Astrological Holiday — World Regulus Day! August 23rd of 2018
This project is a collaboration between Sphere + Sundry and iconic astrologer Michael Lutin, who immortalized the transition of Regulus into Virgo with a performance and the handing out of Regulus in Virgo chips at the United Astrology Conference in 2012, pictured atop the talismanic Regulus plaque in the image above. You can read more about Mr. Lutin’s take on Regulus in Virgo and this new #astroholiday here.
Mars and Mercury are in the process of stationing direct, meaning this is a powerful time to be still, take account of the current conditions, and decide how we’d like to turn things around, both in ourselves and the world at large. The transits of the Summer have wrung all of us out on a deep level, excavating and illuminating ego issues with the afflicted Leo action of Eclipses and Mercury’s retrograde.
The Sun is about to enter Virgo and conjoin the fixed star Regulus, as it does once annually, on Thursday the 23rd. This is a wonderful opportunity to get on our tippy toes and take a look at the higher meaning of our lives, and create a channel for real light and authenticity. It reminds us to awaken to our higher potential, and suggests we make the effort to raise the level at which we manifest our own individual Solar Energies.
Regulus, also called Alpha Leonis, is the “heart of the lion”. It is a first magnitude star so far away that the light we currently receive from it was sent to earth more than 70 years ago, and it shines at exactly 360 times the luminosity of our own Sun. These facts clarify its meta relationship to Solar principles and power to shine light on the process of re-integration between self and spirit.
The passage of that star in 2012 from 29° of Tropical Leo to 0° of Virgo represents a significant paradigm change in the consciousness of beings down here on our planet. One way of seeing it is the passing of power from the “divine right of kings” and patriarchal structures that have dominated the last 2000 years the star has resided in Leo, to the democratization of power and the “ascension of the common woman”, and really all individuals, in Virgo.
We are in a transition phase as the light we currently receive was emanating from the star’s location in Leo, and the Virgoan cast has not arrived on our planet yet. It will be fully manifest in the year 2082, which may give us some indications regarding how long various social justice movements will take to fully imbue our global systems.
On August 23rd, the time where Regulus is transmitting its message to the heart of our own Sun, its own warm rays transmitting it our planet, we invite you to join us in ritually inviting the empowering, healing rays of Regulus into the world.
We do this with a commitment to the stewardship of our planet and our return to the purity of true Nature, and the order emanating therefrom. We also do it as an invocation of our individual spirits and nature, in order to become more fully self-possessed, as a step toward reclaiming our own divinity.
This is a moment where we can get in touch with our higher selves and our commitment to be the best we can be, both at the point we occupy on our individual path and the courses we are destined to carve through this incarnation.
There are three primary times when it would be most appropriate to perform this ritual.
- The Sun’s entrance into Virgo at 9:08PM Pacific on August 22nd (the least desirable option in locations where it’s dark out)
- Any hour of the Sun on Thursday the 23rd (immediately following Sunrise would be ideal)
- When the Sun and Regulus are conjoined the MC, the highest angle in the chart, which would be location specific. In my case that is 1:15PM in Ashland, Oregon, and is when I will be conducting my Regulus ritual.
Let it be said that you do NOT have to go through the full dog and pony show and go all out on an altar and with saying these lengthy prayers. If you want to do something more streamlined, even just a simple meditation where you draw down the solar rays, that is a great way to attune to this energy and is always better than doing nothing!
Should you choose, you can create a dedicated Solar altar or use one you already maintain. The ideal location for any Solar or Regulus altar is facing East, where the Sun rises each day. If you perform this ritual outdoors basking in the Sun’s light, all the better. A sample altar might contain:
- A yellow or gold altar cloth or piece of paper
- One white or yellow candle (to represent the singularity of Solar fire), or six tealights (the Sun’s planetary magic number being 6)
- A piece of gold
- A red ruby or garnet
- Fresh cut yellow flowers, such as yellow trumpets or sunflower
- The solar glyph, Agrippa’s solar sigils, and/ or the magic square of the Sun
- Images or icons of hearts or lions
- Frankincense and an incense or resin burner, or another solar incense blend
- Magical solar or Regulus materials, such as oils and talismans.
At your chosen time, fire up the candle and incense, and anoint yourself with Regulus oil if you have some to begin the ritual.
Draw the glyph of Regulus, preferably using yellow or gold ink, which can be anointed too. You can also use your finger to trace the glyph of Regulus facing the Sun or East if it is right overhead. I will be putting a dot in the circle portion of the Regulus glyph, as a hybridized sigil between the Sun’s glyph and that of Regulus.
We will open with the orphic hymn to Astron, modified to address Regulus, followed by the Hymn to Helios, before proceeding in our own words.
With holy voice I call Regulus on high, pure sacred light and genii of the sky.
Celestial star, the progeny of Night, in whirling circles beaming far your light,
Refulgent rays around the heav’ns ye throw, eternal fires, the source of all below.
With flames significant of Fate ye shine, and aptly rule for men a path divine.
In seven bright zones ye run with wand’ring flames,
and heaven and earth compose your lucid frames:
With course unwearied, pure and fiery bright forever shining thro’ the veil of Night.
Hail twinkling, joyful, ever wakeful fire! Propitious shine on all my just desires;
These sacred rites regard with conscious rays, and end our works devoted to your praise.
Hear golden Titan, whose eternal eye with broad survey, illumines all the sky.
Self-born, unwearied in diffusing light, and to all eyes the mirrour of delight:
Lord of the seasons, with thy fiery car and leaping coursers, beaming light from far:
With thy right hand the source of morning light, and with thy left the father of the night.
Agile and vig’rous, venerable Sun, fiery and bright around the heav’ns you run.
Foe to the wicked, but the good man’s guide, o’er all his steps propitious you preside:
With various founding, golden lyre, ’tis mine to fill the world with harmony divine.
Father of ages, guide of prosp’rous deeds, the world’s commander, borne by lucid steeds,
Immortal Jove, all-searching, bearing light, source of existence, pure and fiery bright
Bearer of fruit, almighty lord of years, agil and warm, whom ev’ry pow’r reveres.
Great eye of Nature and the starry skies, doom’d with immortal flames to set and rise
Dispensing justice, lover of the stream, the world’s great despot, and o’er all supreme.
Faithful defender, and the eye of right, of steeds the ruler, and of life the light:
With founding whip four fiery steeds you guide, when in the car of day you glorious ride.
Propitious on these mystic labours shine, and bless thy suppliants with a life divine.
Glorious, ever wakeful stars! Regulus and Sol, may your combined illuminating rays penetrate the darkest corners of the planet upon which I stand, bringing truth, spirit, and authenticity to every aspect of consciousness. Show me how to fully embody my best self, and light the way forward on my path, and the paths of all other creatures. Help us to see and perceive ourselves and all else clearly and truly.
Empower me as a sacred vessel of your light, devoted to faith, service, and the responsibilities I have to myself, others, and the natural order. Resurrect hope and faith in all of humanity, and connect us to our inner and collective sources of divinity.
Grant me every success in my authentic, self-spirited works, and see to it that I am in touch with my true will, so I shine brightly and emanate radiance as I make my way. Amen!
Spend a few minutes holding space and feeling the light of the Sun, fueled by Regulus, filling yourself to the brim.
If you would like to further emanate Regulus’ message and influence, spread the word about this global working in advance on social media, join the Facebook event page, and take altar pictures to share with the hashtag #WorldRegulusDay.
May we all shine our light, brightly and in perpetuity!