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We’ve just officially ushered in summertime, having moved through the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. This happens because the path of the Sun is at its highest point on June 21st. Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, sun and sistit, stands. For several days before and after each solstice, the sun appears to stand still in the sky—that is, its noontime elevation does not seem to change.
When I think of summertime, two images pop to mind immediately…sun worshiping on my lounge chair and sitting around late night bonfires, singing, storytelling, and solving the mysteries of the world.. While I wisely stopped the baby oil sun baking many years ago and, though I may be a bit too busy to indulge in late night bonfires, the symbolism of these two images is not lost on me. Interestingly, these two activities have a great deal to say about my (our) spiritual life and understanding.
Let’s start with sun worshiping. The Sun has long been worshiped by ancient and indigenous cultures. To the Egyptians, the sun god, Ra, represented light, warmth, and growth. It was believed that Ra was the supreme deity and ruled all of creation. The Sun is associated with masculine energy in astrology and astrotheology. What is the basic nature of the masculine energy? What are its beauties? The great aspect of the masculine is that it is outwardly creative. The feminine creates within, receives guidance and vision. The masculine takes action on this information. It wishes to explore, discover and build outwardly something that is an extension of itself.
Everyone has both masculine and feminine energy. With Superwomen, it could be said that their masculine energy is well developed, and this is needed, in the desire to accomplish. However, developing this strong drive can come at a price, where the feminine energy of softness, rejuvenation, stillness can, in the extreme, be considered an enormous weakness, and in the most common, be dismissed as ineffectual. Knowing that we need both of these energies for optimum health and accomplishment, how can the masculine and feminine energies become balanced?
This brings me to my fire pit.
“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, gravitation, (masculine) we shall harness for God the energies of love (feminine). And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
-T. De Chardin
From ancient times through the present, fire is a symbol of the light, love and Spirit within. We light candles in religious institutions, on alters, during meditations, all in celebration of this deep connection. Fire also represents purification and renewal, out of the ashes comes rebirth from the old into the new.
Fire speaks of passion. We typically think of passion as the fire within, that which excites us. Passion is often spoken of in sexual terms. We are told to follow our passion, and then we “told” passively to do this quietly and sedately, living life not quite fulfilled and not quite unfulfilled.
How often do you truly experience passion? Passion is the Fire for Life, for the experience of life. It is the desire to know yourself deeply. Our deep longing for something more, is our longing to reconnect to this FIRE.
Passion rises around what is most treasured and dear to us and propels us outward into compassionate action. Internal guidance moving into inspired action. This is balanced feminine and masculine energy. Passion, the Fire Within, is our deepest wisdom and an experience of the sacred.
Passion is living life, your life, in its fullest expression.
So, this summer…how can you connect to that deep fire within? How can you harness the energies of love, as De Chardin reminds us, and rediscover that FIRE WITHIN?