The mid-year Solstice will take place this week on Wednesday 21 June 2017. For those in the Northern Hemisphere it will be the Summer Solstice, while for those in the Southern Hemisphere it will be the Winter Solstice.
The Solstices are a great time for spiritual reflection, practice and celebration. Ancient practitioner’s of the religion of the sun recognized them as a time to celebrate the deliverance or triumph of light within a person or the world.
They gathered at these events — often at sacred sites aligned to the Solstice sunrise — to tap into the spiritual forces and messages embedded in them. These are said to relate both to the story of creation and the inner stages a person goes through on the path of return to creation’s source1 — a process known variously as enlightenment, salvation, liberation or self-realization in different traditions which held this knowledge.
People today can gather to celebrate the Solstices and derive spiritual insight and inspiration from them too. This can be done in a number of ways: some may choose to take part in a ceremony with friends at sunrise that follows the same principles as those of ancient times, and perhaps re-create a simple sacred space for it, while for others it may be as simple as watching the sunrise and reflecting. Another option is going to a traditional celebration held by a revival group who incorporate their own particular ethic and cultural practices for their region. Its can also be nice to gather with friends and sing songs and mantras related to the Solstices in the day or evening.
However someone might choose to celebrate the Solstice, understanding its deeper significance helps to make the occasion more meaningful and enjoyable. The Winter and Summer Solstices are each said to have their own distinctive meanings and qualities, as do the Equinoxes.2
Here are some links to pages that provide further information about the meaning of the Solstices and how to celebrate them in a spiritual way:
- Spiritual Significance of the Solstice and Equinox
- A Guide to Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes
- How to Practice the Religion of the Sun
- A Guide to Creating a Sacred Site Aligned to the Sun
- Sacred Ceremonies for the Solstices and Equinoxes
- Mantras Related to the Summer Solstice
- Mantras Related to the Winter Solstice
Wherever you are in the world, all of us at The Spiritual Sun wish everyone a happy, peaceful and enjoyable Solstice.