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Stonehenge in UK – Summer Solstice Observance

Experience the Summer Solstice solar alignments at Stonehenge, UK

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Summer Solstice 2005: nearly 20,000 people gathered to observe the sunrise. Photo by Andrew Dunn

What: Summer Solstice Observance

Where: Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom

When: Summer Solstice   Time: Sunrise, Midday & Sunset

Hemisphere: Northern

About: More than twenty thousand people gather every year to observe the spectacular alignments of the summer solstice at Stonehenge, a megalithic stone circle dating back 3000 to 2000 BC with stone markers that shape the site into a Celtic cross as seen here. On this day, the site is open free of charge for people of all walks of life to experience and witness firsthand the incredible cosmic elements incorporated into the architecture of Stonehenge. Its most well-known alignment being at sunrise as the sun passes through the two heel stones.  However there are also alignments at midday and sunset.

Amidst the large crowd of modern festivities, the Druid Order will perform three rituals on the summer solstice at Stonehenge.

From their website:

The ceremony is divided into three parts, Midnight, Dawn and Noon. Midnight is about becoming nothing out of which all things grow. Dawn is about light rising up the fruit bearing stalk (the spinal column). At noon we celebrate our highest achievements followed by sharing the fruits of our endeavours.

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Druids celebrating rituals at Stonehenge (22 June 2007)

Below is a video snippet from the 2015 Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

A Note About Visiting Ancient Sites:
Please be mindful and respectful of the ancient sites.  Treat them with care as to not disturb them, damage them or remove anything from them. Help protect these incredible sites so that they can continue to stand the test of time.

Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact English Heritage directly or visit their website if you would like more details about this event. For information on the Druid ceremonies, please contact the Druid Order.

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2 Comments

  • I went along to this event in 2004 & 2005. It was the first time I’d seen the stones and it was a really special experience. A huge variety of people are there to celebrate the sunrise – from modern-day Druids to the Hare Krishna’s, with some people there just for the party I’m sure! It’s very intense and a bit frenetic, there’s no amplified music but hundreds of drums and lots of dancing – I think the commentator’s use of ‘revelers’ is appropriate for a lot of people there! When it got too much for me I sat alone at a distance and watched from afar, I remember hares and skylarks. So don’t be put off by the party – peace and quiet can be found and there’s a really good feeling between people. If you’re in the UK, I’d highly recommend this experience!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience Ella. Although there may be a lot of modernity and ‘reveling’ on site, it seems impossible to drown out a monument of this scope in a region that is so rich and old with the worship of the sun. From hearing about the experiences people have had there, Stonehenge has a way to really spark that interest and curiosity to a very timeless spirituality regardless of faith, belief or disbelief.

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