Summer Solstice

RSUMMER SOLSTICER

OPENING PRAYER

 

Step 1: Priest says

 

O GREAT CREATOR, THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, LORD OF THE EARTH, WE TURN OUR EYES TOWARD THEE WITH GREAT THANKFULNESS AND GRATITUDE.

 

FOR IN THE PAST MONTHS THOU HAST GRANTED AND GIVEN UNTO US A GREAT PLENTY. WITH THIS BOUNTY, WE HAVE BEEN FED AND CLOTHED. WE HAVE TRIED TO BE GOD STEWARDS IN HELPING ALL OF THY NEEDY ONES.

 

AND ON THIS NIGHT, THE COSMIC CELEBRATION OF THE SUMMER SOLSTICE, WE BOW HUMBLY BEFORE THEE, THAT WE MIGHT SERVE THE HOSTS AND BRING THEE GREAT GLORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOSTS ABOVE.

 

Step 2: Priest says (introduction)

 

THE WORD "SOLSTICE" IS A COMPOUND OF THE TWO WORDS SOL (THE SUN), AND SISTERE (TO MAKE STAND). THUS UNDERSTOOD, IT DESCRIBES NICELY WHAT HAPPENS AT THE SOLSTICE. IT IS A POINT WHEN THE SUN IS AT THE GREATEST DISTANCE FROM THE CELESTIAL EQUATOR AND SEEMS TO STAND THERE FOR THREE DAYS BEFORE RETURNING TO ITS COURSE.

 

THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE, THE EARTH'S AXIS IS TILTED TOWARD THE SUN, SO THAT ITS PARALLEL RAYS STRIKE THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE GLOBE MOST DIRECTLY, AND THE SOUTHERN HALF OBLIQUELY. AT THE WINTER SOLSTICE, THE REVERSE IS TRUE.

 

THE SUMMER SOLSTICE OCCURS WHEN THE SUN ENTERS CANCER, AT ZERO DEGREES OF THAT SIGN. AND THIS MARKS THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER--THE LONGEST "DAY" OF THE YEAR.

 

THE SOLSTICES AND EQUINOXES MARK THE FOUR SEASONS, OR THE FOUR QUARTERS OF THE YEAR. THESE ARE EQUIVALENT TO THE SUN'S QUARTERS, JUST AS THE QUARTERS OF THE MOON OCCUR ABOUT ONCE PER WEEK, MAKING A COMPLETE REVOLUTION OF THE EARTH ONCE EACH MONTH, OR THIRTEEN TIMES PER YEAR.

 

THE FIGURE TRACED OUT IN THE CONSTELLATION OF CANCER OWES ITS ORIGIN TO THE APPARENT RETROGRADE MOVEMENT OF THE SUN AS IT APPROACHES THE POINT OF THE SUMMER SOLSTICE. THE NAME IS A DERIVATIVE OF "CANCRI" OR "CLAWS" REFERRING ORDINARILY TO THE CRAB, ORDINARILY.

 

AMONG THE EGYPTIANS, IT WAS LIKENED TO THE SCARAB, OR BEETLE, WHICH APPEARED SEASONALLY ALONG THE BANKS OF THE NILE, IN GREAT NUMBERS. IT, TOO, HAS A RETROGRADE MOVEMENT, FOR IT ROLLS ITS EGGS INTO A BALL OF MUD WITH ITS HIND FEET.

 

THE SCARAB WAS USED WIDELY BY THE EGYPTIANS AS AN AMULET, SYMBOLIC OF CREATION, AS A FORM OF THE SUN GOD WHO TRANSFORMS INERT MATTER INTO ACTION, CREATES LIFE, AND TYPIFIES THE GLORIFIED SPIRITUAL BODY THAT MAN SHALL POSSESS AT THE RESURRECTION.

 

THE ACTION OF THE SCARAB-BEETLE IN ROLLING THE BALL OF MUD, CONTAINING HIS LIVING GERM, ALONG THE GROUND, COMPARED WITH THE SUN ITSELF IN ITS PROGRESS ACROSS THE SKY. UNDER THE HEAD OF THE SUN, THIS EGG HATCHED INTO A BEETLE, SO THE SCARAB BECAME A SYMBOL OF CREATION, AND OF IMMORTALITY.

 

ACCORDING TO FREEMASONRY, THE SPIRIT OF FIRE CAME DOWN FROM MARS, CORRESPONDING TO THE SPRING EQUINOX, BROUGHT BY THE ARCHANGEL SAMAEL; WHILE THE ANGEL OF THE MOON, OR FORCES OF WATER, GABRIEL, CAME TO ANNOUNCE THE BIRTH OF JESUS, AND TO INSPIRE FAITH IN JEHOVAH.

