Jonathan Cainer Zodiac Forecasts

June 23th to June 30th 2003

Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge

Another weekend, another sunrise, another circle of standing stones.

This time, I left the kids at home. In a rare moment of family unity, the younger ones all agreed. “A once-in-a-lifetime eclipse is fair enough, Dad... but this is just the solstice dawn. It happens every year. And the Sun comes up every single morning. Why have we got to go all the way to Wiltshire, just to watch it?” So I got them a babysitter and found, instead, some adult travelling companions who were not quite so serious and sensible. On the long drive down from North Yorkshire though, I considered what my children had said. A little too late, I came up with the perfect reply. “Of course it happens every day. That’s the point. If we want to really enjoy our lives to the full, we only ever have two options. We can keep seeking out new experiences... or we can learn to find deeper magic within the ones we usually take for granted.” On balance, I decided against ringing up at 2am from Watford Gap services, just to share this little insight with my sleeping smart alecs. But it set me thinking.

By the time I was standing beneath those majestic monuments, watching a glorious sky turn slowly blue with streaks of electric pink, I was starting to understand something else. The ancients may have been a whole lot wiser than we realise. Today’s experts all take much the same rather patronising view.

“Primitive people built Stonehenge,” they explain in smug, superior voices, “as a temple to the sky. They lived in fear that somehow, if all the proper rituals were not performed on the appropriate day, the sun god would frown on them. He might decide not to rise up any more. The crops would fail. The land would freeze. All would die in the darkness.”

Of course, they don’t actually KNOW any of this, nor do they have the first clue about how Stonehenge was actually constructed. But hey, it’s obvious isn’t it? We are sophisticated and civilised. All those poor pre-Christian pagans were just dumb and deluded. Nobody can prove anything, because it all happened so long ago. But if stones DO hold memories and if those memories can be released at special times by sensitive people, they may well have been trying to get a message across on Saturday morning.

Thirty thousand people turned up from all over the land, not to stand around in some awe-struck silent reverie... but to dance and drum and sing and dance away the night before greeting the Sunrise with a spontaneous outburst of stamping, shouting, whistling, chanting, cheering... plus wild, rapturous applause.

Didn’t we all know full well that the Sun was going to rise anyway, regardless of whether or not we made such a gesture? Well, of course. But for a moment, we were willing to suspend our disbelief, to enter into a spirit of child-like innocence and to show some appreciation for the miracle of nature that brings us all a wonderful new sunrise every morning.

Maybe that’s all the ancients were ever trying to do, too!

Solstice Sunrise at Avebury

When I said, yesterday, that my kids were not interested in watching the Solstice sunrise, I meant only the younger ones. Jessica, at 19, is now a student with her own flat. On Saturday, at 5am, she sent me a text message: “Happy Solstice, Daddy!” I replied: “Where R U?” It turns out she was at Avebury, a smaller stone circle a few miles from Stonehenge. I asked why she had not come to join me. “2 noisy,” she said. “The hippies here R more laid-back.”
Who Built Stonehenge?

Dear Jonathan,
Who built Stonehenge? The rocks are massive. How did they carry them?
Many thanks
Ah-Lee Chan

Dear Ah-Lee,
The stones come from at least 200 miles away. Experts argue about how they got there and how old they are. Most think the stones were dragged by determined, ‘cavemen’. Others suspect the ancients were more advanced than we are today. Maybe they used Star Trek- style techniques to teleport those stones. Or perhaps, through focusing their minds, they somehow made those rocks light enough to levitate. I really don’t know. But I intend to have fun finding out.

Solstice feedback

“No Dad...” said Jessica when she read my story about her Solstice expedition, “the STONES at Avebury are smaller but the circle is bigger.”

Maureen, who lives near this ancient sacred site, points out that Avebury is “1,500 years older than Stonehenge and 14 times larger. Silbury Hill is one mile away and was built at the time of the Great Pyramid.” Please visit, she adds.

And a reader called Steve says: “Did you know that the dew, on midsummer’s morn, is supposed to have special healing powers? Traditionally, women skip naked through it, to make themselves more fertile.”

Glastonbury Festival, Astrocat and Peter Paul Rubens

Today, I’m on my way to the Glastonbury Festival. I may say more about this, next week. Meanwhile, Astrocat would like to point out that the painter, Peter Paul Rubens, was born on June 28 1577. Had he only lived, he would have been 426 tomorrow.
'Dark of the Moon' comment

The moon is conspicuous by its absence this weekend. This will no doubt please many mystics and mediums who feel able to do their most powerful works in the ‘dark of the moon’ For the rest of us, it represents a chance to make a fresh start.

Happy Birthday!
Tom Cruise, who turns 41 on Thursday, is known on-screen and off as Mr Nice Guy. I am sure he is. Yet to be nice all the time is to be very two-dimensional. Of course, there is deeper side to him but few will ever see it. People born und the crab are always careful about who they let under their shell.
Others who celebrate their birthdays this week are: Today June 28; Kathy Bates (55), John Cusack (37) and John Inman (66), Tomorrow June 29; Gary Busey (59) and Carlos Santana (56), Monday June 30; Mike Tyson (37) and Ralf Schumacher (28), Tuesday July 1; Deborah Harry (58), Dan Aykroyd (51), Carl Lewis (42), Pamela Anderson (36) and Liv Tyler (26), Wednesday July 2; Jerry Hall (47), Thursday July 3; Tom Stoppard (66) and Tom Cruise (41), Friday July 4; Bill Withers (65).

Sleep deprivation and Glastonbury

In ancient times, when seers and sages sought a mystic vision, they would deliberately enter an ‘altered state’. Some would take hallucinogenic herbs. Some would fast and chant. Most, though, would use the simplest, most powerful technique of all; sleep deprivation. It has long been known that, if you stay awake long enough, you will lose your connection with the real world and start to commune with strange spirits. By this reckoning, there must be 150,000 fully tuned-in psychics leaving Glastonbury this morning! It has, as usual, been a wonderful but exhausting event. If, or when, I recover I’ll tell you more about it.


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