June 2013 Ritual: Summer Solstice

By Diann L. Neu

Give yourself a moment to transition into summer.

Find a quiet corner to breathe and center. When you are ready, we have a video meditation of the Summer Solstice ritual below:

Or, gather a candle and match. Find a quiet corner to breathe and center. When you are ready, light the candle, and click here for audio only of the ritual.

Or, if you would prefer to read, the ritual text is below.


The Ritual


Find a quiet corner to breathe and centerGive yourself a moment to transition into summer.Light a candle to honor the Summer Solstice.

Candlelight, sunlight, and bonfires reflect the power of the sun. Feel the richness of Earth’s summer colors.

Red: the longest wavelength, the flow of life in your blood, the color of courage.
Be attentive to your courage.

Orange: the action color, the primary ray connected to the womb center, the color of passion.
Be attentive to your passion.

Yellow: the expanding wavelength, the color of transcendence, the color of women’s will.
Be attentive to your openness.

Green: the middle of the spectrum, the color of sympathy and emotion, the color of balance.
Be attentive to your harmony.

Blue: the creative color, the color of the sky, the power of decision-making.
Be attentive to your calm.

Indigo: the passive wavelength, the color of psychic knowing, the color of awareness.
Be attentive to your intuition.

Purple: the shortest wavelength, the color of the wise woman, the color of introspection and spiritual development. Be attentive to your spirituality.

Brown: the stable color, the color of security, the color of centering. Be attentive to your center.

Draw in what you need and want from these Solstice colors. Draw in fulfillment, passion, and abundance from the gifts of Earth.

Give thanks to Divine Wisdom. Give thanks to Earth. Give thanks to the seasons for this time. Give thanks for warm days, lazy evenings, and life-giving relationships. Take time to enjoy these treasures!

Happy Summer Solstice!

Blow out or snuff the candle.

© Diann L. Neu, dneu@hers.com, cofounder and codirector of WATER, the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual