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DM: What is the ‘Witch’ lineage you can trace in your family?

My Celtic heritage is all Irish. There are distinct differences between various Celtic Pagan Tribes. My ancestors were the High Kings of Ireland. We have the records. The “Witch” lineage is traced on both sides. It comes from both Maternal and Paternal sides. It goes back before written records were kept. It is passed through the females primarily but isn’t exclusive to them. My father had the gift of “knowing” I guess you could say. His intuition went beyond that of the regular person’s. It’s born out of the Druids that were in our family. Yes, I know, Druids are not Witches, Witches are not Druids. It morphed from there. Druids practiced magick, were magickal beings as well as priests, healers, advisors, counselors, bards, poets, writers, musicians, etc. in Ireland. An Irish King/Queen never went anywhere without a Druid by their side.

 

DM: What exactly are a ‘Celtic Pagan’s’ main beliefs?

Everything be it man, woman, child, stones, trees, hills, deer, flowers, etc., is infused with the energy of the universe and it’s that life force that connects us. This energy is forged in the “light” from the source of the universe. That the Divine is in all these things. Each has its physical and non-physical aspects. The physical and spiritual are deeply interconnected, not separate, and one is not better than the other.

I want to clarify the meaning of the term The Power of Three. For the Irish Celtic Pagans, it is in honor of the feminine sacred, the Divine Female, the three being Maid, Mother, Crone as well as the balance of Mind, Body, Spirit. The Irish design of the Triquetra is the symbol for this. When a circle is cast around it, the circle signifies the ever-turning cycle of life, death and rebirth. The ancient Irish Celtic Pagans were Matriarchal and believed that it was in Woman that life begins and ends.

The use of the term Power of Three as a threat to someone is anathema to us. We consider it blasphemous of the true meaning. Dogma? Perhaps, but I know that to us, it does not mean that whatsoever you do to someone will come back to you three-fold. Which I believe is a Wiccan belief used to keep acolytes in line. To me, that’s just Karma.

DM: What is your definition of a ‘Witch’?

My definition of a Witch, is one of healer, protector, advisor, peace maker, of light and love. There is no evil in a Witch. She does not worship evil, nor the “dark” side. It is one of life long study. Not just learning a spell or two, donning a pointed hat & saying “I’m a witch” and poof you’re a witch! No, to me, you are either born to it or called to it as one is perhaps to the priesthood. It’s not something that you just decide to “be” one day because it’s cool, or because you want to freak out your parents.

A true witch can feel the energy around her/him (yes, men are witches too, not warlocks/wizards or some other made up name) and through concentration can gather that energy to themselves and then direct that energy outward to others. This is magick.  

DM: Is that different from let’s say what is called and Empath’ or Shamanistic beliefs?


I think Shamans are much like Witches. The Native Americans belief system is very like the Pagan one. There is even some discussion that Ireland was discovered by people that came from Northern America. It’s all very speculative at this point, but there are some out there studying this possibility. Empaths are not Witches, but Witches can be empaths. Empaths are just coming to admit their abilities to the world. Each have various levels of skill as well. Some can only feel from those close to them physically, while others can feel from those far away.

DM: As a professed Witch what are your core values?

My core values as a Witch are thus:

1.     Do no Harm.

2.     Keep sacred the Three.

3.     Black Magick is not to be used except in the direst of circumstances, as in defense against Black Magick, and that is only if White Magick doesn’t work. (Yes, Binding/Banishing someone is Black Magick)

4.     I will not teach another unless I am sure that they are of sound mind and have a true calling. This is not a path for one who suffers from clinical depression or other types of mental disorders. Or someone who wants to piss their parents off.


DM: There is a long history of Pagans (Druids?) in pagan (Celtic) territories of doing human sacrifice and ritual murder, for instance like the German Celtic “Burning Man” spring ritual. How do you view this history?

I view this history as false. The only place you can find this so called “evidence” is in the writing of Julius Caesar. There has been to date no anthropological evidence to support his claims. The Celts did burn a Wicker man in effigy to him when he arrived there as he wrote of. But no human remains were found that had been burned. Which carbon dating would have shown. I suspect it was political propaganda on Caesar’s part to keep his people afraid of the “barbarians” of which they knew only of what he told them. In this way, he could justify his invasion of these countries and the deaths of the people there. Thereby growing the size of the Roman empire at that time.

DM: Many people reading this will equate Witchcraft with Satanism. Would you shed light on this for us?

Gladly. First and foremost. I must explain one thing. Not all Witches are Pagan, nor are all Pagans a Witch. Not all Witches are Wiccan, nor are all Wiccans a Witch. While a Wiccan can be a Witch, Wiccans are not Pagan though they are often classified under the Pagan title. However, the Wiccans honor deities the Celtic Pagans do not. Pagans, Witches, Wiccans each are standalone practices. 

As to this Satanism question. First, Pagans do not worship Satan. He does not exist in the Pagan history. Paganism precedes Christianity by thousands of years. Satan is a construct of Christianity. Therefore, we don’t worship what doesn’t exist.

Yes, there are some people who claim to worship this fallen angel of the Christian bible. But that’s an offshoot of the Christian religious sect. Not the Pagans and has no connection to us. If I remember correctly, Anton Szandor LaVey, was a failed musician by career and a failure at life in general until he dreamed up the Church of Satan. He’s a huge fake. He was just giving the church the “middle finger” while making money off it. I read his book. It’s a bunch of hooey. The problem is that too many took it to the next level. That’s dangerous. But that’s really a discussion in and of itself.

