© 2012 Bruce Johnson – Reprinted with permission from Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore Newsletter June 2012
by Bruce Johnson
Orthodox science describes our Sun as a ball of gas surrounded by an atmosphere, with nuclear fusion taking place at its center producing energy. Occultism views our physical sun as a gigantic atom, a storehouse of electro-magnetic forces which veils an invisible sun that is the true source of the Sun’s power. Like all physical things, the Sun has an etheric body that underlies its tangible form. Where traditional science sees a photosphere, chromosphere, and corona, esoteric science observes a magnetic aura of varying intensities that fluctuates in regular cycles. These cycles of 22.6 years correspond to the heartbeat of our life-giving sun, and cause the increase and decrease of sunspots.
Sunspots are usually found in pairs, with one positively charged and other negatively charged. The magnetic polarity of these spots is reversed every 11.3 years with the polarity change of the Sun’s North and South Poles. During periods of magnetic inertia, these spots or vortices become invisible and seem to disappear, followed by peaks of magnetic activity and increased numbers of sunspots. Sunspots are often found in clusters, and can last from a few days to several months, with the largest spots reaching sizes many times that of the Pacific Ocean.
The spiritual and physical effects that sunspots have on humans and planet Earth are only beginning to be understood. Physical science knows that sunspots affect the Earth’s magnetosphere, and that ultraviolet radiation increases at the peak of out the sunspot cycle. Trees and plants are definitely affected by these cycles, along with our planet’s weather patterns, the proportion of sunny to cloudy days, and the temperature of the Earth’s surface.
A study of sunspot cycles will eventually show a relationship to epidemics, economic cycles, floods and earthquakes, crime, and negative stimulation of the human nervous system. The Edgar Cayce readings teach that sunspots represent the chaos and strife of humanity on Earth, reflected on the surface of the Sun above. The esoteric nature of the solar forces can be studied in The Sun Tarot card.
Edgar Cayce’s book -Astrology for the Soul, has some interesting views concerning celestial phenomena. The Denver Astronomical Society is a good source of information for local star-gazers.
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.