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Green Diary Events - February 2019


Summer Solstice - Festival of Achievement

Our ancestors celebrated 8 points in the year using them as a framework for their lives. The "Wheel of the Year" combines the astronomical cycle of the solstices and equinoxes, with the turning points of each season, marked by the Celts with the 4 Cross Quarter festivals, formerly known as the 4 Great Fire Festivals; Imbolc, Beltain, Lammas and Samhain. In the past huge community bonfires were lit on hilltops, uniting communities in common focus and celebration of their lives and the earth.

The Summer Solstice [18.16 BST] is the longest day of the year, with the greatest amount of daylight and the shortest night. Here we celebrate the completion of the cycle that began at the Winter Solstice.

Solstice means, 'standing of the sun'  and we can connect to this great turning point by taking a moment to stop, be still and look back at our unique journey since the Winter Solstice. It is a time to count our blessings, celebrate our achievements and our expansive, expressive selves. It is a time to celebrate eachother, to pass on the Spirit of generosity and goodwill in ever-widening circles of positive energy.