Summer & Magic
Ahhh...summer. The season of warmth and sunshine.
I have a solar-dysfunction compounded by a serious melatonin-challengedness. I slather on SPF 70. I’ve been teasingly accused of being part vampire. As I sit here, I bear a sunburn on one shoulder. While counting the hours ‘til my next application of the soothing blue aloe gel, I’ve resorted to using the shop-vac to clear away cobwebs in the basement just to keep working during those peak flesh-searing hours.
Needless to say, the summer being so dangerous for me, it is not my favorite season. It has, however, many awesome holidays. The Summer Solstice, not to be confused with that cute little chick-hot-rod Pontiac put out, is a pagan holiday usually celebrated on June 21st, give or take a day, whenever the sun is at 1 degree Cancer.
This holiday occurs when the sun is at the height of its power so it is no surprise that the foremost element of this holiday is fire, but this longest day of the year is also known as Litha, which means “moon.” Ironic?
This holiday has a secondary elemental influence: water. Therefore, the solstice has ties to the descent into the underworld. From Isis’s journey to save Osiris, to Baldur’s visit to the lowest worlds of Asgard…and, of course my favorite, Persephone’s passage into the realm of Hades. All those stories are portrayals of introspective scrutiny. Water is the lubrication that allows us to look into ourselves and discover what we—with fire—must renew, release, or enhance.
What would you like to renew and amp up in your life? Perhaps love, health, and joy.
What do you need to release? Maybe sadness, pain, or regret.
What would you like to enhance? Finances. Friendships. Luck.
The Summer Solstice is a great time to use the heat and light of solar energy to rev up external physical manifestations. Because the solstice this year will occur in a waning moon phase and that is a good time to get rid of negative energies, let’s focus on the middle question. Here’s an easy little ritual:
paper and pen—you’re making a list
a black candle—the birthday kind for ‘over the hill’ cakes is usually inexpensive, small, and burn up relatively fast
anointing oil—regular ol’ olive oil will work just fine
candle holder—whatever is appropriate for safety. For a small birthday size candle an ashtray or small plate may work if you allow wax to drip in then affix the candle base to that while it is yet soft.
**Fire is dangerous. Use common sense. Be safe.**
Make a list answering the question: “What do I need to release?” Feel free to borrow the suggestions I gave, but you truly know what needs to go from your life, so add your own—as long as you never try to harm someone or mess with their free will. (That will bite you in the ass.) Keep your answers simple and straightforward. Next, get the candle and dab your fingers in the oil. Starting at the base of the candle—and focusing your mind on your answers—rub the oil toward the wick. This sends the energy of these answers away from you.
**For extra oomph, research the Moirai and add them to your thoughts as you dress the candle with the oil. The Moirai regulate the fate they weave and can remove snags and clear blockages from the loom of your life.**
Light the candle, affix it in a safe place, and keep your mind focused on your intention. (Make a chant out of it!) Watch the candle burn until the flame goes out. Mentally cast whatever you are releasing into that flame as if it is a portal to that ever-burning star that is our sun. Believe that what you have enacted will be so, that what you have released is gone. Dispose of the candle off by burying it somewhere not on your property.
Merry Solstice to you!
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