Traditional Revivals

Over the last half a century, a rapidly growing interest emerged in the spiritual beliefs and practices of ancient traditions around the world. This interest has been the catalyst for the formation of many new groups, all working to re-establish the spiritual heritage of the religion of the sun from their native and ethnic regions. These groups go by many different names, but can be referred to collectively as revival groups, as they are reviving ancient forms of spiritual worship and celebration of the sun.

On this page you can find a list of all the traditional revival groups we know about who celebrate the solstices and / or equinoxes. These celebrations are often held at sacred sites with solar and stellar alignments.

How to Read Websites of Revival Groups If They Are Written in a Foreign Language

Just a quick note before you dive into exploring the revival groups below:

Many of the websites of traditional revival groups listed are written in their native languages. Some sites have an option to change to an English translation (look for a little English or American flag, once clicked on the site will change to display everything in English).

For those that don’t have built-in English versions, you can easily translate their content using Google Translate.

To translate a website:

  1. Navigate to Google Translate
  2. Put the website URL of the site you want to translate into the box on the left
  3. Choose the language you would like to translate the into above the box on the right
  4. Push the blue “Translate” button.

The page will then re-load with the website translated into the language of your choice.

Find a Traditional Revival Group Near You:

Groups in Europe

Thracian Society Threskeia, Bulgaria

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Members of the revival group Threskeia celebrating the autumn equinox. Image Source: Threskeia

The Thracian Society Threskeia is an informal group of people who share common ideas, beliefs and practices connected with ancient Thracian culture. The Thracians were an early Indo-European spiritual tradition.

Threskeia participants don’t aim to return ancient ways of living, but feel that the Thracian culture contained spiritual concepts that are very applicable to contemporary living.

Thracian culture worshiped a Goddess and a Divine Son, and included traditional rituals that celebrated the sacredness of nature and its cycles as the visible manifestation of spiritual forces and principles.

Threskeia celebrate their connection with Divinity through special ceremonies they have created that are similar to Thracian celebrations from thousands of years ago. In doing so they aim to align with and become part of the same spiritual tradition as the ancient Thracians.

For more information about the Thracian Society Threskeia and the events they run, please visit Threskeia’s website (written in Bulgarian and English).

Prometheus Pyrphoros, Greece

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A photo taken at the Prometheus Pyrphoros’ 2014 summer solstice ceremony in Greece. Image source: Prometheus Pyrphoros

Prometheus Pyrphoros (which means: “Prometheus who carries the fire”), is a Greek cultural association that revives and honors the ancient traditions and rituals of Greece. Prometheus Pyrphoros organize ceremonies at the times of the solstices and equinoxes. They also run lectures, events and festivals. Solstice and equinox ceremonies are conducted in Ancient Greek.

For more information, please visit the Prometheus Porphyros website (written in Greek).

YSEE, Greece

YSEE Spring Equinox Celebration in Greece. Image source: YSEE

The Supreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes (Ypato Symboulio Ellinon Ethnikon – YSEE) was founded in 1997 with the aim of protecting and restoring the ethnic Hellenic religion, traditions and heritage, which they say are largely suppressed in modern Greek society due to institutionalized religious intolerance. YSEE is an umbrella organization, uniting a number of different ethnic Hellenic organizations.

YSEE state as part of their mission that:

“We shall work by all legal means necessary towards awakening the Greek people and securing respect, survival, natural and moral protection, restoration and honour of our monuments, symbols, ideas and living forms of ancient Hellenic Tradition in the forms of cosmoperception, philosophical thought, political perception, ethnic religion, arts, morals and customs, language, mythology, symbols etc.”

YSEE are contemporary Greeks who still respect and honour the spiritual rites and beliefs of their Hellenic ancestors. They regularly conduct seminars, educational events, public rituals and celebrations of ancient festivals such as the solstices and equinoxes, with the aim of returning to the ways of their ancient Hellenic heritage.

For more information about YSEE and their events, please visit their website (written in Greek with an English translation available).

Maras Loks, Latvia

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Maras Loks Summer Solstice Celebration. Image source: Maras Loks

The Foundation Maras Loks runs a number of activities dedicated to preserving and honoring the ancient Latvian religion of Dievturiba, so as to make the wisdom of the ancients accessible now and for future generations.

Maras Loks believe that the ethnic religion of a nation expresses its soul, and is therefore a fundamental part of its cultural heritage. The spiritual heritage of Dievturiba is based in Latvian folk-songs, which have been retained since prehistoric times, and of which there are almost one million! These songs speak of God, spiritual deities and the symbols of natural phenomena including the Sun and stars. Maras Loks also celebrate their heritage with celebrations at the solstices and equinoxes.

For more information about Maras Loks and their events, please visit their website (written in Latvian with an English translation available).

Romuva, Lithuania

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Offerings to the fire being made by the Head Priestess in a traditional Romuva Ceremony, Image Source: Romuva

The Romuva movement is based on the ethnic religious traditions and heritage of Lithuania, Latvia, and Prussia and dates back to a very distant Indo-European past. Romuva was first established as a community in 1992, when it was officially registered as the Romuva Baltic Faith Community. As well as meeting in Latvia, Romuva is also active in Canada and the United States.

During the Soviet era Romuvans had to hide their religious aspirations, and active participants were oppressed. Today however, the ancient Baltic religion is alive and well, providing satisfying spiritual experiences and knowledge to its community members.

