Summer Solstice, also known as midsummer, occurs when the earth’s rotational axis on its northern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the sun. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, when we get more sunlight than we do on any other day of the year. I have long celebrated this special day. For me, it holds as much importance as any of the major holidays. Not only does it mark the height of light, but it also represents the halfway point in our year. What better time to take stock of all that we have done and all that we have yet to do?
Through the ages, the summer solstice has symbolized growth, renewal, and fertility. There is an abundance of energy to be tapped into at this time. It is the very best time to harness the magic of the universe. Set your intentions. Get a tarot reading. Cast a love spell. Recite your most meaningful prayer.
This afternoon, I walked around my home and my yard and snapped these photographs. Simple reflections of the things that I am so deeply grateful for. When I think back to how I started this year there is simply no way that I could have even imagined the incredible things that would unfold, the peace that I would find, the hope that would set my soul at ease, and the magic that would stretch itself out in front of me.
My days are not easy. They are full and heavy and, oftentimes, terrifying. Yet, when I look at where I have come from and where I am now — the path is breathtaking. Courage that I did not know existed has poured out of me through the trials that I have faced. And most of all, I have been strong and I have been brave. For years and years, I talked about leaping. I prayed that God would catch me. Then, the time came. I jumped and I was caught and held and I rose up.
I have so much to share, my dearest friends. My story of redemption: of loss and faith, of fear and courage, and mostly of the strength to start all over again.
My advice to you is this: J U M P .