From : Di
Good Day, I just read the comments from Nicola on your Visitors Forum & would also like to comment :
I attended the 2007 Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, having travelled specifically from South Africa for it.I cannot agree with the sentiments published by Nicola. I was a lady on my own, and at NO time did I feel threatened or uncomfortable. Everyone was about their own business and the atmosphere was one of happiness and togetherness, we were all there for something special. The Police and stewards were very much in evidence, but their role seemed to be overseeing and keeping the peace, rather than active policing. Yes, one could smell pot ( or dagga as we call it ) but one got the impression the police were being tolerant and would only intervene should things got out of hand.There were bag-checks at two places along the "walk-in" and no one could take in extra large bags & checks were made for alcohol. Perhaps more stringent attention could be paid to those blatantly drinking or drugging, as of course drunks do spoil things for others, with the penalty being eviction ! The one point I would recommend was that the parking area/field is made available MUCH earlier !!!! I was one of many parked along the side of the road - waiting & waiting and generally causing major traffic jams. If the parking was opened earlier, all those vehicles could be gotten off the roads. The access to Stonehenge itself could still be 8pm or whatever it was, but at least the roads around it would not be so congested. I also feel that English Heritage could charge a small entrance fee - to go towards the beneficial changes they want to make and the general upkeep of this heritage site. Even if it was only 2-5 pounds ( x 24 000 !!! ) - why not ?? One just hopes the few dont spoil things for the majority, as it is a real treat that people are allowed to experience this lovely heritage site up close & personal !!
From : Jay
Hello Kind Folk,
We'll be in UK 30 June - 11 July.
We want to spend some time in/ around/ amidst Stonehenge.
Does anyone have words to share regards any particular Vortex?
Please share, if you do.
From : Ros Allen
I agree with Daniel Berenyi’s comment below. With a 360° panoramic view of the night sky, it’s possible stone-age people attached any number of meanings to the position of the planets. I think it more likely that stone-age people were fascinated simply by the presence of light in the night sky. Einstein described light as the one constant in the universe. And light, being constant, unchanging and never-ending, could have symbolised some form of eternal life.
In his article Hunter Gatherers, Farmers, Gods and Human Sacrifice (2005), Frank E Smitha suggests stone-age people were not able to differentiate between matter and spirit. I disagree and would argue that stone-age people knew matter and spirit to be separate entities. My own hypothesis is that the stone columns of Stonehenge are meant to symbolise the body of a person. Matter. And the spaces within the columns symbolise the space within the body which is occupied with light - the substance of eternity and of the human spirit. The rays of the sun passing through the centre of the stones every morning would therefore illustrate the continuing presence of spirit in the form of light existing within the centre of our being.
David Souden describes in his book Mysteries of the Stones and Landscape (Collins and Brown, 1997), the presence of axe like carvings on some of the stones. The shape of the axe bearing a striking resemblance to the Egyptian ankh which represented a symbol of an afterlife; and the Ancient Egyptians, remember, were building their pyramids at the same time as stone-age people were building Stonehenge. Did the two civilisations communicate with each other? Souden points out that the axe-like carvings are restricted to one column in any of the stone configurations forming the inner circle. This led him to believe stone-age people had recognised the different characteristics associated with human behaviour we now identify as left brain and right brain attributes? The left brain is associated with speech and the right brain with experience. It seems likely stone-age people regarded the aspect of the personality which favours experience as a channel for their spirit - their soul - and considered it composed of the same light that illuminates the universe and symbolises eternity. The left brain, on the other hand, is recognised as being the source of greed, envy, anger, sloth, etc.
David Kelly suggests in the Independent - Tuesday, 1 April, ‘people travelled from far and wide to visit Stonehenge because of its notoriety as a healing centre’. As a means of healing the body, stone-age people might have sought to temper the emotions as a means of purifying the body in preparation for enlightenment. Stonehenge is not unlike modern day churches. The inner circle of stones representing the sacred. And the outer circle of stones representing the profane. The space between the outer and inner circles would then constitute a space where the transition from profane to sacred, or healing, is made possible. The blue stones having been purified would have been regarded as uncontaminated by negative energy and therefore the only stones fit to form the inner sacred circle.
