Below is a striking depiction of the Celtic Zodiac, created by graphic artist Michael Paukner. On his Flickr page with the image, he includes the following short history of Halloween (quoted from the History Channel‘s site):

“Celts believed that on the night before their new year, which they celebrated on Novermber 1, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, the Druids celebrated Samhain (pronounced sow-in), when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For someone who’s entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.”

The Celtic Zodiac

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One thought on “Celtic Roots

  1. Something is definitely going on. i don’t believe in coincidence too much. tooooo many stories over tooooo many years from tooooo many people from alllllll over. yeah, something has/is happening.

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