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A Balanced Approach to the Summer Solstice.

Numerology of 6, the Tetrahedron & 4/6 Breathing.

Here in the UK we are approaching the time when we celebrate the Summer Solstice. This is when the sun is at its highest point in the sky, the days are at their longest and we are very much within the energy of the element of fire. This is the perfect time to be focusing our energy on replenishing, cleansing, charging and reviving our Solar Plexus chakras. This can be as simple as spending time out in the sun, taking some time out to appreciate the beautiful colours of nature as she now reaches the peak of her blossoming season, even something as simple as showing appreciation for the leaves on the trees, now abundant, fresh and lush. Drink in the sight and sounds of them as they ripple and swoosh on the branches, let the beauty of creation fill you with a sense of awe and allow these moments to matter, for within the blink of an eye those leaves will soon be fading, changing and falling before our eyes as summer turns to autumn – so don’t allow the joy of summer to pass you by! Take the time to enjoy it and get out in the wonderful healing green colours while you can! Even if the sky is cloudy or the rain is falling, by connecting with the trees and plants we can still link into the element of Fire – Be aware that the lush green colour is created by the suns rays as the trees trap the light energy and feed off it, allow the light within the leaves to fill you with a sense of passion, with a lust for life itself, let your soul feed from it just as the leaves do. In the moments when the sun does emerge take the time to feel the sun on your skin and visualise this light filling your solar plexus, charging up your creative vitality centre within you. Allow yourself to bask in the energy of pure joy that is invoked, lap it up!

Sacred Geometry

The platonic solid linked into the Solar Plexus and the element of Fire is the Tetrahedron. This sacred geometric shape holds within it the symbolism of an energy that is primal in nature. We all learned in school about the ‘Fire Triangle’ and the 3 conditions needed in order for combustion to occur, these being heat, fuel and oxygen. In more recent years, fire research has developed this from the ‘Fire Triangle’ to the ‘Fire Tetrahedron’ – this model acknowledges that as well as the 3 elements of heat, fuel and oxygen, there is a 4th element that must be present – that being the element of a chemical chain reaction. This reaction can be seen as the creative spark or inspiration. Its an exothermic release of energy that triggers the combustion process. By transforming the 2D basic triangle shape and extending it into the tetrahedron platonic solid then, we can gain an understanding of the spiritual significance of the element of Fire – its the vital energy that is needed to give us our spark, our passion and to trigger the processes of inspiration, creation and transformation within us. Working with this shape and focusing on our solar plexus we can visualise these 4 elements forming within our Solar Plexus and igniting the fire within us.

Balance Needed

With any fire it is important to temper it and to balance the energies and while the solstice is very much a fire festival, the date on which it falls – June 21st, marks the start of the astrological season of Cancer. Cancer holds within it both the energy of fire and water – it is a water sign with strong links to our emotions, yet it represents our home and domestic life and therefore has links to the hearth and the fire element. This is intensified by the fact that it falls in the 6th month of the year – 6 holding the numerological energy of domestic happiness, harmony, balance and stability. By integrating all of the symbology within these different approaches, we can see that this is the perfect time of the year to be focusing on balancing the fire and water elements within us.

The Trick is to Keep Breathing – 4/6 Breathing.

Taking all of the symbolism discussed here we can amalgamate it into a simple breathing exercise. Going back to the tetrahedron we have within this the numerology of 4 and 6 – there are 4 faces, 6 edges and 4 vertices.
Cancer also holds within it the energies of both 4 and 6 – it is the 4th sign of the zodiac and begins in the 6th month of the year. So when it comes to balancing the energies of Fire and Water within us, 4/6 breathing is the perfect exercise to use.
To do this simply inhale for a count of 4 and exhale for a count of 6. Extending the exhale and breathing out for a longer period than the inhale automatically counters the sympathetic nervous system – this is our ‘fight or flight’ response to stress. Regulating our breathing and focusing on extending the exhalation stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is governed by the Vagus Nerve, which in turn lowers our heart rate and balances our bodies stress response. Try working this into a meditation over the Summer Solstice to help balance out all the fiery masculine energies that are around, softening it by invoking along with it the feminine watery element of Cancer.

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Numerology of 5, the Icosahedron and Take 5 Breath Work to Combat Stress.

In April I was researching box breathing or 4/4 breathing to bring about a sense of equilibrium. 4 connects us to the energy of stability and balance, in sacred geometry it connects us to the shape of the cube and in turn our base chakra.

Now in May I have been pondering how we can connect to the number 5 in a similar way. In numerology the number 5 represents stepping out of our comfort zone. Whereas 4 represents the safety and security of the home, with the number 5 we are moving away from what is safe and into new territory. With the number 5 comes adventure, curiosity, creative sparks and endeavours leading to change and transformation. It is a dynamic and fluid energy that gets things moving.

This energy has been intensified greatly during this month of May 2021 in which we had a 555 energy portal (on the 5th May as 2021 is a 5 year, hence 5-5-5) what this meant for us as a collective is that there was a huge amount of this transformative energy within the Collective Consciousness. Many of us have experienced change on a large scale, new and unexpected opportunities coming in; things that have been ideas for sometime becoming grounded into our realities at an alarming rate. Endings and closures, cord cuttings, moving on, letting go – this energy has been intense over the last few weeks.

This energy can lead to a sense of chaos and excitement, its a lively and highly intense energy that can be very ungrounded. Unchecked this can lead to a sense of anxiety and hyperawareness. New situations often bring with it the fear of the unknown and this can also lead to heightened stress.

One way to temper this skittish and unpredictable energy and to alleviate the stress that can occur at these times is to focus in on Sacral Chakra healing and incorporating Sacred Geometry as well as breath work in your spiritual practise.

Sacred Geometry – The Icosahedron is the 5th Platonic Solid and it is associated with the element of Water and the Sacral Chakra. Working with and meditating on this shape, either by wearing or holding crystal Icosahedrons and tracing the shape of them with your fingers or by drawing them can help to sooth the chaotic characteristic of Water and in turn help to calm the sense of chaos within us.

Sacral Chakra – The Sacral Chakra is the centre of creativity and primal, sexual energy. This energy can be both intense and healing. Allowing ourselves to connect to this energy brings about a sense of vitality and excitement. This is very similar to the energy of 5 in numerology but an imbalance can lead to blocks – the heightened energy can create the fight or flight, or the shutdown response in us as our emotions become too much to process in the moment. Cooling and calming the sacral chakra, connecting to the energy of water and focusing in on balancing this can help us to remove blockages, or to soothe the chaotic element within our emotions and allow us to settle into the flow, to be present and to feel a little calmer and in control. One way to do this is to focus in on our sacral chakra space while doing some 5 centred breath work.

Breath Work – this is so simple and effective that anyone can do it and it is a great thing to teach kids to do to alleviate fear of the unknown, for example if starting a new school or club. It’s called Take 5 Breathing and you simply trace around your fingers and thumbs, breathing in on the way up, and out on the way down. Trying to go slower on the down movements to ensure your exhalation is longer than the inhalation. This then helps in a number of ways:

  • We bring our attention to the present moment.
  • We do breath work that naturally combats the fight/flight or shutdown response.
  • We become aware of physical sensations as we move our finger over our hand and this helps bring a sense of comfort and brings our focus into the physical as opposed to mental or emotional.
  • Doing this along with visualising Water moving in a gentle flow can help to mitigate the sense of chaos within our emotions.

If you wish to learn how to draw the Icosahedron using Metatron’s Cube as a frame then look out for my next video coming soon which will be a tutorial on how to do this.

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