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Summer Solstice – the lag of spirituality

2021 Summer Solstice

Every year, the Summer Solstice sneaks up on us. It seems like one moment we’re enjoying Spring, taking walks in the warm air and watching the flowers bloom, and then suddenly it’s the solstice, the longest day of the year.

While this day is our longest day, it isn’t the hottest. In fact, for nearly all of the United States (and for most countries in the Northern Hemisphere), the hottest day doesn’t come until July or August. This phenomenon is known as the lag of the seasons, where the heat of summer happens after the longest day, and the coldest bite of winter falls after the longest night.

Why is that? Why are our seasons always playing catch up to the Light of our Sun?

The answer is found in the great oceans that hug the seven continents and cover more than 70% of Earth’s surface. These great bodies of water hold a great deal of heat. They take their time soaking up the hotter rays of the Sun and affect the weather systems across our planet – meaning that the planet gets hotter after the solstice has passed. Similarly, the oceans take time to cool, meaning that the coldest days of winter will arrive after the longest night.

We’re lucky this is the case. On the planet Mercury, for example, which has no water and no atmosphere, heating and cooling are nearly instantaneous. In the day, temperatures soar above 750 degrees. At night, regardless of season, they plummet to minus 300 degrees.

Water insulates us. Water moderates the atmosphere for us.

It’s important to think about this moderating effect of water as Summer Solstice approaches. Though the light is a literal life-bringer, providing nourishment for plants in their growing season and warmth for us to survive, the light, if untempered, can be dangerous. From a purely physical standpoint, we know that too much sunlight can lead to sunburn.

But spiritually, can one have too much light? If we hold that “the Light” is our source of creation, how could it be that too much light could lead to destruction?

Light, in its physical form, is a wave and a particle. The Sun fuses elements together and then emits light as a result of these processes – light with heat.

Think of these released products as raw, unrefined, waves of creative energy. They crash into the Earth at the speed of, well, light. It is thanks to the Earth’s water and atmosphere that the raw force of the Sun is tempered, managed, and generally safe for us.

Light from the Sun is explosive because it is created in a raw and explosive manner. The light bursts out, rushes forth, crashes down. It’s heavy light. It’s amazing and life-giving, but it is wild and untamed.

It comes at you fast. So fast, you sometimes forget the Solstice is here, because the heat hasn’t caught up yet.

Spiritually, you also have a lag time – and that is a good thing. You have your own insulation, your own forms of spiritual water that can help you moderate the creative but overwhelming light that can come to you.

Sometimes, the light shines beautifully and cleanly, and your waters ride the waves of light. Other times, the light shines explosively, and your own spiritual waters must soak it up, letting you experience spiritual clarity at a later time, when you are better able to handle your spiritual growth.

I’m certain you have had this experience. Perhaps you had a surprising conversation with a mentor – one that didn’t make sense in the moment, but down the line you had a sudden “a-ha” moment when everything clicked. That’s your spiritual water at work, moderating that intense light, holding its energy until you can handle the growth.

The light will come to you, even if you do not recognize it in the moment. Fear not it passing you by.

Just enjoy the warmth.

These external elements – water, sunlight, and everything else around us – vibrate at their own unique frequencies. Just as you do.

And just like the particles of light that penetrate your physical body, these frequencies can penetrate and impact that frequency at which you vibrate.

Luckily, you do have some level of insulation. And you have a level of control – deciding which frequencies you let pass, and which you avoid.

You can learn how to do this in Deborah’s upcoming course in partnership with The Shift Network. Click here to learn more about it.

Deborah King