Special Solstice Focus


This is a special issue from the Global Meditation Focus Group for the
Solstice on June 20-21.


1. Summary
2. Meditation Times
3. More on the June Solstice


The June Solstice will occur on the 21st at 01.48 Universal Time, when the
Sun is farthest north of the equator. In the northern hemisphere the June
Solstice is the time of maximum light, while in the southern hemisphere it
is the time when the Sun is reborn after the longest night. Since ancient
times, humanity has marked out the Solstices and Equinoxes as important
times to attune to the Earth's relationship with the Sun, and today they are
used for linking up globally in meditation. Chief Arvol Looking Horse has
asked that June 21 be recognised as "World Peace Prayer Day".

Please hold in your heart and mind a vision in which the integrity and
sacredness of Nature and her cycles are honoured by all. See the whole Earth
as healthy and vibrant with life, and experience the healing of all
relations as we awaken globally to the sacredness of all Life and to our
underlying unity with All That Is.


i) 01.48 Universal Time (GMT)
ii) 01.30 - 02.00 Universal Time (GMT)
iii) Sunrise, Noon, and Sunset, Local Time
iv) At the top of any hour, or at any other time of your choice.

Differences from Universal Time are as follows, and are in Daylight Saving
Time where applicable:

Honolulu = -10 hours / Los Angeles = -7 hours / Denver & San Salvador = -6
hours / Mexico City, Houston & Chicago = -5 hours / New York, Toronto,
Montreal, Asuncion & Santiago = -4 hours / Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo = -3
hours / Reykjavik & Casablanca = 0 hours / London, Algiers & Lagos = +1 hour
/ Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg & Madrid = +2 hours / Athens,
Helsinki, Jerusalem, Nairobi & Istanbul = +3 hours / Moscow & Baghdad = +4
hours / Tehran = +4 and a half hours / Islamabad = +5 hours / Calcutta & New
Delhi = +5 and a half hours / Dhaka = +6 hours / Rangoon = +6 and a half
hours / Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta = +7 hours / Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing &
Kuala Lumpur = + 8 hours / Seoul & Tokyo = +9 hours / Brisbane, Canberra &
Melbourne = +10 hours / Wellington = +12 hours


The following information is provided by i) Chief Arvol Looking Horse; ii)
Carolyn Sky Dancer; iii) Kalama Hochreiter; iv) Dan Furst; and v) The
World Healing Service.

i) From Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Mitakuye! (relative),

World Peace and Prayer Day has become a reality for thousands of people
around the world, many honoring their Sacred Sites. Wopila, a great thank
you! After completion to the four directions we return to the center, "Heart
of Everything that is", "Paha Sapa" the Sacred Black Hills.

We ask that people continue to gather for Peace and Prayer in the year 2000
and thereafter. If the nations continue to unite all over the world, our
prayers will enlighten our spirits and heal our Mother Earth.

This year World Peace and Prayer Day is dedicated to healing, educating and
inspiring our young people. This will bring our youth to an understanding of
the importance of opening their hearts and minds to forgiving, believing,
creating and healing one another, and most importantly themselves. We ask
the Nations and all people of the world to gather for ceremony focusing, in
their own ways, our spiritual unity on the healing of our Mother Earth and
our World Community, in honor of our Youth and Future Generations. UNITE
GLOBALLY TO HONOR AND HEAL ALL LIFE - May peace be with you all.

Mitakuye Oyasin, (all my relations)

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe

The Black Hills, South Dakota gathering will be held at the Ditch Creek
Campgrounds from June 18th to June 21st. For those who will be joining us,
please come prepared with the necesary supplies and camping equipment that
you'll need to enjoy a positive and uplifting experience.

Website: www.worldpeaceday.com/2000/

ii) From Carolyn Sky Dancer

E-mail: carolyn@ShamanicAstrology.com

The Solstice and Equinox points form the four gates or four directions of
the celestial medicine wheel. The Sun illuminates and activates these gates
as it appears to journey through the sky from the Earth's perspective. In
reality, it is the Earth's journey through the sky as it orbits the Sun that
creates the seasonal cycles. The ancient ones had an active and conscious
relationship with the sky mysteries, creating standing stone circles and
other monuments to assist in tracking these yearly cycles and capturing or
maximizing the incoming energies activated during these seasonal shifts as
different parts of the sky were being engaged. Working with the Solstice and
Equinoxes as well as the cross-quarter dates (the half-way point between
each Solstice and Equinox) helps us to remember these mysteries and to
develop our own relationship with the seasonal cycles of Earth and Sky.

iii) From Kalama Hochreiter

E-mail: kalama@techstar-online.com

The Summer Solstice is also at the same time, the Winter Solstice for those
of us in the Southern Hemisphere. In Peru, it is a most sacred time for it
signifies the Inti Raymi, or the Return of the Sun (Sun and Son-God-Ruler
being synonomous in their cosmology and related to the turning of the ages
or times called Pachacuti, due to come soon).

iv) From Dan Furst

E-mail: hermes3@lava.net
Website: www.hermes3.net/

Among the countless Summer Solstice celebrations and ceremonies:

The Sonnenwende ("Sun's turning") of the Norse calendar, so named because at
this point in the year, the Sun reaches its farthest northern sunset point
on the horizon, and must now begin moving south, and bringing with it the
hotter, more rapid movement of Summer, and everything else that that the
South implies. The season of husbandry begins now in bonfires that
mark this day as the one when the Sun's light stays longest in the Sky.

In northern Russia, especially in St. Petersburg, this day begins the White
Nights, which last for the next ten days. In this and other fire festivals
that can get more raucous than most, fireworks and all, many people love the
days of the Long Light because this is the best time to burn the chaff and
the worry of the year gone by, and get ready to work the field under the
waxing Sun, and care for children.

In the Celtic calendar, this day is called Litha, and honors the water
goddess. Many European peoples also honored the Green Man, leafy symbol of
nature's resurgence, counterpart to the Egyptian Osiris.

Taoist festival honoring the Heavenly Emperor Shang-Ti and celebrating the
active presence of the Tao in all things. This is the time when the
masculine Yang force is at its peak, and initiates the season of fire, south
and Summer.

In the Islamic lunar calendar, first day of the New Year.

In many ancient calendars, this is one of the year's best times for honoring
Wise Women. In the Greco-Roman calendar, this was the Day of All Heras
(Roman counterpart Juno, for whom this month is named), when people gather
to listen to women who have achieved spiritual Union with the Great Goddess.
In ancient Britain this was the Day of Cerridwen, celebrating all Wise

v) From The World Healing Service

Website: www.worldhealing.co.uk/

In the northern hemisphere the June Solstice is the time of maximum light,
while in the southern hemisphere it is the time when the Sun is reborn after
the longest night. Long observed as important times to harmonise with the
energies of the Solar cycle, the Solstices and Equinoxes are now recognised
as important times to link up in meditation for the upliftment of our world.
The exact time of the Solstice, when the Sun enters Cancer, is 1.48am GMT.
This is the main global linkup time.

This Solstice, the Sun will be closely conjunct Venus and Mars in Cancer,
and all three will be aligning to Neptune, the planet of Spirit. This will
encourage us to nurture the divine self-realisation of all things through
our relationships. It highlights the need to find inner security through
our connection with Spirit, so that our response to other people and things
comes from the heart, rather than from the insecure ego. The Moon, which
rules Cancer, will conjunct Uranus in Aquarius, indicating a need to awaken
to our collective family, and to break free of attachments based upon
insecurity and possessiveness.

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