Summer starts June 21! As the Sun enters Cancer each year, it marks the first day of summer -- also known as the Summer Solstice. What makes this day so important? For one thing, on the day of the Summer Solstice the Sun appears to stand still in the sky. Therefore, it will grace us with its presence and warmth for an extraordinary length of time on this day. It's the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Cancer ushers in the new season
On the day of the Summer Solstice, the Sun stops right over the Tropic of Cancer, which is located at the northernmost point of our planet. After a few days it will backtrack south toward the equator. The solstice coincides with the start of the Cardinal Water sign Cancer.
Cancer is the sign associated with nurturing, mothering, and deep emotional connection, as well as family. At the Summer Solstice, we're reminded that Mother Earth sustains. The Sun's rays allow her to continue to do so. Everyone feels noticeably more vibrant in the summer months thanks to the extra rays of Sun beaming on us. Life is in our face at the Summer Solstice. It feels like nothing will ever die because there's an endless supply of nourishment to our bodies and souls during this time.