A time that holds the promise to be different.
Today at 03:32 GMT the earth experienced the June solstice. This is the point of greatest daylight for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, while the opposite "Winter Solstice" occurs in the Southern hemisphere.
The Summer Solstice is the time when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere, and it brings so many traditions and rituals from cultures all around the world and has been celebrated for at least 5,000 years. The word Solstice comes from the Latin term Solstitium, meaning "sun stands still”.
Spells of a different kind were anticipated during the solstice in ancient times and it was believed to be a sacred time, symbolising the power of the sun which controlled the seasons and set the important growing.
In Ancient Egypt it was an important time marking the coming of the star Sirius, and soon after the Nile would flood to nourish the land, marking the New Year. Romans dedicated this day to the goddess Vesta and celebrated women. Native Americans celebrate it today with circles of fasting, dancing and sun gazing. In Iran, the solstice marks the birth of the light angel Mithra and in China, it signifies the exchange of yin and yang balance when the dark gives way to the light and revolves around family gatherings with food.
In New York’s Times Square, people gather each year to perform Yoga from the sunrise until sunset. After several years of this, June 21 became International Yoga Day.
Although the way of honouring the cycles of nature has changed through centuries and cultures, the message is encouraging to do something special and take notice, whether planning time in nature, attending an event or a gathering. This time holds the promise to be different. It's time for renewal.
We’ll mark it with the burning of 3 different incense blends: Palo Santo, Pure Breu and Patchouli out in nature :)
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We wish you a blessed and nourishing Summer Solstice.
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