Happy SUMMER SOLSTICE! This year, the summer solstice will occur today 6/20/20 at 2:43 pm PDT or 5:43 pm EDT, in the northern hemisphere. Summer solstice occurs on the longest day of the year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky.
Many cultures around the world celebrate the summer solstice with feasts, bonfires, festivals, and traditional songs and dances. In England, people watch the midsummer sun as it rises over the megalithic monument of Stonehenge. You can check out the Facebook Live of this year’s summer solstice at Stonehenge here.
In Kemet (modern day Egypt) the star Sirius was known as “Sopdet”, a Goddess of Fertility. Sopdet’s reappeared at the solstice to signal that the Nile River would once again rise, flood the banks, and give nourishment to crops and join with the sun in its highest position in the sky.
One of the reasons I decided to call our event SummerSoulstice is the hope that our events and platform will nourish & inspire us as women to shine as bright and to rise as high as the Sun. Each year, the summer solstice is a reminder for us to initiate change, growth and development into our lives through self-loving rituals, celebration, reflection, meditation and connecting with others that are important to us.
Below is a snippet of my summer solstice ritual with sage to clear the energy:
I first set my intentions and meditate or pray for that desire.
Open windows and place dried sage in a fire-safe container. I then light the sage until I see a flame, then blow it out.
Fan the embers while spreading smoke thoroughly into every crevice of each room.
I like to then use a wood type incense like Palo and repeat the process.
Enjoy the positive clean vibe!
Note: If you have asthma or are sensitive to smoke, clear your space using plants instead.
This year, summer solstice could not have come at a better time. Tomorrow is Father’s Day in the US and our Fathers all need to be lifted high and embraced.
Every day is our SummerSoulstice.
Stay strong with Love and Peace,