What are you doing this Summer Solstice?

The word “solstice” is derived from the Latin words “sol+systere,” meaning “when the sun stands still.”  This year the Summer Solstice is on June 21st, 5:54 PM EST, which makes it the longest day of 2019. Following this solstice, the days will get shorter and the nights longer. As one who worships the sun, I see this solstice as a time to reflect on personal growth and the meaning of our seasons, a time of cleansing and renewal, love and personal growth. This is the moment when there is the most light available to us. In terms of consciousness, this is when we can be most present to ourselves and who we hope to be — the Sun represents the light of all life and consciousness.

Many traditions throughout time have celebrated the solstices — Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs of Mexico, Chinese, indigenous peoples of the Americas, and Europeans. Western civilizations have for centuries celebrated this first day of summer, often called midsummer or St. John’s Day. The Chinese mark the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. Throughout history, with so much light showered down upon the Earth, it was seen as one of the most powerful days of the year for spiritual growth and healing.

Summer Solstice Stone Hedge

To this day, revellers still gather at Stonehenge to see the sun rise. The Heel Stone and Slaughter Stone, set outside the main circle, align with the rising sun.  And many of the ancient traditions continue – Bonfires are still lit to celebrate the Sun at its height of power and to ask the Sun not to withdraw into winter darkness.

In North America, many Native American tribes held ritual dances to honor the sun. The Sioux were known to hold one of the most spectacular rituals- The Sun Dance. Usually performed during the June solstice, preparations for the Sun Dance included cutting and raising a tree that would be considered a visible connection between the heavens and Earth, and setting up teepees in a circle to represent the cosmos. Participants abstained from food and drink during the dance itself. Their bodies were decorated in the symbolic colors of red (sunset), blue (sky), yellow (lightning), white (light), and black (night).

Why not create your own rituals this year, with an intention to create new ways to re-connect with Nature and improve your life? Bring light and love into this world in your own positive and creative ways.

“Both the Winter and the Summer Solstices are expressions of love. They show us the opposition of light and dark, expansion and contraction, that characterize our experiences in the Earth school so that we can recognize our options as we move through our lives.” – Gary Zukav

Wishing you abundance and light this Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice!

This summer the solstice begins on June 21st at 12:38 P.M. EDT, Father’s Day!        The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. I hope you can spend time outdoors this weekend, enjoying the longest day of the year!

IMGP3722This morning we took a drive up to the new home we’re having built in the foothills west of here. Our kitchen cabinets just went in this week! This color is called Hargrove Cinnamon, and the wood is birch. Lovely huh? I can’t wait to cook my first meal here!

IMGP3725The house is really taking shape now! The view from the kitchen sink island is seen above, an amazing perspective on the Spanish Peaks!

Gives a whole new meaning to ‘open concept’ huh?

IMGP3733We followed County Road 520 south on our way back to Walsenburg (a long, winding dirt road) and saw yellow Plains Greenthread (or Navajo Tea) EVERYWHERE!

IMGP3746Mixed in occasionally with the Greenthread are some very healthy looking native Lupine specimens!

IMGP3742Here’s your very own Lupine bouquet.   HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!

How did I end up here, feeling so fortunate?

It’s a long story, one I can now share with you in my new memoir!