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    The Celtic Craft

    A Celtic Midsummer with the Druids Entering the second month of the summer season, it is slowly becoming apparent that nature is now  in full swing. The sun is rising early to greet the world; the birds are singing their daily Acapella and the earth is blooming in the sun’s warm rays, providing a luscious and fertile landscape that is always a wonder to behold at this time of year. For the Celts, too, this was a time of great celebration. The health, prosperity and fertility that were called upon in previous rites and sabbats would have started to exhibit its arrival by now. The pastoral culture would give thanks…

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    The Celtic Craft

    Bealtaine – A Celtic Festival As the first of May arrives, so too does the Summer festival of the ancient Celts: Bealtaine. Also known as ‘Beltane’, this fire festival is one of rich fertility, optimum growth and vibrant youth. What we regard as ‘Mayday’ once marked the beginning of the Celtic summer and was a time of huge celebration across all Celtic tribes, specifically those found in Ireland (Curran, 2000). Today, followers of the Pagan path similarly regard this Quarter as a time for commemoration. But how exactly did the Celtic people mark this religious event? For the Celts, this was a brilliant opportunity to conjure the summer in. Bealtaine…