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Winter Solstice 2014 at Stonehenge – details

Winter Solstice is one of the 8 major festivals celebrated by Pagans, Witches, Ritual Magicians, and generally Esoteric & New Age people!   And in the UK, Stonehenge (ancient neolithic stone monument) is one of the places where people of all beliefs gather to mark this festival.. thanks to English Heritage – who owns and allows access to people..  Normally visitors are allowed to only walk around the Stonehenge (after gaining entry by paying a ticketed fee)…But at Summer Solstice & Winter Solstice, they allow people to enter into the stones.. to worship, commune, attune, mark and celebrate the event.

Stonehenge  photo (c) Mani Navasothy
Stonehenge photo (c) Mani Navasothy

Here is the info, taken from English Heritage website, pertaining to the coming Winter Solstice event.

Note: Sun enters the Sign of Capricorn at 23:00hrs on 21st December 2014, so the nearest morning for celebrating Winter Solstice (Pagan festival of Yule) is on Monday 22nd December 2014…when Stonehenge access is open.

Bright Solar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

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English Heritage will once again welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am on Monday 22 December and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. Please be aware that parking is very limited and there is a thirty minute walk, in low light, from the parking areas to the monument.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY FOR WINTER SOLSTICE

These conditions of entry are written to ensure enjoyment and public safety for everyone. Contravention of any of these conditions may result in entry being refused or your removal from Stonehenge. English Heritage reserves the right to refuse entry. Stonehenge is a sacred site to many. Please respect it and please respect each other.

Managed Open Access
English Heritage is pleased to be providing managed open access to Stonehenge for the Winter Solstice. Please help us to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the conditions of entry and guidelines. We have a duty of care to ensure public safety and are responsible for the protection of Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments. If we are to ensure that future access is sustainable, it is essential that everyone observes and abides by these conditions of entry.

Admission to Stonehenge
Monument Field opens 07:45 (7.45am) Monday 22nd December (approximately, depending on light levels)

Monument Field closes 10:00 hours (10am) Monday 22nd December

Parking is extremely limited and the area you park in may be a 30 minute walk/1.5 miles from the monument

Please Be Aware

Stonehenge is situated in a field and the weather will be cold and possibly wet. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

Toilets in the Monument Field will only be available once the access period begins.

There are no catering facilities.

Conditions of Entry

Stonehenge is a world renowned historic monument and it is seen by many who attend as a sacred site. Amplified music is inappropriate and will not be permitted

Only small amounts of alcohol for personal use will be permitted on site.
Drunken, disorderly, and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Offenders will be ejected by security staff or police, with no re-admission.

Illegal drugs are prohibited at Stonehenge. The police will be on site during the access period and will take immediate action against anyone breaking the law.

Glass is not allowed at the Monument as many people walk barefoot and livestock and wildlife graze in the area. Any glass items will be confiscated.

Do not climb or stand on any of the stones. This includes the stones that have fallen. This is in the interests of safety, the protection of this special monument and respect for those attending.

Camping, fires, Chinese lanterns, fireworks, candles, tea-lights or BBQs are prohibited at Stonehenge, in the parking areas, and anywhere in the surrounding National Trust land.

Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy  -
Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy –

Links

English Heritage – Winter Solstice 2014

Condition of entry to Stonehenge

Yule Rites – eBook by Mani Navasothy 

Yule Rites: A new book on Winter Ceremonies & Rituals.

Yule Rites  by Manivannan Navasothy – NEW Book Out now.  Over 50 pages – explores the the symbols, ceremonies and traditions of Winter Solstice rituals.   Includes 3 full and varied rituals that anyone in a pagan group or coven can do, or facilitate as an Open Ritual.

 download this FREE within the next 3-4 days. It will be available in Amazon Kindle soon).

Visit Witchcraft and Magic website  (also available at Pagan Frontiers of London)

Preface:

Somewhere between Magic, Religion & Science lies reality and life itself.

Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy 2012 - exploring the symbols, ceremonies and traditions of Winter Solstice rituals.
Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy 2012 – exploring the symbols, ceremonies and traditions of Winter Solstice rituals.

