Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Whether or not you consider the summer solstice a religious holiday, there are lots of ways to celebrate.

Lostsocks

06/23/2007 04:58:57 PM

I've no problem with Pagans using stonehenge - though I often find them disrespectful of non-pagans during the Solstice. They should take into account that the stones are more ancient than any religion currently being practiced in the UK, and we all have a right to enjoy the stones. They are part of my country's heritage, and personally I like to stay up with friends, see the sunrise, enjoy the party, and not be hassled by people with no real connection to the ancient druids, telling me how I should behave around them.

MacchiatoAmore

07/09/2006 05:44:00 AM

except for the harsh noon sun, summer is the liviest. according to some buddhist lore, this is when the spirit world and ours are closest together. kind of like the sun and the earth, lol.

Týsson

06/22/2006 06:00:11 PM

"Tysson, but that wasn't until 1910, right?" I can't remember the date the Anglo-Saxons first encountered Stonehenge, but it was centuries earlier than that. If I'm not mistaken, the name dates to pre-Christian times so it would have been pretty early. :-)

neverland

06/22/2006 05:34:25 PM

Not sure if this helps, but here's a Stonehenge information site.

tovart

06/22/2006 03:40:21 PM

" When the Anglo-Saxons came across these ancient stones, they saw a ready made gallows. .." Tysson, but that wasn't until 1910, right?

tovart

06/22/2006 03:37:00 PM

Big guy, just because the structure predates the druids, does not mean they didn't use it --rather they didn't build it.

tovart

06/22/2006 03:35:38 PM

"There is no archelogical evidence that the druids ever used Stonehenge. The structure even predates the Druids too." Didn't Baggins just claim it wasn't built until 1910? So which is it?

NightLad

06/22/2006 02:31:06 PM

Big_Guy: My earlier point was; if you can’t get past your cultural prejudices and appreciate other people’s iconology for what it is, then why are you even posting here? Maybe you are the type of person who would walk past a Hindu wedding while eating a hamburger; you may never physically attack other cultures, but you enjoy jabbing them with displays of insensitivity. See your first comment on this message board, if you want a good example of how you go about doing that online.

Týsson

06/22/2006 09:44:54 AM

"Therefore, there is no connection between these new Druids and the old Druids." There was no connection between the builders of Stonehenge and the Anglo-Saxons who used it as a gallows either. What's your point?

Big_Guy

06/22/2006 09:24:19 AM

There is no archelogical evidence that the druids ever used Stonehenge. The structure even predates the Druids too. The point is moot anyway, since the Druids were wiped out by the Romans. Therefore, there is no connection between these new Druids and the old Druids. While Catholics may weep on the steps on the Vatican, they do have solid proof that they built it and have used it for 500 years (not counting the previous structure that occupied the hill since Constantine).

Týsson

06/22/2006 09:11:16 AM

"Why these new Druids are claiming any connection with Stonehenge is beyond me, especially since there is no proof that the Druids had anything to do with it." Stonehenge has been used by many different people for many different reasons. This is reflected, in fact, in the name itself. "Henge" is related to the word "hinge," both having the sense of something upon which another thing is hung. In this case, the name refers to hanging people from the "henge." When the Anglo-Saxons came across these ancient stones, they saw a ready made gallows. Different strokes for different folks and all that. It seems a fine place to celebrate Midsummer if you ask me.

NightLad

06/21/2006 04:29:56 PM

Stonehenge is a physical link to an ancient, undeniably pre-Abrahamic past. We can play endless guessing games with its original purposes or with who build it. But beyond all of this, the fact remains that it is a symbol to those of us who embrace the spirituality of our ancestors – by whatever name we use. Jews stand in front of the Western Wall in Israel and pray, leave notes, and find solace in touching a physical part of their past. Catholics weep while standing on the steps of the Vatican. Muslims go to Mecca on their Hajj. Many pagans find a similar spiritual connection to Stonehenge, old groves of sacred trees, and other ancient sites of spirituality. Why mock us? Does it validate your own spirituality to throw stones at a people you do not understand? How empty and without compassion your hearts must be. I feel deeply sorry for people think this way, I really do. Goddess Bless and HAPPY SOLSTICE!

gadje

06/21/2006 04:08:34 PM

b-baggins 6/21/2006 9:39:53 AM Yep, that's right. Prior to 1910, Stonehenge was just a bunch of stones lying around." Actually, the website you cite compares a painting of stonehenge from 1835 to that of a modern day photo- they look extremely similar, perhaps you should have scrolled all the way down.

