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As you look at the sun these days around the Summer Solstice, imagine a point exactly on the other side of sun – that is where you will be six months from now at the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21st. These two points of vision one at the point of greatest darkness and the other at the zenith of light are markers in our extraordinary journey of the year and are central to the guiding the flow of creation, manifestation in many cultures including the roots of yoga in India. The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the Dakshinaya period where for 6 months the earth moves in the southern or “dakshina” orbit towards the Winter Solstice. In the next few days, there is a potent opportunity to the align yourself with this astronomical shift that as so huge for our ancestors that they built temples such as Callinish in Scotland, Konarak in Egypt, Multan Sun Temple in Pakistan, Mayan Sun Temples, Dakshinaarka Temple in Bihar, Suryanarayana Temple at Arasavilli, Surya Pahar Temple in Assam, and the great Solstice site – Stonehenge.
We reserved a private access for Stonehenge a year ago on the last day before it closes for the over 35,000 people who go there as a collective celebration. It was the full moon and lunar eclipse – which despite the typical English clouds – created a palpable charge – I mean literally. In all my life I have never had such an experience with a sacred space and reconnection with my ancestors. By a series of mysterious connections, we were able to have a beekeeping, earthen hut-living local Druid from the Avebury area, Chris Park, join us.
As I close my eyes, I can still see and feel, the depth radiance of power that surrounded our circle with such an extraordinary living presence of an unbroken continuity of energetic awakening. The center point where the light shines through a crack from the east to the west and west to east is visualized as passing through our own hearts. This grounding and activation, depth time of all the accumulated ceremony and the charge that is now circulating inside us as a new energy initiated for the coming cycles is something that we can all attune ourselves too at the zenith of the Solstice.
My prayers for us all as we now make the journey from the fruits of the summer into the harvest and point of greatest darkness is that we will once again be renewed at the turning point of the Winter Solstice. May we listen at the core level, remember our ancestors and connect to the solar fire in the center within and without. Find a sacred place to take in that light today. Place some water outside to catch the sunlight if you can to drink in that power. Offer your prayers, intentions, solar bijas, mantras, gayatri with the setting and rising sun this week to bring in the next cycle.
Yoga Mala Solstice Ritual ~
Create a Yoga Mala for yourself with Surya Namaskar and the Bija mantras for the sun. You may also choose to offer a mala of the Gayatri mantra. For a mala, you can choose any variation of 9-18-27-54-108 rounds.
The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
The average number of breaths per day at 21,600, of which 10,800 are solar energy, and 10,800 are lunar energy.
Blessings in all directions as we continue our journey around the Solar light that purifies and nourishes us all