June 21st is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. This marks the longest day of the year—it also happens to be International Yoga Day. This day has had special spiritual significance since ancient times. It has been celebrated by civilizations across the globe and continues to be a significant day.Journal, speak, or meditate on your intentions for the upcoming summer. Focus on harvesting the fruits of your labor, gratitude for abundance, and the ways that this summer will help you to expand and grow into a better person. If there is anything you feel you need to release from the previous winter or spring, write it down and burn it, or envision it being consumed by the flames in your mind.
Ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, the Mayans, and the Druids not only celebrated this day, but also built structures or temples that would align with the sun on the day of the summer solstice.
At the Great Pyramids of Giza, as the sun sets on the summer solstice, the head of the Sphinx aligns perfectly with the setting sun. This creates a crown of light—illuminating the crown chakra or Sahasrara of the Sphinx. The crown chakra represents enlightenment, or oneness.
Stonehenge is another ancient site that aligns with the summer solstice at sunrise, midday, and sunset. There are many Native American medicine wheels that align with the summer solstice, including one in Wyoming constructed at the top of a mountain range.
Many civilizations worshipped the sun for its life giving qualities. The sun represents cosmic power, life, energy, strength, and the one’s self. The sun can also represent clarity, or vision as seen in Greek and early Hindu mythology suggest. In Greek mythology, the sun is the eye of Zeus, while in Vedic mythology it is the eye of Varuna.
This summer solstice, practice your own ritual to honor the abundant season of summer and the life giving energy of the sun. You can do this ritual alone or with friends and family.
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