For my solar magick entry, I am sharing the meditation I plan to do with the sunrise tomorrow on the solstice/Litha. I found this mediation in Rachel Patterson’s Pagan Portals - Sun Magic (see citation at end). I have already set up a small altar space outside under a tree so that I am in the shade to avoid as much of the Texas heat as possible. In addition to the below mediation, I plan to do a sunset release spell. As I have not performed the spell yet, I don’t want to give too many details but I will list my plan below.
Solar Meditation Instructions
Make yourself comfortable in a place where you won’t be disturbed. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing, deep breaths in and long breaths out … As your world around you dissipates you find yourself on top of a mountain, the ground beneath your feet is covered in lush green grass and scattered with pretty wild flowers. The air is warm, and you feel comfortable. At the moment the sky is fairly dark, and you realize it is just before day break. You turn slowly around in a circle surveying the land that lies out like a patchwork carpet before you on all sides. You can just make out the beautiful fields full of crops, grassland filled with wild flowers and a river winding its way dividing up the land. You take a deep breath in and feel your lungs filling up with fresh sweet-scented air. You notice behind you a blanket laid out on the grass with a large picnic hamper beside it. You sit down and open the lid to find it full of delicious looking food and drink. Ready for you to eat and drink whenever you wish. As you watch, the sun begins to creep up above the horizon, casting a beautiful soft light across the landscape, allowing you to see the scenery in full detail. You sit quietly watching as the sun gradually lights up the entire scene. As the sun rises your head fills with thoughts, ideas and new inspirations. You think about each one with a clear and open mind. As the morning wears on, the sun has now risen to great heights and is shining down from directly above you. It is midday and your mind is filled with more thoughts and ideas, how you can progress from beginnings to put projects into action. You spend some time looking at the beauty that surrounds you from your mountain top vantage, processing the insights you have been given. As the sun begins to set behind you, your mind turns to those things that don’t serve you, the issues, patterns and behaviors that you would like to let go of. Allow the setting sun to take them with it as it begins to dip down again below the horizon. Eventually you are in the dark light that is dusk. You take one last look around at your view and give thanks to the energy and power of the sun.
Supplies: 4 candles in the shades of the sunset (orange, red, pink, yellow, etc.); 4 small pieces of parchment; a pen, and a fire-proof dish (using my cauldron).
At sunset, Light all four candles. Take a moment to write down four things you want to release, one on each piece of parchment. Take the first piece of parchment, light it with the first candle and place it in the cauldron to burn. Take the second piece of parchment, light with the second candle, and place in the cauldron to burn. Continue in similar fashion with the 3rd and 4th pieces. I plan to say a chant with each one. After all four have been burned, snuff the candles in reverse order. Gazing at the sun while it sets below the horizon, say out loud: This is the end of my troubles, a start to a new day, ready to greet the new day with open arms.
Citation: Patterson, Rachel. Pagan Portals - Sun Magic (pp. 109-110). John Hunt Publishing. Kindle Edition.