Definitions for "Balefire"
A signal fire; an alarm fire.
These are bonfires that were lit with sacred woods during the fire sabbats of Samhain, Beltain & Midsummer. For example, two balefires would be lit side by side, and cattle would be driven between the fires. It was felt the bale fires would protect them in the coming year from harm. Balefires are also lit where Witches would jump over the flames, defying death thus confirming life. These are not seen much anymore
Usually an outdoor fire or bonfire lit for traditional pagan Holidays such as Yule, Beltane or Midsummer. The fire is used for magickal purposes as well as celebrations and devotions.
Balefire is a fantasy series, published in the US, Canada, UK and the Netherlands (as Vuurbaken), by Cate Tiernan, the author of the Sweep (aka Wicca) series.