The word solstice is from the Latin word, solstitium, meaning “sun-stopping,” because at the point at which the sun appears to rise and set stops and reverses direction after this day. Summer solstice is a time of expanded will, celebration, blessings, spiritual renewal, festivals, and love. It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The summer solstice day has the longest period of daylight except in the Polar Regions, where daylight is continuous, from a few days to six months around the summer solstice. It is the first day of summer. It is such a joyous and magical occasion that has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Summer Solstice is one of the great turning points of the year, when the sun is at its peak and the days abound with the promise of life’s fullness. The Summer Solstice is the time of the year when the crops that were planted in the spring, are beginning to ripen. The Summer Solstice is the high point of the year for the Soul.
In 2014, the summer solstice takes place on June 21st at 6:51 AM E.D.T. in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer solstice is a result of the Earth’s north-south axis being tilted 23.4 degrees relative to the sun. The summer solstice correlates with the Sun entering Cancer, a sign of home, history and the heart. The summer solstice occurs around the day that Sirius, the Dog Star rises before the sun in the morning.
Summer solstice traditions center on the life-giving force of fire and light. Summer Solstice is the time for when communities rejoice in the many gifts of life. The Summer Solstice usually is a time of slowing down, reconnecting with nature and consciously seeking out activities that will raise your spirit. Many consider the summer solstice a time to work on spirituality, by spending the day deep in meditation, some engage in fasting in the days leading up to the summer solstice.