With the kind permission of Historic Environment Scotland we celebrate the main eight Pagan / Celtic holy days of the year at the Ring of Brodgar (by the Comet Stone) OR at the Standing Stones of Stenness (by the central hearth).
These ceremonies are Pagan Federation (Scotland) events and we abide by the inclusion statement of the Scottish Pagan Federation.
We usually design a ritual around those provided by the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. We have carefully worded our ceremonies to be inclusive to everyone, and suitable for people of all faiths and none. Our rituals are about honouring the cycles of nature and the corresponding changes within our lives.
Anyone with a warm heart and open mind is very welcome to join us, or even just interested observers, at any of these events. However, we politely request that:
Attendees respect that this these events are first and foremost RELIGIOUS services - please be courteous to anyone else attending or anyone else at the site
Anyone who is under the legal age of capacity to please attend only with a parent or guardian
Any instructions given are to protect the site or the health and safety of those attending - please follow any instructions given
Only take photographs if you have permission of those in the photographs and NEVER share photographs on social media unless you have the express permission of those in the photographs
We celebrate on the traditional date, or as near as possible, giving preference to weekends. We aim to choose dates and times that mean we are more likely to have the site at a relatively quiet time ... so that we do not clash with other events, such as the Rangers' tour (where relevant). We usually sound a horn to announce the ritual is starting.
Proposed dates for 2017:
(NB subject to approval by Historic Environment Scotland & we offer no guarantees at all that these rituals will go ahead. If we are unable for any reason to perform these rituals, we reserve the right to cancel without notice or reason (although we will try not to cancel and have not yet had to cancel, we have had to change advertised times at short notice). Please do NOT plan your stay in Orkney around these proposed dates, they are a statement of intent only.
Imbolc - Sunday 29 January at 4pm - Standing Stones of Stenness
Spring Equinox - Sunday 19 March at 5pm - Ring of Brodgar
Beltaine - Sunday 30 April at 6pm - Ring of Brodgar
Summer Solstice - Wednesday 21 June at 3am (YES, AT DAWN! We finish at sunrise) - Ring of Brodgar - please note this ritual will include a legal wedding!
Lughnasadh - Monday 31 July at 6pm - Ring of Brodgar
Autumn Equinox - Saturday 23 September at 6.30pm - Standing Stones of
Samhain - Sunday 29 October at 3pm - Standing Stones of Stenness
Winter Solstice - Saturday 23 December at 2pm - Standing Stones of Stenness
We try to offer a social gathering (moot) at a local hotel after every ritual and this will sometimes include a workshop. Does NOT apply to Summer Solstice (we go back home to sleep!).
If you are a Pagan visiting Orkney, please email and we will be pleased to meet up with you if we are available. Pagans in Orkney are always welcome to contact us for a blether and a cuppa at any time.
Helen and Mark are both Scottish Tourist Guide Association Green Badge Guides for Orkney - so are ALWAYS happy to provide advice on best places to visit in Orkney AND they are available for hire as a tourist guide.
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Looking forward to seeing you!
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