The word solstice originates from the Latin word solstitium, which means “stationary or stopped (stiti-) sun (sol).”
This is because twice during the solar year, the sun appears to rise and set in the same place for several days.
It seems to be taking a much-needed rest before making the next circuit across the sky from one solstice to the next—its ceaseless, predictable certainty having existed since before the time of our ancestors.
There are stories in many cultures that personify the sun as a deity, either male or female, often riding the sun across the sky in a boat or chariot.
With the summer solstice comes the culmination of the sun’s travels that have led to the longest days of the year.
The light is now at its fullest and has provided its own brand of nourishment to the land and all of its inhabitants.
Celebrations and ceremonies abound. Passion and playfulness are themes. We feel an innate desire to be outdoors in the natural world and reap the benefits of the longest days of the year.
We instinctually seek the light, and during this cycle, there is an abundance of it.
Let the radiance of the sun inspire your inner radiance to shine forth. Release your concerns about what may happen in the future, and focus on appreciating everything you have that is good and right. Allow Father Sun to take away your worries and cares. Do something physically active to stimulate your inner light. Dance. Sing. But most important, get outdoors. Do not let any negative thoughts or habits stop you.
When you are in love with Life, you naturally radiate that love. During this part of your cycle, your capacity to love is greatly amplified. In one of those supreme ironies of Life, the more love you give, the more returns to you. It starts by allowing the radiant Being you truly are to be expressed into the world. Smile a little more. Notice the beauty of Nature. See the humor in the paradoxes of Life. Show your love, especially to those with whom you are closest. Then smile even more, and watch how the world around you lights up!