We had our Summer Solstice last week and the energy is still present. Have you ever wondered how solstices came to be? How is it that on what most often is the 21st of certain months, the Solstice occurs?
The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words “sol”, meaning sun, and “stitium”, meaning still or stopped. On this day, the Northern Hemisphere receives more daylight than any other day of the year. The summer solstice marks the start of summer and the tipping point at which days start to become shorter and nights longer.
It’s hypothesized that Neolithic humans created the summer solstice as a marker to discern when to plant and harvest crops. For people living in those times, life was focused on the seasons and how they related to planting crops. The ancients noticed that as summer progressed, the sun stopped moving northward in the sky, then begin tracking southward again as summer turned to autumn.
Living in this time, solstices take on a different meaning; we can use these times to look inside and reflect on how we are doing in our life in this moment. The solstice reflects the energy of the season and the summer solstice has an energy of its own, very different from the Fall or winter solstice.
The weather is warmer, people are outside more, it’s easier to travel and socialize with your neighbors and it’s easier for your energy to be outward oriented. If you use what was happening for the ancients as a metaphor for us, this is a time of planning and planting.