Summer Solstice~ the longest day and shortest night. This day marks the halfway point of the solar year. A time when crops are beginning to flourish and herbs are at their maximum, medicinal potency.
In old Egypt, as they moved into an agricultural society, the Sun quickly rose to greater prominence than the Moon. Notable Sun gods have been Ra, Aton and Horus. The myth tells of the scarab beetle rolling the Sun across the sky to bring each new day.
In Greece, he is Helios, and the Romans called him, Juno. HELIOS is also the guardian of oaths and the god of sight. Helios dwells in a golden palace located in the River Okeanos at the eastern ends of the earth. Upon each dawn, from his palace, he emerges, driving a chariot drawn by four, fiery, winged horses and crowned with the aureole of the sun. When he reaches the land of the Hesperides , which translates to Evenings, in the West he descends into a golden cup which carries him around the northern streams of Okeanos back to his rising place in the East.
For the Aztecs, Huitzilopochtli, the warrior god, a sun god, fought against darkness, and required his worshipers to make regular sacrifices to ensure the sun’s survival over the next fifty-two years.
For the Pagans, today is Litha, the counterpoint of Yule.
The themes of Summer Solstice are sex, love, creativity, energy, luck, health and wishes. “Solstice” comes from the Latin “sol” meaning sun, and “sistere,” to cause to stand still. As the summer solstice draws near, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky each day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount, compared to the day before, thus appearing to “stand still.” In the magical sense, Summer Solstice brings us to the halfway point of the Wheel of the Year. The sun is in His full reign, reaching a peak in the sky. It’s intensity brings stark clarity to anything obscured by the dark of night. The brilliance of the sun allows us to see clearly our shadows, banishing that which does not serve us and releasing the past.
The offering of today for you is to ask, “What in my life has been clarified and revealed?”
“What am I ready to release?”
and “What do I desire to bring in before the end of my season?”
This is a masculine holiday, as opposed to the yin, the dark, dank and feminine winter solstice. I reflect on all the ways we as a culture, having denied the feminine for so long, are now in an overcompensating cycle of denying all that is overtly masculine.
Whether you are a man or a woman, perhaps ask yourself, “In what ways have I turned away from the masculine drive that is within me?” In what ways does Calcinatio, the alchemical word for fire in the east, burn within me? Is it manifested as anger, or drive, creativity or passion?
This is a day for the masculine gods…the yang aspect of plants thrusting up out out of the ground, asserting their life force, growing and spreading their leaves, asserting and creating. Animals are mating and giving birth. And energy is rising within all the living beings on the planet. In these long, energetic days, and warm nights, can you feel the energy of that masculine drive? Can you feel the chi culminating, beckoning you to create something new? And do you recognize the desire to be wild rising up out of your depths?
The sun is the ultimate source of fire and light. Like all sources of light, the sun shines brightly and spreads around the world. Even as it gives its light and power to each of us, it is never diminished by the sharing of that energy. The sun passes over us each day, in the never-ending circle of light. Today, we share that light with each other, passing it around the circle, forming a ring of light.
Liba Waring Stambollion
He shines on this day of ampleur
The day has never been so long
The solar heart is bright and strong
Burn, cook,consume, mystify
In this game
of wax and wane
My Father dances
My Mother in Her Maiden state.
Her hair full with
Cinamon and spices
Night jasmine and roses red as blood
Lace Her jacket and Her hood.
Rivers enrobe Her as Her gown
12 stars encircle as Her crown
Songs from fields of crickets
Are heard in all the thickets
Declaring far and wide
The Sun has wed his bride
Into the grain He goes
Her womb full with seed
Into the grain he goes
For that is what he needs
To move through his Wife
To regenerate Life.
His fire captures
Her bliss enraptures
This is their day of Love
As below, so above
As outside, So inside
Our hearts rejoice far and wide
For This revelation
Of Love’s celebration.
This is the time of year to write down any wishes you have and throw them, along with an offering to the Sun God, into the fire. And most of all, to allow yourself to be the wild, wonderful creature that you are~ howling and dancing!