The Druids were the spiritual guides / shamans of the Celtic people. The earliest evidence of Celtic peoples in Britain dates back to the late Bronze Age (around 1000 BCE). At this time, Celtic-speaking tribes began migrating from continental Europe, notably from areas such as Gaul (modern-day France).
The influx of Celtic tribes intensified during the Iron Age, particularly from the 5th century BCE onwards. Various Celtic tribes settled in different parts of Britain
These Celtic tribes established their own territories and kingdoms, and they interacted with both each other and with the existing indigenous populations. Celtic culture, language, and customs gradually spread throughout the regions they inhabited.
In the 1st century BCE, the Roman Empire expanded its influence into Britain. The Romans encountered various Celtic tribes in their conquest, and over time, they established control over most of the island, including present-day England. Some Celtic tribes were assimilated into Roman culture, while others resisted Roman rule.
By the 5th and 6th centuries CE, the Roman Empire began to decline, and its hold over Britain weakened. This opened the way for Germanic tribes, such as the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, to migrate and settle in Britain
Glastonbury is associated with several Celtic stories and legends that have been passed down through generations. The Lady of the Lake is one of the most famous Celtic legends connected to Glastonbury. According to the legend, the Lady of the Lake appeared to the young Arthur near Glastonbury Tor and presented him with the magical sword Excalibur. After Arthur’s death, it is believed that the Lady of the Lake returned to Glastonbury and took Excalibur back into her care
The origins of the Celtic people can be traced back to the Iron Age in Central Europe. The term “Celtic” refers to a group of Indo-European tribes and cultures that shared linguistic and cultural similarities.
The exact origins of the Celtic people are still subject to scholarly debate and ongoing research. However, based on linguistic and archaeological evidence, it is believed that the Celts emerged in the late second millennium BCE in the region known as the Hallstatt culture, located in what is now Austria and parts of neighboring countries.
The Hallstatt culture was characterized by its distinctive material culture, including richly decorated metalwork, such as weapons, jewelry, and intricate objects. The spread of the Hallstatt culture and its influence led to the formation of various Celtic groups throughout Central Europe.
From the Hallstatt culture, the Celtic tribes expanded into different regions, such as Gaul (modern-day France), the British Isles (including present-day Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and parts of England), the Iberian Peninsula (modern-day Spain and Portugal), and parts of Central Europe.
The Celtic peoples were known for their warrior societies, artistic skills, agricultural practices, and spiritual beliefs. They were skilled metalworkers, excelling in the production of intricate jewelry, weapons, and other artifacts.
It is important to note that the term “Celtic” encompasses diverse tribal groups and cultures, each with their own specific characteristics and regional variations. The Celts did not form a unified political entity but rather consisted of numerous independent tribes and kingdoms.
The migration and settlement of the Celtic peoples over time led to the establishment of Celtic-speaking regions throughout Europe. Their cultural and linguistic influence endured in various forms, with remnants visible in the modern Celtic languages (such as Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton) and cultural traditions found in specific regions.
Join us at The Portal to Ascension Glastonbury Conference where we tap into these ancient land and the frequency of the Druidic awareness / Cetlic Tribes, giving reverence to our ancient past and the beauty of human antiquity.