Lutheran_bloke

06/21/2006 03:27:45 PM

I as a christian believe only in Judo-christian Deity, but I respect my pagan anicent view and I least wish to leanr about them since they were once in my family pasted. Happy Solstice to my pagan friend and my brothers & sisters in the human race. May God bless you and your always amen.

gadje

06/21/2006 02:48:08 PM

b-baggins 6/21/2006 9:39:53 AM I always get a chuckle out of the people celebrating at Stonhenge." And I'm sure they get a chuckle out of people who visit Mt. Sinai, nazareth, or golgotha.

b-baggins

06/21/2006 01:23:00 PM

sceptical, No problem: Here you go: http://www.ufos-aliens.co.uk/cosmicstonehenge.htm That's a debunking website. The original source for the material and photos is given at the end of the website. For what it's worth, the Council of British Archaeology maintains that the rebuilding was actually a restoration of what the site was supposed to look like according to their best guesses.

scepticalthinker

06/21/2006 11:43:26 AM

b-baggins - could you please provide some type of verifiable proof of the assertion that archeologist "rebuilt" Stonehenge in 1910, such as a reference to a newspaper story at that time, or a cite from an archeological magazine for example. I have never heard of this and would be very interested in learning where you got this information. Thank you.

Big_Guy

06/21/2006 10:36:19 AM

Wasn't stonehenge damaged the last time one of these events happened? I met people when I was traveling that couldn't get near stonehenge. The Druids were also wiped out by the Romans over 1700 years ago. Why these new Druids are claiming any connection with Stonehenge is beyond me, especially since there is no proof that the Druids had anything to do with it.

b-baggins

06/21/2006 09:39:53 AM

I always get a chuckle out of the people celebrating at Stonhenge. I'll bet none of them realize the site was built around 1910. Yep, that's right. Prior to 1910, Stonehenge was just a bunch of stones lying around. British archaeologists basically said: I'll bet this was a primitive observatory that tracked the sun's movements. They then brought in cranes and tractors and re-assembled th thing so it would do precisely that.

fromoz

06/21/2006 12:44:04 AM

In this part of the World, Huey, the God of Sun, sand and surf is having a snooze while Frosty the Snowman is hard at work. But soon we will have our shortest day, and after a welcomed break from Summer, we will once again look forward to Huey's return. A happt Solstice to all those who hold it in their hearts.

Gwyddion9

06/20/2006 08:59:32 PM

i find myself more concerned about the number of people celebrating the Solstice at stonehenge. while i'd love to be there for the morning sunrise, i find myself concerned at the sheer number of people and hope that they are careful and respectfull of the place. the land and henge are fragile. i don't like seeing pictures of people climbing on the stones. it just concerns me. A blessing to all on Litha/MidSummer. May the Lady and Lord smile on all and bless your magicks.

Big_Guy

06/20/2006 07:14:16 PM

Happy Feast of St. John the Baptist!

Windsinger

06/26/2005 07:25:10 PM

Um. Stonehenge is aligned with a solstice, true.......

Cusidh

06/21/2005 02:33:25 PM

Blessed be, all. Have a good Solstice. :)

davidchai

06/21/2005 12:10:38 AM

Have a Joyous and Blessed MidSummer/Summer Solstice everyone. Blessed Be and Merry Meet.

Gwyddion9

06/20/2005 10:24:47 PM

Wishing all the blessings of the Goddess and God!!! it's a wonderful time for divination and working magick. May they keep you and bless. Happy Midsummer/Litha. Ron

mreap

06/24/2002 03:42:03 PM

Tom44438 - it gets hotter because of a time lag. Think of the Earth as a heat sponge. It absorbs the heat and then slowly dissipates the heat over days/months. You can see this demonstrated on a smaller scale every 24hrs - take note of when the day's "low" temp occurs. Usually many hours past sunset. Ditto solstice/day length/summer heat.

BobbiCW

06/24/2002 09:02:36 AM

Well now, I'm a Christian... And you know what that means! The only thing I have to say is... Happy Solstice everyone! A joyous celebration to you all!

Archers_Magick

06/23/2002 01:40:15 PM

Merry Meet! Have a great time at Litha, fellow Witches!! Blessed Be! Archer

Tom44438

06/23/2002 02:28:51 AM

Why does it get hotter right after the days start getting shorter? Global warming? CFC pollution? Bovine methane emissions?

gwydionoak

06/22/2002 09:27:38 AM

Happy Litha, everyone! Enjoy!

Celticgirl

06/21/2002 11:48:20 PM

Happy Solstice, everyone! Blessed Be!

aeryun

06/21/2002 04:50:05 PM

Happy Solstice!!

Calico

06/21/2002 04:46:41 PM

Happy Solstice!

Contrary_Asteria

06/21/2002 04:02:42 PM

Happy Solstice everyone! :o)

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