Summer Solstice

The solstice is the longest day of the year and marks the beginning of astronomical summer. Its name comes from the Latin word "solstitium", meaning sun standing still.

The first rituals celebrating solstice were fire ceremonies to keep the darkness away. Stonehenge is a pagan celebration place that aligns perfectly with the solstices. The rising sun only reaches the middle of the stones one day of the year when it shines on the central altar.

Built in three phases between 3,000 and 1,600 BC Stonehenge's exact purpose is still unknown. It is believed that the basis of the monument was a spiritual burial site for an ancient civilisation, and this group of people were in tune with the cosmos at a very deep level. It is a temple and a place of worship.

Some say it is an astrological computer for predicting eclipses and solar events others - a place where our ancestors were worshipping gods and a place of healing. Either way, the sculpture stands until this day as a marker for the midsummer sunrise solstitial axis.

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