What is "inner summer"?

Good question. It is one of the inner seasons.

In this post, I’ll answer 3 questions:

  • when is summer?

  • what happens during summer?

  • what’s good to do during summer?

and at the end I’ll share my top tip for summer

When is summer? 

Outer Summer

In the Northern Hemisphere, summer is typically June to August.

In the Southern Hemisphere it’s typically December to February.


Inner Summer

If you are menstruating, inner summer is around the middle of the cycle, across ovulation, so this will vary depending on the length of your cycle.

If you aren’t menstruating, and are working in tune with the moon then the lunar summer is when the full moon appears.

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What happens during summer? 

What is happening in nature?

The days are the longest and warmest, and for the sunflower this means they start blooming.

What is happening with the moon?

The middle of the lunar cycle, the moon is at its fullest. A great time to enjoy a moonlit evening walk.

What is happening in my body?

This is the time of ovulation, the ovulatory phase, as the uterus has been prepared for pregnancy.  The hormones that stimulate ovulation are primarily oestrogen and luteinising hormone (LH) although cortisol, thyroid and the mitochondria all play a part. When LH peaks really high as instructed by oestrogen out pops an egg. LH also stimulates testosterone release from the ovaries. There is also an increase in testosterone levels up until ovulation, and then it starts to drop. These rises in hormones also affect the verbal and social centres of the brain.

What’s good to do during summer?

Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Summer often a time of lots of energy, and going from the ideas phase during your inner spring, to making them happen.

Communicate and collaborate 

Summer is a great time to communicate and work with others:

talk about your project work with a colleague get a buddy write content discuss negotiate record yourself

Socialise 

Summer is also a great time to make the time to see friends, have fun,  have people over, make dinner, go for picnics, go dancing.  What feels like fun for you? 

Top Tip for Summer

When you’re in your inner summer, before careful not to schedule lots of things during the end of your inner autumn and winter. Those hormones are shifting, and energy levels will soon start to drop.

Posted on September 10, 2019 .