A Guide to Celebrating the Solstice and Equinox – New Article

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A Romuvan ceremony in Lithuania. (photo copyright Flickr user Mantas LT 2009)

A solstice ceremony being celebrated by the Romuvan community in Lithuania who are reviving their ancient solar religion. (photo copyright Flickr user Mantas LT 2009)

Ancient people of nearly every race and culture have celebrated the solstice and equinox as evident in hundreds if not thousands of ancient sites, myths and texts, and the most famous spiritual figures of the world such as Jesus, Osiris, Hu Gadarn, Mithras, Dionysus, Hun Hunaphu, Quetzalcoatl etc., experienced major events in their life stories at these times. While some of these traditions were simple and based on an appreciation of the natural world, many celebrated the profound and universal spiritual significance of these special times year.

The following article is a comprehensive guide to celebrating the solstice and equinox today, whoever and wherever you are. It runs through the spiritual meaning of the celebrations by looking at the common threads found between ancient sites and celebrations around the world, provides information on how to create a sacred space, and step-by-step instructions for conducting your own ceremony.

Whether you’re on your on or with a large group of people, the solstice and equinox can form a profound and enjoyable part of your spiritual practice and help you to connect with the sacred spirituality of the cosmos, as well as people everywhere discovering their common roots and purpose.

Read the article A Guide to Celebrating the Solstice and Equinox

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About Angela Pritchard

Angela Pritchard is an author and researcher into the universal nature of spirituality and consciousness. She is the co-author of two books on ancient sacred mysteries. Her primary focus is on experiencing spirituality firsthand, including through OBEs, and she has been dedicated to this for the past 10 years. She aims to uncover the hidden roots of what’s really driving the agenda in society and the world in relation to the war on consciousness and awakening, and writes alongside her husband on the website Belsebuub.com.

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  1. Having been a part of a large, medium and small ceremony now, it has become something natural and wonderful to experience since I’ve found it to help me feel connected with universe on a grander scale and also with my own personal spiritual investigations.

    This year I had a simple appreciation for the day at home, watching the sun rise and chanting a few of the mantras, which was different than the group strength I’ve experienced before and yet it didn’t make it empty or anything because the meaning felt the same and since another year has passed gives another perspective and understanding.

    I really feel fortunate to have the chance to experience these times of the year in such a meaningful way.

  2. Michelle says:

    I learned about these ceremonies on this site and they have really brought magic, nature, love, reverence, and a greater connection with the universe into my life. It is impossible to describe the beauty and significance of these ceremonies.

    The points in this article really resonate with me. Thank you so much for pointing out the many ways we can practice these ceremonies based upon our own circumstances. I love the pictures you included of the Lithuanian ceremony.

  3. I just also wanted to say that I really enjoyed and appreciated this article.

    When I was younger, I always wondered about the solstices and equinoxes, and felt that there was something more to them, and that it seemed that they should be acknowledged and celebrated in some way but I didn’t know how or why.

    When I first read about the significance of the summer solstice here and a ceremony on how to celebrate it, I was really excited and inspired since it was something I had always longed for. I was keen to celebrate it. I had no idea how much of a profound impact acknowledging and celebrating these times of year would have on me. Just like you mentioned in this article, I was one of those people that after celebrating the summer solstice, I felt and experienced something so very deep and real, that it changed me.

    I really like this guide you’ve created and giving examples and ideas on how to celebrate the ceremonies in all kinds of situations a person can be in. I’ve had the opportunity to celebrate these times of year in all sorts of circumstances, with a large gathering of friends in a private location where we felt comfortable to go all out with the ceremonies in full including creating special garments, head pieces, etc, to more low key and simple celebrations with a small gathering of friends or even just with my husband and I, in less private locations. All the celebrations had their own feeling, and I gained and felt something special from each of them, that it showed me the real flexibility and unconditional profoundness of these ceremony celebrations and times of year. I’m excited to grow, investigate, and adapt these ceremonies to my circumstance as I carry on through the seasons.

    Thanks so much for this guide, it’s really great.

  4. Alexandros says:

    Thank you Angela for this article, it free the mind really, giving explanations about these special events and the opportunity to someone to participate according to his will, his understanding and way of living.
    I think, more and more people will be open to this and want to participate.

    It waw very nice to explane that these special events are something like celebrations too.

    Thank you :), great article

  5. David G says:

    This is a great article! I have celebrated a few solstice / equinoxes with friends now based on the ceremonies explained here, and I find if I approach them in the right way I get a lot out of them, including the preparation for the ceremony like has been mentioned. Learning how to approach them in the best way has been quite a journey in itself as they seem to evolve, and get more beneficial and uplifting with each new one I am able to take part in!

    For me as you mentioned Angela the preparation is really important, so that everything is ready beforehand and there is no need to rush around to organise things last minute, and so that the people taking part know their roles and how the ceremony works so during it they can focus on being in the present moment rather than trying to remember what comes next!