And just as the walls of modern day churches often carry pictures illustrating what may be called a rite of passage I.e. Pictures informing celebrants on how to prepare themselves for enlightenment, I believe the stones columns making up the outer circle of Stonehenge perform a similar function. The purpose being to enable celebrants to understand how the attributes of the left brain prevent an individual’s perception of the light of their soul within. In my book Key To The Stones, I describe how Stonehenge’s outer circle of stones provides a step-by-step guide enabling a person to reconnect with the light of their soul.
From :Faron Scott, a regular contributor and click HERE to see his photos.
Well, this was my 3rd Solstice at Stonehenge. As I approached at 2.45am, I couldn’t believe how busy the place was already. The weather certainly didn’t deter anyone and it seemed that a lot had probably arrived for the Solstice Eve Sunset, as the stones were accessible earlier this year.
Faron Scott (Melksham, Wiltshire)
Everyone had to go by their timepieces to tell them when it was ‘sunrise’ time, as the ever-increasing cloud cover put paid to seeing the sun come over the horizon at 4.58am. At 4am the sky looked ready to give us what we were all hoping to see, but then the leaden clouds swept slowly across and told us that just wasn’t going to be.
Numbers were up from the previous year’s celebrations, but it was quite surprising to see the long trail of people walking back to the car park at only 5.30am.
The clouds lifted shortly after and meant that the rain was kept at bay while the music and dancing continued inside the great megaliths.
It all seemed to go quicker this year, due to having to leave the stone circle at 8am. As this was earlier than last year, there seemed to be more of a reluctance for people to depart, but most of those who attended were in celebratory mood.
There seemed to be more of the solstice spirit contained within those that turned up this year. And even after being there for a 3rd time, the wonderment that I felt from my first visit is still there.
It is such a unique gathering of a wide range of people from all walks of life and it’s an experience that, in my eyes, is unparalleled elsewhere.
With that in mind, I will be back again next year, without a doubt.
Hope you all had a happy solstice and here are some pictures that go to sum up the Solstice experience.
My mom and I are Americans, one from California and one from Minnesota. As birthday presents, we gave each other an 18 day vacation in England in July 2006. We took a special off-hour tour of Stonehenge, purchased well ahead of time, where we were allowed to walk among the stones. Neither of us are into the mystical side of Stonehenge. But you don't have to be, to be totally awed by this monument. It puts you in your place; my lifetime is to these giants as a gnat's lifetime is to me. This was one of the highlights of our trip, and I thank English Heritage for its efforts to keep this treasure safe for the next twenty generations.
Hi there i'm Laura just turned 18 and i've always loved archaeology i am soon to be studying it at Lampeter...very exciting!
I visted stone henge for the first time in February, i have always wanted to see it and i was over the moon when i finally did i was dying to get out the car and get closer but then my boyfriend told me we aren't aloud to touch it or anything i was very unimpressed with that, but then again it's understandable we don't want any more grafetti on it...right?!?.
I would love to go again but i have been living in Germany all my life due to my father working in the ARMY. But thanks to my boyfriends parents' passion for archaeology they took me along!!! I told my mum how exciting it was but she just said "Laura why it's just some stones" haha well i wasn't too impressed with that but i found it facinating. I would do anything to see the ceromey just once but unfortunatley i can not afford to go and i have no time. But one day i will be back again and again.
The whole thing is incredible, from how it was built and it's cerimonial exsistence.
Anyone who has been lucky enough to dig there i depise you, but not in the bad way, i hope to one day be an archaeologist and get close enough to just touch the stones.
