Celtic witchcraft has as its basis a strong sense of spirituality and a love of the earth. With the Celts or Druids, magic was a common part of everyday life, completely accepted and never questioned. Celtic magic is rooted strongly in the four natural elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Therefore any practitioner of Celtic magic would be well versed in plants and herbal medicine. The difference between Celtic witchcraft and other forms of the craft is that with Celts, magic is everywhere. Magic is woven into the Celts jewelry, tattoos, artwork, and everyday items. These Celtic beliefs and rituals blended with those of other Indo-European beliefs over centuries spawned such practices as concocting potions, ointments, casting spells, and performing works of magic. These practices, along with other nature-based beliefs held by the Celts, became collectively known as witchcraft. The term witch means to “twist or bend,” has its origin in the ancient, Anglo-Saxon word “wicca,” which is derived from the word “wicce,” which means “wise.

Witches and Beer

Did you know that up until the 1500s, beer brewing was primarily done by women? That is until a timely smear campaign accused women brewers of being witches so that they had to give up the brewing. Scholars believe that the iconic images we associate with witches today, such as the pointy hat to the broom, may have emerged from their connection to female brewers.