    If everything is in place, then I’ve found that my only obstacles to getting in touch with the spiritual forces that are present during these times are a lack of awareness, being too caught up in thoughts and ‘trying’ to get something in particular out of the ceremonies in the way of learning. It seems like if I focus on awareness and allow the ceremony to flow and just try to be open to whatever learning comes then it’s possible to feel and experience amazing things that go beyond the mind and really touch you deeply. It feels like during the solstices and equinoxes there is a very special, subtle spiritual energy present that is always there but easily missed if we’re not paying attention. During the ceremonies it feels like we really tap into that and are part of something timeless that is very deep and profound!

    I’m very glad for the explanations of these times of the year, and how we can reignite the understanding of the ancient practices and cultures that had a great understanding of the process of a person along the path to enlightenment, and the special relevance the sun has to the same journey through the different phases of the year.

    Really looking forward to the solstice in a couple of weeks! :)

  6. Matthew says:

    Thanks Angela, that’s a really good overview of meaning behind the solstice and equinox and why they have had such importance in ancient times, and still are important today.

    I never knew anything about this subject at all, and the articles you and Belsebuub have written have revealed what these times of the year are actually about, and why it is worthwhile to celebrate them. There is more to it than I ever would have realised. It really brings a new perspective to our lives when you can see that life’s purpose is revealed in the cosmos itself — even if my personal perception of it might be relatively limited.

    It seems very sad that we have lost so much of the spiritual knowledge humanity had in ancient times, but it is great that this knowledge is being brought to light anew in the modern day, so that we have a means to discover it again.

  7. Geraldine says:

    I remember as a child being always fascinated with the sun – trying to understand its meaning as well as its power. In the shadow, I would get cool, stepping in the light, I would get warm.. It still amazes me how something so simple: light and shadow has such a physical sense to it, and how the sun, by its existence, is able to show us this duality.

    Now thanks to the work carried out by Belsebuub, the esoteric meaning of the Sun, and the cosmic principles are making a resurgence. Not only that, it seems that people around the world (e.g. like in Lithuania, UK Stonehenge etc) are feeling this spiritual need to reconnect with those cosmic principles, and also celebrate these ceremonies with sacred circles..

    To see this happening, well, I find this very beautiful and heartening.

    This guide comes really at a perfect time as the Winter Solstice is fast approaching on us, thanks Angela!

  8. Thank you for a very interesting and informative article. I find taking part in these ceremonies is a great way to get that deeper understanding of how everything in nature represents our internal spiritual journey, of this symbolism I knew very little previously and feel grateful to have learned so much by participating in them and reading the articles on this site. It is also a good way of gaining the momentum and motivation needed to continue in this journey.

  9. So much of interesting and beneficial information, thank you! I always liked to watch the sun and felt like there is something very profound in the times of sunrise and sunset, as well as in solstices and equinoxes. It is incredible to see how much things in the world perceived by the senses are related to divine patterns, processes and principles.

  10. I remember my husband and I undertaking our own ceremony when we first read about them here on this site. We just made did with what we had and yet somehow we realised we had a lot. A few rocks quickly became many and before we knew it we had a beautiful circle and an inviting entrance. I wasn’t well that day, and yet I had abundant energy when creating our circle, it seems in every aspect there was something to learn from the ceremony, and though we were only two, we both felt we gained a deeper understanding about ourself and also the deeper significance of it all, as it immerses within you. I would never have imagined that such a simple ceremony could offer so much that touches and joins with the core of you. I look at the sun now and I experience it so differently. With so much yearning and connection to something that I feel is very much part of me, and that I am very much part of, and it inspires me and teaches me about myself and about itself, and that is a connection for me that guides my journey.

    Thank you to you and Belsebuub for opening up what once was a very distant opportunity to connect to the spiritual through such beautiful and deeply significant ceremonies. I sometimes go to look at the sun rising or the sun setting and I feel the connection all over again and I wish that others could experience that connection and reverence too, because it is so giving.

    Through these ceremonies I felt for the first time a connection to ancient people, I was able to experience something that they would have experienced since the knowledge is timeless and without boundaries. This is very remarkable because no where have we been able to connect, let alone understand ancient people, in such a personal and profound way.

    I hope that more people discover and partake in these ceremonies of the equinoxes and solstices, they are simply incredible, and even more so when their spiritual meaning is explored.

  11. Jonathan says:

    I am one of those people that got into these ceremonies from the beginning of their introduction to this site, and I can completely affirm the mention in this article of the profound, unexplainable feelings from these ceremonies. Perceiving the sun in an amazing new way, reflecting on internal things, being with others in the ceremony… it wasn’t just one of these things but everything altogether, and so much more that can’t be put into words.

    It’s been such an integral part of cultures throughout time and throughout the world. Now it’s happening more once again, so hopefully it can continue to grow in this time, and connect people on a higher level.

  12. Great info – thanks for compiling all that. I agree – the more simple (cloth), yet elegant style coordinated clothing can help give a good look and feel to a ceremony. It would be a great experience to construct a true and lasting sacred site in modern times.