Last week, everywhere around the world, we experienced the Summer Solstice. It is a deeply spiritual and cleansing time for our body, mind and souls. And we really felt it in our house!
The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and usually falls on the 21st July. It’s counterpart, the Winter Solstice, falls on the 21st of December, and is the shortest day of the year. This year in the UK we had 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. In the Arctic Circle it is the only day of the year when they experience a continuous period of daylight for 24 hours. Wouldn’t that be something to behold!
In the UK the most popular celebration occurs on Stonehenge. This mysterious Pagan monument is famously aligned to the solstices. We know very little about why or how Stonehenge was built but during the Summer Solstice it is the only time the rising sun reaches the middle of the stones when it shines on the central alter. People travel from all over to gather together and party while watching the sun rise here every year.
Midsummer’s eve has always had a magical theme to it, it was said it is a time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest.
Now I don’t know if that is true, but I do know that last week, my usually happy healthy family were all slightly more emotional and we all were under the weather. Furthermore the chats I had with friends confirmed they and their kids were also not 100%, whether emotionally or physically.
There is without doubt more energy in the atmosphere at different types of the year and consciously or unconsciously we are all affected by these energy shifts. We all know about fictional werewolves at full moons, but in fact it has been shown that rates of crime do increase during full moons!
Solstices, Equinoxes (which happen in March and September) and full moons stimulate our bodies to release. What we release is up to us. It may be we need to release toxins of the physical kind and this might present in a cold or a rash, or we might need to release emotional toxins and this may present in anger or tears.
Solstices and Equinoxes are so powerful that many therapists will recommend timing cleanses or detoxes during these periods to enjoy greater benefits of improved digestion, clearer skin, weight loss.
Naturopath Debra Allan says that “it is believed that the Equinox affects the thickness of the blood and when the blood is thinner, albeit only slightly thinner, it is a good time to cleanse. The blood moves faster and therefore speeds the elimination of toxins.”
Isn’t it incredible that without us even being aware of having to do anything the universe gives us 16 (12 full moons, 2 Solstices and 2 Equinoxes) opportunities to cleanse ourselves throughout the year! So next time you’re thinking of doing a short 1 or 2 day cleanse think about doing it during a full moon! Of if you’re thinking of doing a long cleanse like the 30 Days to Healthy Living Cleanse I wrote about in a previous blog here https://theholisticblueberry.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/30-days-to-healthy-living-and-beyond/ consider doing it during an Equinox or a Solstice and see how much more powerful they are!
Although its not always pleasant to be either ill or overly emotional, it actually does our souls and bodies a lot of good. And there is a lot we can do to support ourselves in eliminating these toxins so we don’t store them and they don’t end up causing chronic conditions later down the line.
I’ll be talking more about how to do this and expanding more on the routes of elimination our bodies have to clear out toxins in an upcoming blog so keep your eye out.
Until next time! xx