Summer Solstice Full Moon
Today is a special day. Two wonderful astronomical events are occurring.
The first is that today is the longest day of the year. After today, the hours of daylight will start to get shorter again. This is known as the summer solstice.
The summer solstice, due to its naturally occurring role in nature’s flow of seasons, is part of many spiritual and religious traditions. Pagan spiritualities in particular viscerally tap into the natural energy of the holiday.
- Today is the Light’s pinnacle crescendo.
- What does the sun and daylight mean to you?
- What does this time of year mean to you?
- Take some time to contemplate a bit about your relationship with the circle of time and the yearly seasons.
- How would you like to celebrate and to pay tribute to this day?
The second cool astronomical event is that it will be a full moon! The full moon hasn’t fallen on the solstice in nearly 70 years. As such, this is literally a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.
The full moon adds a live-wire energy to this day. It’s funny how the NYC subway can often be a gauge for the energies in the environment. On full moons, all the weirdos come out in full force.
Some additional suggestions for celebrating the solstice:
- Go outside! Play, hike, walk amongst nature.
- Do some divination.
- Tarot, runes, cloud-gazing, whatever you like.
- Bonfire! If that’s doable. Especially on a hilltop.
- Meditation, prayer, contemplation.
- Commune with your deity.
- If you have a specific deity with whom you have a relationship, enjoin them to take part in the celebration too.
- Give offerings, do some art, and play until you feel the deity’s presence too.
- Feed some wild animals.
- Build an altar if you don’t have one.
- Music. Dancing.
- Write poetry.
- Watch the sun set.
Whatever you do, enjoy it! Today can be a fun day and you can make use of that.