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Summer Solstice: Self Sacrifice and Conscious Manifestation

What is the Summer Solstice?

The Summer Solstice is a sacred time of year where northern cultures celebrate the life-giving Sun and gratiously accept the Sun’s abundance. This is a time of creation, growth, development and expansion.

During the month of June, the days are long and productive and the night is very short, if it exists at all. While I write this post, it is 12:30 am and yet the night sky is not black. Night time during the month of June is very light where I live, the sky is dark blue and the glow of dawn is always present towards the north. The Sun barely dips below the horizon at around 11 pm for about 4 hours before it begins to rise again.

What does the Summer Solstice symbolize?

For northern people, the summer is a time of abundance, life and celebration but also it’s a time of labour, spiritual expansion and of preparation, duty and self-sacrifice. Traditionally, summer was an opportunity to work as much as possible in order to prepare for the scarcity of the upcoming winter. The Sun has risen higher and higher in the sky until it reaches it peak on June 21st, the summer solstice. After June 21st, the Sun begins it’s descent into the darkness of winter.

The Sun has always symbolized life because our ancient ancestors recognized that all life depended on the Sun’s light. As the Sun rose higher in sky and it’s rays became warmer, life on Earth begins to flourish again.  During this time, everything is growing and becoming highly productive.  People were no different.

The mythology surrounding the Summer Solstice

In Norse tradition, Odin sought the divine powers of manifestation held by the Norns, three beings with the ability to shape destiny. The Norns sculpted destiny by carving runes into the trunk of the Tree of the World aka Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil is said to grow from the Well of Url and span the entirity of the Nine Worlds, with Asgard cradled by the upper branches. Odin became envious of the Norns’ powers of conscious manifestation and sought to influence destiny for himself.

The runes were only known to the Norns and it was said that the runes only reveal themselves to those that are worthy of their power. Odin suspended himself from Yggdrasil, piercing his skin with his own spear and forbiding anyone from helping him. He hung himself from the tree for 9 days until after the ninth day, he began to see the shape of the runes forming in his mind’s eye. Through his vision, Odin learned the secrets of the runes and conscious manifestation. The Summer Solstice is a pagan celebration of Odin’s discovery of the runes and of conscious manifestation.

How is the Summer Solstice celebrated in Northern Europe?

Summer Solstice is typically celebrated in Northern European traditions by the raising of a Maypole – a large tree decorated with summer greenery, flowers and coloured ribbons signifying one’s intentions. This Maypole is a symbol representing the Yggdrasil, Odin’s self sacrifice and conscious manifestation. Ribbons attached to the top of the maypole are held by individuals as they dance around the base of the tree. These ribbons represent Odin hanging himself from Yggdrasil as an act of self-sacrifice.

Maypole decorated with foliage and ribbons

During the three days of celebration, a huge bonfire was lit for three days.  It was customary to gather foliage and flowers to create sun wheels or wreaths and hang them in the home and to wear them as crowns or necklaces.  It is said that healing plants and herbs collected during the Summer Solstice are at their most potent.  The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the harvest.

How is the Summer Solstice celebrated in North America?

Sun Dance - Tree of Life
Sun Dance – Tree of Life

In North American tradition, the celebrations of the Summer Solstice are eerily similar to those found in Northern Europe.  During the summer solstice, many northern groups of indigenous americans hold a ceremony called the Sun Dance. The Sun Dance ceremony is a traditional ceremony that involves self-sacrifice as a method of spiritual expansion. In preparation for the Sun Dance ceremony, a tall tree is decorated with foliage, coloured pieces of cloth are tied to top and the tree is erected at the center of the ceremonial grounds.  This tree symbolizes the Tree of Life.  Sun Dance participants dress in traditional clothing, tie bracelets of herbs around their wrists and ankles, then they wear a crown of herbs on their heads.  Sun Dance participants then pierce their skin and suspend themselves from the tree until an altered state of consciousness is reached and they experience a vision. ***Sounds like the Odin myth -doesn’t it?!***

The Sun Dance ceremony includes a sacred fire that is kept lit for thewild strawberries entire three day celebration.   It is also customary at this time to begin harvesting from land – some plants are ready to be picked!  During the Sun Dance time, wild strawberries and wild saskatoon berries are ripe and ready for harvest.

It’s easy to see the similarities in the two celebrations and I often wonder if these cultural practices are so old that they originate from a time when the people of the North were of one circumpolar culture.  Through the study of Ojibwe mythology and northern European mythology, many similarities can be noted.   The celebrations of the solstices is only one of those similarities, another major similarity is the Earth Diver myth which is present in cultures throughout northern Europe, Asia and North America.

How can we celebrate the Summer Solstice today?

I feel that it is extremely important to preserve these ancient traditions that have been apart of our collective northern culture for thousands of years – it would be an absolute shame to forget it now!

