Join us for an insightful discussion with esteemed anthropologist Dr. Amy Hale, focusing on the historical usage and evolution of the term ‘Celtic’ and its intertwining with alternative spiritualities since the 17th century.
In this video, Dr. Hale dissects the layers of ‘Celtic’, tracing its journey from a linguistic and ethnic identifier to a symbol often adopted within various spiritual paths. She explores how and why this ancient term has become a pivotal part of many alternative spiritual movements, particularly from the 17th century onwards.
Through this academic lens, viewers will understand the historical shifts in the interpretation of ‘Celtic’ and its impact on contemporary spiritual and cultural landscapes. Dr. Hale’s nuanced discussion emphasizes the importance of contextual understanding when engaging with this complex term.
Ideal for scholars, students, and those interested in the intersections of history, culture, and spirituality, this video invites viewers to rethink their perceptions of ‘Celtic’ and its implications within alternative spiritual practices.
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Dr. Amy Hale is an Atlanta based writer, curator and critic. She has a PhD in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA and has written about topics as diverse as psychogeography, occult performance art, Pagan religious tourism, color theory, and extremist politics in modern Paganism. She has written widely on artist and occultist Ithell Colquhoun, notably the biography Ithell Colquhoun: Genius of the Fern Loved Gully (Strange Attractor 2020) and is currently editing a selection of Colquhoun’s esoteric essays for Strange Attractor (2024) and an edition of Colquhoun’s erotic art and sex magic for Tate Publishing (December, 2023). She is the editor of Essays on Women in Western Esotericism: Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses (Palgrave 2022) and has contributed essays for Tate, Ignota Press, Burlington Contemporary, Correspondences Journal, Camden Arts Centre, Art UK, Arusha Galleries, Heavenly Records and Spike Island, Bristol. She is currently a curator and host for the internationally loved Viktor Wynd’s Last Tuesday Society lecture series.
00:00:00 Introduction: Support Angela’s Symposium
00:01:50 Meet Dr Amy Hale
00:05:20 Misconceptions about Celts and their culture
00:12:46 Who were/are the Celts
00:23:29 Politics and colonization
00:27:31 Mythologizing vs history
00:29:02 The origin myths
00:30:31 Celtic practices
00:44:02 The search for validation
00:55:38 Why Celtic spirituality is so popular
01:03:48 Italian Celtic paganism
01:07:41Feminisim, the Mother Goddess and environmentalism
01:09:31 Christianity and Celtic spirituality
01:11:31 The reliability of ancient writers and historians
01:15:50 The myth of the Golden Age
01:17:44 Dr Hale’s contact and social media data
01:19:53 Support Angela’s Symposium
Published on August 14, 2023