Celtic Witchcraft, also known as Celtic Wicca or Druidic Witchcraft, is a contemporary pagan religious system based on Celtic peoples' historical beliefs and rituals. The Celts were a collection of tribes that flourished in Europe between the Iron Age and the Middle Ages, and their civilizations were noted for their complex spiritual traditions and beliefs. We shall look at the origins, history, and symbolism of Celtic Witchcraft and culture in this essay.
Celtic Witchcraft's Beginnings
Celtic Witchcraft's roots may be traced back to ancient Celtic spiritual practices and beliefs. The Celts were a very spiritual people who believed in nature's and supernatural powers. They worshiped natural forces such as the sun, moon, and stars and believed in the presence of spirits and gods. Many of the Celts' spiritual practices and beliefs centered on the employment of spells, incantations, and rituals.
The precise roots of Celtic Witchcraft as a contemporary pagan practice are unknown. Some historians think that the practice of Celtic Witchcraft was resurrected in the twentieth century by people wanting to regain their Celtic ancestors' spiritual practices and beliefs. Others feel that the advent of Wicca, a contemporary pagan religion that originated in England in the 1950s, fostered the resurrection of Celtic Witchcraft.
Celtic Witchcraft History
Celtic Witchcraft as a contemporary pagan practice is quite new, having only been around for a few decades. The spiritual practices and beliefs that constitute the foundation of Celtic Witchcraft, on the other hand, have a long and rich history reaching back to the ancient Celts.
The Christian Church attacked the Celts throughout the Medieval Period, and many of their spiritual practices and beliefs were destroyed. As a consequence, much of the ancient Celts' knowledge and traditions were lost throughout time. Some components of their faith and culture, however, have been handed down through centuries and assimilated into current Celtic Witchcraft.
Celtic Witchcraft Symbols
Celtic Witchcraft symbols are inextricably linked to the ancient Celts' spiritual beliefs and practices. The Triple Moon, the Triquetra, the Green Man, the Sun Wheel, and the Horned God are all major symbols of Celtic witchcraft.
The Triple Moon represents the three phases of the moon - waxing, full, and waning - and is often connected with goddesses who embody the many parts of the moon. The Triquetra is a sign of the goddess's triune nature and is often connected with the goddess's three aspects - maiden, mother, and crone.
The Green Man is a symbol of nature's strength and is often connected with the deity who represents nature's energies. The Sun Wheel is a sign of the sun and the seasons, and it is often connected with the solar god. The Horned Deity is a sign of the divine's masculine side and is often connected with the god of the hunt and fertility.
In Celtic Witchcraft, these symbols are often included in spells, rituals, and other types of spiritual practice. They are also used to connect with old Celtic spiritual traditions and beliefs, as well as to respect the Celtic pantheon's goddesses and gods.
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.
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 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.