The sun is the reflection of the Sun beyond the Veil” - Rumi

The allowing of religious-themed floats in the Denver Parade of Lights this season reigns in a new era of storytelling possibilities. I really do love the Jesus story. But there are a lot of other great stories out there that ritualize this winter solstice time of year that I think would make for some great floats. How about a yoga float next year with a big Om symbol? Then there’s the Roman’s sun God Mithra. Or my vote is for a float celebrating the birth of Osiris, the Egyptian God of the dead and symbol of masculine fertility, who was born, died and -- thanks to his devoted wife the Goddess Isis -- was born again. Osiris rides across the sky in his chariot, as does Ordin the Norse God, as well as the Hindu Sun God Surya whom we salute in the yogic sun salutations to warm our bodies and ignite it with the flow of energy and life force, prana. And of course we’ll keep Santa riding across the sky in his sleigh. Hey, think about it! It would be a great parade!

So we’re celebrating the return of the light. The return of the Sun. It’s always there, up in the sky. Such a simple thing as sunlight we take for granted everyday. Now it’s passing its lowest point toward the earth this solstice Dec. 21, the shortest day, narrowing down to the darkest hour. As is Osiris symbolized as the setting sun. Until his rebirth out of death to life. So rebirths the sun.

And as the sun is rebirthing in the outer, it is also rebirthing in the inner. In our own inner.
Narnia’s Hollywood debut this season reminds us with that radiant lion Aslan, of that wonderful solar symbol, the supreme cosmic power, the undying one life inside of us. By its many names, the Christ, the Holy Spirit, Osiris, the Buddha and Krsna consciousness is the symbol for the ineffable that is inside us all, in the deeply personal and unique way we perceive and experience it. That clarity and beauty knowing that we and all life come from the sun, and that life is eternal and that there is no death, only a constant changing kaleidoscope of outer form arising and disappearing --life coming from death. We’re uniting with that nuc stans, the illumination of standing still in the one of the sun, the eternal now, as we seek to escape (or not escape) the continual round of existence.

In many cultures the Sun is masculine, however, it is also feminine, such as in Japanese, Celtic and Cherokee mythologies. The sun is a solar symbol of unity, the one, untouched by duality, like the phases of the moon. However, the moon itself can represent unity, as it is only an illusion that we see the phases of the moon, as it is always whole and complete. The moon also gives the promise of life, with the birth, fullness and death of itself, only to be born again from the darkness of the new moon.

Through our own yoga, we take the sun’s symbol and apply it to our lives and ourselves and know the truth and the promise of unity and eternal life that is within us. And in that experience we create our own story, our own heroic journey from darkness to light, from untruth to truth, from death to eternal life.
Enjoy this solstice Dec. 21. Practice yoga and tell stories. Spend time with children and others in your community to explore what it means to find that peace and the light that comes from recognizing your divine identity and your unity with sat chit ananda, being, consciousness and bliss.

May there be peace in your heart and may there be peace on earth.

Have a joyous holiday season and a blessed New Year.

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