You are handling fire.
The Sun, each second, transforms four million tons of itself into light, giving itself over to become energy that we, with every meal, partake of. For four million years, humans have been feasting on the Sun's energy stored in the form of wheat or reindeer, as each day the Sun dies as Sun and is reborn as the vitality of Earth. Every child of ours needs to learn the simple truth: She is the energy of the Sun. And we adults should organize things so her face shines with the same radiant joy. Human generosity is possible only because at the center of the solar system a magnificent stellar generosity pours forth free energy day and night without stop and without complaint and without the slightest hesitation. This is the way of the universe. This is the way of life. And this is the way in which each of us joins this cosmological lineage when we accept the Sun's gift of energy and transform it into creative action that will enable the community to flourish. - Brian Swimme, The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos video
This year's Summer Solstice comes just six days after a Total Lunar Eclipse which occurred on June 15th.
And this year's Summer Solstice does, in fact, fall in the middle of a triple-eclipse portal. The first eclipse was a Partial Solar Eclipse on June 1st. The final eclipse of that tri-eclipse portal will take place on July 1st. A Partial Solar Eclipse/New Moon in Cancer, will have a whisper whammy effect and will close the portal - opening to a new level for those ready to step up.
In early June, right around the time of the 1st eclipse in the tri-portal, we had massive solar flares - some of the most powerful ever seen. This only adds to the intensity of the Summer Solstice, as well as to the eclipses, all a part of the rhythmic eternal dance of Sun, Moon and Earth.
The June Solstice (in Summer in Northern Hemisphere, Winter in Southern Hemisphere) occurs at 1:17pm EDT on Tuesday June 21, 2011.
Throughout time, the Solstices have been power points and honored as such by humans. Twice each year we move into a window in space-time when the sun and earth communicate in their extremes and energy is exchanged - humanity, earth, sun, light, dance of light and dark, a Tipping Point in consciousness in the service of evolution.
And during our current times - characterized by the Turning of the Ages, i.e. the end a 26,000-year cycle and the beginning of a new one - the Solstices carry even more strength. They are charged beyond what was known previously.
The word "solstice" means "sun standing still" or Sun-Stop.
This impacts us because our sense of time is driven by the sky, with its daily, monthly and yearly cycles. The summer and winter solstices are key reference points in our calendar, marking the yearly extremes of the Sun's changing height in the sky at noon. Whether we realize it or not, our civilization is ordered around the happenings in the sky. We are swimming in these energy patterns, just not consciously most of the time.
Why does Summer Solstice Happen? The seasons of the year are caused by the 23.5º tilt of the earth's axis. Because the earth is rotating like a top or gyroscope, the North Pole points in a fixed direction continuously - towards a point in space near the North Star. But the earth is also revolving around the sun. During half of the year, the southern hemisphere is more exposed to the sun than is the northern hemisphere. During the rest of the year, the reverse is true.
Unlike the Equinoxes (which are all about perfect balance) the Solstices are a Tipping Point - toward or away from The Light.
You might want to Stop And Look Up. (Close your eyes.) You could consciously absorb the photonic energy generated by the nuclear engine of our central star. Photons are tiny capsules of intelligence from the Mind of God, as translated through the Sun. They are all around you, especially now.
At the core of the Milky Way there's a black hole with a ring of blue stars around it. Does anyone else feel this strange music? - Drew Dellenger
Speaking of walking the Galactic Razor's Edge, it's always good to remind ourselves that we are right now birthing a new 26,000 year cycle. In other words, when I use the phrase "The Turning of the Ages" I am using the interpretation of this phrase as described by Shamanic Astrology. www.ShamanicAstrology.com
The Turning of the Ages in this sense is not just the movement from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius - a 2,500 year cycle. (This switchover IS taking place as we speak, it's a couple-hundred-year transition, but we are in the throes of it).
Why am I bringing this up? Because the power of this shift from one 26,000 year cycle to another one (zero-point, also associated with 2011-2102) is most profoundly felt at the Solstices. You can tune your consciousness into this "Re-start button" vibe - at every single Solstice celebration you participate in for the rest of your life (and for several lifetimes to come:)
I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.
Violette Leduc, Mad in Pursuit
from Carol Ann Ciocco at http://www.threemoonocean.com