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Saturday, 21 June 2008
Summer Solstice


I arrived at Stonehenge about one hour before the 4:44 am sunrise and made my way to the inner circle. This was a privilege (shared today by many thousands of play pagans) as normally the guardians of the site (English Heritage) restrict access to the footpath which runs around the perimeter of Stonehenge. There was an eclectic bunch of people there, all choosing to experience and interpolate in one of many different ways.

The glow beyond the stones in the photograph is provided by the artificial lighting provided by English Heritage: “ambient light ... in the interests of public safety”. Most thoughtfully, the lights were “systematically turned off as dawn approached”.

There was not to be a dramatic (Hollywood-style) dawn with a ray of sunlight cutting a shaft into the stone circle. I have my doubts that this would occur in the best of weather, despite the endeavours of the man next to me to demonstrate the principle using his fingers. As it was we attained enlightenment through the ambient glow of clouds and rain.

Posted by bigblue on 21/06/2008 at 06:22 AM
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