Do you remember summer’s long days and shorts nights? I do. I also remember the Florida afternoon rains and the sweltering heat only a child could love. Summer meant no school and playing all day well past the nine o’clock hour. We played in the orange groves by day and waited for the heat to become unbearable at which time we splashed in each others sprinklers and waited for the ice cream truck to make his rounds. We would wait for the first star of the evening so we could make a wish and continue playing well into the night.
I never formally celebrated the summer solstice, but my mother kept us close to the earths rhythms and that was good enough. I did not need to know anything about the summer solstice to know summer was about fun, magic, high energy and connecting with family and friends.
My children on the other hand, know all about Earth Based Spirituality and creating sacred memories on the summer solstice is just one of our family rituals. For some cultures the festivities begin as early as mid June and continue until June 25th. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year, no other day in the year will the sun makes its presence more known. In the days leading up to the summer solstice I hear the landscape calling me, her whispers become loud in my spirit and I must be among my green flowering family. It is believed that the plants’ communication with humans is heightened during the eve of the summer solstice and the herbs you gather during this night have the greatest medicine than any other time of year. This is the time to gather your herbs to make vinegars, teas and dream pillows for the coming months..
Because I am such a green witch and believe we can all benefit from sacred ceremony, I want to share some of the things I do this time of year to honor the energy of the season which is fullness, passion, energy, movement, fun and action dreaming.
- Make a super summer solstice sun tea~ In the morning sun, I go around the garden and gratefully clip flowers and leaves from all of my edible plants. Placing them in a clear jar I pour heated water over them and place the jar in the sun to bask all day. As I clip the plants I sing my affirmations of gratitude for the blessing in my life.
- Make a summer wreath to adorn your crown. I use virginia creeper, passion flower vine or wild grape vine to make a wreath. I add what ever is flowering in the garden. It is such a fun way to honor my inner girl and remind her that summer is for fun, family and friends.
- Make a summer mandala. A mandala is a sacred symbol that represents wholeness and the infinite universe. I like to create personal mandalas to represent my wholeness and my connection to infinite wisdom. In summer I use flowers and petals in honor of our blooming summer consciousness.
These are just a few things you can do this summer solstice to bring magic and love to your life.
Have an amazing summer season.
If you want to know more about how to embrace your inner mystic, check out my webclass Mindful Messaging. My new webclass Natural Rhythms Living In Harmony With Earth Mother will be released very soon.