Happy solstice beautiful beings!
The year has nearly come to a close once again. Wishing you a wonderful and safe festive season for you and your family. Read on below for an insight into the energies of the summer solstice and the summer season. I hope to see you soon in the new year. xxx
Summer is the time of year when the sun is at the height of its power – its flame is fully ignited, bursting with energy and radiance. We naturally feel more vibrant and alive during summer as we enjoy days overflowing with light and warmth before we begin our descent into winter once again. Representing the most ‘yang’ time of year, the energy of summer is expansive and symbolises joy, rejuvenation, blossoming, spiritual-awareness, and passion.
This energy propels us onward with an increase in activity after the cooler months, offering renewal of the self and reconnection to our inspiration. Motivation and energy becomes readily available to us and it is time to come out and play and share good times with friends and family.
Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year
The Summer Solstice (also known as Midsummer) occurs when the sun’s journey across the sky reaches its highest point. It is the day of the year with the longest daylight hours, when the sun is at its most powerful and makes available to us the fiery powers of desire, fertility, creation and growth. It is a time of purification and renewed energy. This year in Australia the Summer Solstice falls on December 22nd.
After Midsummer the sun begins to wane as we approach the harvest season. Our journey through the seasons over the previous months has enabled us to tune into our hopes and dreams, plant those seeds to set in motion new growth and now is the time to take stock of our creations. Winter will soon be returning and preparations for shorter days will soon begin. But for now, we celebrate and express our gratitude for all of the blessings in our lives.
The power of fire
For our ancestors who relied on the elements of nature for their survival, they knew that all life existed because of the sun – it was life giving, life supporting and without it life would be lost. Hence fire was an important part of Midsummer celebrations as it represented the sun. Often a bonfire was lit as a way to bring the community together to feast, dance and jump the fire for luck and fertility. It also served as a reminder to be grateful for all of the life around you and begin preparations for the shorter days and reduced growth that would soon follow.
Fire was an important source of heat and light that our ancestors could not live without. It was because of fire that they were able to cook their food and warm their bodies in the cold. Some of the ancients worshipped the sun or fire as they knew it was essential to their continued daily existence. They also recognised the importance of balance when dealing with fire. The same fire that feeds and warms us can be destructive if left to burn out of control. Fire energy within us also needs to be tamed so it does not lead to explosive or violent reactions. Our digestive fire, the fires of passion, our self-expression, our emotions and our ego all need to be kept in balance to allow us to reach our full potential. Relaxation and replenishment is also vital to avoid burnout.
Summer and TCM
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), summer relates to the Fire element, which is represented by the colour red and the organs of the Heart, Pericardium (the protective covering of the heart), the Small Intestine and San Jaio (the ‘Triple burner’, which assists with our digestion and excretion). The emotions associated with the Fire element include joy, love, hurt, compassion, forgiveness and calm.
The central organ of the Fire element is the Heart, which is said to house our ‘Shen’ – our consciousness, or spirit. Our Shen contributes to our mental-emotional activity, including thinking, feeling, memory and imagination. Our connection to our Shen is thought to be an important contributor to our emotional harmony, and assists in our capacity to enable head and heart to work together.
It is through the fire element that we connect – with ourselves, others and the world. This element in TCM influences all things related to our beliefs around love and being loved. We can choose to control the level of intimacy we give and receive based on how much we trust or protect. When we feel safe and know we are lovable, we naturally open to those around us and all the blessings that connecting with others can offer.
When out of balance, the Fire element can contribute to nervous energy and agitation, over-excitement, insomnia, poor memory, sadness, speech problems and poor self-image. Balanced Fire energy allows us to tap into our inner well of unconditional love and inspiration and feel joy, fulfilment, enthusiasm, spontaneity, sensitivity and passion. It also enables clear and conscious expression from our heart and an ability to deal with life’s challenges with minimal stress.
Summer offers a varied and abundant choice of foods – there are fruit and vegetables of every colour to brighten up your meals. It is good to eat less and lightly on hot days. Heavier food s such as meat, eggs and excesses of nuts, seed and grains, can cause sluggishness. Go for cooling foods such as summer fruits, salad, cucumber, watermelon and mint. Try adding a little red and green hot peppers, cayenne pepper, fresh ginger, horseradish and black pepper to your meals, which can help to disperse heat from the body. Beware of too much cold food or liquid, as it weakens the digestive organs. Coldness can cause contraction, which interferes with digestion.
Time for transformation
Summer serves as somewhat of a rebirth – a wonderful time of renewal of self after the turning of the wheel over the months gone by. Autumn signified a decline in daylight hours and temperature, offering a chance to let go in preparation for the colder, darker months of Winter. After a time of rest and reflection during Winter, Spring saw the beginning of a new phase of growth and a final chance to cleanse, clearing the way for your true self-expression during the next phase – Summer. The expansive energy of Summer encourages opening our heart to connect more with others in playful and generous ways to make the most of the long and warm days. It’s comparable to the time in life when the child reaches adulthood, the peak of their expression. Or a Pheonix rising gloriously from the ashes to start a new life. However as part of all growth you must accept that once again change is on its way. The wheel keeps turning.
This is the phase of expressing our full potential. Like a flower opening to the world, our unique individualism has a chance to shine for all to see. This is the time to see the creator in everyone and recognise their divinity along with the recognition of your own divine self. Become aware of the light that surrounds you and of the light within you. Light provides clarity of vision. Take the opportunity to fully express your hopes and intentions and bring them into being. Be clear about what you want to achieve. Connect with the needs of your spirit rather than ego. This is what will bring you true satisfaction and harmony.
The year begins again
As another solar year completes its cycle and 2018 begins, we are offered a chance to pause and reflect on where we have been and take stock of where we want to go from here. New Year’s resolutions can be a wonderful opportunity to become conscious about your intentions – to begin setting the scene for the life you really want to create. Even a house must first begin with a plan. The clearer you become, the more the universe comes together to help you achieve it. Feel how enriched your world will become by taking another step closer to creating the life you truly want to live.
What would you like to bring into your life in 2018? What actions can you take this week to start making this a reality?
Go ahead and shine!
Summer is a period of outward activity and self expression. Now it’s time to cast off the shackles of the colder months and come out and play! This cycle encourages you to be joyful, playful, spontaneous and uninhibited. Be sure to allow your spirit (not your ego) to guide you, so you discover the incredible nourishment possible when connecting authentically with others. Allow the world to see the truth of who you are, in all your glory. For this is the bliss of a radiant spirit. What else is life for, but to live to our fullest potential?
- Spend time outdoors gathering with friends. Have a picnic, bqq or play games. Be sure to cover up appropriately with shade or hats and drink plenty of water to prevent overheating.
- Find ways to bring joyfulness into your life to uplift your heart
- Get up before sunrise and greet the Sun. Acknowledge your relationship with the sun and give gratitude for all that it offers you.
- Wear vibrant sun-like colours to energise and motivate you – red, Yellow, gold, orange
- Eat cooling food such as summer fruits, salad, cucumber, watermelon and mint
- Make choices that satisfy your heart
- What are 3 lessons you’re grateful for experiencing in 2017?
- What would you like to bring into your life in 2018? What actions can you take this week to start making this a reality?
- Visualise what it is you would like to achieve 2018. See your life in action as if you are already there. How would you be behaving? What would you be thinking or feeling? Feel it in every cell of your body. Repeat as often as you can to help strengthen the neural pathways of the brain so that it is not just imagined, but actually becomes your reality.