A Summer Solstice Ceremony For You And Your Loved Ones
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A Summer Solstice Ceremony For You And Your Loved OnesMark the Summer Solstice with this celebratory ceremony from Glennie Kindred
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This is Summer’s height, Midsummer, the longest day and the shortest night of the Earth’s solar year. Here we celebrate the completion of the cycle that began at the Winter Solstice.
Solstice means ‘standing of the Sun’ and we can connect to this great turning point in the Earth’s yearly cycle by taking a moment to stop, be still and look back at our own unique journey since the Winter Solstice. By celebrating our achievements and acknowledging our failures, we can make sense of our actions and understand what can be learned from them.
From now to the Winter Solstice everything on the Earth will be withdrawing within. We can use this time to focus on what we wish to nurture and develop in ourselves during the coming months.
In the past the Summer Solstice was an important occasion. People stayed up all night to watch the Sun come up at dawn. Many of the stone circles in the Northern Hemisphere are aligned to the Solstice sunrise. Midsummer’s Eve and Midsummer’s Day were traditionally the time for carnivals, processions and circular walks.
Summer Solstice is a time to count our blessings, to celebrate our achievements and our expansive, expressive selves. It is a time to celebrate each other, to pass on the Spirit of generosity and goodwill in ever-widening circles of positive energy.
Summer Solstice Celebration
* The Summer Solstice is the moment to celebrate ourselves as individuals within our community. Organize a procession on Midsummer’s Eve, letting friends and family know a gathering place and time. Ask everyone to bring a picnic and to dress bold and beautiful!
* Plan a circular walk to a picnic spot where you can have a fire in the evening. Encourage a carnival atmosphere, with a planned theme to facilitate dressing up, puppets, decorated hats, plays, banners and flags. Ask musicians to come and play and ask everyone to bring drums and percussion. Encourage personal expression and creativity in all aspects of the event.
*Stay up all night and climb to a high place just before dawn to watch the Solstice sunrise or gather at a local power spot or stone circle. If you are on the East coast, watch the Sun rise over the sea.
* As the Sun comes over the horizon, become aware of your feet on the Earth and the pulse of her energy. Commit yourself to help her in some way. This may not be clear as yet, but your heartfelt intent will open the possibilities for this to happen.
*The Summer Solstice is a doorway into the second half of the year, energizing the paths that lead within. Stand on the thresh- old and ask yourself what you wish to encourage in your life.
‘Many thousand years we have come To be here in this moment with you, Earth, the Moon, the stars and the Sun, Dancing the dream awake.’
*Before the ceremony, create a ring of stones or crystals as a central focus and ask everyone to find five stones, one to represent each element, and to bring them to the ceremony.
* Begin with a shared grounding exercise that helps everyone to feel connected to the Earth. If it is dry, lie down on the Earth and feel the pulse of her living energy beneath you.
* Open the circle by creating a cairn of elemental blessings. As each element is called, each person takes their element stone to the centre with a personal blessing and thanks for that element, placing the stone on the cairn.
* Sing a chant and circle round the cairn of blessings, with your bare feet on the Earth if possible.
* Once this feels complete, pass round a length of ribbon that will encompass the whole circle without a break. When eve- ryone is holding the ribbon, ask everyone to focus on their connection to the whole and to the Earth. How may we help? How may we radiate goodwill and generosity of Spirit in the world? How may we use the positive power of our ‘yes!’ to make changes for a better world? Give this a few minutes, humming together while you focus on the possibilities.
* Then pass round a pair of round-ended scissors. Let each person in turn cut themselves from the circle, holding their ribbon as they make a pledge out loud to help the Earth in some way. Then pass the scissors on to the next person. Tie the piece of ribbon to yourself as a reminder of your pledge.
* Holding hands again, sing and dance together, repeating the chant you began with.
* Close the circle by thanking each of the elements and all present.
* Share food, music and friendship. Dance and party! Celebrate life! Celebrate each other! Celebrate the power and beauty of the Earth!