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Celebrating The Summer Solstice

Hi there, welcome to this month’s blog! Today it’s the summer solstice, the perfect time to bask in the longest day of the year…and with such beautfitul sunshine too. This magical day, when the sun hangs out with us the longest, marks the official start of summer. For those of us on a spiritual journey, the summer solstice is an amazing opportunity to soak up the sun’s energy, celebrate life, and set some fantastic intentions for the season ahead. Also, this summer solstice, we are celebrating our 17th anniversay here at Quest! So join us, as we dive into what the summer solstice is all about, how you can celebrate it, and ways to sprinkle a bit of spiritual magic into your solstice festivities.

What’s the Summer Solstice Anyway?

First things first, the summer solstice, also known as midsummer, falls on the 22nd June this year in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the day when the sun is at its highest point in the sky, showering us with the most daylight. Cultures all over the world have celebrated this day for centuries with all sorts of rituals, feasts, and festivals to honour the sun and the earth’s fertility.

In the spiritual realm, the summer solstice symbolises growth, renewal, and reflection. It’s a time to celebrate nature’s abundance, show gratitude, and connect deeply with the earth. Plus, as the days start to get shorter afterward, it’s a gentle reminder of the beautiful cycles of life.

Fun Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

  1. Sunrise Meditation
  • Kick off your day by catching the sunrise. Find a cosy spot outside, sit comfortably, and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and feel the sun’s warm rays on your skin. Imagine the light filling you up with positive vibes and energy. It’s a wonderful way to connect with the sun and start your day on a high note.
  1. Create a Solstice Altar
  • Why not set up a special altar to celebrate the summer solstice? Use a small table or a dedicated space in your home. Decorate it with sunflowers, bright crystals like citrine or sunstone, candles, and fresh herbs. You could also add a bowl of water to balance out the fire and water elements, symbolising the sun and earth’s fertility.
  1. Gather with Your Tribe
  • The summer solstice is all about community and togetherness. Plan a get-together with friends or family. Share a meal, dance around a bonfire, or just enjoy each other’s company. This shared energy can really amplify the solstice’s positive vibes and create some unforgettable memories.
  1. Light a Fire Ritual
  • Fire is a powerful symbol of the summer solstice. If you can, build a bonfire or simply light some candles to honour the sun. Write down your intentions, dreams, or things you want to let go of on small pieces of paper. Toss them into the fire and watch them burn, visualising your desires being sent out into the universe and any negativity being released.
  1. Get Close to Nature
  • Spend time outside to fully embrace the solstice energy. Go for a hike, take a swim in a lake, or just chill in your garden. Pay attention to the sights, sounds, and smells around you. This connection with nature can ground you and enhance your spiritual experience.
  1. Practice Gratitude
  • The solstice is a perfect time to reflect on all the good things in your life. Start a gratitude journal and jot down what you’re thankful for. Expressing gratitude can raise your vibration and attract even more positivity into your life.

Adding Some Spiritual Magic

Besides the usual solstice fun, here are a few ways to add some extra spiritual sparkle to your celebrations.

  1. Crystal Healing
  • Use crystals that vibe with the sun’s energy, like citrine, sunstone, and carnelian. Meditate with them, place them on your altar, or carry them with you to boost your solstice experience.
  1. Chakra Balancing
  • The summer solstice is a great time to focus on balancing your chakras, especially the solar plexus chakra, which is all about personal power. Try some yoga poses like warrior or boat pose to activate this chakra. Visualise a bright yellow light filling this area, bringing confidence and strength.
  1. Sound Healing
  • Incorporate sound healing into your solstice rituals. Use singing bowls, chimes, or drums to raise your vibration and connect with the sun’s energy. The vibrations from these instruments can help clear any blockages and align your energy centers.
  1. Essential Oils and Herbs
  • Use essential oils like citrus, lavender, or rosemary to enhance your solstice rituals. Diffuse them in your home or add them to a ritual bath. You can also create herbal bundles with sage, rosemary, and lavender to cleanse your space and invite positive energy.

Let’s Celebrate!

The summer solstice is a truly magical time to celebrate the abundance of life, connect with the powerful energy of the sun, and set intentions for the months ahead. Whether you’re performing traditional rituals, hanging out with loved ones, or adding some spiritual practices into the mix, the solstice is a unique opportunity for growth and transformation. So go ahead, embrace the light, express your gratitude, and soak in the beauty of this special day. Happy solstice, everyone!

We’ve Got You Covered

As always, we have an abundance of wonderful goodies to help you with your summer solstice celebrations. So whether you are after crystals, essential oils, candles or singing bowls – we’ve got you covered. Here is a small selection of hand picked products. Remember, if you are after anything in particular, give us a call and we’ll do our best to source it for you.