Pagans celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge replica in Washington state
- N. B.
“Religions that treat the sun as a deity turned to the summer solstice as a holy day. Greeks celebrated their god of agriculture, Vikings planned raids and early governance around midsummer, and Plains Indians, including the Sioux, marked the occasion with a days-long ritual.”
One of the earliest Christian festivals was the supposed “birthday” of John the Baptist on June 24th, which is the last day of the three-day summer solstice celebration. In the New Testament, Christ is depicted as being born six months later, traditionally at the winter solstice. These two figures represents very important milestones, symbolizing the sun from one solstice to another.
Jesus is the growing sun from winter to summer solstice, while John is the dying sun from summer to winter solstice. Hence, the enigmatic verse at John 3:30:
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
This verse and others, as well as countless icons and traditions, demonstrate handily that CHRIST IS A SOLAR MYTH. Those who claim otherwise are NOT experts on the subject.
As their sons returned wounded, dead or not at all, from heavy fighting across the Atlantic in 1918, people in the small Columbia Gorge town of Maryhill sought to commemorate their sacrifice.
On a visit to the original Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Quaker Sam Hill heard stories of dark doings and ritual killings. What better way to mark the Great War then raging, he thought, than to construct a replica near his estate in Maryhill, on Washington state’s southern rim with Oregon.
He argued that combat between nations was an irredeemable folly and the dead soldiers an offering to the “god of war”, so he built a West Coast incarnation of Stonehenge in tribute.
The monument nearly lines up with sunrise on the solstice, just like Stonehenge – though stories about Bronze Age human sacrifices there were almost certainly false. The original structure was probably one of the earliest calendars.
And much like Stonehenge, the replica draws a coterie of neo-Druids, pagans and wiccans each year on the summer solstice. About 30 turned out in small groups from Oregon and southern Washington state.
Hill’s testament to the First World War dead stands alone on a reedy outcropping several hundred feet above the Columbia River. Inscribed inside are the names of soldiers from Klickitat County.
Like Stonehenge, it contains an outer ring of 16ft stones, an inner grouping of 9ft stones and five pairs of arch-like stone pillars called trilithons.
Religions that treat the sun as a deity turned to the summer solstice as a holy day. Greeks celebrated their god of agriculture, Vikings planned raids and early governance around midsummer, and Plains Indians, including the Sioux, marked the occasion with a days-long ritual.