Oil on canvas, 2019
25cm W x 30cm H
What was once known to the ancients as the Honey Moon takes place in June and around the time of the Summer Solstice. The name is said to be due to it coinciding with the time of year when marriages were most popular, and also due to the custom of giving mead and honey to newly weds during the first moon of their marriage; hence the term ‘honeymoon’. Moon phases were also seen as symbols for the phases of marriage itself, with the wedding being the happiest and fullest part, signified by the full moon. At sunrise on the 21st druids, pagans and people from all over the world will gather at the ancient monument of Stonehenge to witness the sunrise on the day of the Summer Solstice, a day that marks the time of year when daytime is at its longest and night time at its shortest. Stonehenge, steeped in speculation and mystery, has been a site of spiritual significance and congregation for thousands of years.