Thank you for reading
Laura X x X
From :Allerdyce Myall
question: is it possible that a river tributy use to run along side the larkhill rd as the geogrph seems to show a river course running a long side the stones and crossing the a303 and going of south east ? its allways sticks out like a sore thumb when coming up from dorset yours awaiting
From :Daniel Berenyi
I always had great interest in Antiquity and ancient sites, caves etc.
Stonehenge might have been site for brutal rituals, human offerings
even cannibalism. There are a lot of human bones around as some
documentary had shown. Think of it as a miniature Colosseum -for
country folks who heard about Rome...
The speculation about celestial meanings is actually very foolish as
the circle has 360 degrees -and you may choose many position for
any celestial line up to be "meaningful" for a wishful thinker.
Our unknown past and the life of our ancestors was not about nice
equinoxes. Just look around these days to see how BRUTAL many
humanoid can be... Don't kidd yourself!
From :Doug Somerset
It use to be free to visit Stonehenge and that's how it should have remained. These stones belong to the whole nation, and not to some money grabbing bureaucrats who's sole aim is to rip people off. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to pay to visit something that's already theirs by right. Stonehenge belongs to us. The fences should be removed, and the gift shop that sells nothing but cheap `n` nasty tacky looking rubbish should be closed down.
From : Emma Hanning
I went to the Summer Solstice this Year (06) this is my 4th year going and I will never miss it ever!!!
I thought it wasn’t as good as last, probably down to the rain we had for about 2 hours but still glad I went though. There seemed to be not as may people this year either. Maybe the rain put the rain put them off.
I took my Grandmother for the first time, who is 67 and is still at Hippy at heart. She absolutely loved it, she has kept on at me for years to take so I did.
We are due to go to the Winter Solstice this year (22nd Dec), can’t wait!!!. We went last year for the first time and it was spectacular!!!! Hardly any people which meant you can get right in the middle of the stone ( which you can’t at the Summer ) and it makes you feel more invloved. The sunrise is a lot better as well, due to the sun being so low in the sky, got some great pictures (soon to follow). Hope people can make the Winter Solstice it’s well worth the trip and well worth bearing the cold!!!!! Happy Solstice J
Emma Hanning 24 ( Essex )
From : Faron Scott
This was my second Solstice at Stonehenge and I think that
almost everything I said in my last 'review' stands true this
time, apart from the weather. In 2005, the sun was visible
at 4.58am and was met with cheers and whistles and the customary
blowing of horns. In 2006, however, we had cloud, rain and
wind to contend with. It wasn't until 5.58am that the clouds
finally moved aside and gave us the sunshine that we were
all waiting for. There were slightly fewer in number present
for the celebrations, due to the inclement conditions that
befell this year's longest day. Rain fell regularly through
the night, but this did nothing to dampen the spirits of most
of those who attended. Due to the late arrival of the sun
that morning, a larger group was gathered in the stone circle
for music and dancing. Many different instruments were to
be heard and everyone was definitely in high sprits as the
sky suddenly became blue and the rain clouds all but disappeared.
The only thing that spoiled the celebrations was the reluctance
of some people to leave the stone circle at 9am and then to
see a line of security staff having to almost physically remove
people. That aside, it was another unforgettable experience
and I shall definitely be returning in 2007! I have some more
pictures that I hope have captured the spirit of the Solstice.
Faron Scott (Melksham, Wiltshire)
From : Tony
Dear sir or madam I met a bueatiful women
at the stones, I lost her and spent the all night looking
for her. She was from Andover and she had ginger hair she
was about twenty years old if anyone knows her please pass
on my email [email protected].
Loved the night see you at the equinox. love you always love
you forever. Luv Tony
From : Hannah Phipps
Hi, I am a travel and tourism student currently
working on a project about Stonehenge as a a tourist destination.
I have visited Stonehenge once before however my recollection
of it is rather vague. I would be greatful if anyone could
provide me information relating to any of the following things:
* What made you visit Stonehenge?
* What was the tourist experience like- did you have a guided
tour? Were you given a guidebook or a translated ear-set etc?
