The Burning Times, Never Forget (Page 3)

Scottish Victims
OF THE BURNING TIMES

Take a moment and give these souls the repect they deserve!

 

NAME RESULT: DATE LOCATION
Adams, Thomas executed 1704 Pittenweem
Allen, Jonet burned 1661
Balfour, Alison burned 1594 – Dec. 16 Edinburgh
Barker, Janet burned 1643
Barton, William executed
Bean, Margrat executed 1597 Aberdeen
Bowman, Janet burned 1572
Brown, Janet burned 1643
Brugh, John burned 1643
Cornfoot, Janet mob violence 1704 Pittenweem
Corset, Janet mob violence 1704 Pittenweem
Chalmers, Bessie 1621 Inverkiething
Chatto, Marioun 1621 Inverkiething
Couper, Marable burned 1622 Northern Scotland
Craw, William burned 1680
Cumlaquoy, Marian burned 1643 Orkney
Douglas, Janet burned 1557 – July 17 Castle Hill
Drummond, Alexander executed 1670 Edinburgh
Duncan, Gellie hanged 1591
Dunhome, Margaret burned
Dunlop, Bessie burned 1576 Castle Hill
Dyneis, Jonka burned 1622 Northern Scotland
Cunningham, John burned 1591 Edinburgh
Fian, John hanged 1591 Edinburgh
Fynnie, Agnes burned 1643
Gerard, Katherine executed 1597 Aberdeen
Grant, Jonet executed 1597 Aberdeen
Grant, Marion executed 1597 Aberdeen
Grierson, Isobel burned 1607
Hamilton, Margaret burned 1680
Hamyltoun, Christiane 1621 Inverkiething
Harlow, Bessie 1621 Inverkiething
Horne, Janet of Dornoch burned 1722 Ross-shire
Hunter, Alexander burned 1629 Edinburgh
Jollie, Alison executed 1596
Jones, Katherine burned 1622 Northern Scotland
Kent, Margaret 1621 Inverkiething
Lauder, Margaret burned 1643
Lang, Beatrix died 1704 Pittenweem
Leyis, Thomas executed 1597 Aberdeen
Macalzean, Euphemia burned alive 1591 – June 25
MacEwen, Elspeth 1698 Kirkcudbright Prison
Man, Andro executed 1597 Aberdeen
Mundie, Beatrice 1621 Inverkiething
Napier, Barbara hanged 1591
Og, Margrat executed 1597 Aberdeen
Oige, Issobell executed 1597 Aberdeen
Oswald, Catherine burned 1670
Paris, ? hanged 1569 St. Andrews
Pearson, Alison 1588 – May 28
Peebles, Marion 1643
Pringle, Margaret 1680
Rattray, George executed 1705
Rattray, Lachlan executed 1705
Reid, Christen executed 1597 Aberdeen
Reid, John hanged himself 1697
Reoch, Elspeth burned 1622 Northern Scotland
Richie, Issobell executed 1597 Aberdeen
Rogie, Helen executed 1597 Aberdeen
Sampsoune, Agnes strangled, burned 1591
Scottie, Agnes burned 1622 Northern Scotland
Spaldarg, Jonet executed 1597 Aberdeen
Steward, William hanged 1569 St. Andrews
Stewart, Christian strangled, burned 1596 – Nov.
Thompson, Annaple burned 1680
Tod, Beigis burned 1608 – May 27 Lang Nydrie
Vickar, Bessie burned 1680
Wallace, Margaret executed 1622 Glascow
Weir, Thomas burned 1670 – April 11 Edinburgh / Leith
Wisherr, Jonet executed 1597 Aberdeen
Yullock, Agnes burned 1622 Northern Scotland

 

Italian Victims
OF THE BURNING TIMES

Take a moment and give these souls the repect they deserve!

 

NAME RESULT: DATE LOCATION
Baroni, Catterina beheaded, burned 1647 – April 14 Castelnovo
Bragadini,
Mark Antony
beheaded 1500’s
Camelli, Domenica beheaded, burned 1647 – April 14 Castelnovo
Caveden, Lucia beheaded, burned 1647 – April 14 Castelnovo
Cemola, Zinevra beheaded, burned 1647 – April 14 Castelnovo
Gratiadei, Domenica beheaded, burned 1647 – April 14 Castelnovo
Quattrino, Dominic burned 1583 Mesolcina

 

Other Known Victims
OF THE BURNING TIMES  Take a moment and give these souls the repect they deserve!

