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Celebrate the Solstice: Honoring the Earth's Seasonal Rhythms through Festival and Ceremony Paperback – September 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books; 1st edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835606937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835606936
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 14, 1997
Format: Paperback
A couple of years ago, I put out a winter holiday greeting on the Web. Its purpose: to explore the ancient origins of the winter holiday season and its deep cross-cultural roots, and to help me give greater meaning to my own celebration at this time of the year. Little did I know when I began candlegrove.com that someone had already "written the book" on this subject. Richard Heinberg has collected archeological evidence, myths and folklore from all over the globe and throughout human history. His stories and examples resolve into a beautiful and compelling picture. Cultures the world over -- from ancient China to the megalith builders 5,000 years ago in Ireland who predate the pyramids -- from the Maori to the Maya -- marked the solstices and equinoxes as tremendously important temporal and seasonal thresholds with deep spiritual and practical meaning. Today, our modern, urban lives are in so many ways insulated and disconnected from the turn of the seasons and their importance in the cosmic dance. Are the solstices and equinoxes still relevant? Heinberg argues that they can be, and not just for neopagans or those of one brand of faith or another. I cannot evaluate his research, but his writing drew me in. With few lapses into over-poeticizing, and only a small measure of new-age, environmental hectoring, he gives us simple ways to renew the solstices as life-affirming celebrations to help reconnect us with the earth.
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This is a scholary work mainly on how prehistoric cultures marked the solstice and equinox. The bulk of the book touches lightly on the celebrations throughout the world. It is interesting, if not a little dry. The remaining chapters suggest ways in which people can celebrate on their own.
This is a pagan-friendly book. I was disappointed, however, because I thought I was purchasing a book which focussed mainly on how to celebrate rather than a historical book. The title and cover were misleading to me. I think it should have been named "Ancient Solstice Celebrations" instead.
The book is well written and the information is obscure. I would recommend for historical background rather than celebration ideas.
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My children and I created a meaningful celebration to honor the Winter Solstice. We went on a energy fast as suggested in the book and it was amazing. A great book with wonderful pieces of information.
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Richard Heinberg has also written books such as Memories and Visions of Paradise: Exploring the Universal Myth of a Lost Golden Age, A New Covenant With Nature: Notes on the End of Civilization and the Renewal of Culture, etc.

He wrote in the first chapter of this 1993 book, "the old seasonal festivals deepened people's sense of connection with land and sky. The Sun, Moon, stars, trees, crops, and animals were all included in the celebration. Each person felt a heightened connection with the Source of all life. In short, the festival was the community's way of renewing itself and its bonds with nature. For the most part, we who live at the end of the twentieth century no longer celebrate these ancient festivals. Or, if we do, we observe them in unrecognizable forms---as (for example) in Christmas and New Year gatherings. But these are highly commercialized affairs. Gone is the sense of participation in the cyclic interaction of the Earth and the heavens.... These days, people everywhere are voicing their concerns about the environment and are looking for ways to make a difference. More and more, we sense that it is time to return our attention to the Earth and to heal the rift we have created. Perhaps it is time also to return to the festivals..." (Pg. 5-7)

He adds, "Is the celebration of the Solstices pagan or un-Christian? ... the Solstices themselves transcend religious ideology; they are simply astronomical facts... Christmas---the most popular Christian holiday---was deliberately timed to coincide with the winter Solstice...
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By Muse on August 15, 2014
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I found this book biased, superficial and annoying. The book glibly attributes most European pre-Christian pagan practices to Germans. That's just silly.
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