* Did it live up to you expectations
Replies please to:- [email protected]
From : No name given...
I writing in that hope the someone can point
me in the right direction to learn about the ancient kings
of Celtic Cornwall. I have recently become very interested
in the subject while playing the computer game known as Barrow
Hill. (www.barrow-hill.co.uk) The story, set on the Autumn
Equinox, is centred on a burial mound (the barrow of the title)
and a decorative stone circle added to the site in the early
Bronze Age. The game is set during the present day when an
excavation of the site by archaeologists disturbs that which
sleeps within the barrow. There is a fascinating legend that
an ancient king/(or ruler) was buried (prematurely) inside
the barrow tomb, while his knights guard over the site in
the form of the standing stones. It's a great story, and seems
very traditional, so I am wondering if the narrative continues
an exiting myth, or known legend? Lastly, I heartily recommend
the game to anyone interested in stone circles, megalithic
sites and Celtic legends. I'm not usually a fan of computer
games, but this one is gore and action free, and features
a thriller-like story and lots of pagan puzzling. Any pointers
to where I could look for details on the Celtic Cornish kings
would be much appreciated. Also, is there really a stone circle
known as Barrow Hill? My online searches have found a train
yard, and a bowling green known by the same name. Not quite
what i was expecting! So, should anyone have knowledge of
a stone circle, with a barrow, in the South West please let
Replies, please to:- [email protected]
From : Ray
I recently visited Stonehenge for the first
time in 54 years, I was dismayed to find it fenced off and
a charge of £5.50 to get in. I thought it belonged to the
people? Also why is it intended to carry out the road project
at a cost of billions, the locality has had roads in the area
for hundreds f years? Ray Liverpool
If you share Ray's feelings, make them known, but direct
them also to English Heritage, http://www.english-heritage.org.uk,
the custodians of the site.
From : R P Griffin
I have been very interested in the Stones
for many years and have read many books on the subject. One
of the things I have never seen any theories expounded is
who or how did the lintels that were in position atop the
uprights, become unseated, particularly as there were substantial
pins holding the whole lot together. Personally I cannot believe
that these mighty lintels could be moved either by throwing
stones at them, or getting trees to use as levers, to try
to lever them off the uprights. I am not aware of the situation
regarding earthquakes/tremors in the Salisbury Plain area
over the last 4000 years, but the geography of the Plain does
not lend itself to earth tremors; however I could be corrected
about that. Any thoughts on the subject would be gratefully
received. R.P.Griffin Master Mariner
From : Ibeth
Hello. I am a Latin American attorney who
visited Stonehenge for the first time last September 23rd.
This was something I had wanted to do for the past 5 years,
since I have been travelling to London, however, work had
always kept me within The City“s limits. Last September, I
booked a tour and went to Stonehenge alone. The experience
was incredible... the energy of the place... the magic in
the air... Since I was travelling alone, I only took a few
pictures because I had to bother people to take them for me.
When I came back home, and downloaded the pictures into my
laptop, I was taken quite aback... stones in my pictures reveal
shapes of faces in the stones. At first I just thought it
was my imagination, but more than a month has elapsed and
I keep finding new faces in the stones. Finally, I decided
to tell some friends about it (when you say things like these,
people tend to think you are going nuts...) and they agree
with me. There are several faces "incripted" in the stones.
I have looked for similar comments in other Stonehenge websites,
but have not found any. Has this happened to someone else?
