Part 20: Winter Solstice
Our Winter Solstice ceremonies, there were two, were at one of Scotland’s memorable Hillforts, where time had the quality to stand still. It added an unexpected dimension to the ceremonies, the sense of being amongst ancestors and an ability to visualise their existence around us. This together with the previous shortest day when the Sun set within a spectrum of glowing colours was an experience felt in the heart.
We shall be holding (some) future ceremonies at other ancestral sites whenever opportunity arises.
The walk up to the fort, past patches of colourful moss on rocks and trees, led towards a short tree lined track to the base of the hill. It is an inspiring thought that ancestors had to plod along this approach, transporting all their needs either by back, hand and oxcart, up what was a steep and slightly exhausting climb. The effort was indeed worth it, with far reaching views from the almost unchanged and pronounced earthworks of this fortified ancestral home.
For good reasons fellow Pagans and Druids seek places of meaning, whether of beauty or ancestral. To be at such places and cast your thoughts into the past and join the ancestors…..a most rewarding experience.
Merlin & Sky