A solstice or equinox celebration or ritual can be simple and no more complex than being present for the sun at the right time.
Start by Reading the Step-by-Step Guide
Before getting into the ritual itself, the best place to start is reading A Guide to Celebrating the Solstice and Equinox to get a background to creating your own celebration and sacred space, with a deeper understanding of what these times of year mean.
I’ve created a ceremony here that uses the important principles that come together to form what can be used as a template, from which a solstice celebration can be created in whatever way is suitable. It is based on the profound real meaning of this astrological event.
This is an initial ceremony which can be used to celebrate the summer solstice today. It is just a very simple one, which will be developed, once I have more time, to incorporate the best of the world’s esoteric practices.
Creating a Place to Celebrate the Solstice
The summer solstice is the time when the sun reaches its height. It symbolizes the height of the spiritual work to awaken—the ascension and return to the divine source.
To celebrate summer solstice, it is best to create a space that aligns with the sunrise precisely on the morning of the summer solstice.
Create a passageway to walk to the circle, which aligns with the sunrise on the summer solstice and the center of the circle (like at Stonehenge). This can be set up days in advance of the event as the sun won’t move significantly to ruin it.
Above is another video of it being performed.
Mantras to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
The Gayatri Mantra
~ from The Rig Veda
The Gayatri Mantra, sometimes referred to as the mantra of the sun and the most supreme mantra of all, can be chanted at sunrise and/or sunset.
Here are the words:
Om bhur bhuvah svah
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yonah prachodayat
Pronunciation in normal Latin Alphabet:
Om bhoor bhuva swahah
tat savi tur varenyam
bhargo dey vasya dhi mahhi
dheeyo yoh na pracho dayaht
Here are just some English interpretations of the meaning of the mantra, however there are many, and even many of the words themselves have deep and profound meanings on their own:
We meditate on the transcendental Glory of the Deity Supreme,
who is inside the heart of the earth,
inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of Heaven.
May He stimulate and illuminate our minds.
O God! Giver of life, Remover of all pain and sorrows, Bestower of happiness, the Creator of the Universe, Thou art most luminous, adorable and destroyer of sins. We meditate upon thee. May thou inspire, enlighten and guide our intellect in the right direction.
Here is an interpretation of the sanskrit words themselves:
Om: The primeval sound
Bhur: the physical world
Bhuvah: the mental world
Suvah: the celestial, spiritual world
Tat: That; God; transcendental Paramatma
Savithur: the Sun, Creator, Preserver
Varenyam: most adorable, enchanting
Bhargo: luster, effulgence
Devasya: resplendent, supreme Lord
Dheemahi: we meditate upon
Dhiyo: the intellect, understanding
Yo: May this light
Prachodayath: enlighten, guide, inspire
Here are some examples of the Gayatri Mantra. Notice in both the role of the lead chanter, and how the Om is elongated.
This is an example of the mantra as a chant. The lead chanter is followed by the group:
This is an example of it as more of a song, where the lead singer is the loudest voice:
Om Tat Sat
~ from The Bhagavad Gita
From the beginning of creation, the three words om tat sat were used to indicate the Supreme Absolute Truth. These three symbolic representations were used by brahmanas while chanting the hymns of the Vedas and during sacrifices for the satisfaction of the Supreme.
~ The Bhagavad Gita 17.23
One of the very few mantras given in the Bhagavad Gita, Om Tat Sat is said to be the three-fold designation of Brahman. ‘Tat’ and ‘Sat’ are said to signify the transcendent aspect of Brahman and the immanent aspect of Brahman, both of which are blended together in a universalised connotation or denotation ‘Om.’ It is taken to mean that God is here, God is above and God is below, and God is everywhere. The everywhereness of God includes the aboveness and the hereness of God. The aboveness is Tat, the hereness is Sat, and the everywhereness is Om. (source)
~ from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad and Ishavasya Upanishad
Om shanti, shanti, shanti
That is infinite, this is infinite.
From That infinite,
this infinite comes.
From That infinite,
this infinite removed or added;
Infinite remains infinite.
Om, peace, peace, peace.
That is the absolute, this is the absolute.
From the absolute,
the absolute becomes manifest.
When the absolute is added or taken away from the absolute,
the absolute remains.
Om, peace, peace, peace.
Copyright © Belsebuub 2011
The instructions for this ceremony can be found in the free eBook The Path of the Spiritual Sun.