The Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice

The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness within ourselves and within each and every person, and to reflect upon the potential for consciousness to awaken.

The Druids, ancient Egyptians, Maya, Romans, and many others have aligned their sacred sites to the summer solstice and conducted ceremonies on this day. At the Great Pyramids of Egypt the summer solstice sun crowns the head of the Sphinx; the Druids celebrated the marriage of heaven and earth and the defeat of the dark god of the year just as the Egyptians celebrated the defeat of the dark god Seth by Horus as the sun; and in Rome, the festival of Vestalia continued a Druid tradition of guarding the sacred fire.

Update on our articles about the spiritual meaning of the solstices and equinoxes

As of 17 March 2018, this article has been removed from our website because it was being so extensively plagiarized by people using it to write their own articles on the meaning of the solstice and equinox without crediting or referencing our work. Usually these people write an article about the meaning of the solstice or equinox on their website as an SEO and marketing gimmick to boost their site’s ranking, or in order to promote and market their “spiritual” products and retreats, and were using our articles as a basis to do so. In some cases they have copied and pasted the entire contents of our article as if it’s their own. There are at least hundreds of instances where people have plagiarized our articles on the spiritual meanings of the solstices and equinoxes across the internet (and on the ancient sacred sites aligned to them) – all of them after our originals were first published between 2011 and 2012.

As of March 2018, our article had 4,600 shares.

The full text of our article that explains the spiritual meaning of the summer solstice was first published on this website in June 2013, and was later published in our free eBook The Path of the Spiritual Sun, which also had to be withdrawn because of extensive plagiarism. The entire article is now chapter 6 of the paperback edition of The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes, which is available for purchase. We do not make any royalties from the sale of this book, as we work on the principle of providing spiritual knowledge without profit.

I’ve written an article on how plagiarism is such a problem rife in “new age” and “modern” spirituality today, and also on why we have the principle of providing our work for free and without profit.

It’s deeply unfortunate that we’ve had to withdraw our articles, which we had provided completely freely for many years in the hope of benefiting people, but as non-profit and independent authors we simply cannot maintain them against the scale of plagiarism our work faces.

About the Authors

Mark Pritchard (writing with the name Belsebuub) is the author of a number of books on out-of-body experiences, dreams, self-discovery, and esoteric wisdom. An early edition of his book The Astral Codex became a bestseller in its genre, and Gazing into the Eternal was a finalist in the Best Book Awards 2009 in Spirituality. He has appeared on radio and television programs internationally, and writes from decades of spiritual and mystical experience, while Lara Atwood contributes with the research into history, cosmology, ancient sites, and sacred texts. You can read more about how Belsebuub and Lara started working on The Path of the Spiritual Sun here.

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About the Author:

Lara Atwood is a researcher and practitioner of the native, indigenous Indo-European religion of her ancient ancestors, which is a branch of the ancient Religion of the Sun. She runs the YouTube channel SakroSawel and the website ("sakro sawel" means "sacred sun" in Proto-Indo European). Writing alongside her husband Mark, she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.


  1. Paty March 21, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

    This is very sad news. I hope that those seeking can find the path back to the true source of the information that has been plagarised so brashly and without any regard to the authors and the hard work to compile and provide this information freely.

  2. Lilye June 21, 2015 at 11:15 am - Reply


  3. Karim December 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Wishing everyone a special Winter Solstice as well 🙂

  4. Martin December 20, 2013 at 4:53 am - Reply

    Hope every one in the southern hemisphere has a wonderful Summer Solstice. A celebration of hope!

    • David December 21, 2013 at 4:12 am - Reply

      Yes definitely, wishing everyone much inner light!

  5. Michelle July 18, 2013 at 6:05 am - Reply

    My husband and I celebrated the summer solstice together this year, chanting mantras and watching the sun rise over a lake. We never would have thought to do this without these articles and I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that have arisen as a result. I really appreciate the explanations given in this article as I am relatively new to exploring the solstices and equinoxes; in fact, before reading about them on this site, I didn’t even know what they were! What you have written here has given me a lot to reflect upon and explore! Because of your articles about the solstices and equinoxes, I have been investigating these seasons and learning a lot about myself. In short, this quarterly “check in” has made a dramatic difference in my life. I have felt a real connection between my inner world and the seasons and now I wonder why I was so unaware of these internal seasons before. I have also noticed a dramatic change in my own appreciation for the beauty of nature. This has been a gradual, but truly life changing process!I feel like someone falling in love, slowly being able to see the beauty that has always been around me. My husband and I have been watching many sunrises and sunsets since the solstice, and my enthusiasm is growing. I am finding strength and will to awaken that I never had before. Thank you for all that you do.

