The Spring, or Vernal, Equinox is the point at which the sun crosses the equator, returning to the northern hemisphere, the point when day and night are at equal length. As the sun returns, bringing with it the prospect of spring and all its light and warmth, where better to witness this celestial dance then amongst the essential beauty of the world’s most famous megaliths.

Here, the earth’s most primordial machinations encounter our ancestors most primitive and ancient rituals. Join a congregation of today’s Druid community, including neo-

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druids, neo pagans, and wiccans at Stonehenge, a site of unequalled religious significance, and witness the amalgam of our planets and our people’s most bewitching spectacles.

One of only four times a year in which people are permitted into the inner ring of the Stones. Be one of the select few who not only feel these stones’ magnetism but act on it, observing the sky brighten on this magnificent occasion.

Spring equinox 2021

This is the first of the four ‘sky points’ in our Wheel of the Year and it is when the sun does a perfect balancing act in the heavens. This is the point of the year when once again day and night are equal – 12 hours. The equinox, (the Latin word for Equinox means time of equal days and nights) is only the very moment the sun crosses the equator-

The return of the sun and the promise of spring has always been a cause for celebration.

At the North Pole the sun will blaze for the next 6 months, here the days will elongate. Across the northern hemisphere, across the centuries, our ancestors have rejoiced in celebration at the end of winter. Globally, it is a time of unity between the northern and southern hemispheres as our days hang in perfect balance with one another. Stonehenge’s connection with the stars has ensured it as a hub for equinox celebrations and to this day the celebrations continue- why not join in.

Stonehenge Equinox Sunrise

Sunrise on the March 20th is at 6.11am

For the ancients, as well as today the celebrations welcomed the spring and the end of a harsh winter; this was the time when crops were resewn and the people celebrated the triumph of light over dark, of life over death. The celebrations have always been full of hope and joy – it is even foretold that as the wind and the weather are at the vernal equinox, so they will be for the next few months.

Spring Equinox

The time is for the instant when the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving northwards and has a celestial longitude of 0°

The return of the sun, of new light and new life was cause to celebrate and to prepare for the hard work of summer harvest. The ancients used various elixirs, draughts and cordials to help to cleanse the blood and purify the spirit in preparation. Most importantly, the spring equinox marked the coming together of various tribes to create new ties in the face of the new sun; a rebirth for relationships. To this day, the spring equinox is a time of unity. As the earth races through earth at 66,000 mph, our daylight hangs in perfect balance. Despite the chaos of the universe our world sits in cosmic peace. This balance is reflected in the celebrations at Stonehenge, where people of all faiths, from all around the world, astronomers as well as Druids, appreciate the beauty of our planet in unison.

Druids at Stonehenge

From the time of the Celtic Druids, Druidism has had a strong bond with the natural world as well as the cosmos.

The Stonehenge vernal equinox experience offers a unique celebration. On a day of innate mystery, when satellites fail and unusual occurrences are commonplace – you are allowed to walk amongst Stonehenge’s ancient monoliths. An experience which defies explanation, walking amongst the stones as the earth revolves in perfect balance, surrounded by the world’s most famous stones and people from all walks of life, celebrating beauty in unison.

The small group ‘non-obtrusive’ nature of this exclusive tour means you can have an authentic experience, a great photo opportunity and valuable insight into ancient Britain.

Our Stonehenge Spring Equinox Tour will be on the 20th March 2021. This exclusive tour departs from London or Bath.

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The days are getting shorter, the nights are drawing in, and the Winter Solstice is just a a week away.  It may feel like the days can’t get any shorter, but we still haven’t yet reached the winter solstice , which is the shortest day of the year.

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The solstice marks the moment the sun shines at its most southern point, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.

The world might look pretty grim now, but remember: as soon as the solstice has passed, the days will start getting longer again and you can start looking forward to Spring.

Here’s your guide to the darkest day of the year – and a few reasons to be cheerful about it.

What is the winter solstice?

The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and the official beginning of winter.

The solstice itself is the moment the sun is shining farthest to the south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.

When is the Winter Solstice?

The date of the winter solstice is different every year, falling between December 20th and 23rd.

This year, the solstice will occur on Wednesday, December 21. The sun will rise in the UK at 08:04 GMT and set at 15:54 GMT, giving just 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight.

Traditions and rituals

The winter solstice is a major pagan festival, with rituals of rebirth having been celebrated for thousands of years.

Chief Druid leads the Winter Solstice service at Stonehenge

Chief Druid leads the Winter Solstice service at Stonehenge (Photo: PA)

Every year revellers gather at Stonehenge to watch the sunrise on the shortest day.

Many of the traditions we now think of as being part of Christmas – including Yule logs, mistletoe and Christmas trees – have their roots in the pagan celebrations of winter solstice.

Wait, the Christmas tree was originally a winter solstice tree?

Sort of. The Druids – the priests of the ancient Celts – used evergreen trees , holly and mistletoe as symbols of everlasting life during winter solstice rituals.

Cutting them down and putting them in their homes would have been too destructive to nature.

But when Saint Boniface, also known as Winfrith of Crediton, found a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree in 8th Century Germany, he cut the tree down.

Myth has it the converted pagans in the region returned the following year to decorate the fir tree.

Will the days start getting longer again?

Yes. After the solstice, the days will gradually get longer until the summer solstice on Wednesday, 21 June 2017.
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Experience sunrise at Stonehenge on the Winter Solstice with our exclusive guided tour from London or Bath.

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Travel blogger Teri Didjurgis joined us on our small group  Autumn Equinox tour and here is her story:

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Though some say Stonehenge is overrated, I found a way to visit the iconic site in a unique way to get a glimpse of the past……………………….

Druids and Pagans enjoying the Equinox sunrise celebrations at Stonehenge.

 

You can read the full story and tour experience on the BlueSkyTraveler  Blog:
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Experience for yourself our Stonehenge Equinox or Solstice Tours and remember to book in advance as these small group tours are very popular.

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