Monday 21st June at 04.32 is the Pagan Celebration of the Solstice, the moment when the sun enters the constellation of Cancer. 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!
Although there have been thousands at Stonehenge to welcome in this turning point in the year, I expect it will be ghostly silent there again in 2021. The year I went, when there were about 19,000 others, you could just drive there and enter free other than parking charges (around £15 for a car, £5 for a motorobike). It is an unforgetable experience.
In 2017-19 many have gathered at the Clandon Wood Nature Reserve (upper right) near Guildford Surrey, to watch the sunrise.
With my friends Olga and Gary hosting a solstice celebration between 04.00 & 07.00. Here are some pictures from 2017 & 2018 when 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.
You might be wondering, did we all roll around naked in the dew afterwards? If so, there are no photos ...
A similar event was planned at Clandon Wood for this year - when the UK lockdown restrictions were due to be lifted on the day but have been delayed a month - so are now cancelled.
This year, I am attending a whole day to celebrate the Summer Solstice at Harrry Edwards Healing Sanctuary in Shere, where I regularly offer Forest Bathing+ sessions in the grounds. There will be a smaller gong bath gathering, starting at 10,30, followed by a walk in their labyrinth and other festivities. I only heard at the last minute and was lucky to get a space just before they closed bookings.
By keeping aligned with the movements of our planet, communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives.
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