A Guide to Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes

Celebrating the solstices and equinoxes goes back to well before recorded history, to the time of the original Religion of the Sun of the global civilization that practiced and spread it throughout the world. Descendants of this civilization continued the same traditions, branching out into different cultures, languages, and peoples, eventually morphing into the traditions that exist today.

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Sun setting over the Majorville Medicine Wheel during the summer solstice. Photo © Cliff LeSergent – Purchased via Images West Photography.

The symbology of enlightenment is the symbology of the path of the sun/son-Christ. These very symbols that have always existed in nature and the cosmos also exist within us — and can be a guide to our own spiritual journey if we choose to pursue it.

We are undeniably part of the universe, and so too therefore is the process of awakening. The sun (and stars) is the source of light and life in our universe, just as the spirit is the source of light and life within us. Spiritual figures and texts placed so much emphasis on the journey of the sun, as the path of the sun is symbolic of the path of consciousness/spirit in its journey to awakening, and the solstices and equinoxes are this journey’s major stages.

~ The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub with Angela Pritchard

Why Celebrate? The Value of Experience Over Reading

The rituals of those who practice the religion of the sun are not merely about observing the changing seasons, harvest festivals, or a veneration of the sun or related deities, but a reflection upon the principles of the solar path of the Christ portrayed by those figures who have walked this path throughout history.

Taking part in a solstice or equinox celebration allows you to actually experience the symbology firsthand, and reflect on how it relates to you right now in your life. This is very different to just reading about it.

Each individual can have their own reasons for celebrating the solstices and equinoxes, but these celebrations give everyone participating an opportunity to experience spiritual principles directly. The spirit in life teaches—through these celebrations an individual can learn something personal about their own journey of consciousness, and a group celebrating can learn and perceive something together.

~ The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub with Angela Pritchard

Photo from Rodný kruh, a the traditional revival group in Slovakia.

According to your Circumstances

Celebrating the solstices and equinoxes can vary depending on your circumstances. The most ideal is with a group of people practising the Religion of the Sun, at a location dedicated for this purpose. Such a location could be a sun temple, monument, or ceremonial circle used specifically for solstice and equinox celebrations of the Religion of the Sun.

If a dedicated location like that isn’t available, celebrations could take place at a public location, such as an existing ancient site associated with the Religion of the Sun, or even a public parkland (if it is permitted to hold such an event there, and if it feels private enough for a celebration).

If you can’t be with a group of people to celebrate, you can always do something on your own, either at an existing monument, or anywhere in nature watching the sunrise or sunset, or even just at home (although ideally you can see the sun when you do the ceremony). Another option is to see if anyone near you would like to get together for a solstice or equinox celebration — you can do so via our forum.

Another alternative is to join a traditional revival group in your area, that celebrates solstices and equinoxes in accordance with the ancient local traditions of the sun.

Find a traditional celebration near you

Examples of some traditional celebrations can be seen here:

Planning Around the Solar Calendar

It’s a good idea to be aware of the solar year so you can plan for ceremonies in advance. Many websites and apps calculate this — we have a widget on the homepage and the Events page you can refer to.

The exact time of the solstice or equinox should be converted to your local time (see the link in our widget). To work out which day the ceremony would occur, calculate the closest sunrise or sunset (depending on the ceremony). For example, if a solstice occurs at 3pm, and sunrise where you are is 5am, you would plan the ceremony for that same day.

Whether in the northern or southern hemisphere, the ceremony would be the opposite — so when it’s the summer solstice in the north, it’s the winter solstice in the south.

If possible, the days surrounding the actual ceremony can be reserved for activities like spiritual practices, bonfires, music, and other rituals related to the occasion.

Try to practice and be prepared for the day of the ceremony so that you aren’t rushed and can focus as much as possible on the spiritual side without worrying about getting a lot of things ready.

Creating a Sacred Space

A modern sacred circle in Lithuania. Photo CC BY-SA 3.0 by GiW.

Having a sacred space in which to practice the religion of the sun is especially conducive to getting in touch with the spiritual aspects of the sun and the spiritual within. There are a variety of possibilities based on your situation, which can also vary depending on the local culture.

They can be as simple as stone or wooden circles aligned to the sunrise/sunset, incorporate natural features of the landscape such as hills or water, or can be as elaborate as a temple complex with separate areas for different purposes (such as the wider complex Stonehenge is believed to have been part of).

These sacred spaces can be reserved for ceremonies, rituals, and gatherings for those practicing the religion of the sun.

Learn more about creating your own sacred site

Ceremonial Clothing and Items

Natural, handmade clothing is best for these ceremonies. A style similar to that of your culture/ancestry can be a nice choice, or that of the local culture where you’re attending. Symbols of the spiritual sun are good to incorporate, and can be worn on necklaces and belts.

Girl with wreath at the Summer Solstice or Holy Day of Rasa at Verkiai Park. Photo by Flickr User Mantas LT.

Druids celebrationg rituals at Stonehenge. Photo CC BY-SA 2.0 by sandyraidy.

White is the base color for ceremonies in the religion of the sun.

The standard dress used for the ceremonies in this book is white with a yellow or gold trim or sash. The white symbolizes the sun generally. The yellow or gold is the color of the divine Son, as the golden, yellow light of the spectrum that reaches our eyes on Earth has a symbolic significance. It represents the light of the divine Son as being the mediator between heaven and earth, as it is the color of the sun that we can see from Earth.

~ The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub with Angela Pritchard

Normal clothing can be substituted if you don’t have traditional clothes available — for example a regular white shirt would do. The only color we don’t wear is black as that has been used to evoke dark forces; it’s only worn temporarily if representing dark forces in a ceremony.

Working out Ceremony Activities

Full ceremonies for each of the four points of the year can be found in The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub with Angela Pritchard. The ceremonies were created by Belsebuub based on his experience of actually walking the path in his life, with influences from historical accounts and sacred texts of the religion of the sun.

The ceremonies can be modified if for example you don’t have enough people to do the full ceremonies, or if your group is unable to prepare all the items. They can be adapted to the local culture, readings from sacred texts to do with the ceremony can be incorporated, and different mantras and chants can be used if appropriate. The ceremonies are given as a guide.

Another option apart from creating a ceremony is to attend one run by a group listed on this website.

Conclusion

Romuva Participants celebrating the morning sun. Photo by Flickr user Mantas LT.

The religion of the sun is based on the actual experience of the spiritual path of the sun. It is therefore all about doing, rather than reading. The best way to get involved is to attend celebrations of the solstices and equinoxes, trying to understand the significance on a personal level and how the divine relates to you in nature and in your life.

Through the experience of ceremonies, practices, and applying any insights and knowledge to your life, you can be part of the very same stream as those who practiced the original global religion of the sun. It is the same sun today tracing the same path through the sky that those ancients celebrated.

 

Attribution: This page has been based off the chapter of the same name from The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub with Angela Pritchard.

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