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Why Thousands Of Pagans Gather At Stonehenge For The Winter Solstice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.16.2016 | Religion

While some are buying presents and trimming their tree for Christmas, a very different kind of spiritual celebration gets underway every year at Stone...

Stunning Photos From Around The World Show The Magic Of The Summer Solstice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion

If you peered up into the sky at any point on Monday, you likely would have seen a big, beautiful full moon shining down at you. The June full moon, n...

The Moon Hasn't Done This In Nearly Half A Century

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.20.2016 | Science

Look to the skies this evening and you'll enjoy something of a rare phenomenon: A full moon on the same day as the summer solstice -- something that h...

Smile! You Are God's Selfie

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Gahl Eden Sasson

We are almost there! On June 30, Mars, the planet of war, ends its retrograde motion, which he started on April 17. It has been a time fraught with mi...

'Star Wars' and the Solstice

Jodi Eichler-Levine | Posted 12.23.2016 | Religion
Jodi Eichler-Levine

Like the turning of the year, the return to Star Wars brings memories of past rituals (previous screenings; the much-maligned "Star Wars Christmas Special;" that plush Ewok you got that one year). It simultaneously gives us hope that, in each new trip to the theater, the bright light of the opening crawl will renew us again. It can make us what we think we were but have never really been.

Happy Manic Solstice Lists: Wherein My Daughter and I Pineapple, Mango and French Fries

Judy Hall | Posted 12.21.2016 | Parents
Judy Hall

I make lists. It is part of who I am when I am manic. I have always made lists and they vary in complexity and their relationship to reality depending on my ascent into mania.

Getting Wild: This Latina Finally Gets to Experience the Thrill of the Outdoors

Ana Beatriz Cholo | Posted 08.26.2016 | Latino Voices
Ana Beatriz Cholo

So much was off-limits to me because of my culture and my traditional parents. I was not allowed to have sleepovers or sleep at anyone's house. When I wanted to skateboard, I was firmly told no. That was for boys. Besides, good girls stay home to mind their business, but boys could stay out because, well, they were boys. It was their birthright.

Daily Meditation: Summer Solstice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Solace With the Solstice

Mary McDaniel Cail | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary McDaniel Cail

We need months and days when we are faced with the reality of a hardship we might not share or fully understand. A few friends who join forces and give increments of time steadily can bring about meaningful relief in a situation that may provide little chance for it otherwise.

Get Set For The Summer Solstice

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.19.2014 | Science

Get set for the 2014 summer solstice! The longest day of the year arrives on Saturday, June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT. The occasion brings celebrations a...

A Meditation on the Summer Solstice

Ellen Frankel | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

The summer solstice begins on June 21 at 6:51 am EDT, heralding the beginning of summer for the Northern Hemisphere. This day holds the most hours of sunlight that we will see in the entire year. Each of us has our own solstice, our own proportion of light and dark that make up the years, months, weeks, days and moments of our lives.

Top 10 Places Where the Sun Aligns

Cheapflights | Posted 05.19.2014 | Travel

Twice a year, in late March and September, a rather special solar phenomena takes place -- the equinox. On the equinox our planet's equator passes the center of the sun at just the right angle to ensure day and night are the same lengths. Fancy, huh?!

Wreaths and Darkness, Doorways and Light

Annie Finch | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion
Annie Finch

The amazing part is that I walked through many of them, whether frightened, confused or exhilarated, only to find myself waiting, shaken but strong, on the other side.

Possibility Pods on Winter Solstice 2014

Grove Harris | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
Grove Harris

Winter solstice is a time to honor the dark, and also celebrate the returning light.

LOOK: Thousands Gather For Yoga In Times Square

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.21.2013 | New York

At the 11th Solstice at Times Square event Friday, thousands upon thousands of yoga enthusiasts are descending upon one of the world's busiest commerc...

TODAY: Summer Solstice Arrives—With A Twist

The Huffington Post | Melissa Cronin | Posted 06.21.2013 | Science

The longest day of 2013 is finally here -- but this year, it comes with a twist. While the solstice in the northern hemisphere traditionally falls ...

Solstice Greeting

Gary Zukav | Posted 02.20.2013 | World
Gary Zukav

Shift of the Ages shows the wisdom and strength of the Mayan culture, and how it is especially supporting us now in powerful, tender, and loving ways.

Maya to Us: 'Grow Up!'

Stephen Hren | Posted 02.18.2013 | Green
Stephen Hren

We are well-advised to heed warnings of collapse from a civilization that didn't even make it to its own supposed apocalypse! In these days of climate...

Why the World Doesn't End

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

This season, when the darkness seems to grow deeper around us, may be the time to gather often with candles marking prayers for the future and help tip the scales towards peace and greater understanding.

Winter Solstice 2011: Pagan Celebrations Mark The Return Of The Sun (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion

In 2011, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will occur on Dec. 22, 2011 at 12:30 a.m. EST. In North America, time zones that are west of t...

Paul Winter on The 32nd Annual Winter Solstice Concert

Joseph Vella | Posted 02.11.2012 | New York
Joseph Vella

This annual celebration is one of the most popular events in New York City during the holiday season. In my interview with Paul Winter, he tells us about what he has in store for this year's performance.

Submit Your Holy Holiday Story to HuffPost Religion!

Posted 12.08.2011 | Religion

We all know about the stress and comercialism of the holidays whether that is Christmas, Hanukkah or any other of the many Holy Days observed during D...

We Are Still Ruled By The Sun

Donna Henes | Posted 09.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Since it determines both the cycle of the day and the circle of the seasonal year, the sun provides the structure of our existence, the framework within which our world revolves. As such, it seems to suggest all celestial and earthly order.

A History Of The Female Sun

Donna Henes | Posted 08.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

In archaic times, people perceived the sun, in its shining prime and glory, the giver of heat and light and life, to be the effulgent force of the female.

5,000 Years Of Celebrating The Sun (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.21.2011 | Home

From the festival of madness to the festival of love, from harvest celebrations to a day of religious observance, the summer solstice has worn many ha...