Monday, June 20, 2011

Sun! Stop!The Winter/Summer Solstice!

Sun! Stop!
A point of Great Light
The June Solstice (in Summer in Northern Hemisphere, Winter in Southern Hemisphere) occurs at 1:17pm EDT on Tuesday June 21, 2011.
Throughout time, the Solstices have been power points and honored as such by humans. Twice each year we move into a window in space-time when the sun and earth communicate in their extremes and energy is exchanged - humanity, earth, sun, light, dance of light and dark, a Tipping Point in consciousness in the service of evolution.
And during our current times - characterized by the Turning of the Ages, i.e. the end a 26,000-year cycle and the beginning of a new one - the Solstices carry even more strength. They are charged beyond what was known previously.
The word "solstice" means "sun standing still" or Sun-Stop.
This impacts us because our sense of time is driven by the sky, with its daily, monthly and yearly cycles. The summer and winter solstices are key reference points in our calendar, marking the yearly extremes of the Sun's changing height in the sky at noon. Whether we realize it or not, our civilization is ordered around the happenings in the sky. We are swimming in these energy patterns, just not consciously most of the time.
Why does Summer Solstice Happen? The seasons of the year are caused by the 23.5ยบ tilt of the earth's axis. Because the earth is rotating like a top or gyroscope, the North Pole points in a fixed direction continuously - towards a point in space near the North Star. But the earth is also revolving around the sun. During half of the year, the southern hemisphere is more exposed to the sun than is the northern hemisphere. During the rest of the year, the reverse is true.
Unlike the Equinoxes (which are all about perfect balance) the Solstices are a Tipping Point - toward or away from The Light.
You might want to Stop And Look Up. (Close your eyes.) You could consciously absorb the photonic energy generated by the nuclear engine of our central star. Photons are tiny capsules of intelligence from the Mind of God, as translated through the Sun. They are all around you, especially now.
Solstice on the Razor's Edge
To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light. - Emerson
At our current point in the long cycles of earthtime, the Summer Solstice aligns with THE GALACTIC EDGE. This is the edge of our known world. When we look toward the stars of Orion (and others in that area) we are looking out into deep space, also known as the Galactic Edge. This area of the heavens is also known to many cultures as the point where Souls enter the Milky Way Galaxy to incarnate on earth. It has been called THE SILVER GATE.
And when we look toward the center of our Galaxy (the huge black hole that spins our world into existence) we see many stars. We call this The Milky Way. And, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, when we look in the other direction, toward the EDGE of our Galaxy, we are looking out into deep space, the great unknown, there are very few stars here; it is a place where energies profoundly beyond the grasp of human egoic consciousness spring forth.
The Summer Solstice, then, is that time when we can download information 'from a galaxy far, far away'. This place, the Galactic Edge - when we align with it - is the source of new ideas for changing the game on earth. The Summer Solstice Sun pauses here to open a door to this expanded consciousness.
From Barbara Hand Clow: "If you can take a moment at the Solstice, close your eyes and face the sun, and tune into the geometric patterns the sunlight creates on your closed eyelids as you tune into these opposing spiraling energies in our solar system. Your role as grateful creative interpreter for the Sun's communication to Earth will be activated. It's a new re-patterning of our collective "earth mind" that the Sun is setting up by your conscious participation. And for those who cannot be in a place to view the sun directly, momentarily close your eyelids as well and perhaps you'll receive the beamed transmission passing through from those that are facing the sun, giving birth to a new membrane of conscious alignment.
The Solstice Doorway of Light will stand open for 3 days - the day before, the day of, and the day after - so it's good to do your ceremony, meditation, etc at any time during that window of time.
As the Ages Turn
At the core of the Milky Way there's a black hole with a ring of blue stars around it. Does anyone else feel this strange music? - Drew Dellenger
Speaking of walking the Galactic Razor's Edge, it's always good to remind ourselves that we are right now birthing a new 26,000 year cycle. In other words, when I use the phrase "The Turning of the Ages" I am using the interpretation of this phrase as described by Shamanic Astrology.
The Turning of the Ages in this sense is not just the movement from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius - a 2,500 year cycle. (This switchover IS taking place as we speak, it's a couple-hundred-year transition, but we are in the throes of it).
The Turning of the Ages refers to a much longer cycle - a 26,000 year cycle, associated with the Precession of the Equinoxes. Daniel Giamario, co-founder of Shamanic Astrology writes: "Humanity is exactly at the end and beginning of an entire 26,000 year cycle (with 1997-1998 as the center point)." He states that the Precession of the Equinoxes is "the longest cycle that can be apprehended by the human senses in a single lifetime."
Why am I bringing this up? Because the power of this shift from one 26,000 year cycle to another one (zero-point, also associated with 2011-2102) is most profoundly felt at the Solstices. You can tune your consciousness into this "Re-start button" vibe - at every single Solstice celebration you participate in for the rest of your life (and for several lifetimes to come:)
I walk without flinching
through the burning cathedral of the summer.
My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music.
It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.
Violette Leduc, Mad in Pursuit
Carol Ann Ciocco
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