On June 21st, we experience the Solstice which brings the longest day of the year and the start of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and the shortest day of the year and the start of Winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
Leading up to the Solstice, and as the Solstice peaks, Mother Nature is abuzz with energy. All plant life, all animals, and even our bodies respond to the increased or decreased sunlight.
In the Northern Hemisphere, where we are experiencing the longest day of the year, nature is at its peak. The Sun invigorates, stimulates, and has us focused on our external world.
In the Southern Hemisphere, where we experience the shortest day of the year, nature is at its quietest. The increased hours of dark draw us within and allow us to focus on our internal environment.
The bright Sun and the dark night both influence our pineal gland, which is known as the seat of consciousness or as the seat of our soul. When the Sun is bright, our pineal gland supports the flow of our life force. When the dark night falls, the pineal gland helps to awaken our dream state, sparking our imagination, clairvoyant gifts, and out-of-body experiences.
All of nature responds to the increase or decrease of daylight that occurs on the Solstice. It may be subtle, but if we tune in and connect, we too can feel the shifts these shifts within our bodies.
Our ancestors, who were much more connected to the Earth, knew the Solstice was a highly potent and magical time. Many monuments around the world were built to align with the Sun on the day of the Solstice. Rituals, festivals, and offerings were also conducted leading up to this special day.
It is said that the Solstice brings a thinning of the veil, allowing the world of Spirit and the world of the material to feel far less separate. It is also said that on the Solstice eve, the entire energy grid of the planet moves into harmony, allowing us to connect with Spirit with greater ease and the healing power of Mother Earth.
One of the best ways to feel this energy for yourself is to spend time in nature on the Solstice eve or day of the Solstice.
Go to your favorite park, make a trip to the beach, or sit somewhere cozy as you watch the snowfall. No matter what outdoor retreat you find, set an intention to work in harmony and flow with the energies of the Earth. Sync your heartbeat, your own personal rhythm with the heartbeat of the planet.
Heartbeat with the Earth Practice
Close your eyes and place your hand or any body part on the ground. Give yourself a moment to feel the energy of the planet rising up through each finger and into your hand. Feel it traveling up your arm and into your entire body. Merge with this energy, feel this sensation coming over you.
Once you have established the connection, bring awareness to your breath, see if you can harmonize your breath with that of the Earth. See if you can inhale when the Earth inhales and exhales when it does. If you get still enough, you will find this rhythm, and through this rhythm, each of your breaths will become healing, restorative, and recharging.
If it’s too cold or too hot to be outside for long, just make this practice short and sweet.
Being a part of nature; feeling like you belong to this planet is what the Solstice can help us to achieve. There is so much separation on this planet, but the Solstice energies can remind us that we are more alike than we are different and that all of our souls chose to be on this planet at this time for a very specific reason. This reason will be unique to you and your own journey, but allow this idea to fill you with a sense of belonging.
Solstice Astrology June 2022
In tropical astrology, the Sun moves into Cancer at the same time as the Solstice.
Under the June 2022 Solstice, there will be a dazzling lineup of planets in the sign of Aries. This lineup of planets is known as a stellium. Stelliums are powerful, and result in a collection of energies merging into one power source of energy!
The cosmic bodies involved in this Aries Stellium include the Moon, Jupiter, Chiron, Mars, and Eris. This combination of planetary energy will create a force field, helping us to step into our power. We are being encouraged to step into a leadership role, take the lead, and stay firm and true to what we believe.
These five cosmic bodies in the cardinal fire sign of Aries and the Sun moving into the cardinal water sign Cancer also supports this strong leadership energy. Perhaps we may feel called to step into a leadership role, or we may be called to take the reigns and direct our lives in a new way.
However you work with the June Solstice 2022, feel welcomed and comforted in knowing your soul chose this planet at this very time, for it is where you belong. Allow your gratitude for this home planet to rise. Fill yourself with it, and then shine it out to the world.
Solstice Blessings to you!