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Date & Time for Summer Solstice 2016 (and visiting Stonehenge, UK)

From an astrological point of view,  Summer Solstice is when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer. This year, it takes place on Monday 20th June 2016, at 10:34pm GMT (11:34pm British Summer Time).    However the first Sunrise after this is celebrated – as usual – at Stonehenge the next morning.  on Tuesday 21st June 2016, at 4:42am (Brit.Summer Time).

Midsummer- stonehenge & cancer  june 2016.jpg

Access to Stonehenge:

I’ve found out that the Carpark & access to Stonehenge (free to all subject to T&C) is from 7pm the night before (monday 20th June). Full info from English Heritage site copied/ added below with links for your own confirmation.   People will be ushered out by 8am next morning (after Sunrise has been observed)..and car park will close at 12noon.

I shall be heading that way to celebrate, drum and greet sunrise, and take a few photos/ videos..and perhaps do a personal ceremony with few friends..  I’ll share pictures afterwards here on my blog.   Meanwhile, here’s a Video I made from my Midsummer visit to Stonehenge last year (2015).

You can view the video in full size at my Youtube channel of course at  Gaian2012 Esoteric Channel

Bright Solar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

 

Here’s that info from English Heritage about their guides, Terms & Conditions  

Taken from English Heritage website for this event

“English Heritage is pleased to provide free Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for Summer Solstice 2016 and ask that if you are planning to join us for this peaceful and special occasion that you follow these Conditions of Entry. These are written to ensure enjoyment and safety for everyone attending Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.

Please note to reduce risk to those attending and to the monument itself, alcohol is not permitted in the monument field during Summer Solstice.MONDAY 20 JUNE
Access to monument field – 7pm
Sunset – 9:26pm

TUESDAY 21 JUNE
Sunrise – 4:52am
Monument field closes – 8am

The Solstice Car Park opens at 7pm on 20th June with last admissions at 6am (or when full, if earlier) on 21st June. The car park will close at 12 noon on 21st June.

ADMISSION, PARKING AND PLANNING YOUR JOURNEY

Admission to the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge is free of charge, however please note that parking fees apply.
We strongly recommend travelling by public transport or arranging to car share. Help with planning your journey and accomodation can be found on the pages below, along with other helpful advice if you are planning to come to Summer Solstice.

PARKING FEES

Cars, motorhomes, live-in vehicles & private-hire minibuses £15
Motorbikes £5
Commercial coaches & minibuses £50

Stonehenge Debate – Has it gone past the Fall-by Date?

Some sharp thoughts here… so be seated firmly.. 🙂

Some years ago..after a visit to Stonehenge I was devastated by the rubbish & people standing on stones etc. My friends & I collected about 20 bags of rubbish ourselves that time.

Mani Navasothy at Stonehenge - for Summer Solstice 2015   (photo (c) MN)
Mani Navasothy at Stonehenge – for Summer Solstice 2015 (photo (c) MN)

I even went around so angry that I set about doing some `closing pentagrams’. Months later I realised the ego of my self.. and went again to do an open-pentagram at quarters. (for my own peace sake.if nothing else).

Am at a place in life right now..where ..while I do respect ancient things/ material things.. I also feel that none of it matters in a deeper sense of our spirituality. Mine is no longer so tied to material things..and I begin to see the magic that people add ..when they make much merriment at a place like this..

Preserving something that is falling apart by the passing of time amounts to a death/ decay cult..

Ancient man built whatever he / she could with whatever cutting edge technology he had;     Great!!

Humankind has so much technology NOW to erect / build such magnificent monuments & temples… of OUR times..  yet all we see are giant skyscrapers.. NO NEW magnificent Temples..    What does it say about us?   (0and a few thousand people pinning about stones that are past their fall-by-dates..  Those old decaying monuments are kept up by concrete & metal under it.. There is no undisturbed magical continuity.   Modern technology has already permeated and polluted it ..  ).

Sp I’d rather see mass merriment at stonehenge… let people experience it…let them drum, dance, smoke whatever, eat. let them enjoy it..

If the stones really are magical and powerful.. then they will do their magic on the people attending..and those people’s live be transformed..

And the stones will survive..   But if there is no magic in them…  then they are just old artefacts..art pieces …  magical husks..   What’s feeding them is the power of people who are dancing about them..  not the other way around..

So I say.. Let the stones fall.. grind to rubble and dust.. let stars and people burn and be ashes..

That is what every religion says..    They all say  reaching God/ Goddess is more important than worshipping material things.. (and stonehenge is a material thing…magnificent..but still a material thing.  The moss / lichen on it is not 100s of years old…  it’s organic..  it’s new growth..   just like every bits of the human body regenerates every 3-5 months..  There ae no 50 year old cells in the body of a 50 year old human!)

Nothing lasts forever…nothing should..   Only Souls & Spirits matter 🙂

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps. I posted this `Note’  on my facebook wall and created a storm of a debate. I shall select a few responses (preserve the identity of postee) and share below under `comments’  in a day ..

-Mani

Midsummer – some astro-graphics and Solstice thoughts!

Here are some astrology-based graphics to mark Midsummer solstice today!  (21st June 2013).

Summer solstice 2013 data -Mani Navasothy
Summer solstice 2013 data -Mani Navasothy

 

Everyone seems to celebrate the Sun rise  (which is at 3.43 am GMT in London)..   I suppose it marks the beginning of the longest day…But for me more important is the fact that Sun enters the sign of Cancer at 5.04am gmt….which marks the moment of Summer Solstice!

