The universe has always been a blueprint created by Grand Design following the patterns of Sacred Geometry. The heavens are contain encoded messages allowing us to realize our creation beyond the physical and how things move in cycles - or circles - eventually returning to their point of origin. All is myth and metaphor experienced through consciousness in a virtual reality program we view as our current reality.
We see the heavens as a places of creational forces - the gods and goddesses of our reality who one day return to show us the way home. We honor and pray to them in ceremonials that correspond to our belief systems and the flow of nature.
From earliest times people have struggled to understand natural realities, among them the summer and winter solstices. They found interpretations that satisfied their needs, and they used their understanding for improvement of their lives. Differing cultures came into contact and shared their interpretations. Their conclusion would remain until science would explain away the mysteries - much as it does on so many levels today - quantum physics as an example. The program of our reality shows us the true and allows consiousness to evolve through understanding. The patterns and metaphors all contain the answers we seek. It is interesting to review old paradigms of thought as move into the new.
Such is the case of the change of seasons and how we have come to understand them and celebrate them onset each year.
Solstices are powerful times ... Summer linked to the sun [male - Leo - Lion] and Winter to the moon [feminine, Aquarius] - polarities - duality of our experience in the physical.
Midsummer is truly a celebration of the primal creative force of the God at the peak of His powers and the Goddess in Her manifestation as the Mother - fertile and blooming with abundance as the seed of the God quickens within Her. This is a powerful and dynamic Sabbat, as the powers of the union of God and Goddess reach their peak.
Traditionally, Summer Solstice is celebrated at noon - the sun stands directly overhead and the full force of solar energy can be felt and drawn upon in ritual. One stands beneath the sun, for a while, absorbing the light and heat, and establishing a connection which can be drawn upon in rites later that night.
This is a time of purifying, of cutting through obstacles and drawing on the dynamic power of the God principle to manifest your own power. Lift up your hearts in celebration of the fertility and wonder of life and remember to give thanks for that which has been manifested for you since the last Sabbat.
The summer solstice comes at the time of a Full Moon in Capriorn. This enhances the return of the feminine energies - your personal empowerment - shedding the old - as all is above healing and activation of consciousness. At that time/degree - the sun enters the sign of Capricorn.
There are many stone sites in the world that are aligned to the Sun's yearly travel. People travel there trying to recreate ancient ceremonial rites that allow for healing. Stonehenge is one of the major places people gather at the time of the summer solstice.
Stonehenge is symbolic of all things conimg full circle - a clock, if you will. Other stone sites once existed on the planet with stonehenge a reminder of the link between time and the universe.
Long ago rituals took place at Stonehenge, on the plain of Salisbury, by the Druid Priests. Contemporary Druids gather at Stonehenge during the summer solstice to watch sunrise over the heelstone and claim their relationship with ancient British ancestors, imagining that they can recapture the essence of archaic ceremonies. Only one heel stone stands now, though some believe that there was another and the sun would rise between the two pillars.
In ancient times Stonehenge, at certain times of the year, during certain planetary alignments would allegedly capture the energies of the Universe. This time frame was used by the prophets for their predictions and the priests for ceremonies.
The legend of King Arthur provides another story of the construction of Stonehenge. It is told by the twelfth century writer, Geoffrey of Monmouth, in his History of the Kings of Britain that Merlin brought the stones to the Salisbury Plain from Ireland. Sometime in the fifth century, there had been a massacre of 300 British noblemen by the treacherous Saxon leader, Hengest. Geoffrey tells us that the high king, Aurelius Ambrosius, wanted to create a fitting memorial to the slain men. Merlin suggested an expedition to Ireland for the purpose of transplanting the Giant's Ring stone circle to Britain.
According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the stones of the Giant's Ring were originally brought from Africa to Ireland by giants (who else but giants could handle the job?). The stones were located on "Mount Killaraus" and were used as a site for performing rituals and for healing. Led by King Uther and Merlin, the expedition arrived at the spot in Ireland. The Britons, none of whom were giants, apparently, were unsuccessful in their attempts to move the great stones.
At this point, Merlin realized that only his magic arts would turn the trick. So, they were dismantled and shipped back to Britain where they were set up (see illus. at right) as they had been before, in a great circle, around the mass grave of the murdered noblemen. The story goes on to tell that Aurelius, Uther and Arthur's successor, Constantine were also buried there in their time.
Find a place that is quiet and makes you feel at peace.
It may be indoors or outdoors.
Loosen clothing - remove shoes and eye glasses.
Sit down or lie down.
Find a position that is comfortable for you.
Relax and close your eyes.
Take two slow deep breaths
inhale through your nose
hold the breath as is comfortable for you
exhale slowly through your mouth.
Visualize yourself standing alone in the center of Stonehenge.
You look for magnetic north to align yourself with the energies.
You body easily turns in that direction as if you are a magnet.
Feel the energies building.
Stonehenge becomes a circular clock
that begins to spin faster and faster.
As this clocks spins around you are transported through time and space.
Suddenly you find yourself back to the time Stonehenge was built.
The builders of Stonehenge greet you.
What do they look like?
They ask you to joint them to discovery
that which your soul has come here to learn.
You join them in the center of the circle as the journey unfolds....
When you are ready to return to your present
timeline stand in the center of Stonehenge.
The circle begins to spin in the opposite direction
traveling you forward in time to the present day.
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