What is the Summer Solstice?

The Summer Solstice is known as the longest day of the year, because it is the day with the most sunlight. The word “Solstice” is Latin for “solstitium” which means, “sun stopping”, and on the Solstice, the point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. 

During Solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it’s visible in the sky for a longer period of time. As Summer Solstice ushers in days that are longer than nights, we are allowed to experience more light in our lives by the grace of the sunshine.

Since the beginning of time, our ancestors have celebrated the Solstice with ritual and magickal rites. By honoring the Sun as our source of light, and life – we appreciate the light of consciousness within ourselves, and within each and every person on Earth.

According to Belsebuub.com, the deeper meaning of the spiritual significance of the Solstice is as follows: 

“The progress of the sun throughout the year symbolizes the process of attaining enlightenment, and the summer solstice is the final climax of this journey as the day of most light in the year. It symbolizes the ascension found in many great spiritual teachings. At the spring equinox, the resurrection and return of the Son/sun to the Mother goddess is celebrated. Following this, the summer solstice symbolizes the return/ascension to the Great Father Spirit. It is a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness in the individual, and the return to wholeness in which the Son, Mother Goddess, and Father God become one great unified consciousness—a complete, whole, and powerful light that enlightens the individual.

The Druids, ancient Egyptians, Mayans, Essenes, Romans, and many others have aligned their sacred sites to the summer solstice and conducted ceremonies on this day. At the Great Pyramids of Egypt the summer solstice sun crowns the head of the Sphinx; the Druids celebrated the marriage of heaven and earth and the defeat of the dark god of the year just as the Egyptians celebrated the defeat of the dark god Seth by Horus, the sun; and in Rome the festival of Vestalia continued a Druid tradition of guarding the sacred fire.

Light is spiritual in its nature, and so the sun and stars have a spiritual significance that has its root in higher dimensions—in many ancient teachings they are described as the source of creation. The summer solstice is therefore a highly spiritual time. The summer solstice is described as the gate of ascent out of this world into the realm of spirit by both Krishna, in the famous text The Bhagavad Gita, and in the designs of the secret caves of Mithras.”

For ideas on how to celebrate the summer and embody the light of the Sun, Mystic Mamma put together a list of ideas, and rituals, which you can find inspiration from by clicking here.

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