‘The equinoxes and solstices or, as I have called them, the four cardinal feasts, are the four most vital days in the year, and they are governed by Mercury (spring equinox), Venus (summer solstice), the Sun (autumn equinox) and the Moon (winter solstice). These are days of celebration for nature; the Angels and Archangels, all the forces of nature, even the divine Mother herself, all take part in the festivities. Only those who understand the importance of these high days and of the prodigious forces that flood the universe at these times can truly take part in the celebrations.’
Today, June 21 is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun is high in the sky, the days are long and fruit is ripening on the trees.
‘If we are conscious and attentive during this period of the summer solstice, when light is at its most powerful and the forces of night and of darkness are retreating, we will receive the power to launch an attack on our own inner darkness – and we will have a good chance of being victorious.
In the southern hemisphere when the nights are long and light is fading, when the vital currents in the world are beginning to contract and slacken under pressure from contrary forces gaining in vigour, it is not the time to undertake this type of work. Conditions, both within and without, no longer lend themselves to a direct attack on hostile forces.
However in summer, a period in which light is triumphant, men and women who are truly desirous of doing some important work for the world can do so in good conditions; if they have already settled their own, personal problems, they have the right and, even, the duty to go further.’
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov – The Cardinal Feasts,
Complete Works, Vol. 32, The Fruits of the Tree of Life
Here are some extracts from a lecture on the subject of the cardinal feasts and the archangel Uriel who presides over the summer solstice.