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I was lucky in that I started visiting Stonehenge, regularly, starting in 1973 — BEFORE they put the fences up and stopped you from actually communing with the Stones. The first time I visited was when I had my first car — a Triumph 1250. It was also when I had my first dog, ‘Rosseau’, a border collie. He was a puppy. He loved Stonehenge. He lifted his leg up against each and EVERY stone. I remember that so vividly. This little black/white puppy, so small standing up and peeing against each HUGE stone. Those were the days.
Then during 1975 – 1976, living in Hampshire, and working for IBM, ‘we’ got into this habit of visiting Stonehenge on the night of Fullmoon. It was about 2 hours away. We would leave home, after dinner, and get their for midnight. Again we could walk up to the Stones. Suffice to say we were never alone. It was cool.
I HATE the ‘new’, since the 1990s, FENCED in arrangement. A shame. Love it when they let folks interact with the Stones. That is magical.
Rejoice. Today is the SOLSTICE — my least favorite day of the year.
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Today, Monday, June 20, 2016, Summer Solstice Full Moon — IS V. SPECIAL; Last One Was In 1967, Next 2062.
A full moon the exact day of the Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice (June 20 to June 22) does NOT happen as often as you think.
Calendars (as I talked about here) do repeat on somewhat of a cycle (typically 28 years). Phases of the moon recur too, on a cyclic basis, roughly on a 19-year basis — though it rather than being exact tends to ‘on or near the same calendar day’. And that is the rub (so to speak). ‘On or near’. That has meant that a Full Moon on the Solstice does not happen, like clockwork, every 19 years.
However, it is also NOT a once in a lifetime event for most of us. More like twice in a lifetime.