Please let me know. My personal e.mail address is [email protected]
I am going back again in the middle of November and will take
more pictures. Let“s see if they appear again. Ibeth
From : Emma
I went to Summer Solstice this year (05)
it was amazing. This is my and my boyfriends 3rd year going
and it gets better and better each time. The sunrise couldn't
have been better just perfect. I don't know if anyone remembered
the sky divers that came over just at the right time of sunrise
and the cheer was unbelievable. Stonehenge is such a magical
place to be, it's sacred. The sound of the drums and fiddles
are just electrifying, the acoustics that go around the stones
is indescribable. I felt it was a good happy environment,
with very few arrests and very few people climbing all over
the stones. Lets keep it that way!!!!!!!!!!! I should hopefully
be attending the Winter Solstice in Dec which I have never
attended before, which will be a cold one but worth it. If
anyone knows the set up for it (i.e times to arrive and times
the stones are open) if they could post it on this forum or
email me at [email protected] that would be appreciated.
Happy Solstice to Everyone Emma Hanning
From : Faron Scott
This was my first Solstice and it could not have been more
perfect. The weather was absolutely fantastic, a bit chilly,
but above all, seeing the sun from the moment it climbed above
the horizon was breathtaking. The atmosphere was magical,
especially on entering the stones shortly after the sunrise.
And to hear all the cheers and horns to celebrate the solstice
was just something else. Alot of people left shortly after
5am, but a large group did start gathering in the stone circle
at around 6am for music and dancing. The sound of drums, violin,
saxophone and horns all in unison was amazing and this continued
until around 9am. I must have had goosebumps from my arrival
at 3am, to the moment I left at 9.15am. With so many people
from all walks of life all gathered around these ancient monoliths,
you could definitely 'feel' something while you were there.....
It was an unforgettable experience that I don't think can
be repeated, but I will definitely be returning next year.
I have attached some photo's that I would very much like to
share. See you all next year! Faron Scott (Melksham, Wiltshire)
See Faron's pictures on the Solstice Photo page 24.
From : Kate
Hi Just thought I would share my thoughts on this years celebrations,
myself and the friends I was with, really enjoyed this years
event. I was impressed as ever how well everyone behaved was.
I saw some comments on the 'yellow jackets' and wanted to
say I agree, there was no arguments and although there presence
was felt, there was no bad feelings what so ever. It was also
nice to see the fire wardens while 'guarding' the procession,
dancing along to the beat of the drums. It made us feel they
where enjoying the event as much as us and made us feel as
though we where also being kept safe. Thank you again. Kate
From : Kirsty and Richard
Just wanted to share a few photo's and say what an absolutely
fantastic time we had. The atmosphere was amazing and everyone
was so friendly. Looking forward to next year. Kirsty and
See Kirsty's pictures on the Solstice Photo
From : David J. Freeman
After returning from this years awesome 2005 Summer Solstice
at Stonehenge. Out of curiosity I watched the second part
of Channel 5's programme on the recreation of Stonehenge.
I do have to smile at all of the Scientific and Archaeological
theories regarding the reason for the construction of Stonehenge
and it's many smaller sister stone circles dotted around the
UK and the rest of the world. When arriving at the designated
car park opposite Airman's Corner, the first thing that always
hits me is the sheer volume of people that make the pilgrimage
to witness this very special event. This is my third visit
to Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice, and the amount of
friends and colleagues that accompany me has increased every
year. The experience is special, and until you make that initial
visit you do not realise the gravity of the event. In today's
society we all lead very busy lives and like to keep ourselves
to ourselves with little or no time for our fellow beings.
This unnatural tendency has been instilled within us since
birth, by government and media control/conditioning. The Solstice
at Stonehenge brings out an aspect in people that nowadays
is rarely seen, a true fellowship. Indeed, I myself feel part
of a huge tribe at these events, part of a huge peaceful movement.
Importantly, the only goal or gain for this movement, is being
there, being part of the event. Social barriers are dropped,
inhibitions burn away as the sun begins its journey into the
summer sky. At this time you truly recognise the beauty of
our fellowship with each other. Now back to the scientists
and archaeologists of our world. The true answer to the mystery
of the stones is right there, staring us in the face. Instead
of building a mock up of Stonehenge with blocks of polystyrene,
studying star charts and routing around in the ground for
ancient artefacts. Look at, and be part of the mass of people
attending the solstice and experience the spirit of the event,
and you will find your answer. We are after all direct descendents
of the builders of these great stone circles. We all carry
the secrets of their creation, we are one and the same people/tribe.
