The Summer solstice occurs on the 21st June. A solstice occurs twice a year when the earth’s axis is most tilted toward or away from the sun. This causes the Sun to reach a position in the sky at its northern or southern most extreme. The terms solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), this is because at the solstices the sun apparently stands still before beginning its decline in the reverse direction. The solstices and equinoxes are used in some cultures as markers for the seasons.
A solstice ritual is performed to strengthen your energies and protect you from anything that may be causing concern. It is a good way of setting a marker for the coming months – providing a positive starting point and energies whilst releasing anything that you may not wish to deal with at the present time.
To perform the ritual you will need:
- A piece of cloth or small cloth bag
- A selection of midsummer herbs – sage, rosemary, basil, lavender, or thyme
- A piece of ribbon or cord
- A selection of midsummer flowers – dianthus, borage, geranium or roses
- An item of gold, yellow or red clothing – a scarf is fine
- A gold candle
- A selection of summer fruit
Performing the ritual
- Collect together the herbs and place them in the cloth – meditate on the things that you wish to change or release. Tie up the cloth
- Think about the qualities of fire and what positive qualities you require in the coming months. Write these things down
- Collect the midsummer flowers whilst wearing your item of gold, yellow or red clothing
- Cook a dish using herbs and brightly coloured food. Eat this before preparing your altar
- Prepare your altar using the flowers, candle and pouch of herbs. Light the candle and hold the herb pouch in your hands. Contemplate your wishes for the coming season. Release all your pain and troubles into the pouch. Bury the pouch into the ground
- Eat the fruit at the end of the summer and wish for ‘sweetness’ to enter your life over the coming months
- Ponder on the flame for a few minutes. Blow out the candle when you are ready.