 

MYSTICALLY, THIS IS THE POINT OF GERMINATION, WHERE THE MOON , RULER OF BIRTH AND GROWTH, HOLDS SWAY.

 

HERE THE CONCEPTION TAKES PLACE. BUT, IT WOULD NEVER COME TO FRUITION AND BIRTH WERE IT NOT THAT FOUR MONTHS LATER, WHEN THE FETUS HAS REACHES THE STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE SECOND WATERY SIGN, SCORPIO, THE ANGEL SAMAEL OF MARS, INTRODUCES THE FIERY SPARK OF SPIRIT INTO THE INERT FORM, TO LEAVEN, TO QUICKEN AND MOULD IT INTO AN EXPRESSION OF ITSELF.

 

THERE, THE SILVER CORD, WHICH HAS GROWN FROM THE SEED-ATOM OF THE DENSE BODY, LOCATED IN THE HEART, SINCE CONCEPTION, IS WELDED TO THAT PART OF THE SPIRITUAL BODY LOCATED IN THE LIVER AND TIED, SO THAT THE SPIRIT THEN DIES (SCORPIO) TO LIFE IN THE SUPERSENSIBLE WORLD, AND QUICKENS THE BODY IT WILL USE IN ITS COMING EARTH LIFE. AT THE TIME OF THE PHYSICAL DEATH ON EARTH, THIS PROCESS IS REVERSED, THE LIFE SPIRIT AGAIN RETURNS TO GOD, WHO GAVE IT.

 

WE ARE SPEAKING OF THE LIFE FORCE OF THE BODY AND NOT OF THE SOUL BECAUSE THE SOUL IS ETERNAL. WHEN THE QUICKENING HAS PASSED THROUGH THE THIRD QUARTER OF THE YEAR, AND PASSED ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE THIRD AND FINAL WATER SIGN, PISCES, THE "WATER BREAKS." ON ITS FLOOD, THE CHILD IS BORN AND DELIVERED ONTO DRY LAND, ONCE AGAIN THROUGH THE FIERY FORCES, RETURNING TO FIRE SIGN OF ARIES, EVER THE SIGNAL OF THE BEGINNING.

 

THUS MANKIND OPENED THE GATE OF THE PHYSICAL LIFE THROUGH CANCER, AND STRAYED INTO THE TERRESTRIAL SPHERE. BUT OPPOSITE STOOD SATURN, RULER OF THE OPPOSITE SIGN, CAPRICORN (AND THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS), READY TO USHER THEM BACK THROUGH THE GATE OF DEATH, BACK INTO THE SPIRITUAL REALM WHERE THEY ARE AT HOME.

 

IN THE PATH OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERIES, THE SUMMER SOLSTICE SYMBOLIZES A TIME WHEN THE ASPIRANT ENDEAVORS TO FOLLOW THE COSMIC CHRIST IN HIS ANNUAL ASCENSION INTO THE HIGH SPIRITUAL REALM WHITHER HE GOES TO PREPARE A PLACE, TO THE END THAT WHERE HE IS, THERE WE MAY BE ALSO.

 

IN MASONIC SYMBOLISM, JOHN THE BAPTIST REPRESENTS THE SEASON OF THE SUMMER SOLSTICE, SO THE HOLY RITE OF HIS NATIVITY IS CELEBRATED AT THIS SEASON -- HE WHO BAPTIZED WITH WATER AND MADE STRAIGHT THE PATHWAY OF THE LORD.

 

PARACELSUS COMMENTED THUS ON JOHN'S DIET OF LOCUST AND HONEY:

 

"THAT WHICH GROWS IN THE FORM AND FLOWERS OF LOCUSTS IS CONCERNED IN THE FORM AND APPEARANCE OF HONEY. IT DOES NOT YET DWELL IN THE ULTIMATE MATTER (EXCEPT FOR THE ILLUMINED ONES), BEING PERFECTED BY THE SUN AND MOON. THESE CAN BRING NOTHING TO ITS FINAL PERFECTION, HOWEVER, WITHOUT THE ASSISTANCE OF A CELESTIAL OPERATION, WHICH IN THE CASE OF PLANETS IS THE SUMMER STAR (SIRIUS)."

 

Step 3: Priest continues

 

WE NOW SEEK TO PREPARE OURSELVES FOR THE WORLD ILLUMINATION , THAT WHEN HE COMES IN FULL GROWTH, THE GREAT CHRIST, AND FILLS THE EARTH, WE WILL BE FOUND GIVING OF OUR LIGHT TO THOSE OTHERS OF MANKIND .LESS FORTUNATE.

