Samhuinn Fire Festival is requesting that its Summer King and Winter King make themselves known

The Kings at Samhuinn 2014 by Mark Taylor

With Midsummer past, our thoughts turn to the celebration of Autumn and the festival of Samhuinn on 31st October. Beltane Fire Society is looking for the Kings of Summer and Winter to help us tell this festival’s tale: one of the turning of the seasons, and of leadership and guidance for the coming months.

Our Summer King
Bounteous provider, giver of life, nourishment and fertility, and celebrant. They remind us of hot, lazy, Summer days, ripe fruits on the trees, and endless nights of feasting and merriment. Waning since Lughnasadh…

Our Winter King
Bringer of the cold, dark nights of winter; the decisive frosts, gales and snow. Their instinct is to clear away the weak and overripe, to cleanse the land with their icy breath, and to challenge. The waxing power…

How do you see these characters, these rulers of nature, leaders of the seasons, and brothers-in-conflict? Which would you like to be? How will you fend off, or welcome in, the Winter?

We are looking for a coordinated story-line between Summer and Winter and would therefore encourage prospective Kings to apply in pairs, but we are also happy to meet individuals who are willing to work with others.

How to apply
The deadline is 7pm on Sunday 9th August 2015.
Interviews will be held the following week.
Please send your applications, notes of interest or questions about these roles to blues[at]beltane[dot]org

Photo of the Kings at Samhuinn 2014 by Mark Taylor.

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