The Longest Day
Yesterday was the longest day of the year.
And last night was the shortest night.
"The Summer Solstice is the time when the Sun turns in its tracks and it begins its tropical journey south towards the equator. This year, it happens on the eve of the 22nd of June (June 21). This major calendrical event is the focus of religious and social festivities in all cultures; Christian society marks the event with St John the Baptist's Day (June 24).
Midsummer is the central point of the magical year: traditional hilltop bonfires are lit to revive the power of the Sun; flaming disks are thrown into the air; blazing wheels are rolled downhill; leaping and dancing around and through the fire are ritual encouragements for maximising the harvest.
Magical powers are heightened and the little people are about.
It is the ideal time for gathering magical herbs: pluck them before dawn, before breakfast, while the dew still wets the petals. Fern and fern-seed is gathered on Mid-Summer's eve, to harness the power of the Sun. Golden solar flowers such as St John's wort, mugwort and mistletoe, the golden bough, are worn as garlands.
Astrologically, the June Solstice marks the entry of the Sun into the Cardinal, Water Sign of Cancer.
The Tropic of Cancer is the actual degree of latitude over which the Sun stops its journey north, and then turns, having gone as far north as it is going to each year. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and Mid-summer celebrates the elemental powers of fire and water, so people would light fires and bathe in the dew on the morning of Mid-summer's Day.
Even in the twenty-first century, people still love to come together and surf the cosmic wave of energy that is released at this time. The solstice places emphasis on the first Cancer/Capricorn full moon on Wednesday, June 22 at 04:14 UT, focusing on bringing new Life into the individual soul.
Keynote: "I build a Lighted House and therein dwell."
If you look at the sun tonight, it will set as far to the north as it will set.
And as you watch for the position of the Sun at sunset,
Watch for the moon to rise.
It will be in the position of the rising Sun on the Winter Solstice.
For it will be the full moon in Capricorn.
"If at all possible, be in meditation at the exact time of the full moon.
If you are unable to do this, choose a time within 12 hours before or after to align with these energies and be part of a global meditation. Know you are uniting with many others who also are attuning to the energies available at this Global Festival, and that this group focus creates a powerful channel for the meditation to be potent and effective.
Prior to your meditation take the needed time to create a sacred space
and spiritually align your energies. "
I guess you could call this kind of stuff a little off the edge.
But watching a full moon rise is always a beautiful and powerful thing.
Connecting to the big things in our world,
helps connect us to the little things as well.
And it helps us get our priorities straight.
Watching the heavens and feeling the earth turn
as we race through space and the creation
that we are indeed on a starship.
And that we are all crewmembers of this fine craft.
Today is a powerful day.
Try to make the most of it.