Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

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Aerialist Ninette Paloma performs in the Cosmic Splash inflatable float during the 2009 Santa Barbara Solstice Parade. (Kevin Steele photo / kevsteele.com/solstice)

The day of the Summer Solstice has come and gone and two days later, it is either raining or gray. I haven't felt terribly celebratory, either. Extra responsibilities don't agree with me occasionally and right now is such a spell. So I lived the solstice virtually and vicariously the other night by looking at these images. Experienced solstice via the internet. Some pagan, huh?.

They are spectacular images, though. Take a look and a listen.

They had so much fun on Solstice in Santa Barbara but their merriment didn't stretch far enough across the country to affect our wet and gray weather. It's been so many days since we've seen a decent face on the sun that today it actually made me drag myself around like a sack of rocks.


  1. I missed getting the blue body paint and wearing my ostrich boas this year but maybe next year :-)

  2. I just returned from a long road trip on the motorcycle. There was a lot of rain, (and even snow in the mountains). I spent the solstice riding from central South Dakota to my home in Wisconsin, in the rain for the first 200 miles, then in a cloudy heavy overcast. It rained when I got home. I was going to have a campfire, but the wood I had stacked was saturated and it was so wet I didn't feel like going out in it.

    That said, I wondered why I don't feel the same enthusiasm, (or sadness), about the summer solstice that I have about the winter solstice?
    I mean, in winter, I am grateful that the periods of daylight will start getting longer. But in summer, I don't like to think about the fact that the daylight period is getting shorter.

    Oh well, it is what it is.

    Peace. Good to be back.

  3. those are some pretty impressive pictures, on the link! Really beautiful.

  4. Good point,Spado-man. It goes downhill from here in terms of days' length. But we come full-circle all the time...

  5. Hi Pagan Sphinx!

    Wonderful photos from the solstice festivals! Solstice is a very special festival in Sweden too, since it is dark and gloomy here in the winters.

    However, most pagan Solstice rituals have been replaced by a non-pagan juvenile ritual of dancing around the maypole, which seem to embarrass even the tiniest children, not to mention the early teens. The adults seem to have most fun which dancing this silly dances.

    You have a very interesting blog, and I will visit again often. You focus on many topics that fascinate me.

  6. It's been raining here forever, and I often feel like it's raining inside as well ;)

    so I know the feeling

    I enjoyed the photos, thanks

  7. The 1st photo seems to be a frame from a Tim Burton movie! Fantastic!

  8. sending you warm bright sunshine to part those clouds...hoping things are more summery now! I have missed you and hope you are having a good summer. xox


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