🌞 Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Solar Magick

Challenge entry:

Part 1:

Oakey dokey artichokey… firstly I wanted to act upon the amazing information shared with me by the beautiful @BrightBear to work with my Solar Plexus Chakra so I followed the link to the Third Chakra Ritual to complete the guided meditaion.

Here’s the link to see the incredible information that was so generously shared with me by our @BrightBear: Physical reaction to healing spell?

Ok, so with all of my Lupus medication I can’t be out in direct sunlight for excessive periods of time, so I decided to utilize my most favourite time of the morning where I feel most at peace to do my meditation and spell work outside in the early hour’s morning sunlight (around 5:30am). (I start work early so I’m always up early on my days off… no rest for the wicked :rofl:) No incense, no music, just me, the Sun and Mother Earth.

During the meditation I decided to rest a piece of citrine -I added an affirmation to my citrine crystal “I release myself from the past” (for a boost in self-esteem and to bring about a more vibrant and positive flow of energy throughout the body) in my hands while using the ‘Dyhana’ placement for my hands (for inner peace and tranquillity).

I really felt that my meditation went well. I felt so calm. The citrine was absolutely buzzing with energy. I felt the energy move through me. Coming out of the meditation was slower than usual. It took a little longer than normal. It was just so nice sitting out in the sunshine.

I would also like to share these two… I did these after my meditation…

These came from The Little Book of Earth Magic: Connect to the Magic of the World around You by Sarah Bartlett

Part 2:

‘Ritual to Embrace the Self-Confidence of the Sun’

Self-awareness and self-acceptance help us to acceptance help us to accept and be more aware of others and the whole of the planet in turn. Solar energy magic enables us to be more confident in ourselves whatever our strengths and weaknesses, and to shine in whatever we do, allowing others to shine in their own way too. This Sun salutation will enable to you to connect with the Sun’s empowering energy, so that you can spread sunny joy all around you.

You will need:

  • 3 gold ribbons or twine
  • 1 piece of Tiger’s Eye - I added an affirmation to my tigers eye crystal “I acknowledge my own self-worth”

1. On a sunny day, walk outside and find a private space where you can perform your Sun salutation. Then bind the three gold ribbons in a plait or a braid, and repeat: ‘Solar light, bring me your grace so that every day I am aligned to your power, and in touch with my true self.’

2. Now place the tigers’ eye on the ground and encircle it with the gold plait.

3. Sit cross-legged before your solar offering and raise your arms above your head and your face to the sky. Make sure to close your eyes and avoid looking directly at the Sun! Bow forward and let your arms touch the ground. Repeat this five times, and then sit in a comfortable position again.

4. Repeat the above incantation and your tiger’s eye will be charged with solar energy. You can now carry it with you as a talisman and it will aid you in creating positive results and joyful times. Place the gold plait in a box for safe keeping. You can repeat this ritual anytime you need a boost of solar self-confidence.

This ritual felt amazing. The bowing felt so natural and peaceful. I do admit it felt so good. I did it twice.

Part 3:

’Sunflower Spell for Self-Esteem’

This practice is best carried out in an outdoor space where the Sun will shine full down on you at midday. (Please wear appropriate Sun protection when working in this way.) If that’s not possible, you can create a special space in your home by attaching an image of the Sun to a wall or ceiling.

You will need:

  • 60 centimetre (2-foot) length of golden twine or ribbon
  • 12 sunflower seeds

1. If you are working outside, let the Sun shine on you and open yourself to its power. Next, lay the ribbon or twine in a circle and focus on its centre. Imagine it to be the world; then imagine it to be the Sun or a sunflower waiting to burst into bloom.

2. Now place the seeds, one by one, into the middle of the circle to represent the twelve signs of the zodiac through which the Sun passes.

3. Repeat the following charm to bring yourself personal fulfillment and give goodness to the world at the same time: ‘’With this sunflower circle, I bring myself the joy and light of all that is in the universe.’

4. Sit for a moment in gratitude, then unwind the circle, take the sunflower seeds and store them safely away. Keep the seeds in the same place for twenty-four hours to promote all aspects of the Sun’s power for renewed self-esteem.

This spell felt so good. I just sat so quietly with my mind at peace, following the steps. I think that I may plant my little sunflower seeds to add a little brightness and cheer to my garden.

I had such a beautiful morning. Denzel came to join me to enjoy some sunshine. Togther we soaked up the warmth like little lizards.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read my entry! Hope those spells/rituals are of use to someone else too!

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@TheTravelWitch_Bry and @Kasandra thanks a lot for bringing up this challenge. We take the sun for granted sometimes, and even more when you live in a place without seasons. It’s really a good time to be grateful to the God Sun and bring its energy to our lives :slight_smile:

I’m thinking of activating my solar plexus by doing the meditation recommended + sun salutation tomorrow :sun:

I wish you all good luck with what you’re going to do!

Blessed be :sun_with_face: !

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Hey Garnet!

