Verlitha Solistum

June 21st, 2007

Today is Verlitha Solistum, the Summer Solstice, when the solar power is at its height in the Northern Hemisphere. It is called many names, including Litha, Midsummer and the Feast of St. John.

It is a day of bright joy and a day of reckoning. It is time to face the Almighty Father and receive His blessing and admonition. I always look forward to conversing with Him. It is the Father that tells things to you straight (as does the Great Mother) and tends to be much less ambiguous than conversing with many of the other Gods. I learn what, in His eyes, I have done well over the past six months and what I need to work on during the rest of the year.

This is also a time of change. During the first half of the year we incubate and grow internally. It is time to develop our hidden self and strengthen our foundation. The summer solstice is when we need to change our focus to external growth.

Our church commonly does a spell of resolutions, similar to the one we do at Saturnalia (Yule). They are declarations of our Will and how it will manifest in the physical realm through our labor and discipline. The summer resolutions address the question, “What am I going to accomplish that others can see?” Maybe it is completion of a physical project. Or losing weight. Or becoming more patient with our children or coworkers. The important thing is that it needs to be an expression of our Will in a way that others can see. This is different from the resolutions at Saturnalia, when we declare what we will work on to develop ourselves internally and others may not see the effects.

Over the last few months, I have been working very long ours on an important project at work. Unfortunately, working 70 hours/week for the last couple months has taken its toll on my family, this blog and myself. One of my resolutions to the Sun is to balance my time better so that I and my family don’t burn out. And with the help of the Gods, complete the project during the summer.

There are many different ways of recognizing and celebrating the Solstice. How are you doing it this year? Feel free to share your experiences or rituals in the comment section.

I respectfully leave you this week with the Orphic Hymn to the Sun, and may your days in the coming months be as bright with the Father as you are on this most joyful day.

8. To the Sun

Hearken, O blessed one, whose eternal eyes are on all,
Titan radiant as gold, Hyperion, celestial light,
Self-born untiring, sweet sight to living creatures.
On the right you beget dawn and on the left, night.
You temper the seasons as you ride your dancing horses,
And rushing swiftly, O fiery and bright-faces charioteer,
You press on your course in endless whirl, and harsh to the impious,
You teach good to the pious.
Yours the golden lyre and the harmony of cosmic motion,
And you command noble deeds and nurture the seasons.
Piping lord of the world, a fiery circle of light is your course,
And, O Paian, your light gives live and fruits.
Eternal, pure, father of time, O immortal Zeus,
You are the clear, brilliant, and all-encompassing cosmic eye,
Both when you set and when you shine your lovely radiant light.
A paragon of justice, O water-loving lord of the cosmos,
You guard pledges and, ever the highest, you help all.
Eye of justice and light of life, O charioteer,
With screaming whip you drive the four-horsed chariot on.
Hear my words and show life’s sweetness to the initiates.

–Translated by Apostolos N. Athanassakis


2 Responses to “Verlitha Solistum”

  1. babyfiona Says:

    interesting! keep it up!

  2. Morninghawk Says:

    Thanks. Sorry it’s been a while since this last post, but I do plan to write more when work lets up (should be soon).

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