During the Summer Edition of Castlefest, the Wicker man symbolised the Pathfinder: the light that shines upon your path. During the darkening days, we look back at the past year. What will you take with you on your path forwards?
The 21st of December is the shortest day of the year. It is the day we celebrate the return of the light. After a long period of time in which the days only got shorter and darker and where all nature died, Yule brings back the light. The return of days which will slowly get longer and longer, the return of growth from the earth into the new year. The reign of the holly king will switch to the light in which the oak king rules. We would like to celebrate this return of the light with all of you at the Castlefest Winter Edition.
Taloch of The Dolmen, accompanied by his beautiful songs, will set light to the Yule log, whereupon everybody will be able to light their lights to take home with them. Together we share the fire to create light in the world where darkness rules and where anger wins from love. Let’s overcome the darkness and focus on a brighter and more positive future. By creating love in ourself, we are able to share it with the world: we are the light that the world needs. Together we will create a more beautiful new year.
Want to participate? Bring your own candle to share the light. The ritual takes place on Saturday.
As a singer, a songwriter, and the beating heart of the internationally renowned Celtic rock band, The Dolmen, Taloch is a familiar figure. He is also a serious Esoteric Scientist, an Occult seeker, a Cunning Man, and a life-long, practicing Witch. For years an iconic, antler-crowned celebrant at Stonehenge seasonal observances, this coming November he is set to travel to The Netherlands to once again lead the Winter Ritual at Castlefestin Lisse.
As founding member of the eclectic Pagan organisation Clan Dolmen International (formerly known as The Dolmen Grove) Taloch has functioned as Ceremonial and Spiritual Facilitator since its establishment almost thirty years ago.(In honour of the individuals and families who refused to relinquish their convictions, the last few years have seen the revival of Conjurer’s Lodge as an inner circle of Clan Dolmen. A place for the study and practice of Traditional Witchcraft, in which Taloch also serves as officiant, instructor, and spiritual adviser.) More info on Clan Dolmen you can find here.
Experience the time of the crusades with De Hospitaalridders
“This seventh Crusade, this righteous undertaking, has had an expeditious start. We have traveled a great distance without much delay to Aigues-Mortes in the South of France, where the fleet of King Louis IX is anchored to take us to Cyprus. From there it will only take us a few days by ship to reach Damietta. First, we take Egypt. And then, if God wills it… Jerusalem! “(Memoirs of Brother Toussaint de la Court, 1248)
The historical association De Hospitaalridders brings the past back to life. As a group of traveling crusaders from the period 1248-1259 they can be found at all kinds of medieval events, museums and schools throughout the year. With military display and weaponry, religious piety and knowledge of the 13th-century medical arts, they will show you at the Castlefest Winter Edition what the life of the crusaders looked like in earlier times.
Martin of Magisch Verhaal is a passionate storyteller, magician and theatermaker. At the Castlefest Winter Edition you can experience different kind of stories.
Old heroes and villains will come to life and take you with them to the adventure they’ve encountered. Nothing will be left out.
Come listen to one or more stories and enter the world of Magisch Verhaal.
A crackling fire, warm sheepskins (make sure to bring your own) and the cosiness of an old inn. Tim Talesman (Young storyteller of the year 2017/2018) will take you on a journey to strange and faraway places.
Come and listen as the days grow short to stories about mighty gods, brave heroes and terrifying monsters and see if there’s light at the end of it…
Despite the chilly weather, there is a small group of craftsmen brave enough to face the cold winds of November for you!
Ingrid’s Handen will be there to learn you all about braiding with straw and the beautiful objects you can make with straw. Lennart (Runeraaf) collected a nice assortment of magical objects in the forest for you, so maybe he has something for you to use in your rituals. Our Nathalie (JaguArt) can make your day even more perfect with drawing a beautiful temporary tattoo on your skin. And if it’s getting too cold for you, you can always go to Ingrid and Sylvia to try one of their warm, woollen hats, scarves and collars. And if the winter is getting too dark for you, you can always count on Iris (Wolspinnerij d’n droad kwait) to light up your life with her special winter workshop: Pimp your LED-light with wool.
More information will follow soon.
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