  1.  Harvest foliage and flowers.   A Summer Solstice tradition of picking plants and flowers to create beautiful wreaths that represent the Medicine Wheel or Sun Wheel.  Wear the wreaths as crowns or decorate your home with them.  Spend the day counting your blessings, being grateful and enjoying nature’s bounty.  At the end of your celebrations, toss your wreaths into the sacred bonfire and give thanks for the productive summer ahead.
  2. Have a bonfire.  You can go all out and have a traditional, 3-day bonfire that is maintained the entire time.  It is customary to do this with a group of people so that each one can have a turn tending the fire through the summer night.  Tending the fire is an honour that many people thoroughly enjoy as it ignites ancient emotions.  When you are alone, awake and  staring into the fire – your mind begins to wander.  This is a form of meditation that is believed to tie you directly with your ancestors.  It is believed that your ancestors are sitting around the fire with you, sharing stories and enjoying it’s warm, dancing flame – WITH YOU!
  3. Pick wild berries or harvest healing herbs.  Always be grateful saskatoon berriesfor every plant that you harvest and treat it like the precious gift that it is.  Wild berries are extremely potent in nutrients and antioxidants.  They are often smaller than domestic berries but have a concentrated taste!  It is time consuming work to harvest enough wild berries to make jam or fruit leather with.  It reminds us of how hard our ancestors had to work just to stay alive.  While I pick berries and harvesting herbs, I like to think of my ancestors and thank them for their hard work – without them, I wouldn’t be here.  If you harvest herbs, bundle them together and hang them from the ceiling in your home to dry.
  4. Erect a Maypole, symbolizing the Tree of Life.  The size of the
    Raising the Maypole in Slovakia

    tree can vary depending on the space  and the number of hands you have available to help you erect it.  It is customary in Native American tradition that the tree be chosen and cut down by young women.  In Northern European tradition the maypole is erected for young women.  In both traditions, young women play an integral role, as they AND the maypole represent life.  Decorate the tree with foliage and flowers.  Cut

    Raising the Sun Dance Tree of Life

    pieces of coloured cloth into strips and tie them to the top of the tree.  As you do this, think of all that you are grateful for.  Once the tree is erected, participants can dance around the tree in a clockwise direction.  The dancing can be joyous and modern or traditional and solemn – it’s up to you!  If you make the strips of cloth long enough, each person can hold a piece while they dance around the tree.

  5. Self Sacrifice as a means for Conscious Manifesation.  A major theme of this time of year for northern people is self sacrifice.  During the summer months, everyone is wishing to enjoy themselves.  It’s finally warm and everything is so beautiful and alive.   Summer is when northern people tend to fall in love and conceive new life.   Summer is a time when it would be easy to relax and enjoy one’s self.  However, northern people know that we just cannot spend the summer enjoying ourselves.  We must work hard to prepare for the tough winter that we know is coming.  Thus self sacrifice is necessary for life.  Physical work is necessary for the conscious manifestation of abundance.  We must place our wants behind our needs.  During the summer,  northern people spent the long days working in order to ensure that there would be enough food to survive the winter.  In modern times, we can do physical labour with the intention of consciously manifesting our desires.  During the summer, the energy on earth is conducive with conscious manifestation.

Thank you so much for reading!!!!  Please share how you celebrate the Summer Solstice in the comments section!

Waxing Moon Intentions: The Growth Phase of Conscious Manifestation

This article, Waxing Moon Intentions: The Growth Phase of Conscious Manifestation, is the second in my series about Lunar Manifestation.  The first article in this series was New Moon Intentions: The Seeds of Conscious Manifestation.

The Waxing Moon is the phase when the moon appears to grow larger in the sky – this occurs between the New Moon and the Full Moon.  This is a period of growth.  This is the time where you take the intention you set at the New Moon and add ‘in-phase’ energy to it (think about your intention as an affirmation).  You want to visualize your thought forms as waves of energy that are constructively interfering with your intention.  If you don’t know what I’m referring to – please read the Process of Manifestation.

My favourite method of harnessing energy and directing it towards my intention is harnessing the physical energy that I exert through physical labour.  Let’s say for example that you are cleaning your house under the waxing moon and as you are scrubbing and sweating away, you decide to think about your intention and how you’re going to receive it in the physical realm.  This will help your intention gain density and it will begin condensing down from the spiritual realms into the physical realm.  Thinking about your intention while you work will actually contribute very dense (heavy) physical energy to your intention, thus catalyzing the manifestation process.

A lot of people tend to overlook the importance of physical labour in manifestation using the Law of Attraction, but it plays an important role because it offers the physical element required to give structure to the spiritual workings that is conscious manifestation.   Our intentions and thought forms exist in the spiritual realms (5D and 4D) and they begin to create vortices that drop down from the spiritual realms towards the physical realm.  When we direct our physical energy exerted towards our intention, we are actually creating a vortex from the physical realms towards the spiritual realms.  Doing this enables the two vortices to connect and create an energetic conduit through which our intention can manifest.

