The Summer of Love

Toscana On My
Toscana on My Mind © by Lidia Kenig Scher, 2013

On June 20th 2016, the Strawberry Moon was seen at its fullest at 7:02 AM EDT, and at 6:34 PM EDT, the sun’s zenith was at its furthest point from the equator. This is the point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, and when at this time, the sun stops and thereafter it reverses direction. This event is called the Northern Hemisphere’s Solstice. The two events haven’t occurred on the same day since 1967 and will not coincide again until 2062.

The summer of 1967 was “the summer of love”, and the beginning of a major cultural revolution, still reverberating.

The Strawberry Moon hasn’t occurred during the Summer Solstice since 1948.

In May 1948 the United Nations declared Israel an independent state in Palestine, and created the World Health Organization. Great Britain launched the National Health Service, an ambitious social program that would bring free healthcare to the citizens of the United Kingdom, funded entirely by taxation; the Marshall plan was enacted, and the Summer Olympics opened in London after an 8 year hiatus caused by war. Hope prevailed throughout the world and the effect of those events still reverberates.

Will this year’s skies signal a major shift in consciousness toward love and hope that will still reverberate in 2062?

Solstices and Full moons are metaphysically considered opportunities for significant change.

Solstices mirror our ability to stop and decide if a new direction is called for in any aspect of our lives.

When we see the moon at its fullest, it mirrors a cycle in our lives that is completed.

We have been witnessing violence, confusion, polarity, destruction, and extremism. All these attributes have one common denominator: fear.

Fear arises when we feel lack of self-love and deem ourselves powerless to control our destiny. Dwelling in a state of wanting, we imagine that forces outside ourselves will bring more income, security, well-being and happiness.

While overwhelmed by what is occurring at present; we may consider that underneath it, there is an opportunity for change. Like the sun, we can decide that we have reached our furthest point from our equator and choose to reverse course in the direction of compassion, community, acceptance, kindness, unconditional love, peace, cooperation, sharing and celebration of each other.

Additionally, at this time we can witness the “midnight sun”, where at least part of the sun’s disk is visible above the horizon for 24 hours, in all areas from just south of the Arctic Circle to the North Pole.

Isn’t this a great opportunity to stop, veer and aided by the abundance of light, see the events in our life from a different perspective?

Can we use the light from the magnificent celestial body to discover our own light?

Can we feel empowered by harnessing our own fire?

Can we turn away from violence and instead foster creativity in every aspect of our lives?

Our ability to see the sun may be obscured by clouds, but it is always there. So it is with our inner light. It is always there but sometimes obscured by incorrect perceptions, habits, wrong thinking, and attachment to situations, ideas, things, that are inherently ephemeral.

Uncovering our inner light makes us feel safe, discerning and able to express our authentic voices with lovingkindness.

Toscana on my Mind was created a few years ago as a house warming present for my sister, as she was changing course in her life and decided to trust her voice, embody her light and move in the direction of love, forgiveness, acceptance, hope and joy. Her auspicious personal solstice event still reverberates.

The original 48” x 36” painting fills her foyer with sunshine 24 hours a day, joyously greeting anyone who enters the home. You may purchase embellished wrapped canvas prints or archival paper prints and allow the bright light to help you see your own and propel you to experience your very own rare cosmic event. It will reverberate!


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