Summer is the time of year when we play and revel in the magnificent abundance of Gaia. We tend to our solar selves and soak up the life-giving rays of the sun. Energy is lighter, more playful, and encourages adventure. Tap into the magic of summer!
Ways to Welcome the Magic of Summer
- Look at signs and symbols of summer below and create an altar just for summer.
- Choose a summer Goddess and create a seasonal practice for her.
- Bathe in sacred waters – the ocean, lakes, rivers – and take an offering for Goddess to leave.
- Create a solar practice that follows the track of the sun – greet the morning, make an offering at noon, meditate at sunset.
- Earthing connects your bare skin to Gaia to absorb her healing vibrations – do it often!
- Take long walks in Nature and collect items for your summer altar.
- Create a Nature Mandala – use all natural and organic items, such as seeds, flowers, sticks, and stones, and food for the animals. Offer it up to Goddess in ceremony.
- Adorn a Wishing Tree – write wishes and prayers on ribbons to tie on a special tree. Make sure the ribbons are loose enough for the tree branches to grow!
- Start a new practice or area of study – Mystery School of the Goddess has inspirational offerings!
- Create a Red Tent and have a party for all the women that you know.
- Walk a labyrinth to embrace the cyclical nature of Goddess and the Seasonal Soul – contemplate the lessons of Spring and how you are being called to integrate those lessons into the abundance of Summer.
- Lay in the sun and absorb the life-giving rays (with sunscreen!).
- Gather the bounty of summer veggies and fruits for a Goddess Feast.
- Spread LOVE – summer is a wonderful season to romance yourself, your partner, and your friends.
- Visit parks and botanical gardens and dance with the butterflies.
- Weave summer flower garlands for your Summer Solstice celebration.
Signs and Symbols of Summer
Archetype: Mother, Enchantress, Creation Woman
Goddesses of Sun and Summer: Aestas, Aine, Amaterasu, Amazons, Anahita, Aphrodite, Asherah, Aurora, Bast, Bendis, Brigid, Ceres, Corn Woman, Cybele, Danu, Demeter, Devi, Diana, Erzulie, Eurynome, Fortuna, Freya, Gaia, Hathor, Hemera, Hestia, Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, Ix Chel, Mami Wata, Mary Magdalene, Mawu, Mut, Nepthys, Oshun, Parvati, Pele, Radha, Red Tara, Sarasvati, Sekhmet, Shakti, Shekhinah, Sita, Venus, Vesta, Yemaya
Summer Themes: Creation, Manifestation, Community, Family, Sexuality, Sacred Marriage, Light, Golden, Ripening, Bounty
Time of Day: High Noon
Astrological Signs: Cancer, Leo, Virgo
Colors: bright, primary colors of the rainbow
Flowers: Amaranthus. Aster, Brown-Eyed Susan, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Daisy, Dahlia, Daylilies, Freesia, Gladiolus, Heather, Hibiscus, Honeysuckle, Hydrangea, Iris, Impatiens, Lilacs, Morning Glories, Marigolds, Pansies, Petunias, Roses, Sunflowers, Sweetpeas, Yarrow, Zinnias
Animal Guides: Alligator, Bee, Blackbird, Butterfly, Coyote, Dolphin, Dragonfly, Eagle, Hawk, Horse, Hummingbird, Lion, Otter, Parrot, Raccoon, Skunk, Swallow, Turtle, Whale, Woodpecker
Crystals & Gemstones: Amazonite, Aura Quartz, Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Clear Quartz, Coral, Gold Obsidian, Goldstone, Gold Quartz, Green Moss Agate, Green Tourmaline, Honey Calcite, Orange Aura Quartz, Peridot, Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Sunstone, Topaz, Tree Agate, Turquoise, Yellow Calcite, Yellow Obsidian
Spirit Guides and Allies: Salamanders, Fairies, Angels
Adorning Altars: Summer Flowers, Organic Mandalas, solar symbols, fire symbols, candles, grains, summer fruits and vegetables