 

DEEP WITHIN THE ATOM OF TIME

IS ETCHED THE PATTERN OF THE ANCIENT MIND.

AS I PEER INTO THE ATOM SUN OF THE MICROCOSMIC WORLD, OR I LOOK STRAIGHT UP INTO THE CHRISTOS WHICH WE LOVE WELL,

I ASK MYSELF THE QUESTION,

WHICH OF THESE IS THE WORLD IN WHICH I LIVE?

DOES MY FATHER SHINE THROUGH THE SON

IN THAT LITTLE WORLD BELOW?

IS THERE ANOTHER RACE OF PEOPLE DOWN THERE STRIVING TO KNOW?

THEN MY MIND TURNS BACK TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO

TO A NIGHT ON CALVARY, IT SEEMS SO LONG AGO,

BUT AS YESTERDAY IN THE MANY WORLDS I'VE FOUND.

SO THANK YOU, MASTER, I NEED NOT TO KNOW,

BUT JUST TO BE, THE THINGS YOU ASK OF ME.

FOR THROUGH THE GRACE YOU GIVEST US,

A GREATER WORLD WILL WE SEE.

A GREATER WORLD WILL LIVE TO KNOW OF THEE.

 

Step 4: The Lord's Prayer

 

OUR FATHER, WHICH ART IN HEAVEN.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME.

THY KINGDOM COME,

THY WILL BE DONE,

ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD,

AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES,

AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US,

AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION,

BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM,

AND THE POWER,

AND THE GLORY,

FOREVER......AMEN.

 

Step 5: Priest gives a prayer, asking for the blessing of the fruits of the earth, and their full growth and fruition for the coming year.

 

ALSO AS THIS CELEBRATES THE FOLLOWERS AND ASPIRANTS OF THE HOLY ORDER OF MANS IN THEIR ENDEAVORS TO FOLLOW THE COSMIC CHRIST AND HIS ASCENSION, LET THERE BE A LIFTING UP OF THE WHOLE ORDER TO A GREATER AND HIGHER LEVEL OF VIBRATION, TO DRAW NEAR UNTO THE GREAT CHRIST.

 

Step 6: Priest asks the Mother to give a prayer for the development and raising-up of mankind, closer to Christ and the Mother of Creation, and with greater wisdom in the following of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Step 7: Blessing of the Wine

 

Members and priests shall come to the altar and partake of the feast having full faith in the coming harvest which shall be yielded through the power of the Great Sun.

 

Four priests that have been sanctified at the altar (men and women) shall pass through the rows of members bestowing their blessing, that they shall receive spiritual growth and reality.

 

Step 8: Ten minute meditation on the reality of the Cosmic Christ, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Step 9: Priest says

 

AT THIS PERIOD OF THE YEAR, MAN LOOKS UP INTO THE ETERNAL HEAVENS, AND SEEKS TO GRASP FROM THE MYSTERIES OF THE FATHER AND THE CHRIST THE REALITY OF THE ETERNAL PATH SUBLIME. THUS IT IS THAT MAN GOES FORTH WITH GREATER ASPIRATION AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR TO CONSCIOUSLY REACH TOWARD THE GREAT CHRIST, TO SEEK TO KNOW THE WISER WORKINGS OF NATURE, AS WELL AS THOSE OF THE MACROCOSM.

 

HE SEEKS TO FIND THE CELL OF LIFE AND THAT WHICH PERPETUATES THE LIFE.

 

HE SEEKS TO UNDERSTAND THE SECRET OF GROWTH AND MULTIPLICATION, THAT MAY BE REVEALED TO HIM IN SOME WAY, SO THAT HE MIGHT PASS IT ON AS A HERITAGE TO THE COMING GENERATIONS UNDER THE DOMAIN OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

 

Step 10: Closing prayer

 

AS WE CLOSE THIS CONVOCATION, O GREAT CREATOR AND HOSTS ABOVE, WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE COSMIC EXPERIENCE AND LEARNING OF THY GREAT MYSTERIES AND THE REALITIES OF ALL TIME.

 

CREATOR, BE WITH US;

LORD JESUS CHRIST, BE WITH US;

MARY, OUR GREAT MOTHER, BE WITH US;

AND THE HOSTS ABOVE, BE WITH US;

FOR THIS IS OUR PRAYER.

 

GLORY, GLORY, GLORY,

LORD GOD OF ALL......AMEN.

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