On June 21st we welcome in the Summer Solstice – the official transition from Spring to Summer and the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours.
The Summer Solstice is also known as: Alban Heflin, Alben Heruin, All-couples day, Feast of Epona, Feast of St. John the Baptist, Feill-Sheathain, Gathering Day, Johannistag, Litha, Midsummer, Sonnwend, Thing-Tide, Vestalia, etc.
In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for people who lived in the northern latitudes. Snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed; warm temperatures had returned; radiant flowers were blooming; and leaves had returned to the deciduous trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and spiritual uses. Food was abundant and easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months ahead. Although many months of warm/hot weather remained before the fall, the days were beginning to shorten, so that the return of the cold season was inevitable.
The body itself can be seen to be physically affected by this time of seasonal change.
Within the brain is a gland called the ‘Pineal Gland’ controlling some of the internal clocks which are affected by the movement or journey of the Sun or Light. Some people find that their meditation practice takes on a more intense quality as the Pineal Gland becomes increasingly activated. This may be a perfect time to take your meditative practice to the next level!
Many people also experience an increase in energy as the sun moves through the Spring and Summer pathways, but find that the energy drops with the decrease in sunlight/daylight hours during the autumn and winter. Any energy practice will be naturally greatly enhanced during this season. Use this to your benefit in your own energetic practice or daily dharma!
Loads of Shifting Light to you all!
Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.
– Dr.’s Ross & Latz both have their doctorates in holistic healing, metaphysics, complementary and alternative medicine. Dr. Latz is a cell biologist and board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Ross is a Rohun doctorate and a transpersonal psychologist. Together they have written 3 books (one a #1 bestseller on Amazon), taught at national and international professional conferences, produced >70 YouTube instructional videos, meditation CD’s and instructional DVD’s. They are both certified in intuitive development, hypnotherapy, medical qigong, crystal healing, mind-body medicine, homeopathy and energy medicine from accredited programs. Visit or opt into their website at ShiftYourLife.com to read free articles, listen to free meditations and to receive updates on their classes or events. Contact “The Shift Doctors” at firstname.lastname@example.org to have them teach or present to your conference, private gathering or group.