Join us to celebrate the passing of the seasons from Spring to Summer. We will gather to celebrate Summer Solstice at sunrise on that day (June 21). This event gives us all a chance to experience the special alignment on the day in the large stone circle. The sun will be ushered into the circle through the Summer Solstice Corridor. It will then cast the shadow of anyone who is in the center of the circle onto the Winter (yes winter) Solstice Sunset Stone to the southwest. Truly magical!
COST: Free, No Registration Required
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 Time: 5:15 am – 6:15am (Sunrise Gathering)
Come experience the Summer Solstice sunrise as we gather in the center of the large stone circle at Kinstone. Given fair weather and clear skies, we will watch the sun as it crests the ridge and beams through the Summer Solstice Corridor to light up anyone standing in the middle of the circle. Further, it will cast the shadow of those persons standing there onto the stone directly in the path of the sun. This stone happens to be the marker for the exact point of WINTER Solstice SUNSET! Isn’t that fun fact!?
Given cloudy or rainy weather, we will not see the sunrise or the shadow, but will greet it ceremoniously regardless! This will be a quiet, meditative event with a short opening rite and reading. Witness the arrival of Summer. Send Spring on its way with blessings. This gathering will last about 45 minutes. The actual sunrise is at 5:23am, but the topography of Kinstone means it will be just a little different – we believe the exact time will be closer to 5:35am. Be there early, just in case!
This event is outdoors and will be held rain or shine. Please note that we will not see the alignment if it is cloudy or if the horizon is obstructed by morning mist, fog, rain, or clouds. If it is raining we may gather indoors in the Kinstone Education Center. Cancellation will occur in case of a major storm. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear, scarves, hats and even gloves if needed!
Interesting fact: The exact time of the Summer Solstice is Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 5:07am CDT.