Although here in the northern hemisphere we still have a lot of sun and summer temperatures from June 1st, the meteorologists officially speak of the beginning of summer only on June 21st, depending on the calendar. This day is still called the summer solstice or midsummer north of the equator, because it is precisely on this date that the sun reaches its highest level above the horizon. This day is a very special one in many ways. Once we have the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Second, the start of summer is heralded on this date. In addition, the summer solstice has always been shrouded in ancient mysticism and superstition. This date is honored in several ancient cultures as the union between heaven and earth.
People still believe that dreams can come true on midsummer night. Many people think that spring is a time of renewal, when you come up with new ideas and free yourself from the heavy burdens of the cold winter time. Everyone should slowly prepare their body and mind for the coming summer. The hot summer months are associated with a time of ripening in the folk calendar. The summer solstice is at the intersection of spring and summer.
We respect old traditions and folk customs and see the longest day of the year as a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the beginning of summer. That’s why we’ve put down some great tips for you on how to best do it. Of course, on this day and on the night of the summer solstice, old rituals and myths are cultivated and often reinterpreted. As is often the case in modern life, history and present are intertwined here, old traditions and contemporary ways of life. The following always applies: Set yourself new goals and celebrate the beginning of summer with good intentions! The rest of the year should continue to run smoothly for you and bring you inner harmony and personal balance.
Make a wish for something nice
Since ancient times people believed that dreams could come true on midsummer night. That is why they made a wish for something beautiful and performed old rituals so that their wishes would be fulfilled. These ancient rides are often associated with kindling and skipping fires. That is why extreme colors such as fire red and sun yellow were chosen for these rituals. Bay leaves were also popular jewelry as they symbolized fame and special honor.
The old gives way to the new. On this day you can light candles, arrange them nicely and immerse yourself in positive thoughts and beautiful dreams. The candlelight also goes a long way in ensuring that everyone is better focused on their own opportunities, emotions and feelings and assessing their advantages and disadvantages for themselves.
Get up early and watch the sun rise
The sun and the sun goddess in the various mythologies were always at the center of the midsummer celebrations – from the Germanic and Celtic areas of Europe to Slavic peoples in the Balkans to the Baltic regions, all deities of fire were worshiped, who embodied strength and power. Today you can do that in your own personal way. Our advice is – get up early that day and go to a place where you can watch the sunrise in all its shades. Think about the cycles of nature. When the sun is low in the sky, you can stare at it. Fill your eyes with sunlight and your body with new strength and more energy. Celebrate the beginning of summer quietly and lonely early in the morning!
Express your gratitude, it’s worth it! Be grateful for the warm sun, for the light and for the life.
Take advantage of the sunlight and its healing powers this morning. The summer solstice is an annual opportunity to free yourself from burdens, doubts and fears at sunrise so that everyone can become a little freer. It’s an old way of honoring the sun and singing and dancing under the sun’s rays and never losing sight of the magic of every single day. Isn’t that great?
Discover the healing power of herbs
Even in distant times people discovered the natural healing power of herbs and learned to appreciate them. Collect fresh medicinal herbs out in the field, as their healing effects are said to be particularly intense on this day. Prepare fresh herbal tea or an elderflower cocktail. Spread colorful flower petals on the dining table, even on your bed, and freshen up your interior. So invite nature straight into your home and fill your four walls with bewitching scents and fresh aromas. In this serene atmosphere you can now dream or think about personal progress in life. This is also the best time to make new plans for the future!
Organize a party for family and friends!
Last but not least, we would like to give you a good tip: celebrate the beginning of summer with friends and family! Organize a nice party for your loved ones, with delicious drinks, lots of music and dancing. According to old tradition, you can party long on midsummer night. In the past, the summer solstice festivities lasted around 12 days. Treat yourself to some chocolate or a tasty cake. Sweet things are also good for you on this day. Smile and exude positive energy! It’s contagious! And when the sun finally goes down, you can keep dancing in the moonlight! What a great party!
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