Reality-Shifting Surprises – July 2015

Reality-Shifting Surprises – July 2015

 

a message from Emmanuel Dagher

To read more of Emmanuel’s insight, please visit his website, Emmanuel Dagher

 

Beautiful Friend,

It’s an honor for me to connect with you in this way. On behalf of all humanity, thank you for choosing to be dedicated to a spiritual path that is quickly aligning the consciousness of the world with higher states of existence. It’s because of you that we are seeing things change so quickly!

The Summer Solstice of June 20/21, 2015 was monumental! It was almost as if a light switch had been turned on everywhere. There was an energetic sigh of relief that could be felt in the hearts of many.

Up until the recent Solstice, there was a great deal of overwhelm and anxiety among the collective. To many, it felt like a pressure cooker that was in need of a great release. Emotions were all over the place, and finding a sense of peace and grounding during the downpour of light we were receiving from the Sun and other celestial bodies felt distant, and fleeting.

The Summer Solstice doorway has been one that has and is helping many of us come back to our familiar self, though in a more refined way. The upgrades we’ve been showered with in the past several months are now in full integration mode.

At the beginning of July, the planets Venus and Jupiter appeared closer to one another than they have in a very long time. This is usually called a conjunction, and creates a powerful portal for extraordinary change to occur.

The Venus-Jupiter conjunction was able to redirect us back through divine inner guidance and synchronicity, toward the fulfillment of our deepest and most authentic desires.

Our path is being made fully clear; the energies are helping us know what direction we’d like to move in next. The Venus-Jupiter conjunction gave us a preview to the upcoming Venus retrograde of July 25 to September 6, 2015. Venus refines and restores the true values of life when it is in retrograde, so those six weeks will be an amazing time of beautiful expansion!

Confirmations of the Next Wave of Awakening

Back in April, a series of energetic upgrades and celestial alignments occurred that have created some of the most powerful waves of awakening we’ve ever experienced in this lifetime. It was one of those “Holy Moly” moments! But always remember, our Spirit does not give us more than it knows we can handle.

But can you imagine how those not aware of what’s going on energetically must have felt?

During an awakening cycle, every person on the planet has the opportunity to let go of old patterns that have run their course, and which may still be limiting them from expanding into a state of grace, flow, joy, and Universal abundance.

For some, lifetimes of old patterns are being released, while for others, baby steps are being taken. Whatever the size of clearings that take place, it’s all perfect.

We are now seeing concrete confirmation that the next wave of awakening is in full throttle. Whether it’s in our personal lives or on the world stage, everything is changing at the speed of lightning! Even us!

This next wave of awakening is showing up in our personal lives in a number of ways:

We are feeling a strong desire to align with all things that strengthen our connection to Spirit.

Deeply rooted memories and belief systems we’ve carried from the past are now resurfacing. (This happens whenever big clearings are underway.)

We are experiencing daily synchronicities and moments of déjà vu.

Our Inner Seeing/Feeling/Hearing and Knowing are laser sharp!

We are becoming highly aware/mindful of our surroundings.

We’re having lucid dreams that feel very real, almost as if we’re living in other worlds simultaneous to being in this one.

New ideas are blossoming that may impact the direction of our personal and professional lives.

We’re increasingly living out loud more, by expressing ourselves more fully, and no longer hiding who we are.

We’re building new soul friendships and connections, while releasing those that may not be aligned with the love and mutual support we desire.

We’re sometimes feeling a bit more moody and irritable than usual.

We’re experiencing vertigo and/or inner ear ringing.

We’re seeing a shift in our eating habits.

We have a desire to look up at the stars more often.

On the world stage, we’ve seen massive shifts occur in what it means for humanity to have respect for ALL people, no matter what their race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or background might be.

Yes, we definitely have a ways to go yet. But big leaps have been made in how we treat one another. The collective is beginning to see that at our core, we are all the same.

More Surprises Ahead

In the coming months, many more empowering surprises will make their way into our lives and onto the world stage. Specifically, many of the seeds that are being planted now will come to fruition in October and November.

The key to receiving a surprise is to align with the flow of life. This just means that we allow ourselves to remain mentally, physically, and emotionally flexible.

The mind tends to gravitate towards structure, and can often be a bit more rigid in nature. It’s important to have a routine, but it’s also important to change things up often, to keep the mind, body, and emotions flexible and in a state of adapting to the natural flow of life.

Creating an Abundant Reality

When things change so quickly, many free-floating thought-forms start to make their rounds in the world. Because the mind isn’t very comfortable with so much change happening at once, many of these free-floating thoughts usually highlight ideas based on fear and belief in lack, which are then circulated among the collective. This is because those are the two energies the mind has been accustomed to running on, to keep itself feeling safe.

