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Why the Sun is Important

I was watching the Netflix docu series Ancient Apocalypse these past couple days, and found myself asking, “Why are ancient civilizations so obsessed with the solstices and equinoxes?” It’s a great show if you’re interested in history, landmarks, and are open to learning different perspectives.

My answer came to me extremely quickly from both practical knowledge, but also from my expierence as a spiritual human that has spent the last two winters way up in northern Idaho.

One, of course, the ancients and people of the past needed to track the stars and solstices not just because they were terrified of “sky serpents” or dangerous comets as the docu series suggests, but simply for keeping track of time so they knew when to start planting and harvesting.

But the next morning, I woke up and saw out the window that for the second time in the three weeks I’d been staying in northern Idaho, the sky was finally blue. I rushed as quickly as someone tired can into the kitchen, towards the south facing window, and basked in the light beams while I ate my breakfast.

I needed the vitamin D. I’d never been so excited to see the sun.

And then it made sense to me: the solstices were so important because of the light and warm the sun brings. Quite literally the joy that Vitamin D on our skin can produce within us is hard to come by in the colder, darker months, and so it is soaked up and enjoyed and celebrated when it is seen.

Celebrating the returning of more light in monuments makes perfect sense.

Even though the winter solstice has passed, you can still celebrate and honor the sun no matter where you are – but I find that if you live in a more northern climate, you might feel the effects of working with this energy a lot more impactful on life.

Some things you can do are:

  1. Work with and light candles. Dress a chime candle in sunflowers from the previous summer, or autumn goldenrod.

  2. Work with yellow and gold stones like sunstone, citrine, or even orange agate and fire agate. Carnelian too!

  3. Use the energy of the sunlight to motivate you when working with and filling out your 2023 planners and goals.

  4. Bask in the sunlight when you can, if only for a few minutes.

  5. Listen to music about sunshine or that contain words like sunshine

  6. Meditate on sunshine and/or journal on what sunshine feels like to you and how it impacts your life.

Let us know what your favorite way to work with the sun is over on Instagram and Facebook @CosmicCornerSavannah.

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