Solstice and Equinox Celebrations at Ancient Sites

Thousands of years ago, ancient people who practiced the religion of the sun would have held ceremonies during each of the solstices and equinoxes at ancient sites across the world. One of the aims of this project is to revive the practice of these ceremonies in these same ancient places.

On this page, we’ll be listing solstice and equinox celebrations held by Circles at ancient sites that are open to the public to attend (as this website is developing, they will be added soon).

Who conducts these celebrations?

The celebrations listed here are run independently by different Circles. You can read more about Circles here.

Who can attend a solstice and equinox celebration at an ancient site?

Anyone can go along and watch any of these celebrations, as long as the celebration is listed here. By listing their celebration here, Circles are saying that it is OK for a member of the public to travel to the celebration they are holding at an ancient site with the purpose of watching their celebration, and possibly even partaking in it.

Some Circles may prefer not to advertise the celebrations they hold at ancient sites, and in this case will not be listed here. This is so that even though the public may incidentally be at the ancient site at the same time their celebration is occurring, and may still watch, no one from the public is specifically traveling to see their celebration. This is because some Circles may want to keep their celebration more low key and not open it to participation from the public.

If you’re interested in going to see any of the celebrations listed here, you might like to go along just to watch a ceremony based on ancient principles performed at an ancient site. Or, you could even join the general participants in the ceremony to take part in singing some of the mantras as long as the Circle gives you permission. If you would like to participate, we recommend you contact the Circle ahead of time, as they will be able to talk you through any of the mantras participants will be singing etc. so that you are familiar with them before the ceremony and can better join in.

What can I expect at a celebration?

Each of the four times of year – autumn equinox, winter solstice, spring equinox, and summer solstice – have distinct spiritual meanings. As such, the celebrations for each are different to reflect their unique meanings, and incorporate different symbols, movements, readings, objects etc. However, there are some common elements that you will generally find in each celebration: the presence of fire, the presence of spiritual symbols, a sacred circle or space, the chanting of specific mantras, and readings from sacred texts. Usually a number of people in the ceremony take different roles and are dressed accordingly. Common roles are a woman who represents the divine feminine and Mother goddess. A man who represents the divine masculine and Father god. A person who represents someone with the spiritual sun/Son within. An orator who reads from sacred texts. And a number of general participants who sing mantras at different times during the celebration.

You can read more about what happens at celebrations in our Guide to Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes.

Different Circles may conduct their celebrations differently, depending on how many participants they have, and what they have decided to include.

Listing of upcoming celebrations

LISTINGS ARE COMING SOON

If you are a Circle Organizer and would like to let people know about your upcoming solstice or equinox celebration at an ancient site, then please contact us and we will list it here.

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