All you need to know: June solstice 2019
It’s nearly the June solstice! Longest day for the Northern Hemisphere. Shortest day for the Southern Hemisphere.
The June solstice – your signal to celebrate summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere – will happen on June 21, 2019, at 15:54 UTC. That’s 10:54 a.m. CDT in North America on June 21. Translate UTC to your time. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, this solstice marks the longest day of the year. Early dawns. Long days. Late sunsets. Short nights. The sun at its height each day, as it crosses the sky. Meanwhile, south of the equator, winter begins.
What is a solstice? Ancient cultures knew that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shifted in a regular way throughout the year.
They built monuments, such as Stonehenge, to follow the sun’s yearly progress.
Today, we know that the solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and its motion in orbit around the sun.
It’s because Earth doesn’t orbit upright. Instead, our world is tilted on its axis by 23 1/2 degrees. Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly.
At the June solstice, Earth is positioned in its orbit so that our world’s North Pole is leaning most toward the sun. As seen from Earth, the sun is directly overhead at noon 23 1/2 degrees north of the equator, at an imaginary line encircling the globe known as the Tropic of Cancer – named after the constellation Cancer the Crab. This is as far north as the sun ever gets.
All locations north of the equator have days longer than 12 hours at the June solstice. Meanwhile, all locations south of the equator have days shorter than 12 hours.
When is the solstice where I live? The solstice takes place place on June 21, 2019, at 15:54 UTC. That’s 10:54 a.m. CDT in North America on June 21.
A solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. To find the time of the solstice in your location, you have to translate to your time zone.
Here’s an example of how to do that. In the central United States, for those of us using Central Daylight Time, we subtract five hours from Universal Time. That’s how we get 10:54 a.m. CDT as the time of the 2019 June solstice (15:54 UTC on June 21 minus 5 equals 10:54 a.m. CDT on June 21).
Want to know the time in your location? Check out EarthSky’s article How to translate UTC to your time. And just remember: you’re translating from 15:54 UTC, June 21.
Where should I look to see signs of the solstice in nature? Everywhere. For all of Earth’s creatures, nothing is so fundamental as the length of the day. After all, the sun is the ultimate source of almost all light and warmth on Earth’s surface.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you might notice the early dawns and late sunsets, and the high arc of the sun across the sky each day. You might see how high the sun appears in the sky at local noon. And be sure to look at your noontime shadow. Around the time of the solstice, it’s your shortest noontime shadow of the year.
If you’re a person who’s tuned in to the out-of-doors, you know the peaceful, comforting feeling that accompanies these signs and signals of the year’s longest day.
Is the solstice the first day of summer? No world body has designated an official day to start each new season, and different schools of thought or traditions define the seasons in different ways.
In meteorology, for example, summer begins on June 1. And every school child knows that summer starts when the last school bell of the year rings.
Yet June 21 is perhaps the most widely recognized day upon which summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere and upon which winter begins on the southern half of Earth’s globe. There’s nothing official about it, but it’s such a long-held tradition that we all recognize it to be so.
It has been universal among humans to treasure this time of warmth and light.
For us in the modern world, the solstice is a time to recall the reverence and understanding that early people had for the sky. Some 5,000 years ago, people placed huge stones in a circle on a broad plain in what’s now England and aligned them with the June solstice sunrise.
We may never comprehend the full significance of Stonehenge. But we do know that knowledge of this sort wasn’t limited to just one part of the world. Around the same time Stonehenge was being constructed in England, two great pyramids and then the Sphinx were built on Egyptian sands. If you stood at the Sphinx on the summer solstice and gazed toward the two pyramids, you’d see the sun set exactly between them.
How does it end up hotter later in the summer, if June has the longest day? People often ask:
If the June solstice brings the longest day, why do we experience the hottest weather in late July and August?
This effect is called the lag of the seasons. It’s the same reason it’s hotter in mid-afternoon than at noontime. Earth just takes a while to warm up after a long winter. Even in June, ice and snow still blanket the ground in some places. The sun has to melt the ice – and warm the oceans – and then we feel the most sweltering summer heat.
Ice and snow have been melting since spring began. Meltwater and rainwater have been percolating down through snow on tops of glaciers.
But the runoff from glaciers isn’t as great now as it’ll be in another month, even though sunlight is striking the northern hemisphere most directly around now.
So wait another month for the hottest weather. It’ll come when the days are already beginning to shorten again, as Earth continues to move in orbit around the sun, bringing us closer to another winter.
