And a Happy Solstice to All!
Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21, 2019. The word Solstice is Latin in origin and translates as, Sol =the Sun, + stitere =standing still.
On that day, the North Pole tilts most directly Sunward. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience this as the longest day and shortest night of the year. Around December 21, or 22nd of each year, the Winter Solstice, the North Pole points away from the Sun giving us in the Northern Hemisphere, our shortest day, and longest night. This tilting of the Earth’s rotational axis gives us our seasons. During each Solstice, the Sun appears to both rise and set at the opposite spot on the horizon. The Solar Calendars like Stonehenge and the Sun Dagger in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico operate by indicating this point. The Autumnal Equinox will be on September 24th.
Symbols of Summer:
The rose, the fast-growing vine, and the bright sun. Modern symbols include flip-flops, outdoor weddings, icy pitchers of lemonade, beach umbrellas and baseball games!
Foods of Summer:
Peaches, nectarines, melons, pickling, grilling, salads, cold soups, tomatoes, and iced tea.
Colors of Summer:
Brights: lime green, lemon yellow, sunny orange, sky blue.
The Zodiacal Signs of Summer:
Cancer from June 22 – July 24, Leo from July 24 – August 24, and Virgo from August 24 – September 24 this year.
The Stones of Summer:
Cancer resonates with white stones like shell and pearl. Leo with gold stones like citrine and tiger-eye. Virgo with blue stones like sodalite and sapphire.
Activities of Summer:
Barbecues, picnics, lawn-mowing, parades, festivals, fireworks, weeding, swimming outside.
The Chaco Canyon Sun Dagger petroglyphs
The Solstice Project: A Research Project about Fajada Butte
An interactive model of the Sun Dagger.