People have celebrated the summer solstice for over 4,000 years. Mega alters dedicated to the changing of seasons are located all over our world. In Europe, and India, in South America, and Nepal, in Australia, and Africa. Every culture gathers in ceremony to acknowledge the changing of season and the longest day of the year.
For us, in our beautiful Sanse tradition, we could use this day to celebrate the Soley Division – the Division of the Sun. We have less emphasis on the seasons themselves because Sanse is a tradition which is used day by day, calling on particular spirits for help in our daily needs. I feel this is a good opportunity to bring together the annual worship of the Sun and our own Sun Deity for a cool lesson in the art of spirit medicine.
We hear so much about the other aspects of spirituality and witchcraft, like the moon, our psyche, or casting intentions.
A less known and less worked with energy we use in Sanse Espiritismo is Sun Magic. In our tradition, we have seven groups of spirits. Within each group is a family of innumerable spirits. These 7 Divisions together complete the spiritual path, leading one on a journey from the 1st plane of earthly power, through each level of power, and entering the final 7th plane, the Soley Division. This final phase of enlightenment allows us to encounter oneness with the Divine.
We reach the Soley Division as our last challenge in human consciousness and human awareness. Our challenge here is to fortify and strengthen ourselves by casting away our notions of God, Goddess, our beliefs and projections of spiritual biases. When we step into this abyss, we encounter our final tests before reaching the radiance known as Grand Soley.
This requires facing our greatest fears, distinguishing between false guidance, illusions and truths. The Soleys do not enter into relationship with a practitioner until they are ready, and few rarely are. Why? Because we fear our greatest fears, it is pretty much that simple.
On the other side, we meet our beloved deity of the sun, Grand Soley. He is not as it would seam. What comes from this relationship is both simple and very rich. A sense of fertility, virility, warmth in the mind from wealth and prosperity. Power to heal illnesses – if you are a healer. A feeling of deep joy, and a blast of solar power difficult to describe.
Within the Soley family resides a small group of spirits we keep as a mystery until people are ready for those teachings. We cannot just hand this power over to people, it must be cultivated through succeeding with the other 6 Divisions. As my teacher Papa Hector Salva says, “A lot of people think they are connecting with the Sun Division, but few really are in contact with this family of spirits.”
As the solstice comes over our planet, let’s offer up one fear as an offering to the sunlight. One fear to our sacred sunlight as a way to invite this Earthy power into our hearts.
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Spirit Medicine recipe
First: Pour a glass of water at the break of day. Place it outside in the sun for a blessing.
Second: Take an orange and fill it with your hopes by holding it in your hands and praying over it. Place next to water.
Third: Write down on a piece of parchment paper the fear you want to face and overcome. Fold it, place it in a second glass of water next to the orange.
Fourth: Mindfully pray to the sunlight or Grand Soley for guidance and support. Let sit overnight.
The next morning say an opening prayer:
1. Take the water with the fear in it, holding the water up to the sun, call on the sunlight or Grand Soley. Ask him to remove this fear from your body and mind.
2. Pour out in a bush or beneath a tree. Ask the plant to absorb all the emotions of the fear for you. Offer the plant a gift for its work. This clears your body, mind and emotions. Next we will cleanse your spirit. 3. Open the orange with your fingers, squishing all the pulp and juice into a bowl. Say, “As I open this orange, so do I open my connection with the Sunlight or Grand Soley.”
4. Pour the blessed glass of water in with the orange juice and pulp.
5. Optional – add some fresh basil for a blessing.
6. Rub this all over your body. First neck down, then feet up. Use the orange as a tool to rub the juice on you. As you rub down, ask for all the things you want cleared from you to be cleared away. As you rub up, ask for all the blessings you want to come to you.
This cleanses and heals you as the sunlight pours over your skin through the blessed water and orange.
Remember this is not just power of positive thinking. You are acting in accordance and with a power in nature and calling on spirit to help heal and clear you. Be sacred, pray from your heart. Find time to continue to pray out loud thanking the spirit for the spirit medicine given to you every day.Have Fun!
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