The image of dark and horrifying witches associated with Halloween is at odds with contemporary Pagan witchcraft, which venerates the earth and celebrates ancestors.
The festival of Samhain on 31 October, has ancient origins marking variously the end of summer, the beginning of the Celtic new year, the veneration of the dead and a fire festival in the agricultural year. It is observed by many Pagans and is associated with divining the future.
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Tim Wyatt explores the quest to understand the religious significance of Stonehenge. Aligning with sunrise and sunset, was it a place to venerate ancestors, a sacred house of healing, or a place for rituals which orientated people to the world?