As explained by Romuvan Head Priestess Inija Trinkuniene

“The Romuva movement is part of the movement of rebirth of ancient spiritualities in Europe. This renaissance is occurring very naturally and regularly, because its time has come. We can rejoice that the Baltics and other European nations have preserved the richest resources for this movement – their ethnic cultures, which will serve faithfully in the movement of nature worshipers in Europe.”

For more information about the Romuva movement and their events, please visit the Romuva website (written in Latvian).

Rodný Kruh, Slovakia

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Rodný kruh celebrations. Image source: Rodný Kruh

Rodný Kruh, the Native Circle, is a Slovakian community that began in the 1990s and has developed around the protection and development of the natural spirituality which is at the root of Slovak, Slavic and Indo-European cultures that are thousands of years old.

Rodný Kruh work to preserve and reestablish this spiritual identity, and to protect against globalization that they believe destroys culture, nature and harmony between peoples. They do not have formal membership, but believe that anyone who works for spiritual regeneration is their friend, irrespective of their affiliation.

For more information about Rodný Kruh and their events, please visit their website (written in Slovak).

Staroslovanská Vatra, Slovakia

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Staroslovanská Vatra dance, image source: Staroslovanská Vatra

Set along the Turcianska countryside, in a clearing surrounded by scenic mountains and nature, hundreds gather here each year to enjoy the old Slavic traditions of music, dance, and song, reviving the ancient and sacred Slovakian customs of the summer solstice.

Ceremonies are held at the sacred places where nature deities were carved into tall standing wooden totems, and celebrations continue into the evening around a massive central bonfire.

One unique feature of the location happens at sunset, where you can observe the sun setting behind the mountains, as though gently rolling down one of the mountain sides, before pausing at the next mountain’s ascent, and disappearing into the night, at which point the Old Slavic Bonfire is lit.

For more information about the Staroslovanská Vatra summer solstice, please visit their facebook page (written in Slovak).

Groups in Russia

Yarga, Russia

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A photo from a Summer Solstice celebration in Russia, conducted by the Slavic Brotherhood Yarga. Image source: Yarga

The Slavic Brotherhood Yarga (which also includes women) believe that human life is inseparable from the life of nature, and see the practice of traditional ancestral rituals as a way to help their participants remain a living part of the world.

Yarga celebrate traditional Slavic holidays at special times of the year – such as the Summer solstice – and aim to help participants to tune into the creative forces of Mother Nature. They feel that carrying out seasonal rituals with others is a sacred activity, and want to store and transmit the knowledge of the traditions of their ancestors to their descendants, so they can be retained and passed from generation to generation into the future.

For more information about Yarga and their events please visit their website here or here, or their Facebook page here (all written in Russian).

Groups in the United Kingdom & Ireland

The Druid Order, UK

The Druid Order performing a ceremony at Stonehenge. Image Source: The Druid Order

“If you would visualise your life as the passage of the Sun through the sky then you would find the harmony that you seek.”
~ A message on the website of The Druid Order

The Druid Order of the United Kingdom was founded in 1909, having also been known as The Ancient Druid Order, and The British Circle of the Universal Bond. The Druid Order use meditation as a key activity in their practice, and value direct experience over book learning.

The Druid order run Autumn and Spring equinox celebrations at sacred sites. These events are open to the public. Summer and Winter solstice ceremonies are held at venues with restricted public access, and so one must be a member of the Order to participate. The equinox ceremonies, along with public lectures in the heart of London, serve as intakes where people can learn more about Druidry and get an experience of symbology of Druid ritual and practice.

For more information about Druidry or events run by The Druid Order please visit The Druid Order website.

Groups in North America

Friends of Chaco

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Pueblo Eagle Dance, New Mexico – 1930 – 1945. A depiction of the “Eagle Dance” – a ceremony that will be performed at Chaco Canyon Summer Solstice

The Friends of Chaco Canyon is a volunteer run organization that runs activities to preserve and protect Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

Chaco Canyon is home to many structures with solar, lunar and cardinal alignments. As explained by the Friends of Chaco, other features of this once great civilization include:

“Sophisticated astronomical markers, communication features, water control devices, and formal earthen mounds which surrounded them. The buildings were placed within a landscape surrounded by sacred mountains, mesas, and shrines that still have deep spiritual meaning for their descendants.”

The Friends of Chaco are helping to revive traditional Chacoan culture by sponsoring Kitzit Dancers from Laguna Pueblo at the Summer Solstice who will be performing a traditional Pueblo Eagle Dance.

For more information about the events run at Chaco Canyon by the Friends of Chaco please visit their website.

Groups in Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand

We do not currently know of any traditional revival groups in these regions. This list is a work in progress however, and will be updated as we discover new groups.

Groups in Central & South America

Although we do not currently know of any traditional revival groups in Central or South America, there are solstice and equinox celebrations conducted at various ancient sites the public can attend. Please visit our page on attending a traditional celebration for more information.

Help Us Improve This List

This page is a continual work in progress, and will be developed over time as we discover new groups.

If you run a traditional revival group — or know of one we haven’t yet listed — and would like the group added to this page, please let us know through our contact page.

How to Attend a Traditional Celebration Run by a Revival Group

If you are interested in attending a traditional celebration run by a revival group, you can find out more about specific upcoming events and where to attend a traditional celebration here.

 

Please note: The Spiritual Sun website is not connected to any of the revival groups listed on this page. Please contact the group organizer directly if you would like more information about them or would like to attend one of their celebrations.

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