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Major events in the Celtic year are celebrated by Eight Festivals, four of which record stages of the Earth’s revolution around the Sun; Summer and Winter solstices, when the hours of daylight are at their longest and shortest, and the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, when hours of daylight and darkness are exactly equal. Four Cross-quarter festivals fall half-way between the solar festivals and their celebration marks the start of each season,

Much imagery associated with these festivals is both spiritual and natural as the progress of the seasons reflects the life cycles of those who live on this ancient land.

If you seek them out, Earth spirits may share their joy and magic with you as you celebrate life’s mysteries within the Eight Festivals.

At Midsummer the hot sun shines the longest and reaches the highest point in the sky. At the Summer Solstice, the longest day is celebrated at many places including Stonehenge, where Neolithic people constructed their great temple, recording and predicting celestial events and acting as a focus for seasonal gatherings. How lush growth is all around and life is at its most abundant, ‘Summer time and the living is easy!’ The creatures of the sky and forest, protected by the Celtic ‘Lord of the Beasts’, Cernunnos, are everywhere to be seen, rejoicing in the long summer days and balmy nights.

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