The Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. For many in today’s (northern hemisphere) world that means beach holidays and cookouts, but on a more esoteric level it is the fulfillment of the light of consciousness.
The esoteric year begins at the time just after the Winter Solstice with the return of the light as the days begin to lengthen and the darkness diminishes. The light of the Sun is associated with the principal energy source in the human experience, and the astrological Sun (your Sun Sign as it is called) represents that energy source, that illumination, within your own Self. As the light returns we become more expansive – brighter and more awakened.
The turning of the year between the cardinal points (zero degrees of the cardinal signs) begin with the darkness of the Winter Solstice at zero degrees Capricorn, moving through the Vernal Equinox at zero degrees Aries, culminating at the Summer Solstice in Cancer, and waning at the Autumn Equinox in Libra. Equinoxes are times of balance and equilibrium; solstices are times of ebb and flow.
The Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness in the individual. The Sun is newly in Cancer – associated with the Moon, the soul (scarab in ancient Egypt) The Moon, ruler of Cancer, is associated with the harvest and the cultivation of the land. The Sun aids in this cultivation in our external lives, and the power of the Moon cultivates the emotional body and the Soul. In esoteric studies the “central sun” acts as the point of integration between Spirit and Matter. At the Solstice the Solar and Lunar powers unite to fuel a transformational shift.
To put these esoteric energies to work for you, spend some time in meditation, visualizing the beautiful gold light of the Central Sun in your own heart. Allow the light of this Sun to expand throughout your entire being, filling you with positivity, harmony and grace. Allow your intentions for peace and blessings to shower your own self, and then to spread throughout your family, your community, and the entire world.
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For my southern hemisphere friends – this post is written for folks in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere you are still at zero degrees Cancer, but experiencing the darkest day before moving into the light – you are in a lunar period rather than a solar period.