We indeed have had venerated the God Sun for centuries. For example, in my country (Colombia) one of our ancestors ‘The Muiscas’ used to worship the God Sun called ‘Soacha’, and there’s a whole story behind it. In fact, there’s a town called Soacha and on the other side another town named ‘Chia’, the Moon Goddess for the Muiscas, and in between, you can find Bogotá, the capital city and the place that I was born. I find it interesting now that I think of it, looks like a good place for a witch to be born, haha.

Thank you for your love and blessing, sending the same back to you :slight_smile:

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I have storming up ideas for this challenge!
Jeannie

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Shoutout to @phoenix_dawn for the idea of making sun salts!

I haven’t made them yet, but I will for Yule. I changed the ingredients a bit and added my own chant. My best friend collected some herbs (dandelion petals for one) during the fall and gave them to me as part of my Yule/Christmas present.

Yuletide Sun Salts

You will need:
Sea salt
Orange peels (or orange essential oil)
Dandelion petals
Ground Ginger

  1. At dawn on the winter solstice, gather your ingredients.

  2. First, add orange peels and say:
    The Wheel of the Year turns
    Second, add dandelion petals and say:
    The great solar dragon (or The God or the name of a solar deity that your work with) returns
    Third, add ground ginger and say:
    The days become bright
    Finally, add sea salt and say:
    Spring is in sight

  3. Set the salts in the sun and leave them there until sunset.

  4. Use them as an offering to the newborn solar dragon (or any solar deity of your choosing) or in spellwork at Yule.

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Great idea and wonderful recipe, @Kasandra!

This challenge was for me a great excuse to go find some sunlight, when it’s typically cloudy here during this season. :sun:

I shared this super interesting Wikipedia article on a separate topic, about solar deities around the world:

The one that most moved me was Aten from ancient Egypt. I wanted to share this PDF with a hymn to Aten, god of the Sun written by Pharaoh Akhenaten around 1300 BC.

When you set they die;
You yourself are lifetime, one lives by you.
All eyes are on [your] beauty until you set.
All labor ceases when you rest in the west;

Continues:

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Thank you! I do love my Egyptian Pantheon!

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How wonderful that you can reach back to such a wonderful heritage. I’m Irish…we couldn’t even grow potato’s

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@Kasandra thank you for the shoutout but credit actually goes to my daughter because she found the original recipe while she was researching salts and their uses.

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Here’s my entry for the week. I designed it to be used any day but I’ve got to admit I’ll probably be using it on the Solstice. It’s based on the concept that the sun is born anew each day.

Take your favorite solar drink, tea, orange juice, mimosas, what have you, and toast the sun as it comes up with the following prayer:

I bid welcome to the Newborn Sun!
You give joy and laughter and fun!
Thank You for bringing a return of the light,
for warming us, and for marking an end to the night.

Every day You climb up high
and watch over us from Your place in the sky.
Your birth each day gives us new challenges to meet,
You are strength and courage and fiery heat.

I ask you, Infant Sun, to grant us health!
Give us hope and enchantment, and don’t forget wealth.
Bless us with your infinite light!
Protect us from harm and strife!

I welcome You, Infant Lord!
Whose blinding rays I turn toward!
I offer You thanks for all You give
and ask for Your blessing on us as long as we live!

Blessed be!

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I knew for this challenge I wanted to consecrate a talisman with sun energy because I have been moody and low on motivation as of late and I find wearing something reminds me to shift my energy. I found a beautiful sun charm at Jo-Ann Fabrics that was $5. I like how it has a moon in the center.

I used the Spells 8 ritual for consecrating talismans to charge it. I set intentions that this talisman will help me be energetic, positive, motivated and creative. After doing the spell, I wear it for five days. I am so happy with it.

This was my first week working in my new sacred space. It was a 2021 resolution of mine to create a sacred space in my home and I am happy I did it before the year ended. I added a sun ornament to the space this weekend. It was marked down to $5 at Jo-Ann! :slight_smile: Talk about abundance!

My Yule present to myself was this wonderful altar stone which the artist (Marcia Stewart on Etsy) kindly made for me.

I really liked the sun salt recipe posted by @phoenix_dawn for this challenge! I used it as the salt component in the talisman consecration. To make it, I used a blend of table salt, kosher salt and himalyan pink salt, chamomile, orange peel and cinnamon, all of which I had on hand, so that was easy. It smells wonderful! I will be using these salts in baths and spells to increase my optimism as the holiday blues are starting to get to me. I am also going to use them when I light my Advent candles tonight.

I really need sun energy in my life right now and now I think I will be better at tuning into it and making it an integral part of my practice. Thank you so much for posting this fun challenge!

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@Amethyst. I LURRRVE this (really love it) and I am going to add this to my Solstice celebration when I wake up. You’re such a gifted poet! Thank you!

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@Francisco, that is lovely.

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Mary25
I really like your tailsman and this was great craftmanship! How did you get it to be so perfect?
That is motivation for me thank you for sharing your gifts and I am glad you feel centered from the moon and your tailsman is charged!
Jeannie

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Oh no, I bought the talisman. Dearie me, I could never make such a thing :slight_smile: I bought the charm for $5 at Jo-Ann Fabrics. They have some pretty gorgeous stuff. If I bought 2 charms, I could have gotten 3 free, but I was just too overwhelmed by it all.

