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This is the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year, when the sun reaches it’s highest point in the sky.
Summer solstice 2021 will occur at 11:32 p.m. EDT (0332 June 21 GMT). That is the moment when the sun reaches the point at which it is farthest north of the celestial equator.
The word “Solstice” is derived from the Latin words Sol and systere, meaning “Sun”–“standing still.”
Reaching its highest point in the sky, the sun must travel its longest path, meaning it will take longer to rise and to set. That is why today marks the longest day; that is, the longest period of sunlight hours, and shortest night.
While the Summer Solstice marks the official beginning of Summer, it also marks the moment days begin to grow shorter as the Sun begins its annual migration south, until the day of Winter Solstice.
All through history, this day has been celebrated all around the world. It is the day when the most life-giving light is showered upon the Earth by the Sun. Traditionally, it is the most powerful day of the year for for spiritual growth and healing.
In the Pagan tradition, Midsummer Day is called Litha.
There are many ways to commemorate this day. Spiritualist Chloë Rain suggests this one:
Make a Prayer Stick or Prayer Tree and place specific prayers for those who need healing on it. Make a prayer for the return to peace where there is no peace, for vibrancy and good health in areas of the world where there is now poverty and scarcity.
A song of Summer Solstice from Sweden by Jonna Jinton, with her Nyckelharpa, an ancient traditional instrument.
This selection will have meaning for someone special to me.
This is a day when the Apache celebrate the Summer Solstice with traditional dances. May the Great Spirit have mercy on us all no matter what color our skin, or what mistakes we have made. Father, please heal our hearts and our land. Have pity and send your light to us no matter our past sins.
Wishing everyone a peaceful and restful Sunday.
Peace this day, and every day.
Take this time to sit, and quietly take in your surroundings in a comfortable place.
Do not dwell on thoughts that enter your mind for long, as the need to empty the mind while sitting is what is to be realized, all the while concentrating on your breath: Breath in, and exhale out, and truly realize the moment of this time that is just for you, it is your place, your time, you are at home.
This is an open thread. Please add your thoughts, meditations, and reflections as you wish.
*Attribution: Creator of Dkos Sangha Weekly Thread, Brother “davehouck”.