The official first day of summer is here. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year where the sun will reach it’s highest point in the sky. It‘s a celebration of light and an invitation to a deeper connection to ourselves and nature. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, this takes place on Sunday, June 20. This is an ideal time to marry our inner desires with our outer actions by setting intentions for new beginnings.
Ahead are a few ways to take advantage of the extra sunlight while celebrating the summer solstice.
Ways You Can Celebrate the Summer Solstice:
Connect With Nature.
Take advantage of the extended daylight and enjoy the great outdoors. Tend to your garden, go for a walk, check out a local park, take a hike or go to the beach. This is a great way to be reminded of the power of nature by surrounding yourself with it.
After spending time outside, bring some of that energy back to your living space. Garden, pick or buy flowers and arrange them around your home. It can be satisfying to mark larger seasonal changes and energetic shifts with slight changes to your home. Flowers like sunflowers, calendulas, and chamomile are great to focus on.
Play With Fire.
Because the summer solstice is associated with the sun and fire, some traditional celebrations have featured bonfires and fire magic. If a beach bonfire isn’t in the cards this year, you can still honor the solstice’s ruling element with candles. (An easy ritual to perform is lighting a candle, setting an intention or wish and blowing it out. Yes, like it’s your birthday.)
Meditate and Set Intentions.
Help ground yourself with yoga or meditation. Spend time with your crystal collection and catch up on journaling. Allow yourself a moment to reflect and project ahead of the new season. Meditate on your intentions through written words or prayer.
The summer solstice is an ideal time to cleanse and charge your crystals in sunlight. Allow the energy of the sun to purify your crystals during the longest day of the year. Sunstone, citrine, amber and pyrite are great to focus on.
This is a self-love ritual to help clear away the old and welcome the new. Draw a warm bath filled with epsom salt, cleansing herbs, flower petals and essential oils (think sage, chamomile, sandalwood, lavender, etc), with lit candles and/or incense. As you immerse into the water, imagine yourself old fears and unnecessary thoughts and emotions being washed. After relaxing in your bath, drain the water and trash the herbs.
Wear Yellow, Gold, Red or Orange.
An easy way to honor the solstice is coordinating your outfit with the sun’s vibrant colors.
Do Something That Brings You Joy.
The summer solstice calls on you to embrace the day’s playful nature. Socialize with others, have a barbeque, dance by yourself in the living room. Just make sure that you do something that brings you pure, unadulterated joy.
Honor your intentions for the coming season by choosing activities that are representative of them. Be gentle with yourself and make your solstice celebration your own. Whether you spend the day alone or with others, remember that you don’t have to stick to a script, just do what makes you feel good. However you may be celebrating June 20th, we hope that you rise, too!