The Far-Shining One: A Devotional to the Spirits of the Sun

Edited by Rebecca Buchanan
Publication Date: 9 June 2019
Place of Publication: Asheville, North Carolina
ISBN: 978-1099177446
Pages: 217 pp
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5 x 8

Daeg. Sunne. Maponos. Saule. Lugh. Helios. Surya. Ra. Taiowa. Belenus. The Sun Goddess of Arinna.

Without the Sun, life as we know it would not exist.

An obvious statement, perhaps, but the profound, primal truth of it is reflected in the spiritual traditions and mythologies of people from around the world. In many, the Sun is the first Deity or one of the first generation who oversees the creation of the world. Sometimes the Sun is the keeper of time and order, an all-seeing guardian of justice. In many tales, the Sun warms the world of both the living and the dead, traveling to the underworld each night. And, ultimately, the loss of the Sun means the end of life, even the death of the whole world.

This devotional is only the beginning, a small glance at a much larger subject. The poems, prayers, hymns, rites, essays, short stories, and artwork included here only hint at the vastness of the Deities and mythology of the Sun. It is our hope that this anthology — created by devotees of Solar Deities from all over the world — will inspire others to create their own celebratory works.

The Far-Shining One can be purchased in paperback format through Amazon, and will soon be available through Barnes and Noble. Digital editions will soon be available on multiple platforms. All of the proceeds from The Far-Shining One — as well as many of the other volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina series — will be used to help promote the revival of the worship of the Greek and Egyptian Gods, with a portion of the proceeds given to a worthy charitable organization in their name.  So, not only will you be getting a wonderful book about the modern worship of the spirits of the Sun, but your money will be going to do good work and help the revival of ancient polytheistic religions.

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Ra With Sunflowers by Lyle Noumenon Fenner … 3

Dedication … 5

Copernicus Elaborates on the Sun by George Korolog … 7

From the Desk of the Editor-in-Chief by Rebecca Buchanan … 15

The Sun in the North

The Wolves Pursuing Sol and Mani by J.C. Dollman … 19

Autumn Hymn to Freyr by Shirl Sazynski … 20

Hymn to Dæg I by Rebecca Buchanan … 21

Hymn to Sunne II by Rebecca Buchanan … 22

Hymn to the Sun Queen by Rebecca Buchanan … 23

Languid Solstice by Brenda Noiseux … 24

Maponos Chant by Lorna Smithers … 28

Freyr by Shirl Sazynski … 29

Saulė (x3) by Rebecca Buchanan … 30

Sun Invocation by Shirl Sazynski … 32

Sunna Yule Chant by Erin Lale … 34

The Wolf Who Would Eat the Sun by Steven Klepetar … 35

Yule-Telling by Scott J. Couturier … 36

The Sun Upon the Middle Sea

Helios by Lyle Noumenon Fenner … 39

A Daily Morning Practice Honouring the Sun by Ariadne Rainbird … 40

Flight by Rachel Iriswings … 43

Helios by Rebecca Buchanan … 44

Helios by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 45

Helios: Primordial Light: Creation, Catastrophe, and Titanic Forces by Iona Miller … 46

Horses of the Sun by Steven Klepetar … 79

Midsummer Song by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 80

The Name of the Sun God by Tom Cabot … 82

Neaera’s Complaint by Rebecca Buchanan … 96

Helios by Ariadne Rainbird … 97

The Nine Nights of Heliogenna by Rebecca Buchanan … 98

A Prayer to Helios for the Ninth Lunar Day by Kaye Boesme … 102

A Solstice Story by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 104

Spring Equinox: Helios’ Vision by Rev. Amber Doty … 106

Those Who Behold Helios by Rachel Iriswings … 113

To Helios by Ariadne Rainbird … 114

To Helios for Helioyaenna (The Day After Winter Solstice) by Ariadne Rainbird … 115 

To Helios for Therino Iliostasio (Summer Solstice) by Ariadne Rainbird … 116

Two Equinox Poems by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 117

Woven Words for Helios by Rachel Iriswings … 120

The Sun in the South

Heruakhety-Ra by Lyle Noumenon Fenner … 121

in the place of pillars by Rebecca Buchanan … 122

Lamb of God: Horus, Christ, and the Labarum by Katie Anderson … 123

One Who Comes Into Being by Chrystal Jinjoe … 135

Ra Loves Creation by Chelsea Luellon Bolton … 137

Ra’s Power of Sunlight and Starlight by Chelsea Luellon Bolton … 139

So You Know About Ra by Chelsea Luellon Bolton … 140

The Sun in the East

The Sun Goddess of Arinna, With Child (15th to 13th c BCE) — Metropolitan Museum of Art … 143

Dark Sun of the Underworld by Hayley Arrington … 144

Dawn’s Joy by Rebecca Buchanan … 146

In Praise of Utu-Šamaš by Samuel David … 147

Sun Goddess of Arinna: Goddess of Many Names by Rev. Amber Doty … 150

The Sun in the West

Tawa [Taiowa]. Mural. Painted Desert Inn, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. … 157

Beltane: How I Met and Drew Down Belenus by Shirl Sazynski … 158

Five Suns by Rebecca Buchanan … 168

How the Sun Came Up Over the River: A Traditional Folktale by J.K. Bywaters … 172

Solar Geometry: The Native Sun by Tom Cabot … 183

Two Chariots by Gareth Writer-Davies … 195  

Ride by James B. Nicola … 197

Entropy by James B. Nicola … 199

Khepri-Ra Reborn in the Cave of Sokar by Lyle Noumenon Fenner … 201

Appendix A: Our Contributors … 202

Appendix B: About Bibliotheca Alexandrina — Current Titles — Forthcoming Titles … 212