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When is the summer solstice 2018 and how do Stonehenge revellers mark the longest day of the year?

Thousands descend on the Wiltshire monument to mark the longest day of the year,

But do you know why the Wiltshire monument attracts so many people on the longest day of the year? 307 more words

December 21

A small black fan

Spinning in the cold

I would turn it off

But it is slightly out of reach

The breeze is strangely nice… 128 more words

Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day! The University of Manchester Museum explores the origin of this annual winter tradition, which has its roots in European folklore.


Sun flying north!

Left photo shows sun setting at Indian Head on December 21, 2017, at the Winter Solstice. In same photo, you can see Crainy Island, a tiny spot in the Potomac River to the right of the sun. 118 more words



Today is Imbolc…a word I learned from Robert MacFarlane (not sure he has a website but his Twitter name is @RobGMacFarlane)…Imbolc is from the Celtic calendar…meaning the mid point between the winter solstice and spring equinox; it marks the earth’s awakening from cold…from slumber…It is also known as Candlemas or Feile Brighde – the quickening of the year..(again, courtesy of MacFarlane). 204 more words

Australia Day date

It would seem that some of the heat could be taken out of the Australia Day date debate by suggesting a definitive alternative that has positive connotations for both the indigenous peoples and those humans who arrival of settlers from Europe with the so called First Fleet on 26 January 1788. 443 more words

An inclusive wheel of the year

Some versions of the Wheel of the Year (the eight festivals of Wicca and Druidry) can feel excluding, particularly those that focus on the God and the Goddess interacting through the cycle of the seasons. 1,578 more words