Solstice means “the sun stands still”. It is the day the sun appears to reverse direction and a new solar cycle begins.
The solstice happens twice a year when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun causing the Sun’s apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost or southernmost extreme.
The summer solstice is the day of the year in which the northern hemisphere is most aligned with the rays of the Sun.
For those in the northern hemisphere the summer solstice is the day of the longest period of daylight thus it is known as the longest day of the year.
In many cultures, the summer solstice has been a time of celebration from the Celts and the Slavs to the Chinese.
The Celts and the Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing and bonfires to help increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the goddess of light. The Druids celebrated the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth”.
In Vedic Philosophy the sun represents our soul. So this is a great time for renewal and release, to cleanse internally and externally to make space for abundance and happiness to pour into our life.
An important mantra for this day is: Om Suryaya Namaha
- Om, being the primordial sound
- Suryaya, being the Sanskrit name for Sun
- Namaha, meaning to honor, to salute
Om Suryaya Namaha
is basically saying,
Sun I Salute You
By repeating this mantra, we are reminding ourselves that even though we are not perfect the way we are, we have the power to remove all the physical, mental and emotional clutter and make room for that which serves us and our environment. We can use the archetype of Sun to bring in light, according to our individual definition of light.
It does not matter, whether you say the mantra in Sanskrit or in English, as long as you feel the divine energy that the archetype is communicating.
Until next time much, much love from both of us! By the way, how do you celebrate the summer solstice?
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