|Posted on June 20, 2018 at 10:50 AM|
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Here we are at the Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The word solstice comes from the Latin solstitium and translates to "sun stopping" as it reaches the northern-most (or southern-most) point in the sky signaling that summer officially begins.
In Paris, and numerous other European cities, the first day of summer is celebrated with a night festival called La Fete de la Musique. Musicians play all over town, in every arrondissement and neighborhood, while revellers dance, drink, and enjoy the longest day of light. It is a wonderful sight for all of the senses, but your feet may feel it the most the following morning. Who can stop walking with so much to check out around every corner...
Energetically, the increase of light marks the beginning of a new cycle of growth. It's an excellent time to set new intentions for the next 3 months until the Fall Equinox, and even beyond to the Winter Solstice. Consider what you want to develop and grow with more light shining every day. Focus on what darkness you want to expose to the light. Consciously choose how to make the most of this expansion of visibility, warmth and exposure.
Back on December 21st, the Winter Solstice signaled the official beginning of winter and was the shortest day of light in the year (in the northern hemisphere). Think back to what the themes were in your life at that time, and examine how much has changed in only 6 months.
We are in a time of incredibly fast-moving energy, so be very aware of your intentions and motivations as they will show up faster and more directly in front of you. Set new intentions that will lift your previous ones to a higher level.
Allow the sun's rays to melt resistance and soothe any remaining frost-bites that may still be lingering - physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically.
Cheers to beautiful summer nights and the long rays of light our souls are ready to absorb! (And wear sunscreen!)