NAME RESULT: DATE LOCATION
Askew, Anne burned 1546
Bayerin, Anna executed 1751 Salzburg, AUSTRIA
Goeldi, Anna hanged 1782 – June 17 Glaris, SWITZERLAND
la Valle, Gracia burned
(1st in Spain)
1498 Saragossa, SPAIN
Meath, Petronilla de burned
(1st in Ireland)
1324 – Nov. 3 IRELAND
Rais, Gilles de executed 1440 – Oct. 26
Vuil, Daniel executed 1662 Beaufort, CANADA
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A Detailed History of Beltane

“…There have been many waves of Beltane festivals, each in its own generation with a different facet, but all saying ‘We Need To Celebrate’”
– Margaret Bennett, 2006

To the pastoral Celtic people’s of Europe the changing pattern of the seasons was a matter of life and death, and marking these changes key moments in the life of the community. Beltane – “bright fire” – was one such marker celebrated in various forms across Ireland, Scotland and Man as the starting point of summer. A celebration of the time of light and growth to come, Beltane was associated with a variety of practices, from the display of fresh greenery to the baking of Beltane bannocks. Perhaps the most important element, however, was the lighting of Beltane fires on the first of May, which would recall the growing power of the sun and provide an opportunity to cleanse and renew the conditions of a community – both humans and their animals – that had spent the dark months indoors. In Scotland, the lighting of Beltane fires – round which cattle were driven, over which brave souls danced and leapt – would survive into modern times, although a process of slow decline saw towns and villages slowly abandon the practice in the nineteenth century. The last Beltane fire recorded in Helmsdale took place in 1820. In the middle years of the century the fires of Fife spluttered out, and by the 1870s they would go unlit in the Shetland Isles. By the start of the twentieth century, Edinburgh, which had for time immemorial seen beacons lit on Arthur’s Seat, ceased such public Beltane celebrations.

In 1988 Edinburgh’s Beltane fires were brought to life once more, led by Angus Farquhar – then of industrial band Test Dept, who took part in the first Beltane performance, now ofNVA. The inspiration here was the idea of recreating a sense of community and an appreciation of the cyclical nature of the seasons and our connection to the environment. With the aid of choreographer Lindsay John and a folklorist Margaret Bennett of Edinburgh University’s School of Scottish Studies, this first performance drew on existing folk traditions surrounding Beltane to create a modern celebration of the festival which has continued to grow and evolve as the years have gone by.

This first modern Beltane saw only five performers take to Calton Hill, watched by an audience of fifty to a hundred people. Within five years this had grown to several hundred performers and three thousand audience members, during which time the Society came into place to support the continuation of the festival. While Arthur’s Seat had traditionally been the location for Edinburgh’s Beltane celebrations, at the time of the planning of the ‘new’ Beltane Festival a location was needed that was more accessible and central, while still maintaining an association with nature and the environment. Calton Hill also at that time had a bad reputation relating to sex and drugs and was a ‘no go’ area of the city, and part of the aim was to ‘reclaim’ that space for the local community through our celebrations.

As the Beltane Fire Festival has grown and developed, change has been inevitable. In 1992, Angus Farquhar organised his last Beltane, and the following year the Beltane Fire Society formed to take on his mantle. By 1999, audience numbers had reached ten thousand, and in 2001 the Festival took on its first paid production manager to co-ordinate the growing event, currently a part-time paid role in an otherwise volunteer organisation. Growing costs, attendance numbers and council licensing requirements meant that in 2004 the decision was made for the previously free event to be ticketed for the first time. An admission charge did little to effect the festival’s popularity, however, and in 2004 the event sold out for the first time with an audience of twelve thousand. In recent years, the audience has varied between six and twelve thousand people, experiencing a cast of around three hundred performers, plus support groups, technicians and production groups.

As “Beltane” has got bigger, it also expanded outwith the night itself, part of a cultural mileau which helped to spawn several performance groups which would move beyond the bounds of Beltane. Most notable was te POOKa, a performing arts charity which for many years had a symbiotic relationship with the festival, sharing personnel, headquarters and, in its early years, the name “Beltane Productions”. The charitable objectives of the Society, which in part seeks to raise awareness of the Quarter Days of the Scottish seasonal calendar, have also expanded its own performances to mark these complementary festivals. While the festivals of Imbolc and Lugnasadh have generally been small, informal affairs for members of the Society, the most established alternate celebration is Samhuinn – 31st October – when the coming of winter is marked by a public procession in Edinburgh city centre.

Despite these changes, BFS remains a volunteer-run community charity, with the performance on the night itself at its core. And, while the performance itself has grown and changed, it has firmly retained key elements – the procession of the May Queen, the death and rebirth of Green Man, the lighting of the bonfire – which provide a backbone of continuity while allowing a huge amount of flexibility within each group and each character as to how they wish to engage with and shape the story of our Festival. The Beltane fires have returned to Edinburgh in a vibrant, modern tradition which has become a world-renowned spectacle.