Also everyone seem to think about woods, stonehenges and great bonfires….but tend to forget…this is the day that the Sun enters Cancer…and Cancer is a water sign..and more significantly…the `home grounds’ of the Moon! So it’s a day when Sun enters the house of the Moon! In my view, it’s a day to be by the Sea… and think deeply (!) about how the masculine firey energy of the Sun is interacting with the feminine energy!

Happy Summer Solstice

-Mani Navasothy

ps. I will be creating more of these astro-graphics …just for fun 🙂  (never really thought about it all these years..till now!  Must be the whole Sun entering my moon-sign triggering it.. 😉

Summer solstice 2013 London bst data - by Mani Navasothy

 

 

 

 

Midsummer & Stonehenge Conflicts

The Sun’s entered the zodiac sign of Cancer..  11.09pm GM on 20th June..  which is 00:09 hrs on 21st June (British Summer Time).

Happy Solstice wishes to all.

These pictures were taken last year, when I went to Stonehenge for Summer Solstice, with my wife April and close pal Marcus. What struck us was the sheer amount of rubbish people were throwing about..  which came to light..once  the mass of crowds had greeted the Sun!

At the entrance, more or less each person is given a bin bag. And yet, out of the 20,000 or more people who turn up, probably about a handful of them actually keep the place tidy, and put rubbish in bin bags.  For our part, April, Marcus & I went around picking rubbish and filling almost 20+ bags, along with the `hired help’ who were also beginning to tidy up after Sun-rise.

Beer cans, bits of food, crisp bags, cigarette buts, plastic bags, glass bottles, clothing items..gooey stuff…you name it..it was all there!  How utterly disgusting!!  We had no gloves, yet were doing our best.

What’s mind boggling is, for 363 of the days of the year, English Heritage keeps the stones off-limits to all people, except those who pay hundreds to hire it in the early hours or late hours – before or after tourist times- for small group personal ceremonies.  No fires, incense, candles…not even flowers are allowed – lest they hard and erode the stones…in those private hires.  Yet, at Summer and Winter Solstices, thousands of people turn up and totally and utterly ABUSE the stones..  from sanding on top to throwing disgusting and dangerous rubbish. And the rest of us – who hold Stonehenge sacred – just have to watch in horror and despair.

Free access to he stones is something people fight for – `It’s our right’ many say. But the English Heritage is trying to protect a `world heritage site’- that is thousands of years old. They oblige the campaigns of pressure groups, Druids, pagans and New Agers – and open it up in a limited basis. And thousands abuse and destroy the stones in that shot window.

I recall, few years ago, when I first saw the horror of the rubbish, and ill-treatment of the place, that I went around the 4 Quarters, and did a `banishing & closing’ energy work. I actually wanted Stonehenge to be closed for public. But the following year, I felt the errors of my despaired and angered emotions, and did a grounding (not that in between anything changed).  I am now just neutral.  Yes, the Stones have been here for thousands of years, and yes hey were sacred and people did magical and spiritual works there..  but perhaps they have had their time…and now Stonehenge wants to truly fall apart, rot and be gone – and so the stones have brought about this  themselves?   Yeah, I know…funny way of looking at it..   – The Stones want to commit Euthanasia.

I’ve been lucky – I’ve been to Stonehenge on a few private early morning gatherings – a wiccan coven ritual, a handfasting.. and so on. And I”ve been to the mass gatherings of winter solstice and a few summer solstices too.

Sometimes we can’t deal with impending loss – of elderly grandparents about to die, or sacred trees slowly dying, or stone circles – that are being ll treated and will fall very soon.. And when we feel that way, sometimes, we cut ourselves off those things that are dear to our hearts – it’s a way of self-preservation …for us!  

And maybe I am going through that now..for the Stonehenge.

My best memory of it-  in the middle of clearing all that rubbish, right in the midst of trampling  drunken abusive condescending crowds, I saw a small bunny rabbit hiding right under the central (fallen) altar stone. I smiled, wished it well and safety..and went on. I know it would have stayed safe, and would have come out, once all the 20,000 of us have left!

Those stones will fall..and become rubble, dust to dust, and grass and bushes and moss will grow..  Nature will win!

Bright Summer Solstice wishes

-Mani

Happy Yule

Birth of the Sun-Child

Winter Solstice – when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn..  shortest day..longest night..!

This year it’s happening on Thursday 22nd December 2011.. at 5.30am (GMT). That’s the astrology.
Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and New-Agers  celebrate this – and have done so for thousands of years – and consider the Sun-child being born.  Makes sense as after this, the days get longer…Sun gets stronger ..growing   its full force by Summer Solstice.
Of course this has been somewhat  `acquired’ by Christianity, and repackaged as celebration fo the birth of Christ (baby Jesus!).   Any decent effort at historical research will show that Christ was not born in December, but in earlier part of the year (if we can even consider the birth of Christ as `real’).
I have no problems with Christianity.  Brought up as a Hindu, I also went to the nearby Church with family – once in a  back in Ceylone in the early 70’s.   No one would deny the `magic of this time’..
These days I look forward to the annual special show of Doctor Who on Christmas day..   and yes, I have a Yule tree in my home, and it has lights…and I think about those Christmassy feelings of childhood gone by..