By Sonia Acone
The Summer Solstice, which falls between June 20th-23rd every year (June 21st this year in the northern hemisphere and December 21st in the southern hemisphere), is known in many cultures and as many names – Midsummer, Litha, St. John’s Day, Gathering Day, Drying-Up Moon, and many others. No matter what it is called, the Summer Solstice has been celebrated worldwide for centuries as a time of light, enchantment, growth, energy, and connection.
The Sun has reached its highest point and has entered into the zodiac sign of Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon, and this combination of the Sun and Moon together is wonderful to enhance the celebration of summer. It is a time when weddings take place and vows are renewed; when pregnant women are blessed (growth isn’t just for plants!); when we can better connect to nature and all of its gifts.
The longest day of the year encourages us to get outdoors and celebrate life and light. Spring has rewarded us with growth in the flowers, plants, and herbs that we’ve planted and cultivated. Now is the time to get out there and reap what we’ve sown – cut those flowers and place them in containers/vases in and outdoors; snip those herbs to hang for drying, when they can be used in cooking, potpourri and sachets. The trees are full of leaves, so no one will think it silly if you happen to walk up to your favorite tree and give it a hug and a whisper of thanks for its protection and beauty.
The Summer Solstice is also a magical time of year when faeries are prevalent and easier to communicate with. Be cautious, however, as they can be quite mischievous! Fire up the barbecue; gather around the bonfire or simply light candles to represent the light and fire of this time of year.
The Summer Solstice is associated with the colors of growth, fire, the Sun and Moon – green, white, red, orange, yellow, and combinations of each. You may use any crystals in these colors to enhance your Summer Solstice celebrations. However, if you would like more specific choices, here are some to guide you:
Crystals often used during this time of year for manifestation, growth, love and energy can include those that are connected to the Sun: Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Golden Tiger’s Eye, Golden (Imperial) Topaz, and Sunstone. Most of these crystals are also associated with the element of Fire as well. They are wonderful crystals to use for physical as well as magical energy, success, protection, courage, and prosperity. Some others linked to the fire element are Bloodstone, Fire Opal, Garnet, Hematite, Rhodocrosite, and Obsidian.
The astrological sign of Cancer belongs to the Moonstone, Mother-of-Pearl, Selenite and Emerald. Moonstone, Mother-of-Pearl, and Selenite, in addition to Aquamarine, Beryl and Sapphire are also associated with the Moon. These are crystals for healing, love, gardening, prophetic dreams, fertility, peace, and home.
The crystals I’ve listed can be placed in and around your home; in the garden; around a candle; placed in a potted plant put near water; near trees; held in your hands or kept in a pocket or pouch while you celebrate this wonderful time of year when anything is possible. Here’s wishing you a blessed, enchanting Summer Solstice!