Happy Summer Solstice Everyone!
Okay, so, this morning at 6:07 am Eastern, Summer arrived. Well, what does that mean for all of us? And why should we care, I thought this post was about self-help? I’m also a teacher guys, sorry! I love to share information I can find!
The summer solstice begins when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun directly above the Tropic of Cancer. The winter solstice, which falls on Friday, Dec. 21 this year, is the exact opposite. Today is the longest day of the year and it also marks the beginning of winter for the Southern Hemisphere. Cool, huh?!
If perhaps, you are reading this from the Arctic Circle, you will not see the sunset but a few minutes today. So to all of you, enjoy, put on some sunscreen and pull the blinds tonight for bed!
Many countries around the world have celebrations for solstice. Sweden celebrates Midsummer, or summer solstice, by dancing around Maypoles and drinking. Slovakia celebrates Kupala or cupid night. And we can’t forget Stonehenge, one of the largest celebrations in the world; thousands gather to welcome the solstice and get married.
The term solstice derives from Latin “sol” meaning “sun” and “sistere” which means “to make stand.” My advice, go stand in the sun! Sounds close enough.
Anywho, today, in PA we will get approximately 15-15.5 glorious hours of Vitamin D! Use this gloriously long day, to go soak in some sunshine, revel in the beauty of nature and listen to the songs of the birds. Nature has a really strange and easy way of making you feel oneness instead of aloneness.
Until next time-J