Whatever your chosen name, the longest day of the year has a certain resonance. With over 16 hours of daylight, it has traditionally been widely celebrated.
At Stonehenge, a sacred prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, people gather from all walks of life to observe the sunset and sunrise on the longest day. Walking in the footsteps of their ancestors, in this ancient place of worship and celebration.
There is something incredibly unifying in watching the sun set, then rise again along with roughly 14000 other souls. Especially as the site is thought to be around 5000 years old.
A UNESCO world Heritage site, the solstice offers a rare opportunity to access the stone circle itself.
Ways to celebrate Summer Solstice (Litha)
- Have a bonfire: The sun’s close connection to flames mean that bonfires are a key part of any celebration.
- Getting organised: Litha is traditionally a time to take stock of all the things you wish to achieve in the next six months. Make a list of all your career, relationship and personal goals.
- Meditating in nature: From a simple 10 minutes in the garden, to a more involved walk in the woods. Feel the grass beneath your feet, run your hands over tree bark, sit and listen to nature’s chorus,
- Dancing and music: The dancing is normally done around the bonfire and to the sound of guitars and drums but any uplifting music to simply celebrate the day and your enjoyment of it.
- Sunrise or sunset yoga: Performing sun salutations outside as dawn and dusk break.
- Learn and grow: Sign up for a course, do some home study, practice or partake in a hobby. There’s plenty of daylight, so no excuses.
Have a blessed Litha – Lady Sky