Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) was the consummate Renaissance man. He was a physician, musician, priest, astrologer, mystic, and vegetarian. As the protégée of Cosimo de Medici, one of the most powerful men in Renaissance Europe, Ficino’s work had a profound impact on the direction of the Italian Renaissance and on European thought in general.
But Ficino was more than a scholar and philosopher. He was also an accomplished magician. In these times of crisis, we can do no better than to heed his step-by-step plan to care for our body and soul using the healing powers of the Sun.
According to Ficino, the Sun is the image of the ‘heart’ of all life and especially that of our psyche. As such, the Sun symbolizes insight and imagination, those qualities considered to be uniquely human. Thus solar energy is associated with consciousness, rational thought, and the pursuit of honor – the ‘higher Self’ –the wind vane that directs our key decisions. Most importantly, the sun is associated with the divinity of spirit in all things, bringing them to life, fertilizing them, and providing all that is necessary to thrive and grow.
To cultivate solar energies, avoid all things sad and dusky.
Instead, take care to warm your heart with cordial and joyful things. Overexposure to the sun can dry you out, so please do use it with caution.
Cultivate solar energies through solemn music, all things gold colored, nutmeg, heliotrope, myrrh, honey, crocus, corn, cinnamon, aloes, lions, swans, beetles, and chickens. Visualize a king on a throne in a yellow garment, along with a raven and the form of the sun.
Light is prized above all else.
‘Nothing recalls the nature of goodness more than light.’ Plato compared the Sun to God himself, and Ficino agreed, teaching that man could best know the virtue and divinity of God through the light of the Sun.