Vitamin D and the Power of the Sun

 

Despite being mid-February, the early morning sun today is strong, illuminating the gold of the witch hazel blossom and the grey-blue of the waters of the Wye. In response to his call, the birds sing loudly in celebration of the light and of life, while frogs and newts begin their annual courtship dances in their ponds.

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The Prophecy of the Two Suns

In recent weeks, certain scientists talked of the possibility of there being two suns influencing Earth. The flurry of interest in the evidence-based idea soon died – for now.

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Mercury in Transit – A Year of Revelation

There are only a few occurrences in any century when the fastest planet we know, Mercury, passes in transit in front of our Sun, and it is significant always, for everybody. It happens this Monday, when for a few hours this winged messenger is so close to us it is almost visible – and using special glasses it is.

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The Sun Behaving Oddly

Planetary life, and your life, depends on the mood of the Sun, and, apart from rare incidents such as asteroid collisions, every change of any significance to Earth has been due to some form of solar activity. When our Sun behaves oddly, it serves us to take heed.

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New Moon, New Year, and Storms of Change

The first day of 2014 saw a new calendar year, and also a new Moon which, according to certain astrologers, symbolised through its conjunction with Pluto the taking of the Sun into the underworld and the bringing of the underworld into the sky – truly new beginnings, and new, inter-dimensional opportunities.

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A Solstice to Remember: Honour the Sun

At 1711 GMT tomorrow, 21st December, winter will begin.  It will be the hour when the Sun stands still and, for a moment, time stops: it will be the Solstice.

This is the day when light is scarcest and darkness lingers in the longest night as the Sun waits to be reborn, and for a new cycle of life to begin. For thousands of years, pagan worshippers have built pyramids and temples designed precisely to capture the first rays of the Sun as it rises once more to bless and nurture Earth, and even today the dormant memory of your part in these ancient celebrations will come to life as you remember the Solstice.

Rising Sun at the Solstice

Rising Sun at the Solstice

For me, and you too, perhaps, the winter Solstice marks the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one; there may be nostalgia for what is gone as you witness the dying of the year, an era of experience that never will be repeated, and there may be a longing for the comfort of company, familiarity, and a sense of community unity to compensate for the sense of loss. You are moving into the unknown, tomorrow, and the long dark night is a reminder of the spiritual mystery of your life and being.

Because this Solstice is a day for reflection, as you wait for the old to leave and the new to come, you may wish to set intentions for the new cycle – not goals, but intent, resolutions of principle and infinite possibility. Just before the new rising of the Sun, as the Solstice ends, sit in the darkness before the dawn to give thanks for what has been and what is to come: it is one of the most powerful times of the year, and one in which great magic can be created by you and for you, and for the world far beyond you, and one when you may feel the strong presence of Spirit.

As the first rays of sunlight appear, let your heart sing with welcome, for your source of life is returned.

(I have recorded a new, free guided meditation for the Solstice, and you may find it here.)

 

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The Cosmic Power of Gold

Hearing about the British Museum’s new exhibition, Beyond El Dorado, reminded me about the cosmic power of gold and how far it has been forgotten, when once it was the most important aspect of civilisation.

I would love to see the magnificent gold headdresses and ornaments of Columbian culture thousands of years ago, the lip and ear jewellery which covered the face in such a way that it looked as if the person behind the mask was a golden god, or shapeshifting into a major symbol of power – a bat, perhaps, or an eagle. Perhaps I will……..but I will content myself for now with remembering why gold was so important to the Columbians, and to many advanced civilisations not so very long ago.

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The Ending of the Dark of the Moon

Today’s New Moon signifies not only the beginning of a new cycle, but also the ending of an important phase of darkness that is its precursor. This is overlooked, often, but deserves our attention.

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Solar Flares and Pressures on our Planet

It is no coincidence that in the 24 hours of a major storm over the UK there were 4 solar flares of extraordinary intensity, each one equivalent to the explosion of a billion hydrogen bombs.

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The heat of Earth, the fire of the Sun – perfect balance

In this age of Light, all new truth deserves study for its deeper meaning, and so it is is today as we learn that the centre of Earth is far hotter than had been known before: it is the same temperature, 6000C, as the surface of the Sun.
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