The twinmoons are high and golden in the sky this chill midnight when Halloween tips over into Samhain. Soon the ritual to honor those lost in the past year and to bless the new year will begin. This is the last harvest festival, summer’s end the acceptance that winter is coming. An altar has food for the living…and a platter for the dead on this night when the walls between the worlds are thin.
At first the people in the grove are quiet as the circle is made, then the bonfire is lit and stories of those who passed away are recounted. Toasts are drunk and written regrets from the past are tossed into the fire. The new year is embraced. Stars – galaxies – seem to whirl through the sky, spinning white and bright as people circle the fire, hand clasped to hand, dancing.
Laughter and fellowship are celebrated, friends and family eat and drink of the harvest bounty. Cider – soft and hard – lays tangy on the tongue, ready to be followed by savory meat pies, then sugar-dusted pastries.
After sharing food comes meditation, and some may stare into the bonfire and try to see the future in the flames. Again people stand linked and let their magic and their hopes and dreams for themselves and their loved ones flow around the ritual circle. Then the circle is opened and folk will slip from the night and the silver and shadow grove into the warm and welcoming house.
Or they will teleport to their own special places and other, more intimate celebrations may commence…
Holly-Blackthorn Family Tree
Map of Celta
I’ve had a very poor/amateurish map of the two continents of
Celta presently known since before I was published. Finally I found
software that has helped me make it acceptable for general use. The cities
of Druida and Gael City are only dots, but other landscape items can be seen
including the dreaded Great Washington Boghole. The map will be updated as
I become more famililar with the program.
The line drawing and final map of the northern continent of Celta.
Ornus: wild mountain ash
Fraxinus: olive family with pinnate leaves, thin furrowed bark, gray branchlets, tough, elastic wood of an ash
– Prickley Ash Bark
T’Ash’s Fam: Zanthoxyl, Zanth
Old English Names and Derivations
OE aesc–Lejer, (see British St. Leger, Sellinger)
Welsh Words Associated with T’Ash
Steel = Dur
Coal = Gloyn, Glo
Iron = Haearn
Carbon = Carbon
Traditional Celtic Color for Ash –Glass Green, Hazeltourmaline
T’Ash’s ancestor was the rebel leader in the time of the last Captain of the Starship Nuada’s Sword right before the discovery of Celta. He married Missy (Mistletoe) Wayland, a daughter of the Holly family.
Jacob Randolph: This boy’s name is used in English. Its source is Randwulf, an Ancient Germanic name meaning “Wolf shield.” Nickname of Randolph is: Randy. Thus the name RAND came down the ancestral line as a first name for Rand T’Ash.
Zanth: huge black and white tomcat with attitude, T’Ash’s Fam in HeartMate, tagline “Life Is Good”
Pansy/Princess: grey tabby cat (not a Fam) who loves jewelry, Danith’s cat in HeartMate
Ilexa: large hunting cat of Tinne Holly in HeartMate
Samba: fat and sassy, especially on her flying saucer, Fam of Ruis Elder in Heart Thief, tagline “Let’s Go Play”
Primrose: teacup poodle puppy, Fam of Ailim D’SilverFir in Heart Thief
Meserv: fat and lazy orange tabby tom kitten Fam of Holm Holly in Heart Thief
Phyl: tough tom kitten Fam of Lark Hawthorn Collinson in Heart Thief. The kittens’ tagline: “We all have fine fates.”
Boris: tough black and white ghost/angel tomcat with attitude in the novella Road of Adventure.
Drina: blue-eyed half Siamese Queen of the Universe Fam to Straif Blackthorn in Heart Choice. Tag line: “Everyone adores Me,” and “Everyone Who Counts Adores Me.”
Pinky: small cream colored tomcat who becomes a Fam, companion to Antenn Moss in Heart Choice.
On the Ship and the Discovery of Celta:
Heart And Sword IN THE COLLECTION OF HEARTS AND SWORDS:
400 HeartMate: Druida City, Celta, 400 years after Colonization, Summer, July, Discovery Day
400 The Turquoise House becomes aware/is born.
400 Draeg Betony Blackthorn born
400 Heart Thief: Druida City, Celta, 400 Years after Colonization, Autumn
403 Heart Duel: Druida City, Celta, 403 years after Colonization, Summer, Month of Holly
404 Heart Choice: Druida City, Celta, 404 Years After Colonization, Spring
404 Nuin Ash is born late 404
404 The Betony Blackthorns move to a southern estate
405 Heart Quest: Druida City, Celta, 405 Years After Colonization, Late Autumn BLACK MAGIC CULT deaths
405 Heart Dance: Druida City, Celta, 405 Years After Colonization, Early Winter (two months after Heart Quest, i.e. January/)
406 Heart Story IN THE COLLECTION OF HEARTS AND SWORDS: Druida City, Celta 406 Years After Earth Colonization, Spring
406 Heart Fate: Druida City, Celta, 406 Years After Colonization, Mid Winter (one year after the end of Heart Dance) SAMHAIN = NEW YEAR, SO JUST A MONTH AND A HALF AFTER THE NEW YEAR
406: Loridana Itha Valerian Yew born the day before Discovery Day
406: Holm and Lark’s child born, a boy.
Heart & Soul IN THE COLLECTION OF HEARTS AND SWORDS, Gael City, Celta 406 Years After Colonization, Autumn (Elder/October) the last days of 406
407 Heart Change: Druida City, Celta, 407 Years After Colonization, Spring (March)
407 Ash twins born
407 Tinne Holly’s girl born (Aurea)
407 Heart Journey: Druida City, Celta, 407 Years After Colonization, Late Summer
409 Draeg Betony Blackthorn goes to live with Straif and Mitchella.
14 YEARS PASS BETWEEN HEART JOURNEY AND HEART SEARCH: THIS HAPPENS IN BETWEEN
411 Noble Heart IN THE COLLECTION OF HEARTS AND SWORDS, Druida City, Celta, 411 Years After Colonization, Winter
411 Trif Clover’s second child (a girl after a boy, is born)
411 LAST A’SH BABY BORN, DONTEA Female, jeweler (referenced in Noble Heart)
412 Elwyn Clover (Walker Clover-Sedwy Grove)
414 Tinne and Lahsin’s son born, Marin.
417 TAB HOLLY DIES, CAL MARIGOLD IS BORN
417 Dalmatia Clover born (Second Walker Clover-Sedwy Grove child)
417 Draeg Betony Blackthorn is 17. Second Passage and deaths of Tab Holly and his HeartMated parents cast him adrift, he hires out with merchants (through the guild and Cratag).
421 Heart Search (Laev): Druida City, Celta, 421 Years After Colonization, Late Spring
Nuin Ash is 17
421 Heart Secret (Garrett Primross and Artemisia Mugwort), Druida City, 421 years after Colonization, Late Summer
421 Heart Fortune (Glyssa Licorice and Race Bayrum), Excavation of Lugh’s Spear, the lost starship, 421 years after Colonization, End of Summer
422 Heart Fire (Antenn Blackthorn-Moss and Tiana Mugwort), Druida City, 422 years after Colonization, Early Spring) half a year since Heart Secret.
422 Watson Clover born (oracle says father’s Flair, Walker Clover-Sedwy Grove)
424 Heart Legacy Druida City, D’Yew Residence, Early Spring