Wednesday, June 18, 2008

June 20th - The Summer Solstice

The word 'solstice' is latin and means, that the sun stood still. As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year and falls on June 20.
The Northern Hemisphere gets to celebrate this event in June, while the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December. The four seasons demonstrate, what sun's energy does outside and inside all living things. At the Summer Solstice, this energy reaches a high, flooding the surface of the planet. It then journeys back down to the center of the planet to cleanse and renew it. With all the light externally (sunlight) and internally (consciousness) available during the summer solstice, it is an optimum time to reflect and make changes.
In Vedic Mythology, Sun has a special status as it represents royalty consciousness. The Sun also signifies power, energy, masculinity, confidence, life force, dynamism amongst other positive things. Lack of Sun or Sun's positive influence results in fear, suppressed feelings, depression, difficulty to rise in job and in relationship. The summer solstice is a time when Sun's energy and light is showered on earth. This is also a good time to tap into this divine energy and charge yourselves up for the rest of the year.
It is said that the pineal glands is sensitive to Sun light and generates hormones which either elevates or depresses us. This hormone secretion changes in accordance with the seasons and is at its best during the Summer Solstice time. Praying and offering fire rituals to the Sun around this time will help you to feel better and be energized through the year.
The summer solstice is intuitively linked with fertility and sexuality by people everywhere. June is the most popular wedding month. With the wedding and love season truly on, it is time to see how we can achieve true bliss in relationships for self and our friends.
Uma Maheshwari puja is for long and happy married life. Uma is another name for Goddess Parvati who is the wife of Lord Shiva. This Pooja is for getting the blessings of the divine couple who are considered to be a perfect match.
According to vedic mythology, Swayamvara Parvathy fire ritual is dedicated to Goddess Parvathy. The divine mother took the incarnation of Goddess Parvati in order to marry Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva himself gave the Swayamvara Parvati mantra to Goddess Parvati. This eliminated obstacles so that Parvati could re-unite with her divine consort. By performing the Swayamvara Parvati fire ritual, various obstacles that delay any marriage or relationships are removed. The eligible person is blessed with a suitable partner or spouse.

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