If you can’t make my LIVE Summer Solstice Ceremony – here are some suggestions for creating your own:
The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, and it happens on Friday, June 21. Since we have twelve hours of sunlight in our part of the world on this powerful day, this is a time for dynamic action and courage. Utilize the power of the Solstice by focusing on your goals and putting them into action.
Ancient civilizations honored the Sun and celebrated the life-sustaining nourishment that comes from light. This is the time of the year to put your dreams in motion and take inspired action. Use the masculine energy of the Sun to help you accomplish your goals and make things happen. Summer Solstice is also a time to celebrate and have fun. Celebrate the power of light with camp fires, music, dancing and fun times with friends.
Ideas for planning your own ceremony
Ceremony is a perfect way to connect with your family and community as you amplify your intention. If you’ve ever been curious as to how to host your own sacred ceremony or ritual, Summer Solstice is the perfect time to take action and do it!
Act of Power Ceremony
Here’s an easy and effective ceremony called the Act of Power. Take some time to think about the most important goal you would like to manifest right now. Set an intention for what you wish to create in your life at this time.
In this ceremony, you will create two shamanic power objects:
- Life Arrow for manifesting
- Death Arrow for releasing
(Don’t let the name scare you, the Death Arrow only represents letting go of blockages.) Items you will need: one small stick, one large stick, cotton string or crochet thread, paper and pen/pencil
Take a walk in the woods and find one small stick and one large stick. The small stick should be thin enough to burn easily. The large stick should be thick enough to be placed in the ground and stay upright.
Your small stick will become your Death Arrow. You will release anything in your life that is holding you back from achieving your goal with this power object.
Your large stick will become your Life Arrow. You will grow and manifest what you most desire with this sacred power tool.
Create a Death Arrow
On one piece of paper, write down any obstacles, habits or limiting thoughts that are holding you back from achieving your goal. After you have written everything that is limiting you, wrap this piece of paper around the small stick and secure the paper to the stick by wrapping cotton string around it, tying the string securely. You have now created a Death Arrow. It is time to say goodbye to the blockages that have been holding you back. Burn your Death Arrow in a safe, fireproof container such as a metal bowl, fire pit or fire place. As you carefully take precautions for safety, watch the arrow burn and visualize releasing obstacles that have held you back from your goal. This effects of this exercise are intensified if you say what you are releasing out loud as the arrow burns.
Create a Life Arrow
Now that you have cleared obstacles from your path, carefully consider what action steps need to be taken in order to accomplish your ultimate goal. Take some time and write down what you are willing to do in order to turn your dream into a reality. With these written action steps, you are making a commitment to yourself and the Universe. This sheet of paper will contain the promise you are making to yourself.
After you have written down your commitments and list of action steps, carefully wrap the piece of paper around your large stick and secure it by wrapping the cotton thread or string around it and tying securely. The thread you use can be multi-colored and beautiful. You can also adorn your Life Arrow with gemstones, shells, and feathers. Make your arrow beautiful and appealing to you but just remember to use natural embellishments, since you are giving your Life Arrow to the Earth.
Make a commitment to yourself, and the Universe.
Take your Life Arrow and plant it into the ground. Place your arrow somewhere you can see it often to be reminded of your goal. As you impregnate the Earth with your hopes and dreams, say out loud, “This is my act of power. I now create _________,” and finish by speaking your goal, as if it is your current reality, while you place your stick in the ground.
The beneficial effects of this ritual are amplified if done in a group, but it can also be done effectively alone. Never underestimate the power of a ritual for one. You can still have a very powerful Summer Solstice Ceremony even if no one else is around to do this exercise with you. Sometimes it’s hard to say our hopes and dreams out loud (even if we’re all alone) but there is so much creative potential in the power of our voice.
There are many ways to manifest intention.
This is just one ceremony suggestion to get you started. There are countless ways to celebrate the Solstice. And there’s no wrong way to do a ceremony or ritual for manifesting and amplifying intention. Just gather a group of trusted friends and discuss what you want to create and how you want your world to be. It can be as simple as that!
All you need is a focused mind and a loving heart to create positive change through ceremony. I’d love to hear about how you create sacred ceremony and ritual. Be creative and make your Solstice Ceremony reflect what’s important to you. Remember to have lots of fun on the longest day of the year!
Want to learn more about ceremony?
Listen to my podcast on creating ceremony and let me know how you create sacred ritual in your life.