How can we adjust our thoughts to be more open-minded and supportive? How can we lovingly challenge the lens we are choosing to see the world through?
This will add a slow-down effect to the cosmic energies, giving us a chance to get still and really deepen our connection to the frequencies.
This year’s Solstice energy may also feel more passive in the sense that we may need to surrender and allow ourselves to be shown the way.
When we surrender and allow ourselves to merge with the energy of nature, we can learn new things, expand our mind, and open our horizons.
This is your opportunity to allow yourself to be led, to become a listener, and to get still with wherever you find yourself.
Allow acceptance to wash over your being. Allow yourself to feel the compassion and love for you that radiates from this planet in each given moment.
At the time of the Solstice, Neptune and Venus will also be in a trine alignment, adding to the harmony, and also helping guide us to a deeper truth and spiritual understanding.
In astrology, a trine is when two planets are 120 degrees from each other, representing an easy and graceful flow of energy.
All of this energy combined can support and enhance spiritual awakenings, the seeking of new knowledge, and even spiritual downloads from our guides or higher self.
Neptune and Venus also resonate with vibrations of love. Venus is named after the Goddess of Love, and Neptune is considered the planet of unconditional love.
Welcome this energy and let love flow all around you. Know you are loved. Know you deserve to be loved, and know that the most powerful thing you can do for yourself in this life is to love, especially yourself!
The Summer Solstice celebrates the longest day of the year, a day that is believed to hold the greatest energy, prosperity, vitality and strength.
In Pagan times, the Summer Solstice was referred to as Litha and rituals were conducted to honour the Sun gods, the Divine Light and the element of fire.
People would rejoice and energize themselves under the warm light of the sun, believing that because the Sun was strongest that day, so too was God.
Vibrationally, the Summer Solstice is a time when Yang energy is high as well as the Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakra.
Today, there are many ways that you can pay tribute to the sun including spending time outdoors, bringing nature into your home, setting up a fairy garden, doing yoga sun salutations, chakra mediations or lighting a candle.
Creating a protective amulet for the year ahead that is charged with the energy of the solstice is also a great way to capture the energy and vitality of the Sun. Here’s how:
- Choose your favorite crystal that evokes feelings of strength, passion, fertility, prosperity, creativity, fire or any other energy that you relate to the Sun. Orange and yellow colored crystals work well for this.
- Go outside and build a mandala of orange, yellow or red flowers. Alternatively, you can just create a sacred space and decorate it with orange, red and yellow fruits and vegetables or herbs.
- Your sacred space should also include a small bowl of water to help balance the energy. Keep a space in the center for your crystal.
- Place your crystal over your heart or stomach and set your intention- what energy do you want to bring in for the rest of the year?
- There are no rules what intention you create, but because we are dealing with the energy of the Sun, try to set an intention that is based on taking action.
- With your crystal either over your heart center or stomach area, say your intention out loud.
- Place your crystal in the center of your sacred space or mandala and allow it to soak up the energy of the Sun- best done from sunrise to sunset.
- To help your intention to be received, spend the day enjoy yourself and basking in the warm, prosperous rays of the Sun.
The Winter Solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the Sun and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal, and self-reflection.
In Pagan times the Winter Solstice was referred to as Yule and was a celebration of the Goddess (Moon) energy. It was believed that on this day, the Moon would give birth to the Sun.
Because of this, many celebrated Yule as a day where light reigned over darkness and believed it was a sign of good things to come.
Just like the Summer Solstice, the Winter Solstice was also celebrated with fire however, while the Summer Solstice was more about fertility, the Winter Solstice was honored as a time of birth or the start of a new cycle.
Yule was traditionally celebrated by lighting a candle or decorating trees with holly. In fact, many Yule rituals have been adopted in the celebration of Christmas.
Today, there are many ways you can celebrate the Winter Solstice such as spending time writing in a journal, inner reflection, doing dream work or meditation, working on your Heart, Throat, and Third Eye Chakras and bringing more Yin energy into the home.
You can also celebrate with a Goddess bath on the night of the Winter Solstice to help clear away the old and welcome the new. Here’s how:
- Fill up a bath with warm (not hot) water and light some candles or incense around the bath.
- Next, you want to add cleansing herbs to the bath such as sage, chamomile, basil, peppermint, cinnamon, sandalwood, lavender or rosemary. You can add them dried, fresh or as essential oils.
- As you sink into the warm water, imagine yourself being purified and cleansed from your feet all the way up to your head. Allow yourself to relax into the water and imagine all the old and unnecessary thoughts and feelings being washed away by the energy of the night.
- Honor your shadow self and offer your fears to the Mother Moon. Allow her to give you the power to re-birth them into something new and positive.
- After the ritual, drain the tub water out completely and discard the herbs outside in the moonlight.
We are all connected to the Universe, the Sun, the Moon and Mother Earth, so no matter what ritual you choose to do on the Solstice, why not spend a few moments feeling and honoring this Divine connection.
The Solstice brings either the shortest or longest day of the year depending on which hemisphere of the world you live in.
If you are experiencing the shortest day of the year, which happens for the Southern Hemisphere in June and the Northern Hemisphere in December, it indicates a turning point for you to focus your energies within and get into contact with the darker side of your soul.
The following months will be the perfect time to dive deep within yourself to uncover your hidden truths and inner yearnings.
If you are experiencing the longest day of the year, which happens for the Southern Hemisphere in December and the Northern Hemisphere in June, it indicates the beginning of the season of the light.
During this time, shine bright and open up your heart to abundance on all levels.
Most of the time, the only one keeping us from experiencing pure joy and ecstasy is ourselves. If we can break free from our self-imposed restrictions and limiting beliefs, we can truly start living our lives to the fullest.
Here are three crystals to work with on the Solstice-
Brighten up your mood with Sunstone and shine your light like never before!
Sunstone is the perfect crystal to harness the power of the Sun. Just like the rays of sunlight dissolve the dark clouds, so does Sunstone with its incredibly uplifting energy.
It will clear away any negative energy that may be lingering within your auric field. What’s more, it will energize and rejuvenate every cell of your body, so you will feel like you are glowing.
Sunstone boosts your self-esteem and gives you the courage to face any challenge. It helps to activate and balance your Solar Plexus Chakra, which is closely connected to your sense of self- worth and personal power.
You will feel braver, more independent, and empowered to turn your
heart’s desires into reality.
A healthy Solar Plexus Chakra attracts abundance and exciting new opportunities into your life.
The state of this chakra is also associated with career success and financial prosperity.
Working with a Sunstone crystal stone during the Solstice fills you with optimism and vitality. You will feel enthusiastic and ready for the start of the new season.
No matter whether you’re heading into the Summer or Winter season, there can never be too much sunshine in your life. So let the good vibes flow with the bright and cheerful Sunstone!
The Solstice is the perfect time to honour our ancestors and express our gratitude for their blessings and protection.
Working with a Serpentine stone connects you with the Spirits of your ancestors. It surrounds you with a potent, protective shield and strengthens your energy field.
Serpentine stone has been used since ancient times for protection against black magic and evil intentions.
Its enchanting deep green hues vibrate healing energy that purifies and balances your whole body, opening up energy blockages that prevent the free flow of life force energy.
It is also believed that Serpentine crystal stone helps to awaken the Kundalini energy in our bodies, which will speed up our spiritual evolution.
Since its green color is associated with the Heart Chakra, working with a Serpentine stone can help to open up your heart and release emotional traumas from the past.
Serpentine is a great stone for manifestation. It can help you manifest abundance on all levels, including career success, financial prosperity, and healthy, supportive relationships.
Working with a Serpentine crystal stone during the Solstice connects you with Mother Earth and its amazing healing and nurturing energies.
The Solstice is the perfect time to open your heart to love. If you are feeling that painful past experiences are holding you back from sharing deep love, turn to Garnet – a crystal of passion and romance.
Garnet has the power to strengthen love and restore passion between romantic partners. It brings back the spark into long-term relationships and attracts new love and soulmate connections.
The healing properties of Garnet crystal are mainly connected to the Root Chakra, which is the foundation of our health and vitality.
If our Root Chakra is balanced, we will feel secure, stable, and
grounded. It has incredibly energizing vibes that help you overcome extreme fatigue and exhaustion.
Garnet can help unlock the flow of your life force energy throughout your body. It is also a great stone for boosting libido and enhancing sexuality.
The ancient Aztecs and Mayans used Garnet crystal stones in various rituals to boost the flow of creative energy. The powerful energies of the Solstice will further amplify Garnet’s healing properties.
You can wear this gorgeous ruby red crystal as jewelry, carry it in your pocket or purse, or place it in your own crystal healing grid.
During this Solstice time, liberate your body from self-imposed restrictions to express your sensuality through dancing or conscious love-making.
Let the powerful healing energies of sunlight and crystals fill each cell of your body with rejuvenating vibes.