June brings a variety of special days: the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere/the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere; Midsummer Day or in olden times–quarter day, and Father’s Day, a worldwide celebration of fathers. Father’s Day is June 19th, Summer Solstice is June 21st, and Midsummer (halfway through the growing season is June 24th. These days in the northern half of the world, all mark the energy of the masculine. The ancient ancestors noted these dates as is shown by the numerous monuments that mark the Solstice and Midsummer. I’m sure they acknowledged fathers sometime during summer too.

Everyone has masculine energy. The masculine aspect of life is creative, progressive, strong, protective, active, intellectual, intense, and productive. We see it manifest most strongly in summer with planting, building, teaching, traveling, and growth. It is the Father Energy that provides and protects the family.  Our drive and ambition to succeed and make a difference arise from the masculine.

Summertime is the season to get outdoors, have picnics, visit friends and family, play sports, and be creative at home and work. It’s the time to get things done, be active, and accomplish our goals. We want to be more social. This is usually the season for weddings, graduations, festivals, outdoor concerts, and celebrations as the weather is conducive to outside events. I recently began to learn pickleball to spend more time engaged outdoors with others.

The Feminine aspect of energy is more apparent in winter, the time of contemplation, dreams, and nesting. We want to stay in and nurture the family, snuggle close, read, tell stories, and plan. In the darkness, we explore our inner world through meditation, self-awareness, and dreaming. We are more active inward than outward.

Everyone and all seasons contain both masculine and feminine energy. Even in summer we dream and plan. In winter we play cold-weather sports and shovel walkways. The balance in favor of one energy or the other swings more heavily in the direction of the masculine in summer and feminine in winter.

So, take advantage of the warm weather and bright days of summer to call on your masculine side and take action. Clean out the garage, go on vacation, take up a new sport or reengage with an old one. Simply move, grow, and expand like the planted fields that are reaching toward the sun and ripening. Celebrate and enjoy your own father/masculine side.

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