The word Solstice comes from Latin and means “sun standing still” because at the winter and summer solstices (June 21 and December 21, respectively) the sun stands still in the sky before reversing direction (as seen from Earth). The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, while at the other end of the Wheel of the Year the winter solstice is the longest night of the year. Each solstice, a mid-year portal into other worlds, times when we can seek and gather great wisdom about our soul’s path.
The Simple Ritual for this month invokes the symbol of the bridge, a powerful solstice metaphor which asks us to consider what we are bringing into the second half of the year and what we might choose to leave behind, literally or figuratively. Watch the video below to see more ways to think about and use the metaphor, and visit my Etsy boutique to purchase hand-crafted wooden bridges you can place on your sacred altar spaces to signify this grand transition.
We are now at middle year, beloveds. Time to shed the fears, anxieties, worries, and excuses. Whatever will become in 2013 begins now.
And so it is.