“The avalanche that overwhelms the warmer season”: Introducing Obsidian

Obsidian is explosive energy frozen in rock, a dark substance that forms when volcanic lava cools down quickly.

Copyright Richard Winpenny for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved. http://www.beltane.org / http://www.facebook.com/beltanefiresociety

A potent mixture of hot and cold, we represent the transition from summer to winter. We arrive with the gradual waking of the Winter King, at first awestruck at his beauty as he begins to face up to his rival.

Copyright Vince Graham for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved. http://www.beltane.org / http://www.facebook.com/beltanefiresociety

Just as Obsidian gets colder and hardens into impenetrable stone, so our group grows stronger as the icy months draw nearer. We are an extension of the Winter King, and feed off his rising energy in an increasingly formidable display of power.

Copyright Vince Graham for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved. http://www.beltane.org / http://www.facebook.com/beltanefiresociety

Our fusion of acrobatics and fire play demonstrates the dramatic clash between winter and summer. We are the avalanche that overwhelms the warmer season, the onslaught of wind, rain, and thunder.

This combination of fire and physicality has never been attempted before at Samhuinn Fire Festival. We are a brand new group, unique in concept, and a force to be reckoned with.

Copyright Gordon Veitch for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved. http://www.beltane.org / http://www.facebook.com/beltanefiresociety

We guard the Winter King, act as his personal army, and put the life out of summer.

Copyright Vince Graham for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved. http://www.beltane.org / http://www.facebook.com/beltanefiresociety

Samhuinn Fire Festival takes place this year on 31st October starting around 9PM on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

More info:Ā https://beltane.org/about-samhuinn/

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