The Yin & Yang Of Summer Solstice

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This guest post is from FP Naomi, who we are so excited to welcome back as a contributor to the BLDG 25 Blog!

Tomorrow’s equinox marks our transition into summer, and with it, a shift in energy. We move from spring, marked by a perfect balance between yin and yang, into summer, the season of yang. But what does this mean? By studying the characteristics of yang energy, we can understand what things to enjoy, what precautions to take, and how to keep it all in balance for the summer months ahead.

summer solstice yin and yang

Yin and Yang Explained

In simple terms, yin and yang are the two energies present in everything. They are both opposite, but equal, and one cannot exist without the other. Over time, balance between the two ebbs and flows like a wave. The energy is never static, but rather shifting from one to the other, and existing together. Night moves into day, heat becomes cool, the puddles become dry, and seasons change from one to the next. Both yin and yang are marked by specific characteristics that can help you define when one is more present than the other, and also when they are in equal balance.

summer solstice yin and yang

Yang in Summer

Yang energy is fiery and hot. It’s light over darkness, energetic and active. It is also characterized as dry. During summer months this manifests itself in long, hot days. Plants sprouted in spring are full of yang energy to finally bear fruit. As humans, we feel passionate and tend to be more interactive and social. Energy is at a high, and we stay out late to dance it off under the moon.

summer solstice yin and yang

Opportunities to Seize

Take advantage of your added energy at this point in the year. It’s a great time to start new projects and enjoy being active. The aura around you is bright and joyous. Soak it up, share it around, and keep a little stowed away for when you’ll need it in the winter months.

summer solstice yin and yang

Keeping Yang in Balance

Be careful not to let yang’s energy scorch you too much. Yang in excess will dry up your insides, and can make you prone to illness associated with heat such as headaches, dehydration, infections, fevers, and irritability. Try to bring yin energy into the situation to balance things out. Drink plenty of water or dive into a pool. Eat foods that have a coolness to them like mint, basil, and juicy fruits and vegetables. While it’s good to absorb that yang energy, pay attention to your body and make sure it isn’t getting overloaded with it. If things feel out of whack, pick a slow, more meditative yoga practice over running at high sun. The earth is also characterized by yin energy, and connecting yourself to it will help you feel balanced. Go barefoot, try your hand at gardening, or let your friends bury you in the sand.

summer solstice yin and yang

Final Words

As we experience solstice, get ready for all that is to come. As yang takes reign, welcome in the summer. We are about to enter into a beautiful time of year, full of enjoyment and happiness. Just remember to bring in yin so that you can experience it to its fullest.  Happy summer solstice, everyone!

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Comments

A. -June 20, 2013, 7:11PM

LOVE this post! Thank you fp naomi!

Shelley -June 20, 2013, 10:16PM

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Tiffany -June 20, 2013, 11:12PM

i love this post! very existential and makes you think and connect with the spirit part of our world. very fresh and so appropriate for the season to come. thanks naomi!

Aqilah -June 21, 2013, 5:31AM

This is certainly on point. I love summer for all of it’s energy! Great read, very refreshing. Minty food and drink is the perfect choice for this time of the year.

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Rhiannon -June 21, 2013, 5:34PM

Sorry to be a downer on this first day of summer, but I know a lot of people read this blog and I don’t want them to be mis-informed. The solstice is not the same thing as the equinox; in fact they are opposites. Summer Solstice (today) is the longest day of the year before the days begin to grow shorter again. The Fall (September) and Spring (March) Equinoxes are the two days of the year when night and day are equal (and yin and yang in balance, I suppose). The Winter Solstice (December) is the shortest day of the year before the days begin to lengthen. Details, details, I know. Just wanted you guys to know. You may delete my comment, but please change your mis-print! Thanks. :)

Marki -June 22, 2013, 12:18AM

While this post is lovely, has a great spirit around it’s intention, and is in general a beautiful message, it is mis-information and a solstice is NOT the same as an equinox. Rhiannon is completely correct in her explanation….

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Yin and Yang are a great description of Spring energies.

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