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#1 Unread post by mogster » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:30 pm

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I live within an hour's ride of the famous Stonehenge, but haven't gone up for the Summer Solstice gathering because it attracts too many people for my comfort. I have been up for Winter Solstice which is a much more intimate crowd.

Tonight is wet & cloudy so unfortunately there won't be much of a sunrise anyway, (due in about 30 mins).

The picture (not mine), is taken at Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides. It is thought they are 3,000 yrs old! Probably older than Stonehenge (& Scottish)!

I am Hebridean by bloodline on both sides but have not yet been to Lewis. To go for Solstice would be a dream come true!

Maybe one day.............
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#2 Unread post by mogster » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:27 pm

Guess there aren't many Celts or Pagans on this forum?
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#3 Unread post by ceemes » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:26 pm

mogster wrote:Guess there aren't many Celts or Pagans on this forum?

....there are a few of us, but it a busy time right now, what with the dancing naker around the oak trees, the endless orgies, all that wine needing to be quaffed, plus trying to find a virgin to sacrafice is a bugger these days...... :devil:
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#4 Unread post by Wrider » Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:07 pm

Ha, I'm not either, just didn't post because I honestly don't know enough about all of that to post. That said, happy Solstice!
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#5 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:01 am

mogster wrote:...famous Stonehenge, but haven't gone up for the Summer Solstice gathering because it attracts too many people for my comfort. I have been up for Winter Solstice which is a much more intimate crowd.

I am Hebridean by bloodline on both sides but have not yet been to Lewis. To go for Solstice would be a dream come true!

Maybe one day.............
Funny enough Andrea and I were at the Summer Solstice 2 years ago at Stonehenge, had to wait till 11:30pm before it got dark and we arrived at 5pm-ish. Andrea's parents were visiting and they wanted to see it, we heard the traffic would be mad, and it was! But leaving around 1am, there were still 25 MILES of cars waiting to get in!

I have some photos of that so let me upload them into the our UK gallery and post them here..

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#7 Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:19 pm

Being at the solstice evening was very magical. We didn't stay the night for the sunrise, it was too cold, too many people around, etc. But being there for a handful of hours and watching the sun going down was amazing. Something we will remember forever. :mrgreen:
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#8 Unread post by jstark47 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:13 pm

mogster wrote:Guess there aren't many Celts or Pagans on this forum?
I'm Celtic enough but not in the least Pagan.
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#9 Unread post by Loonette » Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:14 pm

Happy (belated) Solstice!! It's one of my least celebrated sabbats (Beltane is my absolute favorite, followed by Samhain, and then the Winter Solstice). Blessed be!

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#10 Unread post by mogster » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:13 am

Happy Harvest

The Autumn equinox is celebrated in the Northern hemisphere between 21st & 24th September.

There are three festivals commonly known as Lammas - Mabon - Samhain

Like many ancient celebrations these have been co opted into the Christian calendar & are often known as Harvest Festivals.

As a child we were invited to take fOod to church & I guess as my parents were country born we usually tried to take fresh home grown produce to represent harvest.
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#11 Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:24 pm

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mogster wrote:Guess there aren't many Celts or Pagans on this forum?

....there are a few of us, but it a busy time right now, what with the dancing naker around the oak trees, the endless orgies, all that wine needing to be quaffed, plus trying to find a virgin to sacrafice is a bugger these days...... :devil:

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#12 Unread post by mogster » Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:22 pm

Happy Winter Solstice or Yule. :D

The sun :sunshine: will rise here in about 4 hours but it is so damp & drizzly I doubt it will be much of a sunrise. We celebrated last night with a lovely family meal hosted by our local Indian restaurant. For the first time in years we haven't had a bonfire, but I did light some candles.

The ancient Norse lit a log :flame: on the eve of the winter solstice that burnt for 12 days, just in case the sun did not rise in the morning. From that we now have the tradition of a chocolate cake! :wink: :laughing:
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#13 Unread post by Loonette » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:42 pm

Right back at 'cha!! Blessed Be today and every day.

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#14 Unread post by Trobairitz » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:47 pm

Happy Solstice everyone.

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