And Yule Rites (Winter Solstice Ceremonies) have always been about the Hope and celebration of Life, Light and renewal of Hope  – at the darkest hour.  And dare I say – the months leading to this moment have been getting darker, in real terms as well as on a personal level.  Like icebergs, huge chunks of my life have broken off and fallen into the cold Abyss.  It may be because of stellar influences – like the Uranus-Pluto oppositions that are with us on and off between 2012 to 2015, or a cumulative result of some intense Eclipse magical works I did.

Or perhaps, the World really is going through a major shift on 21st December 2012 – the supposed end date of the previous Mayan Calendar, and what we are all experiencing are those re-birth pangs!  Which brings us back to Winter Solstice – and rebirth of the Sun-child.

Included in its entirety are 3 Yule/Winter Rituals, which I had personally wrote and enacted in 2004, 2008 & 2011. So you are not just reading a book on Yule Rites, but have the choice of actually doing some rituals – and riding on the energy streams which have been created already by those rituals.  Photographs of those rituals & set-ups will be on slide show presentation on my websites, so you can take a look at what we did, and gain more ideas.

This particular project (Yule Rites) originally started as a Webinar to be broadcasted for December 2011, following on from our Halloween & Samhain webinar on  31st October 2011.  However, the Solar & Lunar Eclipses of November took much of my focus (that’s resulted in several Astrology Webinar, and 2 Books.. so far!) So I am pleased to finally complete the `Yule Rites’, albeit in a book form!  And guess what? As per the original idea of sharing knowledge openly in a Webinar, this book is initially free for any and all to download. And then it becomes available as an eBook for purchase on popular online portals.

What started out as a very short Guide, just a few pages to hand out on websites for new comers to Paganism at each seasonal festive time, has grown into what you see here. So I am not just pleased, but very pleased in deed.

As always, I’d be very happy to hear form you – comments & constructive criticisms, and even suggestions of what Guides & books you might like to see me publish. Under the Gaian Times Social Enterprise Initiative, we have plan to start publishing `your’ books too! So get writing!  It’s the perfect time for birth of new ideas and ventures!!

Best Wishes & Bright Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(December 2012.  London, UK)

Contents

1.  Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft.

2. Yule Rites – Symbolism, Traditions & Ritual practises of Mid-Winter.

Sun Gods from around the World.

Sun Cycle: Earth orbit & the Seasons.

Dark Days of Winter & Equation of Time.

Rebirth of Sun:  Myths & Rituals.

Druid Rituals at Stonehenge (England, UK).

Battle of the Holly & Oak Kings and ritual killing of Wren.

New Beginnings & New Year Resolutions.

Yule Log & Fire.

Mistletoe – between the worlds.

3. Sun Worship at Winter.

Hindus:  Sooriya & Festival of Pongal

Mayas & Aztecs: Tonatiuh &  Inti

Egyptian: Ra, Horus & Isis.

Mithras of the Romans.

Festival of Saturnalia.

4. Christmas Connections.

25thDecember : Christianising  the Pagan Festival

Virgin Mother.

X’mas tree.

Dis-integration: Satanising an old God.

Saint Nicholas:  Green vs Red Santa (the media rewrite!).

5. Yule Rituals & Magical Work.

Ritual words & communication with your Deities.

a) A  Wiccan Coven Yule Ritual (2011).

b) A Public Winter Solstice Ritual with Sky-God & Earth-Goddess (2008).

c) An Egyptian themed Winter Solstice Ritual with Isis & Horus  (2004).

6. References.: Books & Websites.

7.  Articles & Online Resources.

Appendix 1: What is Paganism?.

Appendix 2:   8 Major Pagan Festivals.

Appendix 3: Pagan symbols.

Appendix 4:  Concerns of Satanism, Devil worship & Human Sacrifices.

Appendix  5.  Online Resources.

Appendix  6.  Other Publications by the same author .

For other books by Mani Navasothy, please visit Mani’s Amazon Author Page here.

Kindle Books by Mani Navasothy. Available for purchase now.
Kindle Books by Mani Navasothy. Available for purchase now.