On the wind swept plains of a green peaceful Wiltshire field stands an enigma which reaches back in time some five millennia. Who built it, why they built it and how they were even able to build it with their primitive tools of the time remains a mystery to this day. Yet this is what makes Stonehenge one of the most iconic sites in the world. With over a million visitors a year making the pilgrimage to this wind swept plain Today, I feel privileged because on The Winter Solstice, it is 100% open to the public, amd we get to walk in it and on sacred ground for the Pagan Yule
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Druids and pagans are among thousands of people travelling to Stonehenge on Tuesday morning to witness the sunrise on the shortest day of the year. Me too.
The sun rose over Stonehenge at 8:04 am on Tuesday morning.
The winter solstice is the annual event which marks the point where the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. As a result of the north of Earth leaning away from the Sun, Tuesday sees the fewest hours of sunlight in one day.
Stonehenge in Wiltshire is one of Britain's greatest ancient sacred monuments, dating back more than 4,000 years. The building of it is an astonishing testament to humankind's determination to create sacred space. Experts believe that prehistoric people dragged 4-ton stones all the way from Wales, some 300 miles off, to erect this monument, which may have been used to worship the sun. All they had was their hands, rollers, sledges, and, presumably, an enormous conviction to build a special place that would help them understand the world. It took them 500 years, and the site is still used today by druids to celebrate the Summer and today's Winter Solstice.
Here is an interview I gave for the UK ITV News today including the quote "Brits are cool people. They are literally worshiping the ground I walk on today"....