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Summer Solstice


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The Summer Solstice is also known as Midsummer's Day. It is the time of the year when the distance of the Sun from the equator is at its greatest. Pagans believe it is a time to celebrate the achievement of man under the guidance and protection of 'Mother Earth' and 'Bel' (hence Beltane) resulting from their mutual veneration. In ancient Celtic and Wiccan beliefs such a time and event is symbolized by the 'Cauldron' and the 'Spear'. The druids name for this solstice was Alban Heruin (literally the light of the shore).

The main focus of the Solstice is Stonehenge, the most famous prehistoric site in Europe. Over 5,000 years old this prehistoric monolith is one of the great mysteries of Britain. How were these enormous stones transported from South Wales, erected and aligned to the movements of the heavens?

Interesting Links

We have written an article on Stonehenge here.

If you want to read more about access to Stonehenge you can visit the English Heritage website here.

If you want to know more about the mystery of the stones at Stonehenge then visit the longest running Stonehenge website.

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