A free-floating thought-form is simply a learned pattern that circles around in the collective consciousness, and attaches itself to those who vibrate at a similar frequency.

As many of us know, lessons can be learned from patterns of lack, but those lessons usually happen in a challenging and uncomfortable way. I have a feeling that you, just like many who have been on a journey to personal healing and expansion, are ready to let go of the discomfort and challenges that go with learning lessons, especially those having to do with lack of abundance. The amazing thing about being in the energies we are in right now, is that we can learn our lessons quickly, and in an easier and more enjoyable way. This usually entails not overreacting to life’s occurrences, but rather living as the observer, where less judgment and more discernment is involved. We deserve to prosper, and experience life to its fullest! If you find your mind going into patterns of the expectation of lack, just be willing to observe what it does, instead of reacting to it. Then, find an opportunity to do something kind or generous for at least one person (preferably someone who is not very close to you, so that expectations are not created between you). You can do this at the local cafe, with a volunteer group, or wherever you’re able offer a kindness to someone.

Then watch how quickly the Universe begins to open up doors for you. The first pattern many people go to when they get into a lack mindset is, “Where can I cut back on some of my expenses, especially on the things I don’t really need?” Then the first things to go are the things that are probably nourishing them the most. This pattern only perpetuates more lack, rather than shifting it.

So when “lack” comes up, instead of letting go of something that nourishes us, let’s immediately find an opportunity to be of service in our local community through our time, gifts, and energy.

You’ll see how quickly the energy of lack will dissolve!

With all of that said, we are living in the time we’ve all been waiting for, the one our ancestors spoke of thousands of years ago.

A higher consciousness is kissing the mind and heart of everyone on the planet! Yes, even those who may appear to still be operating in the old energy of separation are being impacted by it in some way.

It will be just a matter of time before they too soften into the wave of awakening that is now sweeping the world.

Till next time,

Emmanuel

 

 

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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days a Year – Midsummer Eve/Summer Solstice


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June 20, 21, and 22

Midsummer Eve/Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice is celebrated between June 20 and June 22—the longest day and shortest night of the year. The festival of Midsummer venerates the potential of the life-sustaining powers of fire and water, forces that were vital to our ancestors’ survival. It was believed that fire would help keep the sun alive and that the blessing of water wells would continue their flow to nurture the parched earth. Without sun and water, there would be no crops and all would perish.

One of the most popular customs that grew out of the early fertility rites was that of jumping or leaping over Midsummer bonfires. The idea being, the higher one jumped, the higher the crops would grow.

Another symbol that was popularized at this time was the Wheel. The turning of the Wheel represented the turning or progression of the seasons. Wheels decorated with brightly colored ribbons and fresh flowers. Lighted candles were placed on them, and then they were set afloat on the lakes and rivers.

Midsummer Eve and Midsummer Night are genuinely thought to be particularly uncanny times. It was reasoned that certain plants were endowed with magickal properties on this night, that, if gathered before sunrise, could be used for protection against all evil spirits and forces.

With the sun at its zenith, Midsummer was, and still is, a time for marriages, family celebrations, and coming-of-age parties.

Symbolically, Midsummer is the time to nurture those goals you made at the beginning of the year as you reflect on the progress you made toward bringing them into fruition.

Summer Solstice, The Longest Day

Summer Solstice

The Longest Day

 

What’s Bearing Fruit?

The Sun’s beams are at their brightest, for the longest day (here in the Northern latitudes).  Summer Solstice is on June 21st, and it’s one of the four grand turning points of the solar year.

What’s begun at the Spring Equinox, with Sun into Aries, is coming to life from the vitality and intention brought to it.  Tomatoes are ripening on the vine.

Long Summer Day

Summer is here, with the Sun into Cancer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

When the Sun is at its most northerly point, hovering over the astrological Tropic of Cancer, that’s known as the summer solstice. The Earth is tilted on its axis, so like a sunflower, the Northern Hemisphere has its face toward the life-giving Sun.

The Sun is at its most powerful, and appears to stand still in the sky, and that’s what solstice means in Latin. After the summer solstice, the Sun’s rays will begin to light up more of the Southern Hemisphere, and days will start to shorten in the North.

The bright glowing orb we call The Sun is celebrated in many traditions at the summer solstice. There are fire dances, bonfires, and in the olden days, the ancients rolled fire wheels down the hills. There’s also a long tradition of ritual bathing, dipping in the cleansing waters. Fire and water are celebrated at the summer solstice, along with the Earth as Mother Goddess, at her most abundant.

It’s a celebration of the Earth, the feminine and the living natural world. It’s one of the four cardinal turning points of the solar calendar, along with the Winter Solstice and the Spring and Fall Equinoxes.

