This upcoming Sunday (also Father’s Day) is the longest day of the year and the time when we celebrate the golden sun’s radiant power. One of the most sacred of all points on the Wheel of the Year, it’s also a time of polarities: just as the fiery sun reaches its zenith, it simultaneously moves into the watery moon sign of Cancer. And while the days have expanded to their full brightness, the dark half of the year is born as the days begin to wane.
For magical and spiritual folk, Midsummer (also called Summer Solstice or Litha) is a time of expansion, prosperity, energy, sensuality, radiance, and love.
And while longer rituals and celebrations are certainly wonderful, if you’d like to observe the holiday in less time-consuming ways (or to supplement your more elaborate efforts), I’ve got you covered. Here are five ways to celebrate in 5 minutes or less:
1. Wear gold sequins or gold glitter. The magic of the sun is sparkling, radiant, lucky, and abundant. Try anchoring these qualities within your physical being by wearing shiny gold sequins or glitter. I, personally, am planning to do both.
2. Bring sunflowers into your home. Bright, cheerful, and expansive, sunflower blossoms literally follow the sun as it moves steadily across the sky. Bless yourself and your home with the sun’s magical benefits by bringing a bouquet inside.
3. Empower an orange in the sun, then eat it. Oranges embody the sweet, vibrant energy of the sun in a surprisingly tangible way: each orange is a miniature sun in fruit form. Empower one by holding it in the bright light of the sun, silently invoking the sun’s vast power and energy. Then, mindfully, peel and eat, bringing this beautiful, health-giving energy into your being.
4. Drink a cup of cinnamon tea as the sun rises. Midsummer is often observed during the sunrise, as a way of greeting the sun at the precise moment it emerges on its most expansive day. Cinnamon, an herb aligned with the fiery and abundant nature of the sun, will help you bring yourself into resonance with the sun’s glorious power.
5. Light an orange or yellow candle. As you do so call on the blindingly bright light of the sun, and say:
As I greet the sun’s bright light,
I welcome the expanding night.
May I be blessed on this long day,
May I be blessed in every way.