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Winter Solstice 2016, Part 1

January 11th, 2016 by

On the longest night of the year of 2016, the Winter Solstice, 637 Pagans and Kindred Spirits gathered at the Tequesta Drum Circle for drumming, dancing, and ritual. I was honored to lead the ritual. In this first part, the opening ritual and the spiritual message are presented.

Light the Day

June 18th, 2013 by

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Summer. Playing in golden fields. Lilies are blooming. Walking on the beach at sunset. Dancing by firelight. Corn is reaching for the sun. The word summer conjures all these images in my mind and even more. The central focus for all the aspects of summer involves the sun and its light.

We approach the middle of summer, which is marked by the Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer. The Summer Solstice is the only day of the entire year where the day is longer than the night. Summer is the hottest of the four seasons. Light floods the planet. When sunlight shines upon Mother Earth, she responds to the light with growth upon her body. She becomes fecundate.

Yellow summer is seen in flowers such as daisies. Deer graze in the meadows. Lovers jump bonfires to ask for blessings of fertility and good fortune. In times long past, torches would blaze and wine would flow as the people of the earth rejoiced at the upcoming harvest. Fruits and vegetables are ripe and will sustain the people of the earth during the long winter months. Health and long life are celebrated.

According to many of the spiritual beliefs of the East and the West, the first physical manifestation of the Universe is light. This means that fire is the first element of creation. Wherever there is light, there is fire as the source. Fire burns in the hearth to protect the home. It gives warmth, cooks our food, and provides light to see in the darkness.

Fire is the element associated with our spirit. This brings the idea that our spirit glows and burns like fire. Our spirit is light that shines. There are some people that seem to be brighter than others. Artwork from hundreds of years ago depicts holy people such as saints with halos to indicate higher spirituality and unconditional love. The implications are that the spirits of the saints and other holy people are burning so brightly that people can physically see their light. Even mothers-to-be have been observed to be glowing. There is something about love that removes blockages and allows the light of the spirit to shine in the physical world.

Here is a way to connect with the sunlight and to ask for blessings of good fortune in your life. During the Solstice season, and especially on Solstice Day, let the light of the sun shine upon you. Definitely, use good judgment and do not look directly into the sun nor allow the sun to burn your body! Other than that, connect with the light. Face towards the sun, close your eyes, and open your arms in salutation with both palms facing upwards. While standing before the sun, imagine the sunlight going into your crown chakra, which is located at the top of your head. Allow the light to descend into your body and fill your body. Ask for blessings and good fortune. Ask for abundance and happiness. Ask for love and anything else you want. Ask that everything be brought to you with goodness and benefit towards all. When you have finished, bring your palms together in the prayer position. Bow your head and thank the sun for its light and blessing.

Remember, where there is light, there can be no darkness! Light can cast out negative emotions like depression, remove insecurity, and bring happiness. When light fills your mind, your body, and your spirit, then you feel lighter and more positive.

We have never been older than in this moment. Today is also the youngest we will ever be. We shall never pass this way again so make the most of life. Make the most of this moment. Light the day with your spirit!

The Summer Solstice on Friday, June 21 is a great day to get a reading and connect with the energies of the solstice. I am available from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. Contact me at (305) 265-2228 or mysticalaamulet@earthlin.net for an appointment in person, by phone or by Skype.