For those living in harmony with nature’s cycles, it’s the season to harvest herbs and honey. Many couples still marry in June, at the peak of nature’s abundance. Some traditions would feed the newlyweds honey-laced foods for the entire first month, which is where “honeymoon” comes from. The full Moon in June is the Honey Moon.

The summer solstice coincides with the Sun’s ingress into Cancer, and the official start of the season. Cancer is the water cardinal sign of the mother, nurturing, and family. It’s a high spirited time, when solar light is radiant and the feminine energies are in abundance, too. There are parades, picnics, festivals and celebrations of all kinds in the Northern Hemisphere at this time, often outdoors.

Becoming aware of these solar turning points tunes you into the natural rhythm of the seasons. The summer solstice is the peak of sunlight, and the Sun as radiant manna of all that grows, has been celebrated with feasts, dancing and just being together. After the solstice, the days begin to shorten slowly toward the Fall Equinox, when days and nights are equal again.

 

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A Midsummer’s Celebration

A Midsummer’s Celebration
by Mike Nichols


The young maid stole through the cottage door,
And blushed as she sought the Plant of pow’r; —
“Thou silver glow-worm, O lend me thy light,
I must gather the mystic St. John’s wort tonight,
The wonderful herb, whose leaf will decide
If the coming year shall make me a bride.”

In addition to the four great festivals of the Pagan Celtic year, there are four lesser holidays as well: the two solstices, and the two equinoxes. In folklore, these are referred to as the four “quarter days” of the year, and modern Witches call them the four “Lesser Sabbats”, or the four “Low Holidays”. The summer solstice is one of them.

Technically, a solstice is an astronomical point and, due to the calendar creep of the leap-year cycle, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, and we experience the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Astrologers know this as the date on which the sun enters the sign of Cancer.

However, since most European peasants were not accomplished at reading an ephemeris or did not live close enough to Salisbury Plain to trot over to Stonehenge and sight down its main avenue, they celebrated the event on a fixed calendar date, June 24. The slight forward displacement of the traditional date is the result of multitudinous calendrical changes down through the ages. It is analogous to the winter solstice celebration, which is astronomically on or about December 21, but is celebrated on the traditional date of December 25, Yule, later adopted by the Christians.

Again, it must be remembered that the Celts reckoned their days from sundown to sundown, so the June 24 festivities actually begin on the previous sundown (our June 23). This was the date of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Which brings up another point: our modern calendars are quite misguided in suggesting that ‘summer begins’ on the solstice. According to the old folk calendar, summer begins on May Day and ends on Lammas (August 1), with the summer solstice, midway between the two, marking midsummer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that summer begins on the day when the sun’s power begins to wane and the days grow shorter.

Although our Pagan ancestors probably preferred June 24 (and indeed most European folk festivals today use this date), the sensibility of modern Witches seems to prefer the actual solstice point, beginning the celebration on its eve, or the sunset immediately preceding the solstice point. Again, it gives modern Pagans a range of dates to choose from with, hopefully, a weekend embedded in it.

Just as the Pagan Midwinter celebration of Yule was adopted by Christians as “Christmas” (December 25), so too the Pagan Midsummer celebration was adopted by them as the Feast of John the Baptist (June 24). Occurring 180 degrees apart on the wheel of the year, the Midwinter celebration commemorates the birth of Jesus, while the Midsummer celebration commemorates the birth of John, the prophet who was born six months before Jesus in order to announce his arrival.

Although modern Witches often refer to the holiday by the rather generic name of “Midsummer’s Eve”, it is more probable that our Pagan ancestors of a few hundred years ago actually used the Christian name for the holiday, “St. John’s Eve”. This is evident from the wealth of folklore that surrounds the summer solstice (i.e., that it is a night especially sacred to the faerie folk), but which is inevitably ascribed to “St. John’s Eve”, with no mention of the sun’s position. It could also be argued that a coven’s claim to antiquity might be judged by what name it gives the holidays. (Incidentally, the name ‘Litha’ for the holiday is a modern usage, possibly based on a Saxon word that means the opposite of Yule. Still, there is little historical justification for its use in this context.) But weren’t our Pagan ancestors offended by the use of the name of a Christian saint for a pre-Christian holiday?

Well, to begin with, their theological sensibilities may not have been as finely honed as our own. But secondly and more mportantly, St. John himself was often seen as a rather Pagan figure. He was, after all, called “the Oak King”. His connection to the wilderness (from whence “the voice cried out”) was often emphasized by the rustic nature of his shrines. Many statues show him as a horned figure (as is also the case with Moses). Christian iconographers mumble embarrassed explanations about “horns of light”, while modern Pagans giggle and happily refer to such statues as “Pan the Baptist”. And to clench matters, many depictions of John actually show him with the lower torso of a satyr, cloven hooves and all! Obviously, this kind of John the Baptist is more properly a Jack in the Green! Also obvious is that behind the medieval conception of St. John lies a distant, shadowy Pagan Deity, perhaps the archetypal Wild Man of the wood, whose face stares down at us through the foliate masks that adorn so much church architecture. Thus, medieval Pagans may have had fewer problems adapting than we might suppose.