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@Amethyst that was beautiful!

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I made solar water and sun charged some salts and crystals. I laid everything all out on the earth and sat with them, enjoying my grounding time. I enjoyed it so much I decided to meditate. I focused on the sun’s warmth and rays kissing my face and radiating through each item I had. Meditation is very powerful when you’re out in nature!! I did all this on a decently nice day for NY.

By the way, I noticed that the stray cat had her babies. I ran over and I caught the last one be born! What a gift to watch nature at it’s finest! Of course I had to call the animal shelter because I knew that the little kitties wouldn’t make it through the winter. The mother cat is a fighter, boy! But she ended up getting in the crate for some food. I don’t know why there’s so many strays in my surroundings, meaning my back yard and not that much further 🤷 I just had animal control come not that long ago and pick up 13 cats, including 6 2-week olds.

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It’s time for a friendly reminder!

:exclamation: This challenge will close TOMORROW :exclamation:

If you would like to participate and haven’t done so already, please post about your challenge experience(s) by the deadline: Tomorrow: December 21st, 7:00 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time Zone)

Blessed be! :sun_with_face: :sparkles:

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@Garnet May I interest you in one more? :wink: :tropical_drink: :joy:

@Debra2 Siofra said it beautifully and I totally agree- the challenges exist to help and encourage, I think it defeats the point if doing one takes away from necessary time for self-care! You are going through so much right now and are absolutely right to take all the time and energy you need to focus on yourself :heart: And, just like Siofra says, the next Catch-Up challenge isn’t too far away- there will be more chances to do this challenge in the future! So no worries at all, sending love and light your way Debra! :sparkles:

@Siofra_Strega What a lovely meditation! Sunshine and crystals and bare feet in the earth- I feel energized just visualizing it :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I’m glad you enjoyed such a lovely meditation and I hope the good energy continues to flow for you! Thanks for sharing, Siofra :sun_with_face:

@Jessica72 As always, your entries are so much fun to read- I really love your style of writing! :clap: Citrine is such a lovely stone to accompany you for the meditation, and it sounds like it all went very well! I love the sound of the Self-Conifdence Sun Ritual too, thank you for sharing it! And gosh the sunflower spell is so sweet- my mother has grown sunflowers in her garden a few times over the years and they would be amazing in sun spellwork :sunflower: May your sunflower seeds blossom as beautifully as your spellwork- great job and thank you so much for sharing the great resources, Jessica! :heart:

@RyuWyn You’re very welcome! Agreed, it is a wonderful time of year to appreciate the sun and incorporate it into spellwork :blush: Those sounds like lovely plans- wishing you a very blessed meditation and sun salutation! Let us know how they go for you! :sun_with_face:

@Jeannie1 Awesome, Jeannie! :star_struck: Can’t wait to hear what you decide on :blush:

@Kasandra That is a lovely gift from your friend- you found such a great way to incorporate the dandelion petals in your Yule spellwork! :sparkles: Sun salts are a wonderful Yuletide craft, wishing you all the best with your spellwork!

@Francisco Hope the clouds will take a rest and you can find more sunlight this season, Francisco! :sun_with_face: Those are great resources about solar deities, thank you so much for sharing them!

@Amethyst Ohhhh is this a tea/drink prayer I see here? :star_struck: I love the idea of toasting the sun as it rises, what a great concept for a prayer! :raised_hands: And as always, your words knock it out of the park- this reads so beautifully, Amethyst :two_hearts: And I know it’s not always necessary to include, but you nailed the rhyming too- it really flows as it is being read! Great job :grinning:

@Mary25 What a find, Mary- that’s a gorgeous talisman (and a great price too)! :heart_eyes: Lovely work with consecrating the talisman and congrats on your first week working in your new magickal space! And ohhhh look at that lovely altar stone- that is a worthy Yule present and will surely make a stunning addition to your altar space :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Great job and thanks for sharing!

@Christina4 It sounds like some very peaceful and powerful grounding work with your salts and crystals, Christina! And I think you enjoyed the sun’s blessings too- it really sounds like a warm and lovely meditation :person_in_lotus_position: :sun_with_face: Congrats to your kitty momma, she is lucky to have you nearby to save her and the kittens! May they all be healthy and well :black_cat: :two_hearts:

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I just couldn’t think of something wonderful to submit for our
Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Solar Magick
but Let me start with 10 songs about sun/sunshine

  1. “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield
  2. “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and The Waves
  3. “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” by Bill Withers
  4. “Seasons in the Sun” by Westlife
  5. “The Sound of Sunshine” by Michael Franti & Spearhead
  6. “Trip Around the Sun” by Kenny Chesney
  7. “Sunshine Song” by Jason Mraz
  8. “Brighter Than the Sun” by Colbie Callait
  9. I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash
    10.Saturday Sun" by Vance Joy

Here, I’ll stop before the boredom sets in’

But my favorite lyrics:
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun shiny day!
What can be more magical that that?
Garnet

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