Happy Solstice from the Mother of Cities.
Right when this email dropped into your inbox, so did the Solstice, one of the four most important days in the zodiac year. If you live above the equator, today you are welcoming summer, if you leave below, it is winter you are receiving. On this day, light, the universal and cross-cultural symbol of the divine, changes direction. In the Northern hemisphere, until today, the days grew in size compared to the night. Tomorrow, days will begin to give ground to nights. Therefore, today, the Sun's seasonal journey as viewed from the earth, will stand still before changing direction. The word Solstice
is Latin for Sol (Sun) Sistere (stand still).
The Sun standing still is an oxymoron. Time, seasons, life, depends on our perception of the Sun's movement. The great chariot in the sky, cruising forever from East to West, from birth to death. That is the reason that in almost all traditions of the earth, today is a significant day. A day of miracles, a day when Father Sun stands still, stops his busy career and listen to us, his kids. He stretches his warm radiant hands and gives us a long embrace before he resumes his everlasting traction across the heavens. Today, on Sunday, the day of the Sun, our father finds time to play with us...Funny synchronicity that I am writing these words in Turkey where today they celebrate...Father's Day.
Joshua - יְהוֹשֻׁעַ
The prophet Joshua was a wizard's apprentice and while he was not as grand as his master, Moses, some of his teacher's magic rubbed on him and in order to win a decisive battle in the conquest of the Promised Land, he cast a powerful spell commanding the heaven to stand still (Joshua 10:12,13)
|אָז יְדַבֵּר יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, לַיהוָה... וַיֹּאמֶר לְעֵינֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, שֶׁמֶשׁ בְּגִבְעוֹן דּוֹם, וְיָרֵחַ, בְּעֵמֶק אַיָּלוֹן.
||Then spoke Joshua...'Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Aijalon.'
|וַיִּדֹּם הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ וְיָרֵחַ עָמָד...
||And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed...
Now, looking back at what my bible teacher taught us in school, I am thinking that maybe Joshua was a stargazer and planned the battle to fall on the Summer Solstice. But nevertheless, the metaphor (which is how one should address the bible and its stories) is that today, as the Sun stand still, you too can win your battles. The Sun is on your side. That is, if your fight is on the side of light, as today is the longest day of the year when light reigns supreme, you will surely win your mêlée.
Joshua Tree, CA (named after the prophet Joshua)
Gateway of Humanity
While the Winter Solstice (longest night of the year) is considered the gateway of gods (it is the birthday of Apollo, Mythras, Atis, Artemis, Osiris, Horus, and other celestial celebrities), the Summer Solstice is the gateway of humanity. In astrology, the Solstice is the day that initiate the sign Cancer, the archetype of compassion, unconditional love, the womb, memory, motherhood, and family. That is why today is associated with the gateway of humanity. This sign, representing birth, is the womb or gate in which souls reincarnate and begin their journey on earth. It is a wonderful message that reminds us that the archetypes that leads us into existence is colored by compassion. We are here, as humans, to master compassion and love that is non conditional, free of ties or restrictions.
How to Celebrate Solstice?
Adhering to the principle of Imitatio Die
(Imitation of God) or Sympathetic Magic
(like attracts like), today, we should mimic the Sun's standing still. As the author of Psalm suggests: "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10) today is a good day to sit or stand still and experience the oneness around us. It is the longest day of the year (for us in the north), a symbol of the ability to bring our thoughts and wishes into light. To manifest, give birth and emerge into a new phase in our life. In Spanish, the word for birthing is Dar Luz
, give light. Today, we are bathed and birthed into light. You can take a deep wide look into your life and see what is your main battle field right now, what do you need to surmount, what is the Promise Land you wish to conquer. Today, as the Sun stands still over your battlefield, you can, like Joshua, get an insight or the courage to win.
Happy Solstice, happy birthing, good luck in winning your wars of light and wishing you a great summer (or winter if you are in the Southern Hemisphere). Hope to see you in person in Istanbul, Zurich, Munich, Sofia, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, London, or Alicante, in the next two months...