We haven't changed during the thousands of years since these
great monuments were built. We all have the basic natural
instincts and needs that the original creators had. The stones
are there for the very reason thousands upon thousands of
people attend the Summer Solstice every year, TO BELONG, TO
GATHER, TO FEEL, TO BE PART. We are all one. Written by: David
See David's pictures on the Solstice Photo
From : Joe
I just wanted to comment on this years celabrations and how
fantastic everything was. I would like to say how well organised
the proceedings were and how great all the staff in yellow
jackets were. There were several Fire marshal walking round
checking everyone was ok and that there were no fires being
lit. I was asked, very politely I might add, to please put
out my candle when I was sat near the stone and was told "very
sorry, not trying to be a kill joy but it is for everyones
safety". I have no problem at all, I respect the rules and
appreciate being treated like an adult and not having orders
barked at me like they could have been. The weather was perfect,
the food was great, the fires to keep everyone warm where
appectiated. So a big thank you for making a wonderfull day
and night. Joe
From : Paul and Karen
Enjoy the solstice for whatever reason you are going. In a
world where the traditional church and governments of all
persuasions have failed miserably, is it any wonder that people
are curios, at the very least, in the old ways once again.
I agree that the stones should not be climbed upon for reasons
of respect, but do the authorities really think that we could
hurt them after so many thousand years. Have fun and enjoy
and maybe we will see you there. Paul and Karen
From : steviez
hiya just wanted to say that having followed the troubles
that stonehenge had in the 70's-80's and the reputation for
trouble that the site had at that time and now having visited
stonehenge on every solstice night for the past few years
i find the whole thing very moving and very friendly with
people from all walks of life mixing together in a peaceful
atmosphere if you havent been its an experience not to be
missed and im neither religious or anything else but the experience
is fantastic and the funny thing is being an english heritage
member i cannot get inside the cordon if i visit during normal
opening times but if you go to the solstice you are amongst
the stones and can touch and feel the atmosphere one of the
more unreal sights is seeing the bard? druid leader on his
mobile phone as the sun comes up !! lol please find enclosed
a pic from the summer solstice thanks steviez
From : Nicki
Hi, me and my partner handfasted at Avebury several years
ago during a BDO spring equinox ceremony and it was a very
important moment for us, in the perfect setting. We plan to
marry "legally" at some point but as we cant do that at a
place that is so in keeping with our feelings it has been
put on a backburner til we can "be bothered"! We have been
to the solstice at Stonehenge for several years on the trot,
we take our daughters who also thoroughly enjoy it. They go
back to school and tell the teachers all about it and everyone
makes a big fuss and thinks its "cool"! They feel safe and
honoured to be able to attend at this time of year. We treat
it as a special time and take the girls' out of school for
a few days and go to a camp site. Other religions are allowed
to practice their faith and celebrate so why as pagans, shouldnt
we? We love the atmosphere and the great many types of people
converging on this ancient site. I really do wish that only
people with respect for the site and its meaning to visitors
would attend though. Ifeel greatly grieved that there is a
certain element who only attend to get drunk, throw-up and
cause trouble. They are very few but the ones who will ultimately
ruin it for us folk who feel the draw of the stones deep within.
I love being able to wonder freely amongst the stones and
feel their vibrations. I think its sad that I could visit
at any other time and pay a fair old whack, considering how
much it would cost for 2 adults & 4 kids, but I wouldnt be
able to get close to the stones like I can on the solstice
morning. I want to express my deep thanx to all those people
who make Stonehenge Solstice celebration possible each year.
I am very grateful for the facilities that are laid on, like
the free parking, and the toilets, the help centre and to
local police who help to give me a sense of safety and whose
sympathetic presence stops some people getting too silly and
spoiling it for all. Long may it continue!!!!!