This year there were two dawn rituals at Stonehenge and at Avebury. We were lucky enough to get tickets for the Stonehenge ceremony – English Heritage only allows a hundred people at the site. It was a beautiful clear sunny morning with a light breeze and very mild.
We were bussed to the complex from the new Visitor Centre which is rather ugly to say the least, but at least it’s out of sight of the stones! We had a wonderful ceremony, I had been asked to speak for the Element of Air which meant I spent a few days meditating on and off about what I wanted to say and practising when Mr Stoatie wasn’t around. I’m pleased to say that I actually managed to remember my lines 🙂 It’s the first time I have had a speaking part at this ritual, and it was such an honour to be asked at the 50th Anniversary.
Just as we were finishing an officious English Heritage guard in high vis came and shouted that we had five minutes left which was rather jarring but at least he didn’t barge in during the rite itself. I was glad we had a bit of time to take photos before heading back to the bus stop.
It was real privilege to get so close to the stones. The morning was still and full of birdsong – melodious skylarks as a backdrop and the more raucous cries of the jackdaws who kept popping in and out of their nests in the lintels. Truly a magical experience.
I will speak for the element of Air
Vital. Invisible. Expansive. Without boundary
The breathe of life.
The gentle, refreshing, healing breeze.
The howling gale of chaos and destruction.
Air is the element of the intellect.
of ideas, intuition and dreams
And air is the means we convey our thoughts
In speech and song and music
Air gives thought form
Air voices our intent
What would you manifest?
The dexterity of the swift.
The clear vision of the hawk.
The rapture of the lark.
Let the element of Air inspire you,
and imbue your thoughts, and your words, with clarity and wisdom.
The Element of Air has spoken.