Summer Solstice 2022: Spiritual meaning, astrology and how to mark the longest day

Filiz Mustafa

June 21st is the longest day of the year and those who are not familiar with the Summer Solstice, want to know more about its significance.

The Summer Solstice, also known as the longest day, marks the start of every summer.

During this time, the sun reaches the highest position in the sky and countries like the UK get over 16 hours of sunlight.

Here’s more about the longest day of the year, including its spiritual meaning and history.

Sun Rises On The 2022 Summer Solstice
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Summer solstice 2022: Spiritual meaning

The Summer Solstice is a good period to manifest bigger goals and a solid time for inner work. June 21st is a day when the physical and spiritual world come together.

The longest day of the year is the start of the Cancer season which represents personal development and work within the self.

Similar to other years, 2022 is a year where people should learn to embrace the light before darker days begin.

Speaking to woman&home, expert in energy healing Nicole Harley said: “Every solstice is about honoring the cycle of life. The Summer Solstice often lands during the longest days of the year, it’s about celebrating the power of the light before we start moving towards darkness.”

Today’s energy is very high so make sure to spend the day or evening to connect with your inner world by doing meditation or having meaningful conversations with people close to your heart.

If you want to learn what the day means for each zodiac sign, you can read Cosmopolitan’s article.

How to celebrate the day

For those who celebrate Summer Solstice, the day includes a series of activities such as bonfires at the beach, feasts and singing and dancing to traditional songs.

Many people visit Stonehenge in Wiltshire, UK every year to welcome the sunrise in the early hours of the day.

In recent years, some have combined the tradition with a short staycation nearby so that they can be some of the first observers at the historical location.

A lot of observers wear white robs to greet the start of Summer Solstice and welcome the longest day of the year.

June 21st also celebrates yoga

As well as the beginning of summer and long days, June 21st celebrates the International Day of Yoga.

The United Nations recognised the day in 2014 and the day has been celebrated every year since then. The international day aims to raise awareness of the benefits of practising yoga and doing movements that connect the body, mind and soul.

This year’s theme is called Yoga For Humanity, which emphasises sustainable living and being in harmony with our planet.

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