Join us to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox!
Monday, September 22
Sunrise 6:32am

 

Summer 2014 Equinox

The Sun Circle Ceremony demonstrates the science, art, and mysteries of the universe in one fell swoop. Led by gongmaster Don Orne, the ceremony honors all spiritual traditions and is short and interactive. It includes  Bruce Greenwald, sculptor and architect of the Sun Circle who will make brief comments. Astronomer Jim Keating will remark on the solar system and astronomical dynamics.

“Everyone, of all ages and from all places, is invited to join us to welcome spring at the Sun Circle. Here in this place, science, art, the mystery and love of life are brought together as the sunrise heralds the next season,” said Lynn Nadeau, president of the CIA. “I am grateful to all who have worked to make the park so lovely. The well-placed benches, stones and paths augment the blueberry bushes, hawthorne trees and other wonderful plants."

Actually, the sun rises directly in the east only twice a year, once in fall and once in spring, for each equinox, when the day and night hours are equal.  At that time, the earth’s axis is perpendicular to the imagined line connecting the center of the earth and the sun. These facts, and more, will be presented and discussed at the seaside park on the Marblehead-Swampscott town line.

“The cycle of the seasons are noted four times a year at this wonderful site,” said KH Krena, who has photographed the Sun Circle since its completion on September 21, 2009.

Beach Bluff Park, owned and cared for by the CIA, has become a beloved focal point where people come to observe the sea and the sky, to access the beach and to sit and contemplate in peace. New landscaping designed and planted by Robert Dempster has been the delight of park visitors. “The plantings are fluorishing; we will prepare the park for winter storms and hope for the best.” said Dempster. 
 

The Seasons they go 'round and 'round ...

 Four times a year, scientists, students, spiritual seekers and nature-lovers rise early to witness the spectacular effect of the Sun’s journey as it touches the Sun Sculpture’s basalt columns, one by one.  Led by Gong Master Don Orne with Sculptor Bruce Greenwald and Astronomer Jim Keating, three aspects of life are represented: mystery, art, and science, revealed and made manifest by the Sun Circle.  Neighbors and strangers gather together to observe, learn, and celebrate the planetary truths and our place in the universe; participants share song, dance, and commentary as they gather to bid farewell to the past season and to welcome the new.


 Beach Bluff Park Winter solstice
Summer Solstice

On the summer solstice, around June 21, the sun rises at the point on the horizon that is farthest north - 32 degrees north of east.  And the moment of the winter solstice is the exact moment when the earth’s axis is tilted closest to the line connecting the center of the earth and the sun producing the longest day in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern. The word  “solstice” comes from the Latin for “sun stands still” - since the sun seems poised at its rising place for a day or two. 
 
Photographs by Khkrena
Equinox

The sun rises directly in the east only twice a year, once in fall and once in spring. On that day, the earth's axis is perpendicular to the line connecting the earth and sun and the day and night are of equal length. "Equinox" comes from the Latin for "equal night".

There are two equinoxes - one on around September 21 which announces the start of autumn and one on around March 21 which announces the beginning of spring.




Winter Solstice

On the winter solstice, around December 21, the sun rises at the point on the horizon that is farthest farthest south - 32 degrees south of east.  The moment of the winter solstice is the exact moment when the earth’s axis is tilted farthest from the line connecting the center of the earth and the sun producing the shortest day in the northern hemisphere and the longest in the southern. The word  “solstice” comes from the Latin for “sun stands still” - since the sun seems poised at its rising place for a day or two.

 

The CIA was established in 1934 with gifts of land which are now used for parking.
In 1993, a generous gift of additional land was given by  the Blodgett family. This land, which connects with Preston Beach, is now known as Beach Bluff Park and is enjoyed by everyone who passes by or stops to visit.

In the spring of 2007, the wall protecting the park from the sea was destroyed by a storm. A new wall, with stairs down to the beach, has been constructed which will protect the Park as well as the avenue from being flooded during storms.