The Bonfire

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The Bonfire captures a pagan practice of the pre-Christian Celts, Britons and Scandinavians. It was a crepuscular practice marking the autumn equinox, when day would be swallowed by winter’s almost endless night, in the upper reaches of the Northern Hemisphere. The equinox was also a liminal time when the barrier between the physical world and the spirit world became more permeable, like at the crossroads or at twilight.

Below, the westward axial precession of the (vernal) equinox through the ages: