Pitfall Paganism

Why Everyone’s Missed The Summer Solstice This Year

And don’t blame the weather

Philip Ogley
Published in
3 min readJun 20, 2024


Summer Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge! (Wiki Comms)

If you live in Northern Europe, you probably won’t have noticed that today is the summer solstice — and therefore MIDSUMMER’s DAY.

The weather this year has been so bad that I’ve seen the sun less than I’ve seen my dear old cat who died three years ago.

Yes, it’s been a shocker!

Which is a shame, because for the last 30 years, I’ve always used the summer solstice as an excuse to smoke loads of weed and get my Caravan and Faust albums out in the sunshine.

When I lived in South-West England during my late twenties and early thirties, June was always hot and sunny. The land of King Arthur, Avalon, and Glastonbury. Five-thousand years ago, this area of England was the equivalent of Pagans ‘R’ Us.

They even built a huge stone monument, where on the morning of the Summer Solstice, druids dressed in white sheets gathered to watch the sun rise over The Heel Stone.

You might have heard of it — it’s called Stonehenge.