Above is a video of this summer solstice ceremony being performed.
The summer solstice is the time when the sun reaches its height, and is the time of greatest light in the year. It symbolizes the height of the spiritual work to awaken—enlightenment, the ascension, and return to the divine source. It is a celebration of light.
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’s based on the profound real meaning of this astrological event. But 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 in 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.
This article explains the meaning behind this solstice ceremony: The Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice
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:
~ 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
Copyright © Belsebuub 2011
The instructions for this ceremony can be found in the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.