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Fri, 22 Dec

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End of Lifeboat Way, Selsey

Winter Solstice Gathering

We reach the point in the year when the axial tilt of the Earth is aligned with the sun, only this time the north pole is tipped away from it and the south pole is tipped towards it. Come and join us to celebrate this auspicious time of year.

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Winter Solstice Gathering
Winter Solstice Gathering

Time & Location

22 Dec 2023, 07:45 – 8:45

End of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK

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About the event

Historically this moment has been about gathering and feasting, and lighting fires to celebrate the coming of the light (yes, it starts to get lighter a few days after the 'standstill' of the solstice. If you can't make the gathering in the sea at this time, here are some other ways to mark the Solstice. 1. Make a nature table with pieces of lichen-covered moss, berried holly, ivy, seed heads, pebbles, old man's beard, feathers and whatever else you can find outdoors, then place a white candle(s) among them and light them on this day. 2. It is wonderful to catch the sunrise on the winter solstice, even if it's only from the shoreline or a window - so do it if you can, even if you can't get in the water. As you greet the sun, think about how it will make its lowest arc in the sky today, but how soon it will start to rise higher, lengthen our days and bring spring! 3. Fill a spray bottle with water, 1 tablespook of vodka and 25-30 drops of Christmassy essential oils, then shake it up and spritz it around. Try: frankincense, sweet organse, Douglas fir. 

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