Surrendering to a Strawberry Solstice

 
It didn't really look like this. Clearly, this was the works of a digital magician...of the Photoshop variety.

It didn't really look like this. Clearly, this was the works of a digital magician...of the Photoshop variety.

There was no doubt in my mind about taking advantage of the rare Strawberry Moon on the Summer Solstice. Good juju, as I'd like to say. It's also a rare occurrence—we won't see it again until 2062. 

The interesting power behind moon cycles is the fact that they're, well, cycles. New moons are all about bringing in energy—think of it as that point when you've completely exhaled, your lungs are empty and you are about to take a deep breath. The real magic happens as the moon begins to wax—in-between the new moon an the full moon. 

The full moon is the direct compliment of the new moon. It's all about the moment before the exhale. It's about release and letting go of things.

This particular full moon is amplified by being on the Summer Solstice. Much like how the full moon is at its highest point before it begins to wane, the Summer Solstice is similar in the fact that it's the longest day of the year. When both of these energies combine on the same day, they amplify both masculine and feminine energies of release. 

This is a great brand if you're interested in doing any kind of candle work and most spiritual/metaphysical stores are likely to carry some kind of candles.

This is a great brand if you're interested in doing any kind of candle work and most spiritual/metaphysical stores are likely to carry some kind of candles.

...And I had plenty to release. 

Long story short: You write down what you want to release on some paper, light the candle and state your intention, and burn the paper. The less the paper burns, the harder it is for you to let go. The more quickly it burns, the more likely you are ready for the release.

When it comes to this sort of thing, there really isn't a "right" or a "wrong" way to do it—so long as your intentions are clear and your heart is in the right place.

Though, it's not just about the ritual. Release is a lesson we learn time and time again throughout life. It's a lesson that just keeps coming back around in different forms. I feel it is such a boomerang because it has a lot to do with finding inner peace. Inner peace is well, internal—and release allows us to let go of the external things that inhibit internal peace and no longer serve us.

The way to determine if you need to release something is to simply look inward and observe how you feel.

Is there someone you're angry at? Is there a situation in the past that you regret but continually play over and over in your head like a broken record? Do you constantly worry about small stuff that doesn't really matter in the long run?

Let it go. 

We let go of other people through forgiveness, though don't make the mistake of forgiving them for their own sake. Forgive them because you need to let go and move on. Don't let the bad people in your life live rent-free in your head. Forgive them so you may release yourself from them.

The candle burned all last night, all day long and is still going as I write this blog.

The candle burned all last night, all day long and is still going as I write this blog.

When you get good at it, you might even be able to love them from a distance and wish them well in life.

That situation in the past you keep being upset about? Forgive yourself so you may be able to let it go. It didn't happen exactly the way you wanted it to because you're not perfect. You're human, and so is everyone else. Forgive all involved so you can start to let it go.

The same goes for when you worry. Worry is ego getting in the way of faith. You can't plan for everything, and that's OK. 

These are just a few of many ideas to help you get started on release.

Release is never easy because like I said, it's a boomerang. It takes some time to recognize what needs releasing.

Let it go knowing complete control is ultimately an illusion. 

Happy Summer!

 
Amy Baldis