In England, it was the ancient custom on St. John’s Eve to light large bonfires after sundown, which served the double purpose of providing light to the revelers and warding off evil spirits. This was known as “setting the watch”. People often jumped through the fires for good luck. In addition to these fires, the streets were lined with lanterns, and people carried cressets (pivoted lanterns atop poles) as they wandered from one bonfire to another. These wandering, garland-bedecked bands were called a “marching watch”. Often they were attended by morris dancers, and traditional players dressed as a unicorn, a dragon, and six hobbyhorse riders. Just as May Day was a time to renew the boundary of one’s own property, so Midsummer’s Eve was a time to ward the boundary of the city.

Customs surrounding St. John’s Eve are many and varied. At the very least, most young folk plan to stay up throughout the whole of this shortest night. Certain courageous souls might spend the night keeping watch in the center of a circle of standing stones. To do so would certainly result in either death, madness, or (hopefully) the power of inspiration to become a great poet or bard. (This is, by the way, identical to certain incidents in the first branch of The Mabinogion.) This was also the night when the serpents of the island would roll themselves into a hissing, writhing ball in order to engender the “glain”, also called the “serpent’s egg”, “snake stone”, or “Druid’s egg”. Anyone in possession of this hard glass bubble would wield incredible magical powers. Even Merlyn himself (accompanied by his black dog) went in search of it, according to one ancient Welsh story.

Snakes were not the only creatures active on Midsummer’s Eve. According to British faery lore, this night was second only to Halloween for its importance to the Wee Folk, who especially enjoyed a ridling on such a fine summer’s night. In order to see them, you had only to gather fern seed at the stroke of midnight and rub it onto your eyelids. But be sure to carry a little bit of rue in your pocket, or you might well be “pixie-led”. Or, failing the rue, you might simply turn your jacket inside out, which should keep you from harm’s way. But if even this fails, you must seek out one of the “ley lines”, the old straight tracks, and stay upon it to your destination. This will keep you safe from any malevolent power, as will crossing a stream of “living” (running) water.

Other customs included decking the house (especially over the front door) with birch, fennel, St. John’s wort, orpin, and white lilies. Five plants were thought to have special magical properties on this night: rue, roses, St. John’s wort, vervain, and trefoil. Indeed, Midsummer’s Eve in Spain is called the “Night of the Verbena (Vervain)”. St. John’s wort was especially honored by young maidens who picked it in the hopes of divining a future lover.

And the glow-worm came
With its silvery flame,
And sparkled and shone
Through the night of St. John,
And soon has the young maid her love-knot tied.

There are also many mythical associations with the summer solstice, not the least of which concerns the seasonal life of the God of the sun. Inasmuch as I believe that I have recently discovered certain associations and correspondences not hitherto realized, I have elected to treat this subject in some depth in my ‘Death of Llew’ essay. Suffice it to say here, that I disagree with the generally accepted idea that the Sun God meets his death at the summer solstice. I believe there is good reason to see the Sun God at his zenith—his peak of power—on this day, and that his death at the hands of his rival would not occur for another quarter of a year. Material drawn from the Welsh mythos seems to support this thesis. In Irish mythology, midsummer is the occasion of the first battle between the Fir Bolgs and the Tuatha De Danaan.

Altogether, Midsummer is a favorite holiday for many Witches in that it is so hospitable to outdoor celebrations. The warm summer night seems to invite it. And if the celebrants are not, in fact, skyclad, then you may be fairly certain that the long ritual robes of winter have yielded place to short, tunic-style apparel. As with the longer gowns, tradition dictates that one should wear nothing underneath—the next best thing to skyclad, to be sure. (Incidentally, now you know the real answer to the old Scottish joke, “What is worn beneath the kilt?”)

The two chief icons of the holiday are the spear (symbol of the Sun God in his glory) and the summer cauldron (symbol of the Goddess in her bounty). The precise meaning of these two symbols, which I believe I have recently discovered, will be explored in the essay on the death of Llew. But it is interesting to note here that modern Witches often use these same symbols in their Midsummer rituals. And one occasionally hears the alternative consecration formula, “As the spear is to the male, so the cauldron is to the female.” With these mythic associations, it is no wonder that Midsummer is such a joyous and magical occasion!


Document Copyright © 1983 – 2009 by Mike Nichols.
Text editing courtesy of Acorn Guild Press.