The Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice is Sunday, June 21 at 10:37 AM Mountain Daylight Time. (MDT)  For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice usually occurs around June 21st. I say “usually” because our calendar doesn’t follow the earth’s rotation exactly, so it can shift. In my research I came across an article 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Summer Solstice. Among them: The Pagans celebrate the solstice with symbols of fire and water. In Paganism and Wicca, Midsummer is celebrated with a festival known as Litha. In ancient Europe, the festival involved rolling giant wheels lit on fire into bodies of water to symbolize the balance between fire and water. Water is yin/feminine in character, its energy is downward and its motion is stillness and conserving. Water is also the element of stillness and rest, taking time to rest and rejuvenate yourself. It is in the Water element that all great innovations and ideas are birthed. Fire is yang/masculine in character, its direction is upward and its energy is expansive. Fire is the Element responsible for the passionate resonance when you are following your life’s calling. The ancient Chinese honored the yin on the solstice. In ancient China, the summer solstice was the yin to the winter solstice’s yang—literally. Throughout the year, the Chinese believed, the powers of yin and yang waxed and waned in reverse proportion to each other. At the summer solstice, the influence of yang was at its height, but the celebration centered on the impending switch to yin. At the winter solstice, the opposite switch was honored. The name comes from the fact that...