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Modern Sun Worship: Solar Deities, Sun Worship Rituals, and More

The sun has been worshiped for thousands of years. After all, it is the source of life on our planet. We need its light, heat, and gravitational pull to survive. Our ancestors worshiped the sun and even named certain days and holidays after it. But do modern day people worship the sun? Yes! There is such a thing as modern sun worship and it is pretty common. Many neo-pagans worship the sun by incorporating sun worship rituals, sun magic, and solar deities into their spiritual practice and religions. Many people honor the sun without even knowing it through celebration of the seasons and seasonal holidays. Learn how you can add modern sun worship into your pagan path here.

Solar Deities

Solar deities are gods and goddesses linked to the sun. These solar deities are found worldwide in nearly every culture. Start by incorporating one or more of these solar deities into modern sun worship by setting up altars for them. Provide offerings daily or, at the very least, weekly. Pray to the solar deities, talk to them, and honor them on the sabbats (more on sabbats below). Solar deities in ancient Egypt included Ra, Horus, Aten, and Bast. The sun goddess Amaterasu was once worshiped in Japan. Helios is the Greek Titan sun god. The Aztec people worshiped many sun gods including Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca, Nanauatl, and Tecciztecatl. Belenos and Grannus are ancient Celtic sun gods, as well as Sulis the sun goddess. If none of these solar deities suit your preferences, look up more solar deities online or in the Encyclopedia of Spirits.

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Sun Worship Rituals

Sun worship rituals can be as elaborate or as simple as you make them. Honor your solar deities during sun worship rituals or simply just the sun.

In Edred Thorsson’s book Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic, Thorsson details body positioning (stadha) for each rune. The rune Sowilo is the sun rune – honor this rune by mimicking it with your physical body.

A simple runic sun worship ritual performing Sowilo Stadha:

  1. Wake to meet the rising sun.
  2. Go outside and face the sunrise.
  3. Squat so that your calves and thighs are in alignment and pressed together (your buttocks should rest on your heels).
  4. Rest your arms on the tops of the thighs, keep your torso vertical.
  5. Close your eyes and thank the sun for rising and giving us life.

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Other Sun Salutations

An easy way to honor the sun is to greet it with a smile and raise your arms to the sky. This sun worship ritual has been done for hundreds of years, dating back to the ancient Celts and Germanic tribes. In modern times, certain Christian denominations raise their hands to the “Son” of God…the Son of God simply replaced the “Sun” God.

Yoga has a routine called a sun salutation. Look up how to perform this yoga sequence online or go to a yoga class. Sun salutations do just what they say – salute the sun. Modern sun worship is what you make of it. Tailor it to your needs and preferences.

Sun worship is as simple as appreciating the sun.

The Sun Sabbats

Many neopagans and Wiccans follow the Wheel of the Year, which is a celebration of the seasons throughout the year. The major holidays are called Sabbats and honor the waxing and waning of the sun throughout the year. Solar deities are celebrated on the sabbats, as well.

The eight sun Sabbats are:

  • Yule (aka Winter Solstice): around December 21st
  • Imbolc: around February 1st
  • Ostara (aka Vernal Equinox): around March 21st
  • Beltane: May 1st
  • Litha (aka Summer Solstice): around June 21st
  • Lammas (aka Lughnasadh): August 1st
  • Mabon (aka Autumn Equinox): around September 21st
  • Samhain: October 31st

Each sabbat celebrates the sun in a certain way, either waxing or waning. The spring and autumn equinox mark the time of year when the sun’s light is equal to the night’s darkness. The winter and summer solstice mark the sun at its furthest and closest. Look up each sabbat and learn them intimately. Modern sun worship should include the Wheel of the Year and sabbats. On the Beltane fire festival, light a bonfire and dance around it wildly. On the Winter Solstice, hang lights and eat oranges in attempts to bring back the sun.

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Easy Sun Magic for Everyone!

Moon magic is something that’s popular in modern times, but what about sun magic? Sun magic is part of modern sun worship as it helps harness the energy of the sun to make changes in one’s life. The easiest way to make sun magick is to sun-bathe or take walks outside and soak up those rays! Make sun catchers with your family or partner and hang them in the windows to catch and reflect the sun’s light in your house. Kits can be bought online or in craft stores.

Make sun tea by filling up an air-tight container with water, tea bags, and herbs of your choice and leaving in the hot sun to steep for 6+ hours. OR make sun water. Then drink sun magic! Charge your crystals, stones, and jewelry in the sun to give it a boost of energy and power! Keep in mind some crystals and items might fade in the sun so research before doing this! Another simple sun ritual is sunbathing on hot summer days. Decorate your house and altar with suns. Let your imagination run wild and let the sun enchant your life!

Modern Sun Worship: Solar Deities, Sun Magic, and Rituals

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