The summer solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. Though the summer solstice is an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like Midsummer to refer to the day on which it occurs. Except in the polar regions (where daylight is continuous for many months during the spring and summer), the day on which the summer solstice occurs is the day of the year with the longest period of daylight. Thus the seasonal significance of the Summer solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. The summer solstice occurs in June in the Northern Hemisphere and in December in the Southern Hemisphere.
So what do you propose to do with your ‘lengthier days’ that Summer Solstice brings? Will you walk the dogs at the SPCA? Will you build homes with Habitat For Humanity? Will you work in a local soup kitchen? Will you give blood to Virginia Blood Services? Will you donate money to some other worthy cause?
We’re all busy people, but we should never be too busy to think of others who need us. Make the most of your summer and make it a “Summer of Giving” in your family.
- Summer Solstice (4mothers1blog.wordpress.com)
- Astrology week beginning June 20 2011 (planetaryenergies.net)