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Winter Nights and the Healing of the Soul

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In ancient times, our ancestors lit bonfires during this time year. It was called, among the Celts, the Winter Fire. It was thought that these massive fires would light the path home for their passed kin, a beacon to attract the spirits of their loved ones. Around these fires the Folk would gather and tell stories of their kin and their adventures.

Turnip Jack-O-Lantern

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The Celts would make these lanterns with scary faces to frighten off malevolent spirits.

Introduction to the Celts

The Celts were the first Europeans to emerge from the Alps in recorded history. There were two distinct times in Celtic culture, the first being the Hallstatt dating from 1200 B.C. to 475 B.C. Hallstatt Celts were known for their geometric art style and expert craftsmanship of metals. As the Hallstatt era came to an end, a new cultural style known as the La Tene period started to emerge.

The Oak

We think of the Oak as the nost English of trees and it was, not so long ago, of immense importance in the daily lives of our people. When Britannia first ruled the waves it was the oak that furnished wood for her ships. Throughout the middle…