The June Solstice was hugely significant in ancient societies, a time when the Sun’s magnetic power was at its most intense. It represented fertility, and marked an important time for the harvests of the coming year to be blessed.
This power has carried through in places of worship and burial sites, from ancient standing stones to pyramids and tombs. These structures were designed to align with the sacred time of the year, when the sun was at its most powerful. While spending time in Ireland I was fortunate to visit sites that the Neolithic pagan cultures built and the experience was profound.
Years of living on agricultural land has heightened my awareness of the sun’s power, and this is my annual way of marking it, to somehow hold sacred.
June 21, Remains of the Day
oil / cold wax on canvas, plein air, 16x20in
copyright Jan Yates 2014, available