Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
—Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Solstice and Equinox are points for heightened synchronicity and magic. June 20, 2016 Solstice occurs on Blue Magnetic Night coinciding with a Full Moon, an occurrence that will not happen again until 6.21.2062: Red Galactic Skywalker.
On this powerful Solstice day comes a reminder of the patterns of nature through the Wheel of the Year: the 8 sabbats + 1 Day out of Time. Sabbats (sacred time) are the elemental cycles of nature that effect and inform our consciousness based on the solar cycle with the appearance and disappearance of light.
All of our holidays are based on these 8 sabbats which were originally seasonal celebrations of the elemental world. They were prompted not by calendars but by changes of light and observing rainfall, nature and the natural world.
This is a blueprint of the earths time: two equinoxes holding the gravitational plane and balancing dark and light; and two solstices marking the death and birth of the Sun.
Christian holidays are based on this Wheel. After the establishment of the Christian church the ways of nature were displaced and our natural festivals of the elements were replaced by religious holidays: solstice for Chrismas and Equinox for Easter, etc.
It is beautiful to strip down to the elements and feel the simplicity of the natural cycles based on the sun’s appearance and disappearance.
Here is a brief overview of the 8 sabbats:
Samhain begins the year, and is the ultimate rite of the union of masculine and feminine that created the new conception. This mythology is based on the birth of the sun.
On Winter Solstice (Yule) the seed is planted and gestates in womb. It is the time when we celebrate the return of light, the birth of sun within the dark of the night. Then we move to Imbolc (Candlemas) to celebrate the return of the sun. This is still celebrated in many places around the world as the festival of lights.. In the United States children’s holidays have been overlaid onto the nature points; i.e. Halloween has been overlaid onto Samhain and Groundhog day for Imbolc.
Spring equinox (Ostara) is the celebration of new light when nature bursts forth with new life and flowers begin to bloom, a time of awakening from the dark slumber. Then we move to Beltaine which is a ceremony of love, wine, dance and fertility. This is followed by Summer Solstice (Midsummer), the time of the great Ripening, when the Sun climaxes, reaching its peak and we celebrate the fullness of life.
Then sun begins to wane and we enter into Lughnasad (Lammas), a time of ceremony to celebrate the waning of sun and a point of turning within. Then we reach the Autumn Equinox (Mabon), a magical time when the leaves turn colors and fall to the ground. This time represents the death of the old sun and turning inward for reflection and introspection in preparation for the next gestation of the sun’s cycle.
Between Summer Solstice and Lammas is the Day out of Time, the only galactic holiday where we celebrate solar/galactic consciousness, time is art, universal forgiveness and the remembrance of our star origins.
If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
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