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How You Can Celebrate Summer Solstice This Week

Calling all witchy friends! At last, the summer solstice is upon us!

What does that mean, exactly? Well, it’s a fancy way of letting everyone know that the Earth’s tilting on its axis as much toward the sun as it can go. That is when the sun is in the highest position in the sky. It’s the longest day of the year, and of course, with that, the shortest night. It also means we can officially start taking summer hours at work!

Summer solstice has been recognized by humans since the Stone Age and has been celebrated by cultures all over the world since long before christianity was even a thing. Think pagans burning massive bonfires to help fuel the sun and make magic more potent. The summer solstice, in many cultures has long been associated with marriage and union and helping maidens find their mates (don’t shoot the feminist… it’s ancient folklore.) In China it is considered a celebration of the Yin, or the female force. (Read more about the history of summer solstice here if you’re interested!)

No matter what culture you come from, the summer solstice is a time of renewal, growth, magic and endless possibility and should be celebrated as such! Here are a few ways you can celebrate this Thursday.

Have a bonfire!
There’s nothing quite like honoring old traditions. Whether you think the flames will help encourage the sun, make your magic more potent, or it’s just a good excuse to get outside… any and all reasons are good enough for us! If you want to make your summer solstice party a little extra special, have everyone write an intention for the summer months on a piece of paper. At the end of the night, make a ritual of throwing each one in and letting the fire of transformation do the rest.

 Honor the sun
Maybe for you that looks like a morning sun salutation or instead, a simple day at the beach. Either way, let the sun kiss your cheeks and remember to feel grateful for the warmth in your life.

 Sun Tea!
Solstice is the perfect time to make the same sort of sun tea your mom used to make when you were a kid. Not only will you get to drink in the sun’s vibrant and loving energy at the end of the day, but the drawn out process is a reminder to slow down and enjoy the ride.So collect some flowers and herbs for your garden, put them in a mason jar with some water and leave it in a sunny spot.

Plant a garden
Nothing shows off the sun’s magic more than it’s relationship with plants. The summer solstice would be the perfect day to start that little garden box you’ve been dreaming of. Already have one? Great! Get your hands in the soil and sew some new seeds. Earth mama and father sun will be happy for the excuse to have a little date.