From:

Beltane Fire Society

Formed in 1988, Beltane Fire Society is a community arts performance charity that hosts the Beltane Fire Festival and Samhuinn Fire Festival in Edinburgh.

Calendar of the Sun for December 31

Calendar of the Sun

31 Yulmonath

Hogmanay

Color: Brown
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon a brown cloth set symbols of all the projects around the house that need to be finished, as well as a bottle of wine or beer and cups.
Offerings: Cleaning and finishing projects.
Daily Meal: Leftovers.

Hogmanay Invocation

We stand at the turning of the year,
In the place predicted by the Fates.
We are here because this time, this place
Is where we were destined to be,
Though we never knew before this moment,
We could not have seen this time and place.
Yet here we are, standing together with each other,
Hand to hand, soul to soul, with open eyes.
Yet well we know that nothing lasts forever,
And things well begun should not be left half done.
So it is that we shall take up the tools
And finish those things left undone,
Tying up the strings of our existence
Before the turning of the New Year
And the coming of the Fates yet again.
Hail to the Fates! We await your day,
And the next year, to see what it may bring.

(Each goes forth and takes up the symbol of some thing that is yet undone around the House, and declares that they will do it, and what it will mean for them to complete that task. Then the wine is shared around, a toast is made to the new year, and the rest is poured out as a libation.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

A Little Humor for Your Life – Need Excuses for Work? Pick One, lol!

I cant come into work today because my leg is stuck in the drain outside of my house, and the rescue team haven’t arrived yet to get it out.
I cant come to work because I lost the house keys I’m locked in.
Dave can’t come to work today because, I, his other personality has taken over and I dont work.
It is against my religion to work on Mondays and Wednesdays.
I  have amnesia, who r u? ………work?…………..I work?
I’d love to come to work today, but I got on the wrong train and I’m now in Edinburgh.
I’m just about to reach enlightenment, so I cant possibly come to work because it will disturb my practices.
I cant come to work because the aliens are coming tonight and I’m baking cakes to give to them as peace offerings.
I’m not coming to work today….. “why not?” ……. because….. I’m not
I  cant come to work because they are after me!!…………. “who?……………. Ahhhhhhhh(hear shouting and bangs) ………”hello?……………??”
My friend can’t come into work today because I knocked him out.
I saved so much money by switching to Geico I don’t have to work today
I’m sorry but my eyes are just in bad shape right now. I just cant see myself going into work today.
Sorry boss I cant go to work today because my car keys grew legs of their own and ran off!
Sorry I cannot take the job, When I was but a youngster a wise man told that there are two days a year that if you work you will surely die. I was so young that I forgot to ask what those two days were and now because of fear I cannot work any day of the year.
I can’t(grunt) come in to (grunt) work today, I HAVE (grunt) EXPLOSIVE DIARREA!!!!!!
I’m not sure when I’ll be in to work…I am in the shower and the shampoo bottle says to, “Lather, Rinse, Repeat.” I might be here for a loooong time.
I can’t come into work today, I have anal glacoma. What? I can’t see my butt coming into work!!!
I dont have my work clothes so I wouldnt be coming in today
I’ll be late for work today becuase I was on my way to the car, and see it was hot out so I decided I needed to take a break.

Calendar of the Sun for December 31st

Calendar of the Sun

31 Yulmonath

Hogmanay

Color: Brown
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon a brown cloth set symbols of all the projects around the house that need to be finished, as well as a bottle of wine or beer and cups.
Offerings: Cleaning and finishing projects.
Daily Meal: Leftovers.

Hogmanay Invocation

We stand at the turning of the year,
In the place predicted by the Fates.
We are here because this time, this place
Is where we were destined to be,
Though we never knew before this moment,
We could not have seen this time and place.
Yet here we are, standing together with each other,
Hand to hand, soul to soul, with open eyes.
Yet well we know that nothing lasts forever,
And things well begun should not be left half done.
So it is that we shall take up the tools
And finish those things left undone,
Tying up the strings of our existence
Before the turning of the New Year
And the coming of the Fates yet again.
Hail to the Fates! We await your day,
And the next year, to see what it may bring.

(Each goes forth and takes up the symbol of some thing that is yet undone around the House, and declares that they will do it, and what it will mean for them to complete that task. Then the wine is shared around, a toast is made to the new year, and the rest is poured out as a libation.)

 

[Pagan Book of Hours]