And so the cycle continues.
Bottom line: The 2019 June solstice happens on June 21 at 15:54 UTC. That’s 10:54 a.m. CDT in North America. This solstice – which marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere – marks the sun’s most northerly point in Earth’s sky. It’s an event celebrated by people throughout the ages.
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Before we talk about the energies of the Scorpio Moon, let’s first learn about the Moon itself. The Moon is a planet in Astrology, and it moves so quickly through the sky that it passes through each of the zodiac signs every month.
Most of us are familiar with our Sun sign, but are often unware of our Moon sign. Our Sun sign represents our conscious self, but our Moon sign reflects our emotions and moods.
When the Moon is in Scorpio
Regardless of what your Moon sign is, for a couple of days each month we will all feel the influence of the Scorpio Moon. This means you’ll react a little more sharply and with that stinger Scorpio is known for. You may feel things a little more passionately, or you may be willing to go to extremes that you might not otherwise go to. The Moon in Scorpio isn’t known for being low-key!
This is also a time of when you’ll look within to truly understand the depths of your feelings. This period of introspection could lead to greater self-awareness as well as an awareness of those around you. The ability to get in touch with the intricacy of your own emotions gives you the insight needed to understand others’ motivations. Don’t be surprised if you have a few light bulb moments during this time.
New Moon in Scorpio
New Moons are times of planting seeds, and the Scorpio New Moon urges us to plant the seed of expression. Speaking the truth isn’t always easy, especially if our feelings conflict with someone else’s. You may have felt torn between supporting others and supporting yourself, but during this New Moon you’ll finally feel ready to express what’s in your heart.
You won’t just have the urge to express your emotions, you may also experience them more fully than you normally do. Powerful and profound Scorpio doesn’t hold anything back! In fact, it could feel like you’re going through an emotional upheaval. Diving into an ocean of emotion isn’t necessarily a bad thing because the greatest treasures are often found the deeper you’re willing to go.
Full Moon in Scorpio
The Full Moon in emotionally intense Scorpio is always a dynamic event. During any Full Moon we feel the tug of war between opposing signs, and in this case, the passionate waters of Scorpio counter the practical Taurus Sun. This illuminating event could put a spotlight on what it is you really need in your life — and what it is that needs to go.
It could appear like the Full Moon in Scorpio is taking you over to the dark side by rocking your relationships and finances. But what’s happening during this time is ultimately for the best. Fights and upsets during the Scorpio Full Moon create the opportunity for positive breakthroughs by eliminating bad habits (or people) from your life.
The Wisdom of Buddha
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Your Daily Rune for Today
Also known as: Algiz, Eoih, Elgr
Letter sound: Z
Translation: protection, elk, sedge plant
Keywords: protection, defense, opportunity
Primary Themes Elhaz is the rune of defense and protection. Its shape is said to represent both the elk, with its imposing antlers, and the sedge plant, whose sharp leaves act as natural protection from would-be predators. Both images illustrate the power represented by this rune— a built-in protective force that discourages negative influences from affecting your personal experience.
Drawing Elhaz indicates that you are safe from danger and that there is no need to fear. However, don’t take the protective energy for granted by being reckless with your actions, as this rune does not mean that there is no danger present whatsoever. It simply means that as long as you remain alert and clear-minded and in touch with your intuition, you are headed for a positive outcome. Elhaz has also been interpreted as a symbol of reaching up to connect with the divine for support. By listening to your higher guidance, you will know which moves to make to stay out of harm’s way.
Magical Uses: Protection from negative energy and people, protection of property, strengthen friendships, astral communication
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Your Daily Witches Rune for Today
Keywords: Love, relationships.
Meanings: The Rings is the rune of love and when it is the leading stone, it is a positive answer to your question. It is very much a rune of relationship and can indicate engagement, marriage or a new/renewed relationship. It can also indicate the need for a fresh approach to an existing relationship.
Daily Karmic Number
The number 7 in opposition is coming up for you because you have lost faith in humanity. Rather than turn away from everyone, use the time to learn about the spiritual, religious, and cultural aspects of different people. You will quickly learn that everyone is arguing the same basic points but think they are the utmost authorities. You will not be able to save the world, but you will be able to sleep easier knowing that understanding is what’s missing. Your new understanding will help you cultivate more compassion. You will listen differently to others but also to yourself. You may even find your way back to loving everyone around you.