Saturday 20th June at 22.44 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 in 2020. 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.
More recently 20-30 of us have gathered at the Clandon Wood Nature Reserve near Guildford Surrey, to watch the sunrise. With my friends Olga and Gary hosting a solstice celebration between 04.00 & 07.00. Here are pictures from 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. Photo below from 2017 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 ...
This year, they are hosting a virtual gong bath via Zoom so I won't have to be up quite so early as I'll only need to find my way downstairs into my lounge. If you fancy attending a virtual gong bath this year from 05.30 on Sunday 21st June, Gary may still have vacancies left (£11). See the Alchemy of Sound Meet-up.
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.
Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, Joanna offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.
A number of virtual courses are now ready and a selection are starting again this month, including Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 (which is now fully available as interactive training modules) details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.
Saturday 20th June – Thursday 2nd July is the Bootids Meteor Shower, predicted to be less active this year, peaking on Friday 26th June (see Blog entry under 26th June). For advance notification (before the 26th June Blog is published) see June Celestial Forecast.
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