Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Also known as the Summer Solstice, this day is marked by the sun reaching its highest point in the sky. A Solstice is much more than a day. This one is especially auspicious, as it is also the Full Moon in Sagittarius—the Archer, or Centaur symbolizing freedom of the human soul.
The “Soul Train” Line, circa 1980. Credit: Soul Train Holdings LLC
This Solstice, this Full Moon in Sagittarius feels different; it is palpably complex. In the wake of the recent violence against the LGBTQI community in Florida, we can see that there is so much on the line. The wire, or thread that connects us as human beings is severely compromised—how many ways have we been pitted against each other? In the case of Orlando, mass media would have us believe it’s the Latino community against the Muslim community. Queer folks against straight folks. Every identity at war.
I think about this often as a med student. I have the privilege of rapping with patients about what ails them. Rarely do I ask what frees them; not often enough do I hold the space for them to breathe into the moment and ask what heals them in mind, body, and soul. Sure, there is a time constraint, a learning curve. Mostly, there is fear. Fear that the question itself might be too heavy for those who would rather me not ask it. Fear that I might be looked at in way that I don’t feel comfortable with, or that might be to the “detriment” of my credibility. This Full Moon is asking me to Let. That. Shit. Go—so loud, and so clear. I can almost hear the strong and calming voice of Mother Moon guiding me to let loose the fear that holds me back from asking the questions that need to be asked.
Perhaps by asking people what heals them, I am helping to restore the thread that connects us, not only to other human beings, but to the entire planet and the Universe as a whole. Perhaps this question is complete enough to encourage wholeness, perhaps it is brave enough to support the healing process. Today we are granted more daylight hours than any other day of the year to ask the questions that need to be asked, to re-thread our connections, to love up on each other more fiercely than ever before. It’s hard work, loving and learning, and being a whole human. When we can practice this dance with grace and grit, we can reclaim the power that has been taken from us and our communities. And on that dance floor, we will find soulful, expansive abundance.
Full Moon & Summer Solstice Blessings!