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Summer Solstice, Sun, and Saturn in Vedic Astrology
Summer Solstice arrives June 21st in the Northern Hemisphere at 5:07 am CDT.
Since the most ancient of times, in all cultures, and before all religions, the day of Summer Solstice was considered the turning point of the year, the time when the Sun “stood still” and the longest day of the year ensued.
Many communities centered their sacred buildings such as tombs and temples upon the direct alignment with the solstices. And there is speculation that the first science, astrology (which later transmuted into simple astronomy), was developed to observe these powerful days of the years.
On Summer Solstice, we celebrate the time when this solar energy is the highest, the soul’s light the brightest, and our ability to connect to this light during the longest day of the year the most opportune.
If there is a single “high holy day” in Yoga, it is the day of Solstice. This day marks the beginning of Dakshinayana, the six-month period when the Sun begins its apparent southward journey through the sky.
The Sun in both yoga and astrology represents the energy of the Soul. Many practices in yoga are based on working with the body’s internal solar energies, with sun salutations, surya bheda (right nostril breathing), and some of the oldest mantras, such as RAM or RAMA, or the ancient Sun mantra, OM SURYAYA NAMAH.
All yoga practices connected with the Sun are powerful on Summer Solstice, and it is the most powerful day of the year to connect to your soul’s inner sun and meditate, meditate, meditate. While the energy is high around the Solstice, it is also a good time to fast and perform austerities such as late evening meditations while the sunlight still lasts.
While Solstice Day is the peak of this experience, it is the 10 days leading up to Solstice that give us a powerful opportunity to heal and to strengthen the glandular system. These 10 days beginning on June 11th are the perfect time of the year for a yoga summer vacation or retreat where we can leave our usual responsibilities and eat a pure diet in a highly energy charged environment such as the mountains or by the ocean.
If that is not possible, then a 10-day meditation leading up to Solstice can bring amazing results for the next six months.
On this Summer Solstice, there is an opposition aspect between the Sun and Saturn which means that we must learn to work with the two energies of these planets in the months ahead. Both planets are about steadiness and holding authentically to our soul’s journey through time. The Sun represents the eternal causal body while Saturn is associated with the transient nature of the physical body that decays over time, so there is always a little contrariness between the bright Sun energy and the dark Saturn energy.
To balance and work with the Sun/Saturn energy this Solstice, we can use the mudra that touches the thumb tip to the Saturn (middle) finger and the Sun (ring finger) with the other two fingers extended. The breath is long, slow and steady and the body remains perfectly still. Hold the position for 3, 11, or 31 minutes and you will begin to sense a deep calmness and steadiness that will carry you through the six months following Summer Solstice.
Astrology & Yoga Weekend
August 11-12th, 2018
Yoga Yoga Westgate