Written by Sarah Loker
Midsummer (also known as the Summer Solstice) has traditionally been a sacred time of ritual, across many cultures and geographic locations around the world. Not only is it the longest day of the year, with the most sunlight hours, but it also marks the halfway point in the year. It’s a particularly powerful day astrologically because of this, and is a wonderful time to dedicate to your growth. The first 6 month cycle of the year, where we transition from winter to summer, is characterized by the growth of new life and an outward, expansive energy - if we think about how plants thrive in the brighter days of spring and summer, with the increase in energy coming from the increase in sunlight, we can apply this to ourselves and view this potent time of the year as a fantastic opportunity for our own growth. The energy boost of midsummer also enables us to rejuvenate and make a fresh start, as we look ahead to the next part of the year to come.
There are many ways we can celebrate and connect with Midsummer in the modern world. The Solstice is a time to celebrate life and our own fullness, so take this auspicious time of the year as an opportunity to connect to that which makes you feel most vibrantly alive. Keep reading for some modern day rituals you can do to celebrate the upcoming Summer Solstice.
Spend time outside in nature
There are a plethora of scientifically backed health benefits to getting outside and spending time in nature (for more on this, check out our blog https://www.thestudiobartlow.co.uk/post/the-natural-way-why-spending-time-outside-feels-so-good). The Summer Solstice is a great time to get outside first thing in the morning, face the sun and take a moment to be grateful for the power of the sun’s energy, providing life, sustenance and growth.
2. Reflect on your growth
Journaling is a powerful tool anyone can use on a daily basis to help manage their mental health and wellbeing. Spend some time on the longest day of the year to reflect on the ways you have grown in the first 6 months of the year. What challenges have you overcome? Have you achieved any goals or aspirations? It’s so easy to get wrapped up in constantly looking ahead to the next step, the next goal, but it’s important we take time to look back and see just how far we have already come.
3. Have a Summer Solstice gathering
The longest day of the year is the perfect time to get together with loved ones for good food and good company. Celebrating nature’s bounty by eating fresh, seasonal produce is a great way to connect with the energy of Midsummer. The Summer Solstice is perhaps the most opportune time to have a summer picnic or BBQ!
On Saturday 3rd June, we are celebrating Midsummer with local printmaking artist and illustrator Diana, in our Linocut Printmaking Workshop. We will be experimenting with linocut printing techniques, exploring the theme of summer to connect with the seasons, nature, and our own creativity. Have fun and create your own unique linocut prints to take home with you. Tickets cost £50 with all materials provided. Saturday 3rd June, 12-2:30pm. Head to our website to book your space.
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