Celebrating Light during Summer Solstice and Jaanipäev

In each solar year we have two Solstice’s, one in June. As the Sun enters Cancer toward the end of June we have the Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) and Winter Solstice (Southern Hemisphere).

As we make the journey into the Summer Solstice we are being energised from the Sun in our Heart through to the Divine Heart of all creation. Every cell in our body is vibrating and there is a an energy shift that is happening.

If ever there is a good time to let go of what doesn’t serve you it is then during the time. Any burdens or hate that you carry with you the emotional weight that you carry around on a daily basis. Allow the energy to move though your body and not only toward the head but also to your heart. Prioritise your heart as in the west we keep our minds busy and our hearts closed, so it is time to shift this around.

The summer solstise has historically had a big meaning in many Druids’ celebration of the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth”. The ancient Chinese honoured the Yin on the Solstice In ancient China, the summer solstice was the yin to the winter solstice’s yang. In Egypt it represented the new year.

Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump. And we still do as this is a prime example of celebrations staying within our Estonian culture. It is also believed that you should build the fire to keep the bad spirits away, so the bigger the fire the better to keep them far, as this is also the time when the bad spirits arise, as we are cleansing our body, emotions and minds.

When we were kids in Estonia we were always told the story about Dusk (Hämarik) and Dawn (Koit) during the night of Jaanipaev, as the sun hardly ever sets.


Dusk was responsible for the setting sun and Dawn for the rising sun.

They fell in love with each other and Grandpa promised them to meet once a year – on the nights of June, when at around midnight Dusk puts the sun in the palms of Dawn and they kiss.

They meet endlessly only in the nights of June and their love creates the blushing colours in the sky. The sun never really sets as it is held in the hands of their love.

 


This story is also a calling to also open your heart for new love. What or whom this love might represent for you can vary, but an open hear is the representation of allowing new energy to enter. According to ancient tradition in Estonia, if you pick a bouquet of 9 flowers and set it under your pillow at night, you will see you future husband in dreams.

Traditionally it is a time of cleansing your body, your house and your thoughts. Cleanse your house by burning some candles, sage, incense – allow the light to enter your life. We always take sauna as a part of the tradition to enter the night with clean body. Also visualise and manifest. Take mo moment in your day or evening and write or just sit with yourself and allow to take note of your feelings, emotions, dreams, desires, fears, and failures and draft up manifestations on paper or into your heart.

In Estonia we also believe in having some fun so skinny-dipping in summer nights is always a good activity, share some laughter and kind words.

Thus tomorrow my friends is a very special day…

 

 

 

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