I am an admitted sun worshipper.
Not in the “gotta get a tan” kind of sun worshipper, but in a “I feel really good when the sun is out” kind of way.
I love glow of the sun and the shifting colors that occur as it moves through the sky, through changing weather and changing seasons. I look forward to the long days of summer and suffer through the shorter days of winter.
This weekend, June 21, marks the longest day of light in the year in the northern hemisphere.
It is the Summer Solstice.
Solstice means “standing still of the sun” in Latin. During the summer solstice the sun is directly over the Topic of Cancer. There, at noon, the Sun gives brief pause at its highest point in the northern sky for a few days before shifting southward and beginning a six month descent to the shortest day in the year, the winter solstice.
Ancient cultures celebrated renewal, fertility, and harvest on this day. Fire – representing the sun is an important symbol. The earth is warming. Crops are in full growth. Midsummer is upon us.
Solstice is about passage. Passage is about transition and change.
As the sun give pause in the sky I give pause and think of possibilities and potential.
How do you celebrate the longest day of the year?