To observe summer solstice, which occurs Friday, June 21, groups and individuals of Pagan, Wiccan and other Earth-based religions will gather for special celebrations, some of which will be held in the Topeka area.
None of the local celebrations is likely to rival that of the observance at Stonehenge, the prehistoric, monolithic site in England that was built to be in alignment with the sun during summer solstice. Mary Lou Schmidt, a Topeka Pagan, said there is no place on Earth like Stonehenge for the summer solstice.
“Someday,” she said, “I’d like to go there and observe summer solstice with the British Pagans.”
Short of making the transcontinental trip, local and area Pagans will have to be satisfied with more regional activities. Jim Mosher, of Topeka, a member of the local Wiccan community, said the Ad Astra Grove, a Druid group, will be host of a summer solstice ritual which will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Camp Gaea, 25110 235th St., near McLouth.
“For the early Pagans, the environment and ecology were very important,” Mosher said. “You’ll find a lot of Pagans and Wiccans want to take care of the Earth. It’s part of the reason why we’re here.”
One of eight major observances on the Pagan calendar, summer solstice often includes rituals targeting the abundance produced by Mother Earth. A large feast follows the celebration in many groups.
Summer solstice rituals frequently include the burning of incense, blessings said in each of the four directions, the partaking of food and drink that has been energized by group leaders and the saying of prayers, Mosher said. Music and song also are included in many ritual observances.
Mosher noted the next full moon of the season will take place Saturday night, June 22. The full moon will be one of three “supermoons” for 2013. A supermoon occurs when a new or full moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth. Supermoons don’t always occur on summer solstice, making this year’s celebration a bit more unique.
Summer solstice prayer
Prayer from the Rig Veda–
Let us be united
Let us speak in harmony
Let our minds apprehend alike
Common be our prayer
Common be our resolution
Alike be our feelings
Unified be our hearts
And perfect be our unity
*********** KEEP THIS SONG IN YOUR HEART ************
PRAYER from Masaru Emoto
“I send the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons, corals, algae … humankind … to ALL living creatures …
I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
I Love You.”
SACRED PRAYER to The DIVINE MOTHER
Om Shree Divine Mother Om
Who appears as our Dear, Dear Mother Earth, our Sacred Terra and Beloved Gaia.
Who appears as our wondrous and awesome, glorious and gracious Mother Nature.
Who appears as our beautiful, blessed and benevolent Earth Goddess.
Thank You, Dear Mother Earth, for all of Your grace and blessings.
Om Shree Divine Mother Om
Who appears as our doting Earth Mother.
Who is forever nurturing and nourishing,
sustaining and supportive, generous and giving, mothering and magnanimous.
Who is forever kind and compassionate, patient and tolerant, forgiving and forbearing,
loving and devoted, caring and protective, auspicious and beneficent.
Who is forever instructive and edifying, uplifting and illuminating, inspiring and enlightening.
Who is the foundation of our spiritual path, as well as our earthly existence. And Who is always the perfect suffering servant showing us the true ways of selfless service and self sacrifice.
Thank You, Dear Earth Mother, from the bottom of our Hearts, for all of Your grace and blessings, and especially for the constant shower of blessings of which we are unaware.
May we only seek to give back to Your creation many times what we have so graciously received.
Om Unchimaka, Om Nakawe, Om Eithinoha
Om Parvati, Om Durga, Om Uma
Om Sita, Om Radha, Om Indrani
Om Ganga, Om Vajreshwari, Om Nileshwari
Om Ishtar, Om Inanna, Om Astarte
Om Isis, Om Ma’at, Om Hathor
Om Tara, Om Kuan Yin, Om Amaterasu
Om Demeter, Om Athena, Om Aphrodite
Om Mother Mary, Om Mary Magdalene, Om Black Madonna
Om Mahadevi, Om Mahamaya, Om Mahavidya
Kali Durge Namo Namah
Forever your devotee,
See also: 7W – Eight Sabbats