Welcome to this site specifically dedicated to the Equinoxes and Solstices. Every three months I produce a write-up for the current equinox or solstice. I primarily draw them up through a combination of astrology, meditation, traditional and seasonal observations.
Four times a year the seasons change at the Equinoxes and Solstices. Looking at what this season means to you, what is happening in nature and the environment can be helpful in understanding how individually we fit into the bigger picture.
There can be a sense of being in alignment with the natural rhythm of the Earth and this in turn can help us maintain a sense of balance when life appears to be turbulent. Meditations and self-care tools can be found on the Meditation Page.
The most current write-up is on this page and previous one is on the Equinoxces/Solstices page and the drop down pages in that section. The previous one on the main page and the others filed in Equinoxes or Solstices.
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SUMMER SOLSTICE 2019
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
Auguries of Innocence by William Blake
Well the Summer Solstice is one of the four turning points in the year and whatever actions we take during these next three months will have an everlasting effect. The extremely changeable weather feels symbolic of the energy before the solstice and during. Traditionally it is a time to relax and enjoy the summer, this year there are also some warnings to stay alert and present. There is a strong mirroring going on with world situations and our own personal lives. We can no longer separate the “political” from the personal. This is not a Summer Solstice of indifference but more of being honest about where our loyalties lie and our true sense of purpose.
The main focus is to be flexible and hone our negotiation skills without being reactive. There may be an unpredictable depth of feelings expressed by people who are considered quiet or on issues that we are normally quiet about. The summer solstice can be seductive and a time of secrets. This may be a good time to reflect on what and how can you be seduced? Can you be seductive? What secrets are you hiding? Are there uncomfortable consequences to these issues? What action can you wisely take? Personal integrity can help in these situations especially where inner turmoil and fears around the future are concerned. Are your fears being influenced by others? Meditating and talking to people who are part of your trustworthy support network are tools you can use.
Poppies seem to be growing in abundance and they may have an important message for us all whether it is simply the association with summer or more deeply about a need to sleep, to dream. It could be a reminder of all those who died in various wars/conflicts so that we don’t repeat the same loss of life. Are they about peace? Are they about new beginnings, abundance and delight? What is their message for you?
Unusually there is an extremely practical aspect to this solstice: keeping your physical body fit and to eat healthily, but watch out for being fanatical, this is not a hair shirt. It is more about being balanced, grounded and able to make life changes that will have a significant impact especially in fighting negativity in times of uncertainty.
Paradoxically, if we are grounded, we can be joyful as we go through this cycle of chaos and important rite of passage in trust and innocence . We can change consciously allowing the summer to be an enjoyable space for healing and nurturing.