(photo copyright flickr user Simon Wakefield 2008) The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness within ourselves and within each and every person, and to reflect upon the potential for consciousness to achieve its own awakening. The progress of the sun throughout the year symbolizes the process of attaining enlightenment, and the summer solstice is the apex of this journey as the day of most light in the year. It symbolizes the ascension found in many great spiritual teachings – the return to the Great Father Spirit, the triumph of light over darkness in the individual, and the return to wholeness in which the Son, Mother Goddess and Father God become one great consciousness. The Druids, ancient Egyptians, Mayans, Essenes, Romans and many others have aligned their sacred sites to the summer solstice and conducted ceremonies on this day. At the Great Pyramids of Egypt the summer solstice sun crowns the head of the Sphinx; the Druids celebrated the marriage of heaven and earth and the defeat of the dark god of the year just as the Egyptians celebrated the defeat of the dark god Seth by Horus, the sun; and in Rome the [...]
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 [...]
The serpent mound in Ohio, whose head aligns with the summer solstice sunset. (photo copyright 2002 Timothy A. Price and Nicole I.) Some of the most famous ancient megalithic sites in the world align to the summer solstice – in numerous different cultures: Egyptian, Pagan, Mayan, Essene, Buddhist, Native American, and Easter Islander. Sites such as the Great Pyramids and Easter Island, are speculated to be some of the most ancient in the known world, and to have links to the civilizations of Atlantis and possibly Lemuria. Others trace their lineage back to the original spiritual knowledge of the Mayans and ancient peoples of Britain. These sites indicate the existence of an ancient cosmic spirituality, sometimes referred to as ancient solar religions – some highly advanced in their technology and understanding of the cosmos. Read the article here
Here is a new article that explores the ancient meaning of the Great Sphinx of Egypt and why it was originally carved differently to what we see today - from a spiritual perspective: https://belsebuub.com/articles/decoding-the-ancient-meaning-of-the-sphinx-and-its-origin-as-anubis
Easter is a celebration of resurrection, which is a universal cosmic event symbolizing the resurrection of the son, the neutral force of creation, which integrates itself within the human consciousness when a person is prepared through divine initiation. That's celebrated at the spring equinox. The present celebration of Easter is a creation of the Christian Council of Nicea, who made sure that little of the esoteric teachings and groups of Jesus survived. It's related to the passover and is calculated from the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox. This has no esoteric basis in relation to the actual death, three days in the tomb, followed by resurrection, which is the real Easter - a universal event celebrated by many different cultures, particularly the most ancient ones, whose grasp of spiritual knowledge was incredible. The name Easter and the time of Easter celebration was taken over by the church from pagan religions that had a basis in the original solstice event and celebration. I wouldn't celebrate the Church's version of Easter at all though, any more than I would include Santa Claus in the winter Solstice. It's a distortion of cosmic truths, which is best left in [...]
The spring equinox on the 20th of March, is a spiritual time found in ancient sacred sites and teachings throughout the world. Its deeper spiritual significance reveals the mysteries of resurrection. Written in the movements of the sun and stars, is the process of attaining enlightenment. The spring equinox is a special time of connecting with the divine, which is just as important as ever today. Read the article The Spiritual Meaning of the Spring Equinox
The perspective you get on these sacred sites in relation to equinoxes and solstices cover new areas. They have the knowledge of the esoteric principles of spiritual awakening as their background. They were built using those principles and they served to help to apply those principles in personal development, which spiritual awakening was an integral part of. It's impossible to properly understand ancient sacred sites without this knowledge. Read the article here.