The Longest Day of the Year with the Summer Solstice

On June 20th, we all get to experience the official beginning of the summer season with the Summer Solstice. The summer solstice is the longest day of sunlight for the entire year. Get ready to enjoy warmer weather, and lots of fun in the sun while also experiencing a radical shift as the days of sunshine reach their peak and begin the trek towards shorter days and colder temperatures which peaks with the Winter Solstice. The summer solstice is an excellent time to consider where we are in our lives and whether or not we are moving forward in the manner that we desire or if changes are needed for us to take full advantage of the new beginnings offered at the Spring Equinox in March.

What is the Summer Solstice?

The summer solstice officially begins at the beginning of what is referred to as “astronomical summer,” and while it is the longest day of the year, it does occur on different days depending on the year and the hemisphere. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is usually around June 20th or 21st while in the southern hemisphere it occurs around December 21st or 22nd. At the summer solstice, the sun is situated at its highest point in the sky in the northern hemisphere whereas in the southern hemisphere it is located at the lowest point in the sky which marks the beginning of winter for our southern hemisphere counterparts. Likewise, the sun is found overhead at the Tropic of Cancer during the summer solstice whereas during the winter solstice it is found overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn. Astrologically, this coincides with the sun transiting the sign of Cancer which coincides with the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.

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