A great deal of emphasis is placed on the moon in modern witchcraft.
Many nights we gaze up at the twilight and wait for the wavering, milky white lunar body to appear so that we might harness its power.
This cycle of the moon as a anchoring symbol in spell work is so ingrained in our thinking that we tend to forget the sun’s energy can be used in a similar way.
Take advantage of the sun’s powerful summer energy and try one of these ideas for working with the solar cycles.
Harness the energy of sunrise, noon and sunset.
You might think of this pattern in the same way you’d think of the waxing, full and waning moon cycles.
Sunrise is an excellent time to address matters like new beginnings, money-drawing and fertility.
The afternoons work well for charging and power raising.
Sunset is ideal for things like elimination and binding.
Try making sun water.
Simply fill a glass jar with spring water and set it out in the sun to absorb the natural light.
You might choose to include other items associated with the sun.
A piece of citrine, a few drops of lemon essential oil or a handful of sunflower petals are nice touches.
What you do with the water is up to you.
Place it on the altar as a symbol of the divine masculine, pour it your bathwater to “brighten” your mood or use it as a healing water.
Brew some lemon tea.
Don’t throw away those lemon rinds!
Lemon is the ultimate sun symbol. The bright yellow citrus captures solar energy and stores it in one power-packed little fruit.
Pour it near the roots of a strong tree and make a wish. This can be fun to do with small children.
Chase away the blues.
Sun magic is a perfect mode for addressing the spiritual side of sadness, anxiety and nightmares.
Try this simple sun spell for depression.
Indulge in a citrus-and-sunshine ritual bath.
Try bringing the magic of the sun into your ritual bath space.
Draw a cool water bath after an afternoon in the sun to sooth irritated skin.
Throw some flowers, orange slices and champagne into the bath water and let the vibes of summer wash over you.
Charge your tools.
If you’re in between full moons, use the sun’s energy to charge and cleanse your tools.
Particularly useful for spell items you intend to use in happiness magic, creativity and to dispel darkness.
Create a sun altar.
To draw the energy of sun into your life, try setting up a sun altar.
Choose spot with plenty of natural light and include lots of solar symbolism.
Gold glitter is especially striking sun symbol.
Also consider a yellow altar cloth, a bowl of oranges, or a vase of sunflowers.
It’s the sunniest flower on the planet!
The bright, smiling face of sunflowers explode out of the ground between July and August.
Visit a local sunflower farm. Bring your fam. Make an afternoon out of it.
Once you bring your bounty home, learn how to use sunflowers in witchcraft.
Plan a sacred meal outdoors.
Pack a picnic, find a good vantage point and watch the sunset over a blessed meal.
Try eating fresh summer vegetables from the farmer’s market.
Toast the sunset with a bright drink, like dry champagne or a citrus cocktail.
Make mini sun cakes.
They taste like summer light.
Try this recipe for lemon sun cakes.
Then, leave them on the altar or in the woodlands as an offering for joy and abundance.