Whatever your spiritual path, chances are you have special traditions or ways to celebrate the return of summer. A time of barbecues, late nights, bon fires and being around water and in nature. The Summer Solstice has been celebrated since the Stone Age. The word solstice comes from Latin term meaning 'sun stands still' and is the longest day of the year. This is a time to celebrate the power of the sun and a shift from the darkness into the light. Many lit fires on the solstice to energize the power of the sun and ensure good crops for the season. Many pagans lit bonfire to ward off evil spirits and demons, and it is said that magic is at its peak at the solstice. This is an amazing time where the world is in full bloom and the energy is high.
It's perfect to work to step into your own personal power with themes of empowerment and abundance. This is the time to connect with our dear Mother Earth, tend to gardens, plant flowers, and work on a little green magic. Here are a few correspondences of nature and themes to celebrate the summer season.