Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Solstice: The Power of Sango

Sango, the energy of Strategy, fire, expressed in nature by the power of the sun. As summer gets under way in the northern hemisphere I thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on this powerful Orisa.

The summer solstice, June 21st, is the longest day of our year. The warmth of the sun is all around us. We witnessed its power in the Spring as flowers blossomed, and trees budded, and turned green. At the solstice this life-giving force reaches its most powerful position.

The fiery drive of Sango is reflected in the power of the sun. Like the sun this energy can warm and sustain, or, it can destroy. The sun’s energy produces life. It helps our bodies to manufacturer vitamin D, which is so critical to our overall health. The sun can also be a killer. Over-exposure can lead to deadly skin cancers. It’s all about balance.

Sango is the energy of strategy. It is also associated with the lessons which build good character. It is only through the expression of our good character that our strategies can come to fruition. Correct strategy, executed with good character, builds true success into our lives. Much like the force of the sun, the way in which we use the energy of this powerful Orisa will determine our results.

When we are strategic we must consider our long-term good. We want the Sango energy to work like the gentle force of the life-giving sun. When we fall out of balance, we may use the energy to create immediate results, with little regard for the future. We fail to consider the well-being of the larger whole. At that point the Sango energy becomes like the scorching desert sun. It  destroys life with its unrelenting glare. Apply your good character to the Sango energy and use it to fuel your life.

Have you ever been burned by short-sighted, but strategic, thinking? I’d love to hear your story.

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