There are countless ways in which to harness your physical energy exerted and direct it towards your intention however, they all follow these general steps:

  1. Choose a physical activity.  You may choose yoga, running, baking bread, scrubbing the floor or anything where you are going to be working up a sweat without having to focus too much on what your are doing.
  2. Choose your intention and visualize yourself living your intention in the spiritual realm.  While you are physically working, visualize your intention and really allow yourself to feel what it would be like to be living your intention.  Visualize your intentions as creating an energy vortex from the spirit realm down to the physical realm.
  3. Visualize your energy body.  When you are doing physical labour, you are emitting many forms of energy including, heat (infrared), physical force and vibrational energy.  Our energy bodies emit these energies and they will dissipate into the surrounding environment.  For the purposes of conscious manifestation, manifestation vortexvisualize the emitted energy swirling and creating a vortex between the physical realm up towards the spiritual realms.
  4. Visualize that the two vortices have connected to create a conduit between the spirit and physical realms.  With each physical exertion, visualize the intention falling closer towards you through the conduit, leaving the spiritual realm and entering into the physical.

If your intention can be reached by doing physical labour (like building a house to create abundance, or gardening to manifest health etc.) this exercise will work doubly well!  So get creative and try find a physical activity that can help bring your intention into the physical.

 

New Moon Intentions: The Seeds of Conscious Manifestation

For the month of September 2016, I will be writing a series of four posts describing how to use the lunar cycle to consciously manifest your desires.  This post is the first of the series – New Moon Intentions!

For an introduction to conscious manifestation, please see Conscious Manifestation 101

Setting New Moon intentions is so much more than just New Age spiritual hocus pocus.  Our ancestors have been working with the natural energetic cycles of the moon for thousands of years and for good reason!  I personally think that one of the main reasons why people have a hard time with conscious manifestation is because they are not working with the natural energy flow of the Earth.  When the natural flows of energy aren’t considered during your attempts at conscious manifestation, you may begin to feel like you are “working against the current” or like “the whole world is against you”.  When you feel like you are working against the current, chances are that you are probably right.  But do not allow yourself to be defeated just yet!  Learn to work with the natural energy currents and improve your conscious manifestation skills!

For thousands of years, humanity has initiated ventures on the New Moon like planting crops, getting married and beginning trips.  The practice of working with the lunar phases persisted until only a few decades ago.

Why set New Moon Intentions?

The Earth is under the influence of the gravitational fields of both the Sun and the Moon.  During the New Moon, the Moon is in line with the Sun and therefore their gravitational fields are both pulling on the Earth in the same direction.  For reasons unknown (to me) this creates an energetic atmosphere that is fertile for creative inspiration, including conscious manifestation.  Setting New Moon intentions is like planting a seed.

How to Set Your New Moon Intentions

There are many New Moon rituals that can be very effective, what is important is your focus and your intention.  Many gifted individuals have gotten so good at manifesting that all they have to do is send the intention out and receive the manifestation later.  Even these masters had to start somewhere and ritual is a great way to learn how to focus and consciously manifest your desires into the physical realm.  In this post, I will share with you a simple New Moon Intentions ritual that I’ve been using for years!

You will need the following items for this ritual:

  • A vessel for burning herbs and small pieces of paper
  • Matches or Candle
  • Herbs (carrying similar vibrations to that of your intention)
  • 5 Crystals (carrying similar vibrations to that of your intention)
  • Piece of cloth
  • Small piece of paper
  • Pencil

For this ritual, it is best done outside under the New Moon but if that is not possible, do the ritual near an open window.  For my New Moon ritual I use prairie sage and wild tobacco as my herbs and I use crystals that align with my intention.

  1.  Prepare your ritual area.  Lay down the piece of cloth and place the vessel in the centre.  Smudge your area with sage or similar cleansing herbs to purify your area and your objects.  Allow the remaining smudge to smolder while you work through the next steps.
  2. Write your intention down on the paper.  Beginners should focus on one intention at a time.  Really focus on your energy going into your intention, beginning in your heart chakra and shooting down your arms and out your fingertips and onto the page.
  3. Add more herbs to your smudge.  Light the piece of paper on fire and allow it to burn with the herbs inside the vessel.  For a vessel, I use an abalone shell but you can also use a clay pot, a brass incense burner or even a glass dish.  Visualize the energy behind your intention transforming from physical energy (energy originating from the physical realm) into spiritual energy (light energy) during the process of burning.  Visualize the smoke as a representation of your intention moving through the veil between the physical and spiritual realms.
  4. Bathe your crystals in the smoke resulting from the smoldering herbs and paper.  This process is actually charging your crystals with your intention.  You may also use the smoke to charge other objects with the energy of your intention.
  5. Allow your smudge to burn out on its own.  I like to bury these ashes in my flower bed but you can also disperse them into the wind.
  6. Place a charged crystal at each of the four main corners of your house or apartment.  Carry the fifth one with you.

Make this ritual your own and add your own little tweaks to give it your own energetic signature!

If you’re going to be successful in your conscious manifestation attempts, you must follow your intention through until the next New Moon.  During the Waxing Moon you will continue to contribute to the energy of your intention.  During the Full Moon you will receive the physical manifestation of your intention.  During the Waning Moon you will give thanks and purge your energies in preparation for the next New Moon.

My next post will discuss what you need to do during the days between the New Moon and the Full Moon, also known as the Waxing Moon.  The Waxing Moon is a period of build up.  We can use this time to reinforce our intentions with affirmations and continue to build up the energy behind chosen intentions.