You may be tired of reading about the different witch trials and laws but the reason I have posted and reblogged so much to do about them and laws governing the use of The Craft is to bring you knowledge that our ways have not always been accepted. While in many places and by many people they still aren’t these brave souls that gave their life so it would be easier for us should always be remembered. I try to do a thankfulness ritual every three months with the turning of the seasons to remember and thank them all. If not before then on Samhain they should be included in whatever you do to thank your ancestors for their protection and guidance.
For many people, the term “Celtic” is a homogenized one, popularly used to apply to cultural groups located in the British Isles and Ireland. However, from an anthropological standpoint, the term “Celtic” is actually fairly complex. Rather than meaning just people of Irish or English background, Celtic is used by scholars to define a specific set of language groups, originating both in the British Isles and in the mainland of Europe.
Celtic studies scholar Lisa Spangenberg says, “The Celts are an Indo-European people who spread from central Europe across the European continent to Western Europe, the British Isles, and southeast to Galatia (in Asia Minor) during the time before the Roman Empire. The Celtic family of languages is divided into two branches, the Insular Celtic languages, and the Continental Celtic languages.”
Today, the remains of early Celtic culture can be found in England and Scotland, Wales, Ireland, some areas of France and Germany, and even parts of the Iberian Peninsula.
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