"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
On June 20, the Sun reaches the highest point in the sky that it will be all year long. Ancient monuments like Stonehenge and Macchu Pichu were built to align with the powerful energies of the summer solstice Sun.
Feasts and festivals to honor the Sun include bonfires and all night celebrations. With the Sun at its peak, this is considered a key time to uncover new knowledge and gain clarity. Meditating at the summer solstice is a truly powerful and healing experience.
In taking time to reflect and celebrate on the summer solstice, you join an ancient human practice designed to honor the regenerative powers of the Sun, as well as acknowledge the fertility and growth so abundant in the natural world. With the Moon in intuitive Scorpio at this solstice, transformation is possible. A full Moon shortly after the solstice adds to the insight and clarity prevalent at this powerful time of year.
The summer solstice correlates with the Sun entering Cancer, a sign of home, history and the heart. After the frantic energy of the Sun in Gemini, which creates a frenetic, busy, multitasking period, the solstice reminds us of the importance of quality time, and of quiet rest in places of sanctuary. That said, sleep can be hard to come by, as your spirit is inspired by the long days of sunlight. Mindful Mercury and lovely Venus also align at the solstice, supporting heartfelt connections, romantic conversations and sweet friendships.
This is a time of progress and milestones. Reflecting on how far you’ve come since last June, and use your success -- or failures -- as fuel to inspire you for the next 12 months. Lucky Jupiter changes signs shortly after the solstice, showing that the second half of 2013 will feel different -- softer, more intuitive, more nurturing -- than the first half. As the Sun hits its solstice high, may you be inspired by what is truly possible.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
-- Henry David Thoreau