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The Cosmic Story: The Wheel of the Year: Summer Solstice, June 21, 2019

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The Cosmic Story: The Wheel of the Year:

Summer Solstice: June 21, 2019

The Blossoming of the Light

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We're moving into a new season. A new energy. Full of light and warmth. We're out of school, taking vacations, picnicking outside. The Sun is high overhead and vital! Everything is growing. Nature is blossoming.

This week, the Summer Solstice marks the high point of light in the northern hemisphere, the longest day, the shortest night .

While in the southern hemisphere, you celebrate the Winter Solstice, the longest night and shortest day . (I'm sorry I'll be concentrating on the North. But the energies are the same. It's just that they are being seeded in the South now at the New Moon phase of the year's cycle/Winter Solstice you are the next stage of development of this moment.)

At the same time, we can't forget that the dark is rising. We might not acknowledge it, but the body knows. Summer is the time to sink into your body as you laze on the beach or on your doorstep. Your body enjoys the warmth and the light but it also unconsciously knows these days will soon be gone. So it wants to enjoy it now!

For the energy has shifted into the Yin part of the year, into withdrawal and ultimately darkness. For the dark is slowly rising even as we celebrate the Sun's power.

Light and Dark. Two sides of a never-ending cycle of change. The Sun stands still (Solstice) for 3 days twice each year, as the Sun travels to its furthest points both North and South of the Equator.

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Two sides of life. Both necessary. The Celts name them twins the Oak King and the Holly King, one to rule the warmth and light, one to rule the cold and dark. They battle for the hand of the Goddess but let's imagine that they switch off gracefully and peacefully. It is during these 3 days at the Solstices that they switch authority over the Sun as it continues its travels through the year.

All things that live decay and die. Life and death are woven together. Letting go of old habits, or old cultural beliefs and systems, are part of the natural process. As a culture, we need to leave patriarchy behind so there is new life and new growth available to us. This is one of the lessons of Summer/Winter Solstice. Eternal renewal.

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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)

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