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What is celtic have to do with Witchcraft?

Hi guys i’m really into witchcraft but is just really hard to understand it, for an example what is celtic it seem to be in witchcraft all the time and there is celtic woman. Are they a witch? can I just do witchcraft and spells without knowing about it?

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  1. The Celts were a European tribal people, most commonly found in Ireland. A lot of people who are into the occult are big on their history and magical traditions. You don’t need to study Celtic history and myth to be a witch. For the most part, just mentally substitute “Ancient Ireland’ for Celtic and things will make more sense.

  2. The Celts are an ancient people of the British Isles. The reason that they are associated with witchcraft is that they were a pagan people. They practiced pagan rites from which Wicca is derived, and yes you can practice witchcraft without knowing these things but it is better to know where it comes from.

  3. The Druids and Celtic history have had a strong fascination for us for a very very long time. In the eighteenth Century various romantic revivals had people calling themselves “Druids” and engaging in pagan rituals. One of the people influenced by these movements, though he never claimed to be a practicing druid, was Robert Graves, whose essays on Pagan religion, booklength essay The White Goddess and novel Seven Days in New Crete (a.k.a. Watch the North Wind Rise) have been VERY influential on the Neo-Pagan movement. Celtic Women has nothing to do with Witchcraft, however Celtic Singer Loreena MacKennitt touches on so many Neo-Pagan themes in her music everyone I know says she’s a witch. You can actually call Celtic Women the anti-Loreena MacKenitt as they are trying to show us the glories and varieties of music which is played and listened to in the day world of Ireland.
    Modern Druids, like Isaac Bonewits played an important role in the early days of Modern Paganism. And that has everything to do with why there is so much interest in Celtic things among modern witches.

  4. All of the above answers are very helpful. My suggestion is that you begin reading books on the Craft to become familiar with the terms, traditions, and practices. Christopher Penczak has written a complete course beginning with “The Inner Temple of Witchcraft” for example. I would also suggest you learn at least the very basics of spell craft, what it is and why it works. So many people never take the time and then are baffled when their spells don’t manifest as they should.

  5. I don’t know much about witchcraft but I like celtic thing and as with some of the other answers that i agree with the celts were a tribal people who use to work with the land and some of there belief mach that of what the witches do. I think the thing is the two kind of got put together because of there ideas and beliefs mach so well.
    I may be wrong but That’s what i think.

  6. “Celtic”, which now refers to those living in Gaelic and Brythonic speaking countries, ie Wales, Brittany, Scotland and Ireland. It is not really applicable to ancient times as the Celtic culture does not necessarily equate with those who spoke the proto Celtic modern languages.
    Ancient Celts is a shorthand term for those who lived then in Britain, but there were also indigneous peoples and Celtic tribes lived in many parts of Europe. What interests us are the remnants of their religions, seen in stone carvings, statuettes, jewellery, temples and ritual deposits; plus the few surviving writings by Romans and the oral traditions which were later written down by Christan monks, who had their own point of view. These stories told of ancient deities and of Druidic practices, so are very useful.
    Witchcraft has existed for aeons, but it was always outside any religion. Numerous innocent people were accused, tried and killed for the crimes of being different, old, poor or boastful. But this was in an age without any scientific or medical knowledge, when weather forecasting depended on observing the sky or the movement of animals.
    The modern version is derived from Wicca, which combines many religious and magical practices from ancient to modern times and from all over the world. It can include magic, which usually means sending out healing, rather like praying for someone. Spells are best left alone unless you actually do know what you are doing.
    I appreciate jplatt 39’s recognition of the importance of Robert Graves mythological knowledge. It is fascinating to trace different threads that are woven together to make witchcraft.
    For Celtic Women try books by Caitlin Matthews or Jean Markale.

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