The Sun God with Inner Circle Sanctuary Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 6:00 PM PT
The mythos of the Sun God is one of the most important cycles of nature that we worship. He is at his highest and brightest at Midsummer and dies and is reborn at Yule.
This lecture is going to be full of another of our favorite things: science!
Learn the life cycle of the sun through the changing seasons and how it translates into our rituals and spell work. How does the sun’s position dictate our solstices and equinoxes? What is the difference between equilux and equinox?
So often, the God is overshadowed by the divine feminine, but not in this discussion. The Sun God is a prime example of the divine masculinity that makes up the dynamic balance between our God and Goddess.
Our events are always potluck, so feel free to bring a dish to share.
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2020 Update The Autumn Equinox will occur on September 22, 2020 at exactly 6:31 AM. The Autumn Equilux in Las Vegas will occur on September 25, 2020 - there will be 12:00:39 of daylight (hours/minutes/seconds).
Sun and Moon 1493
The equinox is not really when the day and night are equal. We know that "equinox" derives from the Latin: aequinoctium - "aequi" or "equi" + noct (nox) or night or "equal night"... but No, not equal by a few minutes of the day
At the precise moment of the EQUINOX, there are three things happening:
1.) the sun is at zenith over the equator 2.) where the sun rises, it does so exactly in the east and where it sets it does so exactly in the west and 3.) both northern & southern hemispheres are EQUALLY illuminated on the side of the planet that the sun is shining on.
For us, here in Las Vegas, the EXACT moment of the equinox happened at 1:22 AM, earlier today. That's it. That one precise moment in time at 1:22 AM was the equinox.
Here in Las Vegas, dawn was at 6:29 AM and sunset was at 6:36 PM; giving us 12 hours and 6 minutes of daylight. Not equal. (But it's only six minutes... you can't forgive 6 minutes?!) No.
There are two reasons for this inequality: First, the sun is not a point in the sky. It is a disk. The apparent size of the sun (it's BIG & CLOSE) matters. Second, the atmospheric refraction of the sunlight in relation to the latitude of your location. The earth's atmosphere bends the light adding or subtracting how much actual daylight you have. Check this site for a more thorough explanation: Day and night exactly equal at equinoxes? By Bruce McClure)
Somewhere in the early 2000's, someone (probably my soul twin), usurped the word "Equilux" to mean 'equal day and night'... taken from a lighting term meaning 'equal illumination' or 'equal light'.
Happy Thanksgiving by Faith Goble https://www.flickr.com/photos/grafixer/5189263412
But despite that most don't exactly know the astronomical details, the Autumnal Equinox is a time to give "Thanks" for the success of our harvests, whether literal or metaphorically, and to prepare and look to the future return of that bounty.
We pay respects to the coming forces of night and Winter and learn from them as we ourselves prepare for the dark season ahead. The night starts waxing and the day begins waning and we are reminded that nothing ever remains without change.
The Inner Circle Sanctuary celebrates all these aspects of the Autumn Equinox in it's ritual. We honor the Old Ones and pay respects to our ancestors by doing as they did in this season; by giving offerings from the harvest back to Mother Earth and to mark the season.
We hope your Autumnal Equinox was filled with love, laughter, family, and friendship... and a deep and loving connection with all that envelops us.
Click on the photo for more pictures from the ICS Mabon 2015 Sabbat
2019 Update Sunday, March 17 is the day of the Equilux here in Las Vegas The Vernal Equinox is on Wednesday, March 20 at 2:58 PM. The Autumnal Equinox is on Monday, September 23 at 12:50 AM. The Equilux is on Thursday, September 26.
2018 Update Friday, March 16 is the day of the EQUILUX here in Las Vegas (As close as it can be, at least). Day and Night are mere seconds away from being equal! Midday is at 12:49 p.m. The Vernal EQUINOX will occur on Mar. 20, 2018 at exactly 9:15 am.
2016 UPDATE In Las Vegas the EQUINOX is at Sep 22 7:21 AM PDT The Equilux occurs on Sep 25 - ALL DAY with midday at 12:32 PM
2017 Update In Las Vegas the EQUINOX is at September 22 Sat 6:54 PM PT The EQUILUX occurs on Sep 26 - Wednesday ALL DAY with midday at 12:31 PM PT