Celtic otherworld: Short distance from where "live" humans lived...those in other world "lived" a similar life there. Soul immortal. Otherworld close, adjacent, familiar spot (like the castle of the grail) Resting place of gods and the dead. Marvelous paradise, an orchard where the fruit is ripe all year--no death or old age.
THE LEGENDS OF THE LAND: BELTANE, is a precarious time, the crops are very young and tender, susceptible to frost and blight. As was the way of ancient thought, the Wheel would not turn w/o human intervention. People did everything in their power to encourage the growth of the Sun and His light, for the Earth will not produce w/o warm love of the strong Sun.
IGRAINE continued her vigil, her shoes ruined in the wet snow, her garments soaked, her body shivering. But her mind continued to concentrate on the king's body. Her will power held on to his life, but it was obvious that with the blood that he had already lost even the light seeping that continued would soon deplete his system.
THE LEGENDS OF THE LAND: May 1--official beginning of summer when livestock was moved onto high pasture land---the Fire Festival. Linked with Druids--the cattle were driven between the fire from BEL--Light.
PART II: Her lips opened, welcomed, moved against his as well until he reluctantly broke off contact and she leaned into is chest as his arms draped about her shoulder. Both breathed as though they had been running. He looked down at her and she raised his eyes to his. He stepped back pushing her gently away. "Lyonesse, go get changed and warmed. I will see you at dinner."
Solstice is the ceremony of winter, it notes the shortest day of the year and the movement back to the light. In more olden times our people believed that we were descending into darkness from which we would never return, that we would be left to wander in the unproductive, cold season that would eventually result in death or worse and so the ceremony was formed to save us from our fate and stop the descent into the void.