I'm a fan of bite-sized activities because 1) I get bored easily and 2) I'm lazy. Bite-sized activities are also great for peeps who already have tons of stuff on their to-do lists.
With the summer solstice coming up on June 20, I thought it'd be fitting to throw out some mini ideas on how to celebrate the longest day of the year.
I'd love to plan and participate in a full-on summer solstice ritual, but chances are I'm not going to do either of those. I will, however, charge my crystals under the full strawberry moon (aka hot moon, rose moon, sheep moon) and celebrate this joyous time of year with some of these suggestions (some suggestions adapted from James Kambos' Summer Solstice essay in The Witches' Datebook 2016).
☼ Watch the sun rise. If you're a morning person, this will be easy. Even if you're not a morning person, if you have to be up early anyway (for work or other obligations), wake up a bit earlier, just this one day, and enjoy the sun rise. Savor how it colors the sky and give thanks for its illuminating, life-giving light.
☼ Surround yourself with sun symbols. Draw them, paint them, wear them.
☼ Invigorate with citrus. Arrange oranges and lemons in a bowl. Use citrus fruits in your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Bathe or adorn yourself in citrus scents. In fact, if you spritz on a little citrus or inhale an orange/lemon/lime, you'll perk up and be able to watch that sun rise.
☼ Serve your food on brightly colored dishes.
☼ Change your bedding/table cloth/bath towels to reflect bold, bright summer colors.
☼ Eat lunch outside and let the sun bathe you in its warmth. This is especially nice when you work in a cold office.
☼ Sip on ice cold lemonade.
☼ Admire plants and flowers. Notice how they grow towards the sun. Whisper a wish into the flower petals. Dig your hands into the dirt.
☼ Wear bright colors. Technically, the color correspondence for June 20 is ivory, but you could compliment with orange, yellow, and red.
☼ Light a yellow, orange, or gold candle. Watch the flame and think about all the gifts the sun gives us. Give thanks for a beautiful summer solstice.