A great deal of emphasis is placed on the moon in Wiccan and neopagan traditions. Many nights we gaze up at the twilight and wait for the wavering, milky white lunar body to appear so that we might harness its power.
This cycle of the moon as a anchoring symbol in spell work is so ingrained in our thinking that we tend to forget the sun’s energy can be used in a similar way.
Now that Ostara has passed, Beltane is on its way and the days grow longer, making it the ideal time to try this approach. Below are some ideas for working with the solar cycles.
1. Harness the energy of sunrise, noon and sunset. You might think of this pattern in the same way you’d think of the waxing, full and waning moon cycles. Sunrise is an excellent time to address matters like new beginnings, money-drawing and love, whereas sunset is ideal for things like elimination and binding.
2. Brew some lemon tea. Pour it near the roots of a strong tree and make a wish. This can be fun to do with small children.
3. Plan a sacred meal outdoors. Pack a picnic, find a good vantage point and watch the sunset over a blessed meal.
4. Create a sun altar. Choose spot with plenty of natural light and include lots of solar symbolism. Gold glitter is especially striking.
5. Go flower picking. Find a field of wildflowers and gather some, or go to a pick-your-own farm. If sunflowers in season, those are ideal! But any variety will do. Most flowers thrive in full sunlight and absorb it quickly. The act of spending time in the sun to gather flowers for the home will surely drag the light back with you!
6. Make mini lemon cakes. Place them on the altar as an offering.
7. Try making sun water. Simply fill a glass jar with spring water and set it out in the sun to absorb the natural light. You might choose to include other items associated with the sun. A piece of citrine, a few drops of lemon essential oil or a handful of sunflower petals are nice touches. What you do with the water is up to you. Place it on the altar as a symbol of the divine masculine, pour it your bathwater to “brighten” your mood or use it as a healing water.