Make the most of the sun’s most powerful day with one of these rituals or spells
It’s June, which means one of the most magical times of the year is upon us. In the Northern Hemisphere, we are quickly approaching Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer and Litha. (In 2018, Solstice falls on June 21st.)
In the Wheel of the Year, the Summer Solstice is the sun’s pinnacle: the time when the days are longest and brightest. It’s like the sun’s yearly version of a full moon. Or, if you imagine a year contained in a single day, the Summer Solstice would be like noon, when the sun is at it’s highest, brightest point. Also like the full moon and the noonday sun, the Summer Solstice is when the energy begins to wane, reminding us that extremes always contain the seeds of their opposites: the Wheel now turns as we begin our descent toward the Winter Solstice and the darker half of the year.
It’s a time when we are bathed in the sun’s incomparable power. We can soak in its healing, expansive, vitalizing energy to consciously bring positive energy and growth to any and all areas of our lives.
Here are seven ways to celebrate the Summer Solstice while activating your intentions, igniting your inspiration, and stoking your passion for being alive.
1. Toast the Sunrise
One of my favorite Solstice rituals it to wake up before the sunrise and prepare some ginger, cinnamon, or fenugreek tea. (If you’d like, you can add other solar-attuned botanical additions such as orange slices, cinnamon sticks, or chamomile flowers.) Then, I like to go outside somewhere where I can see the sunrise, and pour a cup for the sun and a cup for myself. When the sun rises above the horizon on this longest day of the year, I hold the cup to the sun and say, “Sun, hail and welcome! I salute you and I drink to you. Thank you for blessing the world with your beauty and light.” Then, I take a sip and enjoy the rest of the tea while soaking in the magic of the most powerful sunrise of the year. Afterwards, I pour the sun’s tea on the earth as a libation and gratitude offering.
2. Take a Happiness Bath
There’s no time like the Summer Solstice to soak in some sunshiny happiness that will last you throughout the year. Light a white, yellow, or orange candle and draw a warm bath. Add a tablespoon of maple syrup to the water for sweetness and a sliced orange, tangerine, or tangelo for joy. Stir the bathwater in a clockwise direction 7 times. Stand above the water and direct your palms down toward it. Envision the bright light of the sun coming down through the crown of your head, pouring down into your heart, flowing down your arms, and moving out your palms into the water. See the water completely filled and surrounded with blinding, golden-white light. Say, “Sun, I honor you on this, your brightest day. Thank you for filling this water with vibrations of happiness and joy.” Then soak and feel your body, emotions, and aura soaking in the sweet and radiant energy and light.
3. Bless Your Shoes for Luck
As the body part that moves us from here to there and kisses Mother Earth constantly, our feet are sacred and wonderful things. Take advantage of their magical ability to propel us forward toward success and root us in the prosperous energy of the ground beneath our feet by blessing your shoes in sunlight on the sun’s most magical day. To do so, place all your shoes outside on the earth in bright sunlight. Decorate them with daisies (any member of the daisy family will do). Also sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon in each one. Then say, “The earth is sacred, and so is the sun. May I (or we) be blessed with success, luck, and lots of fun!” Let them soak in the light for at least 30 minutes. (This is a fun idea to do with your kids or other family members!)
4. Bring Lots of Flowers into Your Home
Bring the pure, fresh, vitalizing energy of the sun indoors with bouquets of solar-attuned flowers such as daisies, asters, yarrow, black-eyed susans, and sunflowers. Place some in each room to cleanse and bless your space, and to attune it to the healing, prosperous, and expansive energy of sunlight and the Summer Solstice.
5. Do Some Sun Salutations
Dear yogis, there couldn’t be a better time than the Summer Solstice to salute the sun. Take your mat outside, face the sun, and do a few rounds of sun salutations, feeling as you do so that you are inhaling the sun’s life-giving rays and inviting its healing and vitalizing power into your every cell.
6. Make Ginger or Cinnamon Cookies
While ginger and cinnamon cookies are often associated with the Winter Solstice, they can also be perfect additions to your Summer Solstice festivities, as both ginger and cinnamon are solar botanicals. Mixing them with sweetness and baking them with love can make for some powerful magical treats.
7. Bless Your Crystal Jewelry in Sunlight
Placing all your crystal jewelry in the bright light of the Summer Solstice sun is a powerful thing to do. It will cleanse them and empower them with expansion, positivity, prosperity, and luck. If you can, let them bathe in full sun for a good hour.
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