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The summer solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years by many cultures as the gate of ascent out of this world into the realm of spirit. Solstices occur twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is oriented directly towards or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to reach its northernmost and southernmost extremes. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; its apparent movement north or south comes to a standstill.
The annual journey of the sun is symbolic of the journey of enlightenment. Ancient peoples expressed this wisdom according to their time and culture, yet their sacred teachings and symbols share many similarities because they are based on universal principles common to all life. In many mythic texts, you find that the solar god(s) — Christ, the spiritual Son, Buddha, the solar heart — descend from the sky to bring cosmic wisdom to humanity. Several texts share the common theme that sky beings come down from heaven, and bring the healing powers of light and grant profound wisdom to those that are aware. Often priests, oracles, or yogi’s are the ones depicted receiving the information and then translating it to the “lay man” to be able to process the information. We might thinks it’s a kind of astronomical personification of a galactic alignment of sorts… but, what if it’s a particular kind of cosmic energy that aligns perfectly to our planet, activating a historical theme in our collective mind?
Astrologically, the summer solstice is the peak moment of fire amongst the solar calendar, and throughout time you can see how solstices in general synchronistically align to significant planetary transits, signaling profound change in the works. In Ancient Egypt, the summer solstice was regarded the most important day of the year. Sophisticated rituals were made to honor their Mother creator, Isis, for the gift of life, as well as Osiris, Horus and the solar pantheon.
The Druids, Mayas, Incas, Romans, Native American tribes and many others have aligned their sacred sites to the summer solstice and conducted elaborate ceremonies on this day to honor the Sun. At the Great Pyramids of Egypt the summer solstice sun crowns the head of the Sphinx; the Druids celebrated the marriage of heaven and earth and the defeat of the dark god of the year just as the Egyptians celebrated the defeat of the dark god Seth by Horus as the sun; and in Rome, the festival of Vestalia continued a Druid tradition of guarding the sacred fire.
Sun worship is often seen as primitive, but is in fact a sophisticated awe-inspiring system of worship that appeals to the senses and captivates the mind with its grandiose ceremonies. This system of worship has been perpetuated throughout generations amongst countless of cultures around the world. The cultures mentioned above are just some of the many that created elaborate monuments in perfect configuration to honor the summer solstice alignment.
F o c u s o n t h e H e a r t
Within our solar calendar, summer time is a time to focus and nourish the heart.
In Chinese and Daoist medicine, each season has a set of characteristics showing which organ, energy and emotion is in gear for that time. It is a fivefold conceptual scheme to explain a wide array of phenomena — from cosmic cycles to the interaction between internal organs.
Eastern esoteric writings speak on how the Heart houses Shen. In very basic terms, Shen is the core center of our being, where the spirit, soul and mind come together. There are whole books written on the mysteries of shen, and as you know the power of the heart can never be encapsulated. Within the heart we can find the origin of our mystery. In Eastern cosmology, the delicate care of the Heart, through heart-based meditations, heart foods, and emotional practice, nourishes Shen, providing the utmost important spiritual nutrition.
One of the most important ways in which we can determine the state of the shen is through a person’s vitality, and can be seen especially in the eyes. The saying “the eyes are the window of the soul” is especially relevant. If one has dull, lusterless eyes, we can assume there is a problem with the shen.
H e a r t C h a r a c t e r i s t i c s
The color associated with the Heart is red — red foods are seen to nourish the cardiovascular system. Most are considered warm in nature and are used to nourish blood, improve circulation and build yang or fire energy in the body. They are recommended especially for people suffering with cold symptoms or overall deficiency of fire in the body.
Heart Emotions: joy, happiness, bliss, anger,
Heart Foods: Red Beans, Beet, Dragon Fruit, Mangosteen, Blueberries, Cherry, Apple, Strawberries, Watermelon, Radish, Saffron, Tomatoes,
Heart Herbs: Hawthorn Berries, Cats Claw, Dragons Blood (Croton spp.), Turmeric, Motherwort, Foxglove, Hibiscus, Shizandra berries.
So in honor of slowing down and coming back home to ourselves, make this exquisite heart potion to invoke the power of light and rejuvenation in your heart and mind.
H E A R T P O T I O N
½ cup coconut milk
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp mangosteen hibiscus
a pinch of cinnamon
Optional: 30 drops of Blood tonic ( or substitute with Shizandra berries )
Or if you want it extra ecstatic, switch out for Happiness tonic
Activate the turmeric, ginger and mangosteen in just enough hot water to steep them. Add 1tsp of turmeric, 1 tsp of grated ginger and 1 tsp mangosteen in 4oz of hot water. Allow to steep for about 1 minute. Strain the liquid (or if using a french press, just press the goods). Add 1Tbsp of coconut sugar, and sprinkle some cinnamon. Add warm coconut milk, and whisk intensively. Enjoy!
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Mandala Photo by Dan Mala
Heart by Travis Bedel
Potion by Nutrition Stripped
Mangosteen Photo by Mashable