Thursday 21st June at 11.07 is the Pagan Celebration of the Solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, it's the Summer Solstice viewed as the triumph of light, the ecstatic culmination of the sun, yet the start of growing darkness. Old traditions included: Making a bonfire on a hilltop, sing, drink, laugh and time of merry-making. Processions with torches and lanterns, rolling wheel down hill to mark the start of the sun’s descent, blessing cakes and wine, waiting for the dawn and greeting the sun when it rises, sleeping by a spring, rolling naked in the dew of the summer sunrise!
This year around 40 of us gathered at the Clandon Wood Nature Reserve to watch the sunrise:-
We enjoyed an amazing sunrise with a mystical cloud formation over the horizon.
After sunrise (officially 04.46 although it was getting light at around 4am), we enjoyed a guided meditation followed by a gong bath courtesy of Gary Evans and Olga Terebenina, Holistic Healing Therapy. Photo below from last year when there were less of us.
You might be wondering, did we all roll around naked in the dew afterwards? If so, there are no photos ...
Thursday 21st June – Monday 2nd July is the Bootids Meteor Shower, predicted to be less active this year, peaking on Thursday 28th June (see Celestial Forecast entry under 28th June).