Full Moon In Sagittarius
New Moon In Cancer
Welcome to Summer,
radiant children of the Earth!
The rebirth of the Sun that began on Winter Solstice, December 21st, has carried us through a gentle growth of Spring’s renewal. After the flowering and pollination of May, we now join the Sun and celebrate its climactic fullness, fruition and peak of solar strength with the longest day of the year officially starting Summer on June 21st.
Summer is the season to draw on the roots and dreams we have cultivated all year, to connect to the inner fire of our solar plexus, our joy and unique sense of purpose – and to alchemize these energies into rightful action.
There is a lot of creative and collaborative energy available. The days are the longest, and our gardens need our sweat, work, time and presence in order to become abundant paradises that will nourish us and our loved ones for months to come.
Now we practice the commitment and the joy that it takes to parent land, ourselves and others into glorious fruition, knowing that it is our divine responsibility and right to do so.
As you channel the Sun’s power of transformation, take care not to burn too hot in the flaming fires of this season. Look around, and you’ll see the Earth Mother is providing you what you need to balance the high solar/ yang energies of Summer with cooling and moistening yin herbs and foods. Cucumbers, watermelon, mint, lemon balm and tulsi will keep you hydrated, replenished, calm and balanced.
Stay grounded and heart centered to ensure your sense of purpose does not shift into inflamed ego or power dynamics. Remember the ecosystem of our modern culture thrives on the intensity humans can generate so maintain a deep commitment to keep one foot in deep time, connected to Earth pace, at all times. Spending time laying under the stars and bathing in the dark of the night will help.
When you cultivate balance within yourself, you feed the forces of balance upon the Earth.
The month of June begins after a New moon in Gemini. Speak your prayers into the seeds you plant in your Summer garden. Cast your dreams through speech, song, and celebration of how far you have come this year, giving gratitude for this life.
The Moon comes into fullness mid month and then we continue the energy of growth as we approach the Solstice – the longest day of the year, the climax of the Sun’s journey, the exalted celebration of fruition and all that has manifested this year.
Celebrate the fullness of life by feasting with community, dancing around a bonfire or lighting a candle. Make offerings to the Earth, and speak words of praise that feed the holy in Nature.
This is a time to count your blessings and fortify the good spirits with words of praise and acts of creativity.
Many traditional cultures believe medicinal plants are at their greatest power at the Summer solstice, and the evenings are times to harvest herbs for magick and medicine making.
The abundance we enjoy in the fullness of the Summer garden is a gift of the Earth and the nourishment we cultivate now will keep us vital in the darker months to come.
Feed the light with your unique song, illuminate your heart with the beauty of Nature, stand in your power as a caretaker of life.
What would you call this Moon based
on where you live and what you are noticing?
Themes of This Moon
Atmosphere: Flowers have turned into fruit. The sweetness of the Earth’s abundance drips down our chins in peach juice and stains our hands with berries.
Movement: Be still outside in the early morning at dawn before the quickening of the Summer day. Garden at dusk until the fireflies light your way home.
Flower: Roses — are the symbol of love, the flower of the Goddess, and they often peak in June. Imagine your heart opening like a soft, Summer Rose, that exhales her ecstatic scents and sighs with endless generosity and grace. “Open your heart”, says the Rose. Be present to the miracle of life.
Food Medicine: Cucumbers — Often unappreciated and misunderstood as a vegetable, cucumbers are actually healing Summer fruits native to India. They are 95% water, a good source of fiber, and have minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Munch on cucumbers to stay hydrated and to cool inflammation or heat in the body. Apply them to a sunburn or swollen eyes, as they also calm irritation and heat topically.
Herb: St John’s Wort — This yellow wild flower and medicinal field weed peaks at the Summer solstice and is believed to capture the magick of the Sun and carry warmth and light into darkness. Famous for her anti-depressant qualities, her spirit uplifts and her flowers, leaves and stems can be infused in an olive oil to make a red, healing oil or salve that protects skin from the Sun and heals wounds.
Tree: Oak — The Oak is a Great Father Tree, an ecosystem in itself. The wholeness and holiness of this sacred tree mirrors the glory of the Sun in its greatest matury, the peak of its journey. A tree of wisdom, healing and refuge, Oaks provide shade on the hottest days. Lean against an Oak to ground your energy when the intensity of Summer overwhelms. Look up at the canopy full of birds, acorns, food and habitat, and learn the beauty of caring for life.
What has grown in you this year? What is feeling juicy?
Give your joy a voice and write a letter to yourself, from the voice and guidance of your joy.
Make a list of all that you can celebrate in your life and in Nature around you. Then go read it outloud to a tree or in a place in Nature.