  6. David July 7, 2013 at 5:06 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot for this article. With each one I read on the solstices / equinoxes I feel more in touch with the cosmic principles of life, and that if I work I can be part of something much greater than I realised, that expands throughout time and so many different spiritual / mystical traditions.

    A lot of the texts, traditions and symbolism you refer to I haven’t found to be very accessible before, but looking at them in a new light and with some more understanding based on your articles I get a lot more out of them now and find them helpful and inspiring. It’s great to be trying to explore and live something that others have understood and explored throughout the ages!

  7. Julian Kingman July 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    It’s pretty amazing the similarities between druidic traditions and Christianity, I had no idea there was so much overlap.

    I used to find myths like these pretty boring, but I have to say it makes them really interesting when I understand their significance better, and can actually make it relevant to my life. Thanks for bringing this all together!

  8. Vida July 6, 2013 at 1:20 am - Reply

    This is really inspiring on so many levels. The symbolism spread out into the various cultures and different periods of time all pointing to the same esoteric understanding is really profound.

    I’ve found that there are many aspects with the spiritual I have only begun to understand. It seems so helpful to be able to observe and reflect on the changes happening within a year that line up with the seasons, sun and stars. I’ve found it directly links to things I’ve experienced in my personal life now and even looking back to before I knew about the deeper meanings of the solstices and equinoxes. It’s really something.

    Thanks for providing this information since it really helps inspire further reflection and spiritual exploration/growth.

  9. Layla July 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I have to say, this article was phenomenal – the depth of wisdom and understanding, and the merging of the principles of spirituality with science, art, history, sound and even those incredible cymatics was just awe inspiring.

    Your articles are truly works of art! Beautifully inspired, created and shared.

    Looking around the web, I can honestly say your research and exploration on the solstices and equinoxes is outstanding. You have really enriched us on so many levels, thank you very much for unearthing an incredible part of life that we can now live!

  10. Lucia June 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Yes, thank you very much for this renewed article on the spiritual meaning of summer solstice.
    I especially enjoyed the addition about the symbolic meaning of greenery, flowers and dew, and their connection to the purity of the eternal father. The old alchemical manuscripts also refer to the “morning dew” as something that needs to be gathered somewhere on the beginning of the Great Work by the couple and I have always wondered about its exact meaning.

  11. Vadim June 22, 2013 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for another great article Belsebuub and Lara!

    They help me to understand more the quest of a spiritual awakening as well as just motivate to keep exploring further.

    Among other things, something which was very particularly interesting for me to read, was the explanation of the symbol of wreath. When we were kids we used to do them sometimes and it felt magical to play with them – intuitively, there was a sense of something great and profound to wear a wreath of flowers – but intellectually, the understanding was missing.

    It seems to be quite beneficial to read your solstices-equinoxes articles at least a few times: before doing the actual ceremony, afterwards, and also when it becomes a distant memory. Each time – something new to learn.

  12. Jenny June 22, 2013 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Wow, what a fantastic article!

    Everything in this article is explained so well, such deep subjects about the principles and process of life are explained in a simple way that is easy to understand. From reading this latest article, I feel I gained new insights into the summer solstice and about the process of enlightenment itself.

    One part that really caught my attention was about the symbol of the absolute and how it can be seen in microwaves in the universe. Also the cymatic video of the mantra Om producing the absolute symbol was pretty awesome. I’ve looked into cymatics a bit, and it’s a very interesting and rich emerging field of study that explores the phenomenon of sound being visible. I had come across the video posted in this article, and found it quite striking and amazing. I guess these are further examples of how esoteric symbols related to the path to enlightenment are imbedded in nature and life around us. Amazing stuff! It’s really something to ponder the power of sound, and the power of the mantra Om, how much is really contained within in it when the image produced by it’s sound waves creates the symbol for the Absolute!

    Thanks for the article Belsebuub & Lara, much appreciated!

    • David July 7, 2013 at 4:54 am - Reply

      I’ve definitely been doing more OMs since reading this article! 🙂

  13. Gavin June 21, 2013 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Inspirational reading – thank you.

  14. Alexandros June 21, 2013 at 4:29 am - Reply

    Thank you very much Belsebuub and Lara for sharing all this information, really appreciated.
    Your article touches my heart and gιve me strength and optimism.

    Thank you for the opportunity to study about the solstices and equinoxes and to be part in someone’s life so simple

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