On Saturday 21st March 2020 at 5pm there will be a celebration of Vore Tullye (Spring Equinox) at the Comet Stone, near to the Ring of Brodgar. Our ritual is inclusive and designed to be accessible for people of all religions / beliefs and none – it incorporates aspects of modern Paganism and refers to Orcadian traditions and folklore.

This ceremony marks the point in the year when the time of the light and the time of the dark in each day is equal – but it is an exciting time because soon the days will become much longer than the nights! Spring is usually very much in evidence in Orkney and we often see hares boxing and song birds courting.

In Orcadian folklore this time of year was known as Vore Tullye, and the focus is on the storms that we get at this time of year. We also consider symmetry, equipoise and balance; we acknowledge this status in the natural world around us and as it is symbolised in our lives.

We welcome everyone who wishes to attend. There is no charge and we ask only that you bring your open mind and warm heart. We meet at the Comet Stone which is a solitary stone about 50 ms / yds south-east of the Ring of Brodgar and we are quite obvious! We invite participants to join in, perhaps by taking a speaking part, or bringing a reading or piece of music to share. Join in as much as you are comfortable with – if you only wish to observe, please be equally welcomed. We usually conclude by sharing ale and honey-cake ... and then we regroup at a local hotel for a social meeting.

Please feel free to contact Helen or Mark Woodsford-Dean, for further information email us at info@spiritualorkney.co.uk

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ATTENDANCE AT OUR OPEN RITUALS AND PARTICIPATION IN ANY ACTIVITIES OFFERED IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN CHOICE AND RISK. WE DON'T DO ANYTHING THAT WE CONSIDER TO BE DANGEROUS BUT WE ACCEPT NO LIABILITY IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER. WE OFFER THESE RITUALS PURELY ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS AS A SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

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THIS IS A SCOTTISH PAGAN FEDERATION EVENT.