Hundreds of druids and pagans descend on Stonehenge to celebrate the Autumn Equinox

24 09 2017

Hundreds of pagans and druids descended on Stonehenge on the 23rd September to celebrate the equinox as autumn began.

Visitors headed to the famous 5,000-year-old site in Wiltshire in the dark to ensure they got to see the sun rise.

And they made the most of one of only four public annual events that allows people to get so close to the stones.

Photographs showed attendees singing and wearing a variety of extravagant outfits as onlookers watched on.

 

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First Day of spring: Stonehenge crowd gathers for Equinox sunrise

22 03 2015

The first day of spring has been marked by more than 800 revellers who gathered at Stonehenge to watch the sunrise.

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Despite a cloudy forecast, @St0nehenge tweeted the gathering had been “blessed with a perfect sunrise”

Druids and pagans were joined by a mass of revellers at the ancient monument to celebrate the spring or vernal equinox.

Open access to the stones was given from first light, 05:45 GMT, by English Heritage which manages the site.

Senior druid King Arthur Pendragon, who performed the sunrise ceremony, said: “We’re lucky, we used to get 200 people but now it’s up to nearly 1,000.”

Despite a cloudy forecast, @St0nehenge tweeted that the gathering had been “blessed with a perfect sunrise”.

“A lot of people are coming out to sacred places to celebrate the turning of the wheel, which is what paganism is about,” said Mr Pendragon.

“We don’t worship nature, we worship the divine through nature and so we worship at the times of the year when it’s auspicious – spring, summer, autumn and winter.”

English Heritage opens the ancient stone circle for the spring equinox as well as the winter and summer solstice

Full article (source) and more images at the BBC website: (Nice to see the BBC’s reference to our twitter account)

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Stonehenge Spring (Vernal) Equinox Open Access Arrangements 2015

13 02 2015

English Heritage will welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Spring (Vernal) Equinox on Saturday 21st March.
Expect a short period of access, from  first light (approximately 05:45am) until 08:30am.

• Access to Stonehenge will cease at 0830h and the cooperation of all of visitors in ensuring the monument is vacated at this Stonehenge Equinoxtime would be most appreciated. Please note that, in previous years, access for the Equinox ceased earlier at 0800h, however English Heritage has permitted an additional half an hour within the monument for our visitors.

• Temporary toilets (Porta-Loos) will be available at the monument once the site is open for public access. This includes a provision for those with disabilities.

•The Cafe and Shop at the new Visitor Centre at Airmans Cross should be opening for visitors from approximately 0800h on the morning of Saturday 21st March. Please note that the toilets at this location will also become available for use at this time. Although the Cafe will be opening only hot and cold drinks will be available for the first hour. Pasties etc will become available after 0900h.
There will be no access to Stonehenge via the A344.

Accessible parking is extremely limited and is booked on a first-come-first-served basis. Please apply to lucy.barker@english-heritage.org.uk. Accessible parking opens at 5am.

English Heritage Website

Solstice Events UK are offering their usual small group tour visiing Stonehenge at sunrise on the Spring Equinox: Book here

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Stonehenge Autumn Equinox (Mabon) 2014

21 09 2014

Autumn Equinox Stonehenge Open Access Arrangements: 23rd September 2014

This Tuesday Druids and pagans converge on the windswept English plains of Wiltshire to observe the annual rites of autumn. The occasion is the equinox, when the tilt of Earth’s axis is suspended between 12 hours of night and 12 hours of daylight.

Druid at Stonehenge.

Dawn: Stonehenge Autumn Equinox 2013

Mabon marks the middle of harvest, it is a time of equal day and equal night, and for the moment nature is in balance. It is  a time to reap what you have sown, of giving thanks for the harvest and the bounty the Earth provides. For finishing up old projects and plans and planting the seeds for new enterprises or a change in lifestyle. Mabon is a time of celebration and balance.

Actual Date and Time of Autumnal Equinox: 02.29 23rd September 2014

Access to the Stonehenge Monument Field from 06:15 (or first light) until 08:30 on 23rd September 2014
Parking is on both sides of Byway 12 – no parking on A344
Access to the Byway from 19:00 on 22nd September 2014 via the A344
Exit via A344 closes at 09:00 on 23rd September 2014
Disabled Parking: 8 spaces available in the VTS turning circle. These are permit-only and must be booked in advance by contacting Lucy Barker at lucy.barker@english-heritage.org.uk
**Conditions of entry

The new Stonehenge visitor centre is well worth a vist and opens at 9.30am. Visit the English Heritage website
Save time and buy entrance tickets in advance here:
Directions to Stonehenge: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/directions?lang=en&gclid=CMCjxJnd8cACFYXJtAod1xMAhw
Download the free English Heritage Stonehenge Audio Guide here: http://wp.me/pQAXF-yH

If do not have your own transport and are travelling from London then Solstice UK Events are offering their usual transport option with an expert guide. It can be booked here

**Stonehenge is a world renowned historic Monument and seen by many as a sacred site – please respect it and please respect each other!

Do not climb or stand on any of the stones – this includes the stones that have fallen. This is in the interest of personal safety, the protection of this special site and respect for those attending. As well as putting the stones themselves at risk,
climbing on them can damage the delicate lichens.

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Stonehenge Autumn Equinox 2013

22 08 2013

The Autumn Equinox occurs at 8.44pm on Sunday 22 September 2013. 

Celebration of the Autumn Equinox will take place at Stonehenge at sunrise on Monday 23rd September 2013.

Stonehenge Autumn Equinox Visitors wishing to celebrate the Autumn Equinox at Stonehenge will be given access into the monument when it is considered sufficiently light and therefore safe to do so. This is likely to be from approximately 6.15am.

Sunrise that morning will be at approximately 6.56am. Visitors will be asked to vacate the site by 8am.

Please note that access to Stonehenge might not be possible if the ground conditions are poor or if it is considered that access might result in severe damage to the monument.   Limited facilities are available at Stonehenge for the duration of the access although these facilities will not be open prior to the access commencing.

If you require disabled parking, please email Sally Gardner at sally.gardner@english-heritage.org.uk.

Lin: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/autumn-equinox-sh-23-sep/

The Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox (also known as Mabon or Harvest Home) is celebrated when day and night are of equal duration before the descent into increasing darkness and is the final festival of the season of harvest.

In nature, the activity of the summer months slows down to the hibernation for the winter. For many Pagans, now is time to reflect on the past season.

It is also a time to recognise that the balance of the year has changed, the wheel has turned and summer is now over.

Astrologers will recognise this as the date the sun enters the sign of Libra – the Scales of Balance.

This is one of the least celebrated of the Pagan festivals although a harvest festival may be held to thank the Goddess for giving enough food to last the winter.

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