A Ceremony to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

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Above is a video of this summer solstice ceremony.

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 sunrise aligns with the avenue off the circle around Stonehenge. At sunrise the sun shines down the avenue into the center of the stone circle.

The summer solstice sunrise aligns with the avenue off the circle around Stonehenge. At sunrise the sun shines down the avenue into the center of the stone circle.

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.

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Above is another video of it being performed.

Mantras to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

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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

Pronunciation in normal Latin Alphabet:

Om bhoor bhuva swahah
tat savi tur varenyam
bhargo dey vasya dhi mahhi
dheeyo yoh na pracho dayaht

Meaning

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
Nah: our
Prachodayath: enlighten, guide, inspire

Examples

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:

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This is an example of it as more of a song, where the lead singer is the loudest voice:

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Om Tat Sat

~ from The Bhagavad Gita

`Om Tat Sat’ is the triple designation of the Eternal Spirit, by which of old the Vedic Scriptures, the ceremonials and the sacrifices were ordained. Therefore all acts of sacrifice, gifts and austerities, prescribed by the scriptures, are always begun by those who understand the Spirit with the word Om. Those who desire deliverance begin their acts of sacrifice, austerity or gift with the word `Tat’ (meaning `That’), without thought of reward. `Sat’ means Reality or the highest Good, and also, O Arjuna, it is used to mean an action of exceptional merit. Conviction in sacrifice, in austerity and in giving is also called `Sat.’ So too an action done only for the Lord’s sake. Whatsoever is done without faith, whether it be sacrifice, austerity or gift or anything else, as called `Asat’ (meaning `Unreal’) for it is the negation of `Sat,’ O Arjuna! Such an act has no significance, here or hereafter.
~ The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Shri Purohit Swami

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)

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 Shanti Mantra

~ from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad and Ishavasya Upanishad

Om
Purnamadah Purnamidam
Purnat Purnamudachyate
Purnasya Purnamadaya
Purnameva Vashishyate
Om shanti, shanti, shanti

Meaning

Om.
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.

or

Om.
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.

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Mantra IAO

~ from Pistis Sophia

The Pistis Sophia is a sacred text that was banned by the early Church and kept out of the Bible, but resurfaced in 1773. It contains highly esoteric teachings between Jesus and the disciples about the final stages of enlightenment.

And Jesus made invocation, turning himself towards the four corners of the world with his disciples, who were all clad in linen garments, and saying: “iaō iaō iaō.” This is its interpretation: iōta, because the universe hath gone forth; alpha, because it will turn itself back again; ōmega, because the completion of all the completeness will take place.
~ Pistis Sophia, Book 5, Chapter 136, translated by G.R.S. Mead

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Copyright © Belsebuub 2011

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The instructions for this ceremony can be found in the free eBook The Path of the Spiritual Sun.

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More on the solstice and equinox

General
The Significance of the Solstice and Equinox in Spirituality
A Guide to Celebrating the Solstice and Equinox

Winter Solstice
The Spiritual Meaning of the Winter Solstice
Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to the Winter Solstice
Mantras to Celebrate the Winter Solstice
A Ceremony to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Spring Equinox
The Spiritual Meaning of the Spring Equinox
Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to the Spring Equinox
A Ceremony to Celebrate the Spring Equinox

Summer Solstice
The Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice
Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to the Summer Solstice
A Ceremony to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Autumn Equinox
The Spiritual Meaning of the Autumn Equinox
Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to the Autumn Equinox
A Ceremony to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox

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