Calendar of the Sun
Colors: Red, orange, yellow, gold
Altar: Set with a handwoven cloth in solar colors into which is woven a great sun, and place
upon is fire-colored dragons and a figure of Amaterasu the Sun Goddess, and many candles.
Offerings: Rice crackers, cooked rice dyed with saffron, paper origami figures.
Daily Meal: Japanese food, preferably with at least one dish in bright colors.
Invocation to Amaterasu
Queen of the Sky
Giver of Life
To our entire world
Weaver of sunbeams
Into golden robes of finery
Which you drape over us
Each time we emerge
Into your sacred light.
Laugh, Queen of Day!
Laugh and let your delicate
Fingers play across our eyes
That we may blink, and sting
The tears from them,
And open them again to see
Your golden world break
Over the eastern horizon.
Chant: Omikami Omikami Arigato Omikami
(Each person takes a candle and a procession is led from the room, which divides into several
groups. Each group goes to a different room in the building and shines the light of their candle
into all dark places, corners, closets, under beds and in drawers, bringing light and the gaze of
Amaterasu into all places. Then the candles are returned to Her altar to burn down, and are not
snuffed until sunset.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]