Celtic magick is the ancient practice of nature, the elements and the gods. The Celtic and Druidic practices, most commonly thought to be from Ireland, came with the Celts as they inhabited most of western Europe, in about the 9th century BC., and was probably very Shamanistic.
Thier civilization covered south France, Spain, Italy, lowland Germany, Switzerland, Ireland , and the British Isles. They were skilled road builders, metalworkers, farmers, and animal trainers.
The Celtic Gods & Goddesses were equal, as were the men and women of this society. In battle the women fought with and were as fierce as the men.
To the Celts, magick was a part of evey day life. it was not set aside and only used for special occasions or only when you needed something. The Druids were the Celtic Priesthood, and could be male or female (possibly called Dryads). The Druidic teachings were Worship the Gods, Do no evil, Be stong and courageous. They believed in reincarnation and transmigration (the transfer of the soul from human to plant or animal). For more on Druids see "Stoirmworlds Druid Grove".
What is Magick? Magick is taking energy from another place of existance, whether it be- thought, words or practice, and bring that energy into focus on the physical happenings around us, for a desired outcome.
Celtic Magick (Wiccan/Witta), like most, use the elements, directions, & colors: Aiet=AIR=EAST=RED Deas=FIRE=SOUTH=WHITE Iar=WATER=WEST=GREY Tuath=EARTH=NORTH=BLACK
The Pentacle- Ancient symbol, the five-pointed star, it represents the four Elements-Air, Water, Earth, Fire and the spirit. They have been found on early Babylonian relics, and was painted on Sir Gawaine's sheild. Christians,used it for centuries represent the Five Wounds of Christ. It is also known as Druids Foot, Wizards Foot, Witches Foot and the Goblins Cross. (the Pentacle or Pentagram was not really a Celtic Symbol, but It is included on these pages for a representation of the Elements) the five elements.
In Celtic Society there are three worlds, that power is derived from. We are connected to each, and each is connected to us.
The Celtic calender was based on the lunar year, having 13 months. Begining November 1st. This month is called: Birch (gaelic- Beith),
Celtic Sabbats (holidays) are: Imbolg- February 2nd Beltaine- May 1st Lughnasadh- August 1st Samhain- October 31st (pronounced Sow-en) Lesser Sabbats are: Ostara(Spring equinox)- March 22nd Midsummer- June 22nd Mabon(Autumn Equinox)- September 22nd Yule- December 22nd Casting of a Celtic Circle
Celtic magick requires disipline, focus, and visualization. Without these Magick rarely works, or at least not the anticipated way. Tools of Magick to help focus and refine your powers-(not essential, but can be useful) Symbols of the Deity whose manifestations you wish to produce. Colors Incense Statues/Pictures Herbs/Plants Stones/Minerals Basic Tools are: Altar, rock, or tree stump Cauldron or Chalice Pentancle Wand, Staff, Athame, or Sword Censer, incensce burner and incensce Robes, Ritual Clothing (unless Skyclad, but it would be a good idea in case of unexpected company)(not your everyday go to work clothes) Candles Herbs Stones, Gems, Minerals
In magick a circle is cast to help consentrate power in this and other realms, and to seperated you from your everyday problems and disturbances. Usually it is an invisible barrier that keeps out negativity and contains power you raise until needed. A traditional circle is 9 feet, traditional Druidic circle is 12 feet, but with todays constraints with room and privacy, size is not all that important. As long as you have enough room and are comfortable.
Visualization and focus is what gives the circle its power. Make sure all ritual and spellcasting supplies are within the ritual area, it is not wise to cross or break your circle after it is cast until you are finished and the Elements dismissed.
When ready, using a consecrated wand, staff, sword, or athame (dagger) in your power hand (what ever hand you use most for writing and such), begin in the East aiming at the ground draw a circle deaseil (clockwise) by visualizing a silvery/blue flame until the ends of your circle overlap in the East.
Candles and/or symbols to represent the Elements are set just in side the circle at the 4 directions- East, South, West, and North. Welcome each Element, as you place and/ or light each candle or obect (See Above for direction, Element, and color for candles).
In Celtic magick it is important to walk or dance within your circle in the direction according to what kind of magick you plan on performing, deaseil (clockwise) for creation or positive magick and widdershins (counter clockwise) for diminishing or negative magick.
I suggest to find or develop your own Call to Quarters (personalization helps when magick is considered, but not required), you may find a sample Call to Quarters in the book- "Celtic Magic" by D.J. Conway.