Spiritual Health and The Summer Solstice 2021
The Summer Solstice – also known as Midsummer – arrives at 04.32 hours GMT on June 21st 2021. Also known as the ‘The Longest Day‘ it will be the longest in terms of daylight hours.
What does ‘Solstice’ mean?
The word comes from the Latin solstitium. This is made up of sol (which means sun) and stilium (which means still or stopped) – during a solstice, the sun is at the northernmost point in the sky and gives the impression that the sun has stopped moving for a brief period of time.
What do you mean by Northernmost?
Well, as the Earth is on an axis, it is when the Northern Hemisphere is most tilted towards the Sun. This is when the Sun has the longest path through the sky, therefore, it marks the day that has the most daylight and so the longest day.
In fact, some areas around the world have sunlight till as late as midnight! In the Arctic Circle, the Sun doesn’t actually set at all. We also have a Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year – which you can learn more about right here.
What does this have to do with Stonehenge?
This ancient site in Wiltshire dates to 2500 BC and is famous for its alignment to the Sun during a Solstice. One of the structures actually frames the solstice. Living back then, the start of Summer would definitely be a good reason for celebration! It marked the beginning of warmer weather for them and their animals, as well as an abundance of crops.
There is also another south-west facing stone that frames the Sun during the Winter Solstice, as well. These structures marking the solstice can be found all over the world! In Britain, there is the Bryn Celli Ddu on the island of Anglesey, North Wales and Townley Hall in Co. Louth, Ireland.
We are sure there would have been some fantastic ceremonies and rituals in all these locations, although, we can’t be sure what these entailed.
Today, people still gather to celebrate the Stonehenge Solstice – although, the Summer Solstice 2020 was streamed live due to the pandemic.
Read our blog post to learn more about other traditions around the Solstice.
A time of Positivity & Relaxation
The Summer Solstice and the extended periods of the Sun bring positive energy, which nurtures humans and all the plants around us.
The Summer signifies the end of a year of hard work – this is when the fruit of one’s labour can truly be enjoyed. Giving yourself the time to relax and celebrate with family and friends is important.
One of our online psychics, Laura Daligan, says that the Solstice should be spent giving gratitude for what you have been blessed with during that year so far. This can be done whilst reflecting on a nature walk – appreciating the beautiful and spiritual world that surrounds us.
So this Summer Solstice be sure to celebrate your own life, as well as the lives of the people, animals and plants that surround you!
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