Thursday, 21 June, is Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere (Winter Solstice in the Southern). It will officially be Summer in the U.S. at 2:06 pm on the East Coast, and 11:06 am on the West Coast. That means it will be the longest day of the year, and the shortest night.
Even when I was a practicing Christian, I observed the natural holidays, such as Summer and Winter Solstice, and the Spring and Autumn Equinox. It feels like such days are part of our blood and bone, a part of being human on this planet. They are signposts in the rhythm of our lives. Now that my spirituality is more nature-based, I have more freedom to celebrate these days. I’m three-quarter Scots, so I feel more drawn to the Celtic traditions in this regard. For the Celts, Summer Solstice was the day of Litha, goddess of abundance, fertility, and order. Hence, couples jumped over the broom or the Solstice fires that were lit on this day to signify their commitment (June marriages). Flowers are blooming, and the air is ripe with the smell of roses, honeysuckle, jasmine, and wild azaleas. In some areas fruit is beginning to ripen on the trees, and the produce sections of markets are filled with oranges, melons, strawberries, and cherries.
Summer Solstice is also deemed a time when psychic ability is stronger. If you read tarot cards, this might be a good time to ask questions about issues we tend to hide in our unconscious. Or perhaps to state our intentions for the future, and consider our options for making these things happen. Christine Jette wrote a book I like to consult at the natural holidays, Tarot for All Seasons (Llewellyn Publications, 2001). She suggests tarot spreads for the various holidays, as well as the New and Full Moons. Jette offers a six-card spread for the Summer Solstice, called Midsummer’s Dream, which explores the question of what will set your spirit free, where you may be vulnerable, and how to develop your psychic ability.
For this particular Summer Solstice, a friend passed along information suggesting this may be an especially advantageous time for rebalancing power and clearing out psychological blocks that keep you from growing as a person. Solstice energies will be like a wave, beginning around the 16th of June, peaking on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, and then gradually diminishing through the 26th. If you meditate, this might be a very good time to pay attention to those intuitive hits that pop up. Even for those who claim to be psychically “tone deaf,” this may be a good time to pay attention to your emotions. Don’t turn them off, but pay attention to what comes up, and allow yourself to experience where that emotion leads you. You may find healing at the other end.
Happy Summer Solstice!