At the Winter Solstice, in Pagan days, the sun returns. In Navan, Ireland, this monument, built 3,000 years before the Egyptian pyramids, allows the dawn sun to hit the tiny square in the center, above the curved stone, to shine light 140 feet into the tomb – during the winter solstice. For just five days. This Pagan temple, according to legend, allows the rebirth of the souls in the tomb to be reborn when the light reaches inside the temple.
Today, over 15,000 people enter a lottery to be given the chance to see the light in the tomb during those five days. Only 25 people can be in the tomb at one time, or 125 people make the cut in the lottery to get the chance — and Ireland, this time of year, is mostly cloudy and no sun shines to be seen in the temple.
My wife, Kate, and I visited the tomb in a February and they simulate what it is like for the light to enter the tomb. Pretty stunning.
In Pagan terms, the Winter Solstice is about rebirth — the sun now shines longer until reaching it’s zenith in June.
What will you rebuild in your life during this time?
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