GreenOak51 wrote:It is accepted that the Celts recognized their new year at the end of Samhuinn (moving into the first day on November 1).
There is a wide-spread if unproven modern notion that the pagan 'Celtic New Year' was not in midwinter, which will be discussed much later in the present book. The Welsh sources at least strongly suggest that by the tenth Century at the very latest, a midwinter New Year's festival was being celebrated with a vigour which suggests a long-established tradition. The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, page 8
There is, therefore, absolutely no firm evidence in the written record that the year opened on 1 November in either early Ireland or early Wales, and a great deal in the Welsh material to refute the idea. Nor can it be confidently be concluded the even the Irish only celebrated the four quarter-days. The whole argument for a 'Celtic New Year' was originally based upon conclusions drawn from relatively recent folklore, and it has been suggested that these were flawed. pages 410-411
minerva5 wrote:Don't really know enough about Druidry yet to comment, I've still a long way to go, but I tend to hibernate both metaphorically and nearly in reality between December and February unless the weather is especially warm and sunny. This has been happening for years , which presented a problem when I was working. I only really come alive again at Imbolc. I've found that even if I try to be busy it doesn't work, I have to slow down. I call it "Living in tune with the seasons". Perhaps I have hedgehog genes! I believe that if you are in tune with nature your body will find its natural rhythms and it's better to stick to it. There are probably Winter and Summer people, just as there are Morning and Night people. XX Min.
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