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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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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.
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...Read more ›