Posts Tagged With: Stonehenge

THE LONGEST DAY

 

“A life without love is like a year without summer.”

 

~ Swedish Proverb ~

 

Original photo of Stonehenge taken in June 1980.


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ALL THINGS SEEN AND UNSEEN

 

“Night does not show things, it suggests them.
It disturbs and surprises us with its strangeness.
It liberates forces within us which are dominated
by our reason during the daytime.”

 

~ Brassaï ~

 

000-all-things-seen-and-unseenDigitally enhanced image created from an original photo taken at Stonehenge in June 2007.


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PASS IT ON

 

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”

 

~ William Shakespeare ~

 

000 pass it onDigitally enhanced image created from an original photo taken in the stone circle during the Albion People’s Naming Ceremony at the Stonehenge Free Festival, England on June 21st 1982.


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HIBERNAL SOLSTICE

 


…a time when nightmares seem to last forever…

 

 

000 hibernal solsticePhoto of the solstice sun rising over Stonehenge taken in England in 1983.


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TAPESTRY

 

…we view the tapestry of the life we are weaving from the backside,
with all its knots, tangles and loose threads,
every now and then we must get up, walk around to the other side
and look at what we’ve been creating…

 

 

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Photo of Stonehenge taken on the Solstice afternoon, June 21st 2007 on the Salisbury Plain, England.


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STONES

 

 

…the milk of human kindness will become
the curdled cream of human folly…

 

 

 

000 stonesPhoto taken within the stone circle of Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain, England on the eve of the Summer Solstice June 20th 2007.


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BREAKFAST ON THE BLOG

 

Breakfast February 21 2015

 

Good morning and welcome once again to another edition of Breakfast On The Blog. Today, a small excursion…

 

GREAT GRAY STONES

 

Circa four thousand six hundred years ago someone had a vision, an idea, and began a millennium long project to realize that insight. We will never know what the original purpose or intent might have been, we are only left to wonder what that motivation might have been. I have visited Stonehenge numerous times through the years, the last visit being in June 2007. I have gone there as a tourist, as a poet, as a photographer, as an archaeologist, as a festival goer and as an observer of and participant in ancient rites and rituals. I have seen the sun rise over the Heelstone on misty solstice mornings. I have observed the Stones from a distance, walked between the megaliths and looked up at their imposing height. I have touched their surfaces and felt their primeval substance. And sitting in that great circle I have slated my thirst with water from the well in Glastonbury, shared wine and food and smoked and eaten herbal substances. I have ingested sacred mushrooms and communed within my mind with all the magic and mystery one can discover in that great circle of Stones. I am not religious, or into mysticism, energy or spirits, but I participated with an open mind and absorbed all these things and found within myself what the Stones mean to me. They became a part of what I am.

There are many wonders to see in this world, far too many for most people to see more than just a few of them in their lifetimes. This one though, should you get the chance, is worth the excursion. Make sure you walk the few miles out to it from Amesbury, the nearest village, don’t drive out or take a bus. Walk along the roadside and then cross the highway into the fields with their grazing sheep and burial mounds and as you come up over the ridge and the Salisbury Plain unfolds you will see the monument in the distance, deceptively small looking, that is until you stand before the Stones themselves. You won’t regret the journey.

I see that they now require advanced booking. Sigh. The times they are a changin’. Information can be found here: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/

 

000 Great Gray StonesPhotograph taken at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, United Kingdom in June 2007.


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BREAKFAST ON THE BLOG

 

Breakfast December 20 2014

 

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Breakfast On The Blog. Today we’ll take a look at Solstices.

 

THE TIMES CHANGE, BUT THE STONES REMAIN THE SAME

 

Of course as everyone is aware, the Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon that marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Which means our friends down in the Southern Hemisphere are having their Summer Solstice. Which is a lot nicer than the winter one. Celebrating the shortest day and longest night here in Northern Europe has its drawbacks. It’s bad enough getting up in the morning and going to work while it is still dark and then coming home in the late afternoon and it’s dark again. I’m just always glad that after the Winter Solstice the days start getting longer. Spring, summer and Paris are on the horizon.

Naturally though, there are those who do want to celebrate in the snow and the cold. And where better to do that than Stonehenge. As they do in the summer, the English Heritage people will be opening Stonehenge for access to celebrate the Winter Solstice. “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.”

Now, I have never attended a Winter Solstice celebration, but in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983 and once again in 2007 I celebrated the Summer Solstice each time within the stone circle. In the last millennium from 1974 until 1984 there was always an illegal free festival organized by Nik Turner from the band Hawkwind and Sid Rawle, one of England’s leading counter culture icons, in the summer until the authorities finally banned it. Rawle’s nomadic Albion People held their religious ceremonies with in the stones as an alternative to the stuff-shirted businessmen masquerading as “Druids,” who, on the day of the Summer Solstice were always granted access to the stones. Rawle’s “hippies” brought holy water from the sacred well in Glastonbury and baptized and named new babies and paid tribute to the ancient English deities. Of course, liberal amounts of hashish, magic mushrooms and psychedelics fueled the celebrations. Sadly Sid passed away in August 2010. He was a pioneer in land reform and organizing free festivals. I knew him personally and he was a kind, mellow and generous human being.

When I returned for the first time after 23 years in 2007, the free festival was no more but English Heritage was still opening up the stone circle to public access on June 21st (something normally not permitted; you can only view Stonehenge from a short distance away and walk around it, but not into the circle itself). But by then the magic of the old gathering was long gone, and thousands of teenagers drinking ale and wine were there raising hell all night long waiting for the sun to rise over the Heelstone. The times change, but the stones remain the same. So, if you really want to celebrate a solstice, visit Stonehenge. And if you’re like me, and prefer the warmer weather, visit it during the Summer Solstice. I can assure you that there are few other experiences one can have comparable to sitting within the stone circle with a belly full of psilocybin magic mushrooms and communing with whatever spirits you might find there…

000 Stonehenge 1Photo of Stonehenge taken at the Summer Solstice in June 1980.


000 Stonehenge 2Photo of Sid Rawle holding a baby up during the naming ceremony in the stone circle at Stonehenge on June 21st 1982.


000 Stonehenge 3Photo of people dancing in the stone circle at the Summer Solstice celebration at Stonehenge on June 21st 1983.


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