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           Samhain is not only the celebration of the dead, but also of fire. They would put almost anything in a fire (animals, crops and humans) and from that fire omens would be taken and fortunes were told from examining their remains.

          « The druids built a huge new year's bonfire of oak branches, which they considered sacred. They burned animals, crops and human beings as sacrifices to their sun god Muck Olla. During this diabolical ceremony the people wore costumes made of animal heads and skins. They then practiced divination, looked for omens in the struggle of the victims sacrificed in the fires, jumped over the flames or dashed through them, danced and sang. All of this was done to frighten the evil spirits away. » 20

          « Kindle a bonfire or a single candle to welcome the underworld tide of Samhain. Ignite the fire ceremoniously, noting the kindling of a new fire to welcome a new season, a new year. join hands with those present and lead a procession or a spirited dance. Spiral in toward the light, around it and then spiral away again to invite the season and the spiritsHalloween is also known as "Nutcrack Night", for the hazel and walnuts that are placed on a fire or stove to foretell the fidelity of lovers. Hazel nuts and water are particularly divinatory, harking back to the Well of Connla, where the nine hazel trees of wisdom drop their nuts into the murmuring waters

           As the bonfire leaps skyward, it rends the boundaries between worlds and years, stirring the souls of the dead and those yet living. When the great bonfire finally sees ashes on November 1st, the new Celtic year, the winter and the season of death have arrived… divinations at Samhain reflect the need to discern the germ of new beginnings from the whirling debris of dissolution at year-end…When the fire has died down, jump a safe part of the fire for luck Some traditions that honour the arrival of the Otherworldly host are divinations, feasting, masquerades and the use of harvest symbols.
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          « The druids ordered all the people to put out their hearth fires, and then they lit bonfires on the hillsides. These fires were built primarily of oak branches, which were considered holy. Animals, crops, and even humans were burned as sacrifices. Omens were taken from the way these victims struggled in the flames, and fortunes were told from examining their remains. As the people sat around the Samhain bonfire, they believed that they could converse with dead friends or relatives, and they roasted nuts in the hopes that they could find out whom they would marry. Then, each family re-lit their hearth fires from this New Year's fire. Any families who did not do this, was put to death. » 17

          In conclusion, these fires were mostly for any kind of divinations, mostly with dead relatives. If you've noticed since chapter one, we've talked regularly concerning spirits. There are a lot of people who are seeking and they're looking in the wrong place to get to the spiritual world. They want to communicate with the dead people that they might know their future or how it is on the other side. They think that if the dead are already on the other side, then they know what it is like. Of course they know how it is on that side, but don't forget that there's no way these people can come back to this side to communicate any kind of information with us, the living people, as we've seen it in the previous chapter (Luke 16:22-26).

           Most people that want to know about their future are afraid of dying. The only one who can tell us about the future is the Holy Spirit. Make no mistake about it, for there's a lot of "guides" around us that are calling themselves the Holy Spirit. The real one will guide us into all truth (that we don't always want to hear) and will always point us toward Jesus (John 16:13-13). The only right way to enter the spiritual world is without a doubt, through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). When we communicate with the dead (necromancy) or by divinations, crystal ball, tarot cards, horoscope, etc. we are, in fact, talking with demons.

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