With the solstice approaching this upcoming week (Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 10:07 am UTC1), all of us here at The Spiritual Sun wanted to wish everyone a wonderful solstice, filled with inspiration and joy.
In the Religion of the Sun the solstices mark important stages in the annual journey of the sun — a journey that reveals the process of spiritual awakening to humanity and symbolizes the path of consciousness returning to the source of creation.2
In the Northern hemisphere it’s the summer solstice, a time of the greatest light in the year, and a time that spiritually represents the stage of ascension in the process of attaining enlightenment. It’s a time of great joy and celebration as light becomes greater than darkness (days becoming longer than night). In the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun, it is explained that:
“At the summer solstice, the sun has ascended to its highest point in the sky and the light is at its greatest, symbolizing enlightenment and awakening—this is the time of the ascension from earth to heaven, the return to wholeness of Being and the spiritual source from which consciousness originated. Like the flowers and fruits of summer, the life of the spirit is at full bloom and corresponds to midday in the sun’s daily journey and the direction north. From the ending of the summer solstice, the sun descends once more to begin the eternal cycle again.”
— Belsebuub and Lara Atwood, The Path of the Spiritual Sun 3
In the Southern Hemisphere this is the time of winter solstice — also a joyous and celebratory time as it is a time when the light begins to increase and grow out of the darkest point in the year. Spiritually it represents the birth of the spiritual Son within a spiritually prepared individual at a specific stage on the path to enlightenment. In The Path of the Spiritual Sun the significance of this event is described as follows:
“At the winter solstice, darkness is at its maximum, but there is hope in the winter sunrise from which the light gradually increases—this is the time of the birth of the spiritual Son/sun within, and why so many solar deities were born at the winter solstice… It is a celebration of… the birth of light at the time of greatest darkness. The spiritual Son within starts as something small like a child and gradually grows—just as the sun at winter and seed beneath the ground—toward the summer solstice, transforming someone spiritually as it does.”
— Belsebuub and Lara Atwood, The Path of the Spiritual Sun 4
There are many ways to celebrate the solstices to tap into the deeper meaning of these times of year and to gain inspiration and understanding from them — be it via a personal sunrise / sunset observance, a gathering with others celebrating the solstice, a visit to an ancient site aligned to the sun, spiritual practice, etc. Below are some links with further information about celebrating the solstices:
- A Guide to Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes
- Spiritual Significance of the Solstice and Equinox
- How to Practice the Religion of the Sun
- A Guide to Creating a Sacred Site Aligned to the Sun
- The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes by Belsebuub and Lara Atwood
- A calendar to check your local solstice time and date
- Mantras Related to the Summer Solstice
- Mantras Related to the Winter Solstice
- Christmas carols to sing or listen to on Christmas
We hope everyone has a happy and inspiring solstice!
— The Spiritual Sun Team
Check your local solstice time and date via timeanddate.com.