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Wishing Everyone a Happy Solstice – 21 June 2017

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.

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Sun over the Majorville Medicine Wheel during the summer solstice. Photo © Cliff LeSergent — Purchased via Images West Photography

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 form 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:

Wherever you are in the world, all of us at The Spiritual Sun wish everyone a happy, peaceful and enjoyable Solstice.


  1. Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard, The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices & Equinoxes (Mystical Life Publications, 2016). 

  2. Ibid. See Chapter 5 “The Spiritual Meaning of the Winter Solstice” and Chapter 10 “The Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice” from The Path of the Spiritual Sun

14 Comments

  • Thank you for the post. We are very lucky to know about the solstices and equinoxes, and have a chance to tap into their meaning.

    This particular solstice was a wonderful learning opportunity. Through carrying out the ceremony I found renewed memory of the wonder of inner change and the circumstances that help with it. By taking a part in the ceremony I was able to tap a little into the ethics of the Heavenly Father, which is the role that I played.

  • Thanks Matthew.

    Also wishing everyone a deeply moving solstice time and hope it can bring to everyone the learning and insights that they could use.

  • A very Happy and Spirituality uplifting Solstice to everyone in this community. I have just come from celebrating the Winter Solstice here in Australia. A great opportunity to reflect on this special time of the year and also gather with friends to celebrate the spiritual.

    Hoping this time provides everyone with inspiration and strength to keep moving forward with their internal goals.

    Rejoice!

  • Wishing you all an inspiring solstice, wherever everyone happens to be. It’s amazing to think there’s a day where the life and nature of the earth is united in celebration, and we can be part of it too if we just tap into it.

    • Just wanted to add that I tried the summer solstice ceremony described in The Path of the Spiritual Sun earlier, and it was really lovely. I had to adapt the ceremony a bit as I was celebrating it alone, but I tried to substitute what I could to keep the key elements.

      I often find there’s much about the feeling in these ceremonies that’s hard to convey, but I had a real feeling of indebtedness to the divine during this one, as though perceiving the reality that a chance of reaching salvation could only ever come about due to the huge efforts they put into helping humanity achieve it.

      On another note, I was reading earlier that in our times, the solstice sun when it’s risen less just above the hand in the constellation of Orion, as though he’s carrying it with him in the sky.

      • I couldn’t have agreed more with what you’ve said Nathan about the indebtedness felt towards the divine and the reality of the increidble effort that’s necessary for each of us to reach salvation, something I also have reflected on during the time of the solstice celebrations. Thanks for sharing your experience with it.

  • Thank you Matthew 🙂
    May the Light of the Solstice brings hope, love and spiritual meanings to everyone!
    Have an enjoyable and lovely Solstice

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