- June 6, 2020 at 7:06 pm #10995
Awens to All:
What does anyone have planned for Summer Solstice? Has the Gathering at The Stonehenge been Cancelled by English Heritage?
I might pop off for another Camping Trip to my Favorite Spot since the Pandemic Issue will prevent any Gatherings.
3X3June 6, 2020 at 7:09 pm #10997
What I have heard Dave is that English Heritage have cancelled the solstice celebrations this year. I have heard that there will be online streaming of the solstice sunrise from around 4.54am if you are up that early. This should be on Facebook I think. But I am not completely sure, it could be on their website.June 6, 2020 at 8:02 pm #10998
Basic plan is to get up early, go outside, face the direction of the rising sun and do some drumming – aided no doubt by a very strong cup of morning tea. Then at sunset, do more or less the same facing the setting sun. Just hope my neighbours won’t mind.:-D
The solstice is Saturday June 20th this year, you can check sunrise and sunset times locally online.
The celebrations at Stonehenge have indeed been cancelled.
/|\June 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm #10999
That is a real shame, but it is more or less what I suspected would happen this year. I believe that celebratiosn everywhere have been cancelled so it stay at home for all of us, I’m afraid. Let us know how your drumming day goes.June 9, 2020 at 12:43 am #11017
I might go off for another spot of Camping.
3X3June 9, 2020 at 12:05 pm #11027
Well, Dave, I hope you have a good camping trip, wherever you may decide to go.June 10, 2020 at 11:17 am #11042GreywolfKeymaster
The summer solstice gathering at Stonehenge has indeed been cancelled due to Covid restrictions, though the sunrise will be live-streamed online by English Heritage. Go to: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/things-to-do/solstice/
The Gorsedd of Bards of Cor Gawr, the group we founded back in the 1990s to allow peaceful access to Stonehenge for seasonal celebrations, normally gathers there on Midsummer’s Day, June 24th. Due to Covid, their gathering has also been cancelled this year. See: https://bards.org.uk/events/
The reason the Gorsedd gathers on Midsummer’s Day and not at the solstice is explained on my ‘Greywolf’s Lair’ blog. Briefly, all the evidence from across Europe and the British Isles and throughout recorded history tells us that Midsummer was celebrated a few days after the solstice, on the first day when the Sun’s rising position on the horizon begins to move again. For more on Midsummer traditions and how come so many Pagans now celebrate the solstice instead of Midsummer, check out my blog: https://greywolf.druidry.co.uk/2015/06/merry-midsummer/
Greywolf /|\June 11, 2020 at 9:04 am #11073
Thank you Greywolf. That (link) was very interesting.
The Cornish festival of Golowan and the Mazey Day celebrations mark the midsummer period with fireworks and fire-related events and there are also the serpent dancing traditions. Sadly, a lot of these old traditions died out in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, but many are being/have now been revived again and they’re always a lot of fun.
/|\June 15, 2020 at 6:56 pm #11134
I am definitely off Camping to my Favorite Site.
When I come back, I will have some Pictures for you all to check out and I have a Special Summer Solstice Present for the BDO that I am going to distribute on Sunday Afternoon when I get back from my Camping.
You guys will Love my Present!
3X3June 18, 2020 at 2:02 pm #11162ClaerParticipant
We have built our own small stone circle in a space, surrounded by trees we planted at the bottom of our garden. We will be celebrating with a fire in our fire pit in the centre. Stay up all night and see sunrise, make offerings and have a home grown feast with some mead from our bees.
This is usual for us….not just due to covid 19 🙂June 21, 2020 at 6:56 pm #11214
Just to let you know, I decided not to drum in the morning. I thought it might be a little inconsiderate to my neighbours, so I sat and watched the sun rise in the NE and meditated with the sounds of the dawn chorus, just me, birds, clouds and sky. The dawn chorus was absolutely amazing and the pale red light giving away to the bright yellow sun as it rose was something to behold.
In the evening, I made a fire and did some drumming with the sunset. All in all, it was a quiet solstice but a very thought-provoking one. I couldn’t help but wonder how many people the sun had “looked down on” throughout time and if the sun could speak, what tales she would tell. I lit a candle just before dawn and it kept going all day, surprisingly, and from that candle I also lit my incense and the evening fire. I also had my smooth piece of Preseli blue stone that I placed to catch the first rays of the sun. So, a little improvised I do admit, but the best I could manage this year.
/|\June 22, 2020 at 4:20 pm #11223
Thank you for letting me know Dowrgi. I stayed at home this year but did the best I could. It was not really the same but I suppose that there was no way to change that. I was a little underwhelmed by the online live stream from Stonehenge, we did not get to see the actual sunrise or sunset. I noticed that some people held a ceremony just outside of the stones, I wonder whether that was allowed. I might do something for Midsummer to make up for it.June 22, 2020 at 6:20 pm #11226
Hi David. You’re welcome. I did remember that you’d asked me to let you know. My neighbours are nice and never complain, but drumming at the crack of dawn might have provoked their ire somewhat and so I thought it would be better to leave the drumming until later. 😀
I didn’t bother with the live stream to be honest, I mean, the sun was rising outside my house and the way I look at it is that you don’t need to be at Stonehenge, just get out there and look towards the horizon. Admittedly, Stonehenge and other sites do have their magic, but the real magic was watching the spectrum of colours going from pale pink, to red to yellow and gold and an amazing dawn chorus.
I’m thinking of doing something for Midsummer too, it’s a working weekday, though, so that’s also a bit limiting.
/|\July 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm #11391SaraParticipant
I was at home for the summer solstice, I live in France, and at dusk a male and female stag beetle flew right by me where I was stood next to an oak tree. They landed on a small laurel bush that had 3 pink flowers on it and crawled under a leaf and joined together, presumably mating. Then three other male stag beetles flew over, one hovering in front of me checking me out, and they landed at the foot of the laurel and began circling it, they’d missed out on the female! They were still there when it was dark and I couldn’t see anymore. After this I lay on the grass looking up at the stars, my cats were beside me so I had good company.
Solstice dawn I was up early and opened the curtains and saw 13 bats come in to roost behind the shutter, some of them took several attempts to slip into the small gap between the shutter and the wall. Then 13 minutes after sunrise with the sun’s first rays on the barley field down the hill, a deer ran from east to west along the edge of the field.
So although quiet it was an eventful solstice!July 9, 2020 at 8:57 pm #11402
Awens to All:
On June 17th, I accidentally knocked over glass of Water onto my Computer and Shorted Out my Keyboard. So it is not until now that I have been able to get my Computer Cleaned Out and Restored.
Anyways, here is my Summer Solstice Gift to You All:
This is the Herbology E-Book that I worked on for a few years since 2010 and managed to get it E-Published onto Internet Archive Website. It covers the History of Herbs and Famous Herbologists, How to Grow & Use Herbs, what Herbs are good for various Ailments then a section of about 280 Herbs and what Health Benefits they are good for.
It is a Free Download from Word Document Format.
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