> From: Cris Wilson [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Ok List
> This is only an idea, but coming from a rural area I can see how the
> days may have been important to agriculture.
> So if the Quarter days were important to Phyical life and living , then
could the solstess and equanox celibrations have been more to do
spiritul life and living?
For the pre-modern Celts, there was no distinction between physical
and spiritual life. For exmaple, they believed that if you wanted a good
harvest, you needed the assistance of the gods of skill (the Tuatha De/
Danann in the Second Battle of Moytura) to win the harvest from the powers
of natural fertility (the Fomoire in 2 Moytura). So, you offered gifts at
the time of sowing (Imbolc), when growing was at full swing and the animals
were moved to upper pastures (Beltaine), and at first harvest (Lughnasa).
On the other hand, the priests would have needed to be aware of the
movements of the elements in the key to use in creating calendars. Even in
the Christian era, the Irish were considered better at this than any one
else (as documented by Marina Smyth in _Understanding the Universe in
Seventh Century Ireland_).
> I have no proof to back this up, it's just a thought thats all.
It's a good instinct. After all, the ancient Celts looked at things
in terms of their day-to-day survival; only a minority had time or
opportunity for philosophical debates.