by Anthony Kenton and Dino Calabese
Each year on June 21, the Earth tilts 23.4 degrees toward the sun. During this time, the people living in the northern hemisphere will get most of the sun’s light, heat and energy. On June 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment (SME) invites readers to attend its 10th annual Solstice Expo and Holistic Fair, in New Hope. Attendees can tune up their mind, body and spirit while celebrating the summer solstice with guest speakers, psychics, crystals, tarot readers, energy healers and more.
The word solstice is derived from the Latin words “sol”, meaning sun, and “sister” or “stitium”, meaning to stop. On June 21 at 6:07 p.m., the sun will appear to stand still before it begins to recede. As the days slowly get shorter, the solstice marks the start of our summer season.
The summer solstice has been celebrated throughout history by many different cultures. The ancient druids of England marked the time of the solar passing with their megalithic structure, Stonehenge. Their celebration was founded in both physical and spiritual awareness: The power of the summer sun ignites the Earth’s power, enables crop growth and shines down to expand our minds and our lives. As a part of this ancient tradition, SME commemorates this high-energy time with its annual, two-day event.
The summer months fluctuate between activity and rest, teaching us patience as we anticipate the ripening of fruits and vegetables. Summer offers us a time to slow down and allow things to happen in their natural order, instead of using our ego to create what we desire. It also allows us to stay present, receiving all the gifts that Mother Earth lovingly bestows.
Summertime reminds us of the connection between the Earth and the other planets that are part of the Divine Source. At the Solstice Expo and Holistic Fair, attendees support each other and co-create together, honoring the light and the community’s connection to the sun and Earth by offering new-age, metaphysical products, services and practitioners.
Cost: $7, two-day admission. Location: New Hope Eagle Firehouse, 46 N. Sugan Rd., New Hope. For more information and for tickets, call 267-261-2768 or visit WeAreSME.com. May 2018