In scientific terms, the summer solstice is when a planet’s rotational axis or geographical pole on either its northern or southern hemisphere is most greatly inclined towards the star that it orbits.
To you and me, that’s the longest day of the year, with the shortest night. It could be considered the ‘tipping point’ as from then onwards, the days get shorter and the nights get longer.
In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice takes place around the 21st June and in the southern hemisphere that’s around the 22nd December.
However, the summer solstice has some spiritual significance too.
The summer solstice is a time for celebration and joy. It’s a time to celebrate the seasons and honour the people and things that matter to you.
Nature lovers often celebrate the summer solstice with a bonfire, staying up to greet the dawn. There are often large communal events held around the world, though it can be equally satisfying to celebrate alone.
Getting up early in the morning and watching this special sunrise can make you feel like you’re a part of something really amazing. Some people say that the summer solstice shapes the rest of their year, blessing them with a profound sense of belonging and purpose.
For many, the summer solstice is a time of healing. It can be an opportunity to realign the mind, body and spirit. Not only is it ideal for personal healing, it’s also widely considered an ideal time to discuss environmental issues and look for ways to take better care of nature and the planet.
Honouring the solstice can serve as a great reminder how precious each day is, encouraging us to cherish every moment and make the most of the benefits of each season.
Whether you’re attending an organised event this year or you’re simply spending the summer solstice in your garden, be sure to practise gratitude. Be thankful for all the good things in your life and take some time to think about how lucky you are to experience this moment.