray or diffuse essential oils that support your intentions.

Replacing stagnant energy with positivity-inducing oils can help to amplify your intentions while preparing your space—and you—for powerful transformations in the new season. 

The summer solstice can offer Hope: The summer solstice can represent hope in the world, and that the light within can inspire others.

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