The ancient Summer Solstice festival falls around June 21st every year.
The Goddess is now at her most fertile as the seed planted earlier in her womb grows with the sun. Handfasting ceremonies and weddings at this time demonstrate enduring ties with the Druids' celebration of this day as the 'wedding of Heaven and Earth' resulting in the belief of a 'lucky wedding in June'.
The Sun King is also at His strongest now, bringing the promise of a great harvest which ensures the continuity of life in the face of the oncoming darkness of winter.
King Arthur Pendragon, Druid leader invites all to share the festival ocassion with him and his Druids greeting the midsummer sunrise at Stonehenge;
''For many it is a Spiritual event, as we welcome the dawning of the longest day and celebrate the turning of the seasons and with it the renewal and continuity of life, at what is our première Temple- Stonehenge. For others, it is a secular event, more akin to the celebrations in Trafalgar square to mark the turning of the wheel, on new years eve/day. For what-ever reasons you wish to attend, all are welcome. Please remember that it is a sacred temple to many'' (King Arthur Pendragon).
Stonehenge has been used over 5000 years as a temple, burial ground, a place of gathering, for magic, for ritual, and as an observatory.
Built between 3200 BC and 1600 BC, Stonehenge lies 9miles north of Salisbury Hill in Wiltshire and is the world's earliest earthwork to contain specific lunar and solar alignments, composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. That the Summer Solstice Sun rose close to the Heel Stone, and the Sun's first rays shone into the centre of the monument portrays the particular importance placed by its builders on the Solstice and Equinox points of the year.
Many spiritual beliefs still center on Stonehenge, considering the location a cross roads of power and central hub of influential ley lines alive with earth energy.
King Arthur was crowned 'Raised Druid King of Britain' on 3 January 1998 by representatives from 5 Druid Orders, is also the Titular Head and Chosen Chief of The Loyal Arthurian Warband, a Pagan Priest, and Druid Swordbearer widely known for his role as an environmentalist, and Eco-warrior. His battles with the British Government (in the form of English Heritage) and campaigns for the right of everybody to enter Stonehenge at the Solstices have earned him great respect among many. King Arthur has also written of his experiences in The Trials of Arthur: The Life and Times of a Modern-Day King ( http://bit.ly/rigTLY )
The Loyal Arthurian Warband is a vast network of people working together throughout the world towards a vision of Truth, Honour & Justice ( http://www.warband.org.uk/ )
Druid members of LAW may be found at Avebury on the nearest Saturday to celebrations of the eight-fold wheel, in London on Primrose Hill on the nearest Sunday to each Solstice and Equinox and at Stonehenge on the dawn of the Solstices and Equinoxes, performing public Ritual and Ceremony.
More Details may be found at My Blog, The Dance Of Life;
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King Arthur's poems written and narrated by King Arthur Pendragon,
As King Arthur, Celestial Elf,
The Two Knights; Sethos Lionheart, Yichard Muni,
Druids; Yichard Muni, LaPiscean Liberty, Pesadilla Dionysus,
Druid Priestesess; Gilfalma Ashbourne, Dea Theas,
Cristian Monk; Patx Piaggio,
Hippies; Hotsprings Hawker, Josetta Peapod,
FAElf, Paix Chambers,
Pagans; Shaman Lightstone,
Grateful thanks to Laufey for providing authentic period Cauldron.
And to Mikki Miles for allowing use of Carnyx.
Filmed on location at;
Misty Mountains co Tymus Tenck
Gaia Rising/Anam Turnas co Enchantress Sao
Stonehenge c1500BC at Woods of Whimsy co The James Madison University, SecondLife ( http://bit.ly/LKRSNC )
Gaia Rising/Anam Turnas co Enchantress Sao
Royalty Free Music via Kevin MacLeod of incompetech.com;
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Scissors, Numinous Shine, Calls from The Winter Ether, Earth Prelude, Enchanted Journey,
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Filmed on SecondLife via Snowglobe 1.4.2.
Made using Frapps, Serif MoviePlus X3 on Windows XP.
Conceived, Directed and Produced by Celestial Elf 2011.