The Winter Solstice Sunrise

Though experts agree on little concerning stone circles and other ancient stone monuments, one thing on which everyone agrees is that the stones of Stonehenge, Newgrange and other megalithic monuments are aligned very precisely to indicate the dawn of the winter solstice, often in dramatic fashion. For example it is only at this time that narrow shaft of light passes down the long passage to the tiny chamber at the heart of Newgrange in Ireland, a very moving and evocative sight for the few each year lucky enough to witness the event.

Wiccans and Pagans often remain awake through the night of the Winter Solstice to watch the sunrise on the day of the Yule Festival, the dawning of a new cycle and a time for renewal and gratitude. An alternative is to wake early to witness the dawn of Yule.

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