What is the significance of the summer solstice? And how can we use this astronomical event to initiate change and growth in our lives as our ancestors did? The day has more meaning than just movement of the earth around the sun as Western science teaches. The star known to us as Sirius, the dog-star, had great meaning to our ancestors of Kemet (modern-day Egypt), and their descendants the Dogon tribe of Mali.It is the brightest star visible to the northern hemisphere, and one of our closest neighbors in the galaxy. The star is the source of the American holiday known as the “4th of July”, and in this short article, the history of the star and the holiday will be revealed.
The Coming of Sopdet
To the Kemetians of the Nile river valley, the star Sirius was known as “Sopdet”. The reappearance of Sirius at solstice signaled that the Nile river would once again rise, flood the banks, and give nourishment to crops, partnering with the sun in its highest position in the sky. The flow of water that signals that a woman is ready to give birth when the amniotic sac breaks, is likened to the river flood. This agricultural phenomenon was personified in text through the Kemetic characters of Isis/Auset and Horus/Heru. Heru represents the sun, and Auset represents the star Sirius. On this day of the solstice as depicted in the mythology, Heru defeats his uncle Set-ruler of darkness and confusion, and sets the earth on the path toward the light, on the longest day of the year until the shortest, the winter solstice. This day is the considered the first day of the Kemetic New Year celebrated with a festival called “The Coming of Sopdet”.
The Dogon tribe mapped three stars: Sirius A,B, and C, naming the trinity “Sigi Tolo”. For Kemetians this trinity is Osiris/Ausar, Isis/Auset, and Jorus/Heru. Scientists today are mystified at how the Dogon had charted the correct orbit of the Sigi Tolo, observed by civilizations for over 73,000 years. Anthropologists discovered over 400 year old artifacts depicting this ancient, unwavering knowledge that scientists have confirmed but still debate amongst themselves.
The Kemetic summer solstice celebration lasts for two weeks. In America, the two weeks leads up to the holiday, yes, you guessed it, the 4th of July. Astronomically, Sirius reappears in the sky after being eclipsed by the sun. This is called the “Heliacal Rising of Sirius”, occurring between July 3rd and July 7th, kicking off the “Dog days of Summer”. THIS is how the 4th of July celebration came to be Brothers and Sisters, care of the Masonic use of Kemetic knowledge, which will be its own article coming soon.
Many cultures today celebrate the summer solstice and individuals can use the day as a time to set intent for the remainder of the year to reflect on improvement, self-renewal, and setting new goals and objectives. This is a time to create new paths, beneficial habits, new perspectives, and for enjoying the sun and all that it allows us to reap physically and spiritually.
Take time to savor simple things like a cool glass of water, your toes in the sand at the beach, the feeling of the sun on your skin made just for its rays, or tasting the sweetness of summer fruits. I like to use the time period to rediscover my inner light and life’s purpose. I urge you all to find an observance or ritual that resonates for you during this cosmic event, brought to use via the ancestral knowledge to the world before the so-called “age of enlightenment”.
This is definitely a time to allow their teachings to guide and empower us in our pursuit of individual and collective freedom, and to expand our knowledge of the amazing science our ancestors brought to the world.
Kitchen, K. A. The Chronology of Ancient Egypt. p.205. World Archaeology, Vol. 23, No. 2 (October 1991).
Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003). The complete gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. London: Thames & Hudson. pp. 167–168, 211. ISBN 0-500-05120-8.
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