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Today is the Summer Solstice.

 

The start of the new season has officially arrived in the form of the summer solstice. The longest day of the year is a cause of celebration for many, whether you feel a spiritual connection to the power of the sun or are simply relieved that the warm-weather months have finally arrived.

 

In astrological terms, the summer solstice marks the end of spring and start of summer for the northern hemisphere. It will end with the autumn equinox, which this year falls on Tuesday 22 September.

 

Here’s everything you need to know about the summer solstice 2020:

 

What is it?

The summer solstice – otherwise known as the estival solstice, midsummer or Litha – is the longest day of the year. It occurs when the earth’s geographical pole on either the northern or southern hemisphere becomes most inclined towards the sun and officially marks the beginning of summer.

 

When the summer solstice takes place in the northern hemisphere this month, the sun will reach its highest possible altitude. As a result, the day on which the summer solstice falls will have the longest period of daylight of the year. In some cultures, the summer solstice is symbolic of fertility and the harvest.

 

When is it?

The summer solstice in the northern hemisphere occurs in June and in the southern hemisphere in December. In the northern hemisphere, it will take place this year at exactly 22:43pm on Saturday 20 June. The UK will be treated to 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight in the day, with the sun rising at 4.43am and setting in the evening at 9.21pm. After 20 June, the nights will begin to close in as the planet rotates with the northern hemisphere titling away further from the sun.

 

How is it celebrated?

The term solstice is derived from the Latin word solstitium. It’s made up of the Latin sol, “the sun,” and sistere, “to make stand, stand still”.

 

It’s believed by some that Stonehenge – the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England – was built as a kind of astronomical calendar. On the day of the summer solstice, the rising sun lines up with the Heel stone and the Altar stone of the ancient site. Thousands of people usually gather at Stonehenge to watch the spectacle and celebrate the start of summer. However, this year’s event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, English Heritage will livestream the sunrise across its social media channels.

 

A traditional Yoga Mala consists of 108 Sun Salutations, that we break up into 4 sets of 27. This is an ancient yogic tradition that millions of other people around the world will be partaking in on this exact day. It’s a ritual practice intended to bring luck to the new season, and as a salute to the power of the ever-revolving and faithful sun – a testament to trusting that LIGHT will come after Dark. What a nice inspiration for today!

 

We will be sharing one practice a week with everyone. Today’s practice is a Gentle practice with Carrie. Enjoy!

 

Coming: Stay tuned for news about our On Demand Library.

 

Namaste’

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