This year's solstice and full moon align for the first time since 1948 according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. The length of the sun's path through the sky is the longest and the moon sets opposite and if conditions are right it makes for a "honey moon" due to the amber color resulting from the typical seasonal humidity as the curvature of the moon's radiance passes through it.
According to the Chinese culture the sun's energy belongs to the quality of yang which is relative to the qualities of fire, motion that directs upward and outward, and the nature of which catalyzes change and transformation. Supreme Yang as is blazes across the sky gives light and nourishment to all lifeforms who inhabit the surface of our planet from great to small.
The moon, and especially the Full Moon is associated with the concept and qualities of Yin which relates to water, stillness and quiet reflection. Water is vast but can penetrate rock and wash away earth. And by interaction with Fire water moves through its natural states to give rise to weather patterns.
This 2016's rare solstice and full moon is truly a time to behold the grand forces of Fire and Water embodied through the Sun and Moon.
Since Earth is 71 % covered by water of which 96% belongs to the oceans, its obvious that water is fundamental to life and the planet. *Whenever the Moon, Earth and Sun are aligned, the gravitational pull of the sun adds to that of the moon causing maximum tides. These tides are at their highest and at lowest with the full moon.** So on the longest of days and the brightest of nights may we be reminded that that these forces are awesome and be advised to behold the effects externally and internally.