 What I can say, is any group claiming to be “witches” or “wiccans” or “pagans” that worship such a being, are not true Pagans or Witches, as I know them to be. As for the Wiccans, I believe them to be non-Satanic in their rituals as I have studied it, but not being Wiccan, I have no firsthand knowledge.


DM: What is the difference between Witches ‘divination’ and ‘second sight’? 

Divination is using tools to foresee/problem solve. The tools could be a pendulum made of a crystal, tarot cards, runes, reading tea leaves, Ouija boards, (which I caution against) casting horoscopes, etc. Second sight, is a gift whereby the seer, just sees in their mind.

DM: I hear you have a Dragon as a friend, tell us about this relationship.

As Mistress of the Dragons I have many dragons I may call upon in the Spiritual & Elemental Realms. I send them to people who need them the most. Like in cases of healing. Or to help in situations that seem tough. To lighten a load for someone in times of struggle. The relationship between a Witch and Her One Dragon is special. They are partners. Their magick when combined is more powerful than apart. Together they can make changes for the greater good. History has seen these couples many times over. The Dragon’s wisdom guides the Witch, the Witch assists the Dragon and each exalts the other. At the same time, they are individuals, who mutually respect each other. People are naturally drawn to them because they are charming and welcome all to them. 

DM: Do all Witches have Dragons?

No, there are some other sects out there that do practice working with dragons. Each have their own way though.

DM: What is the most difficult spell to do in your opinion?

It’s not any one spell per say, but it’s when someone asks, but doesn’t believe, then it doesn’t work, so they say, “See, I knew it wouldn’t work, just fake!” Those are the hardest. Because you’re just banging your head against a wall. Those who believe … will see.

DM: Do people call upon you to cast ‘evil spells’?

People ask for all kinds of spells. Mostly healing. But yes, some do. I won’t do them. They’re wrong. Revenge is never the answer. Besides, most often, the spell will go awry and come back. Sometimes on me but usually on the person who requested it. Karma is a fickle bitch. I won’t do love spells either. Because then I’m going against someone’s free will. If it’s meant to be, it will be. The only thing a love spell will do is create lust, a one-night stand maybe. But nothing real, or lasting. So, no, I don’t do love spells, and I don’t do evil spells.

DM: What are the three most important things for non-Pagans to understand about Celtic Pagans? 

We’ve been here for over 10,000 years. We’re NOT evil. We all don’t dance naked under the moon.

DM: Do you feel your status as a Witch has harmed you civically, socially or educationally?

No, not really, because I kept it to myself for the most part. We all did. Oh, some knew I think on some level, but it never really held me back. I was always a bit of a loner, a kind of a hippie, but aren’t all Aquarians? As I grew older, it just didn’t matter as much. Educationally, well, what can I say? Much of what I needed to know, wasn’t going to be taught in the mainstream educational system anyway.

I think, that the greater harm was in having to hide it. To subjugate being who I was to fit in what society dictated what was “normal”. Can you imagine sitting around at a Chamber of Commerce meeting of City Business Leaders and during the cocktail hour portion saying casually, “Oh, you know, I’m worried there might be a death in my family soon as my harbinger visited me last night.” Or, “The full moon will be Saturday and it is also the Autumnal Equinox! I’m so excited about this! The energy will be epic! I think I’ll astral project on my dragon to Stonehenge for it.”

I will say this, look at what has happened recently. The presumed President, has claimed to be the victim of a “Witch Hunt” regarding the investigation into the Russian Collusion issues. I and others, were really offended by that. But no one cared. Not in the way they should have cared. Jokes were made. Cartoons showed up of Trump looking like an ugly green witch in a pointed hat riding a broom. All the stereotypical things associated with witches were brought out. Once again, witches were the brunt of the joke. When I expressed my outrage about it on social media. I was told it was just a joke. That witches weren’t real. Then my looks were attacked. I was asked how ugly/fat was I. All my life, I had never realized such thoughts existed before! In other words, that I had to pretend to be something fake or Sci Fi just to get attention on social media! 

Now I have posted funny memes about witches as have others, but witches have embraced that side of us with humor and grace. It is ours to embrace. And we don’t mind when someone else sends us a funny meme or pic either when it’s in playful fun. But when someone is just being disrespectful or mean spirited, that’s not funny.

The Witch Hunts of Salem were a horrific period in our country’s history. Those women were hanged for being something they most likely weren’t. Ultra-conservatism, religious piety, and fear, came together, created a mob mentality with such viciousness that innocents died for it. Anyone claiming to be the victim of a Witch Hunt should bite their tongue. 

DM: Do you feel it’s possible for non-Pagans and other religions to have a sense of acceptance for one another?

Yes, I do. We have only to open our hearts and respect each other. We pagans have no issue with the Christians. Well, I don’t anyway. I have a great affinity for the Catholic Church. They served as a haven for me and mine. At least in this Century and the last Century! For the most part unknowingly, but just the same, sanctuary.

But I do believe that if other religions realized that the reason we were viewed as “evil” was merely a tool in the early times of the church, they might come to see us as no different than they are. What I mean by that is, the Church converts, so through the process of fear, they deemed the pagans as evil. It was no more than that. Their fears passed down over generations are unfounded. We’ve been here forever and have never caused them harm. We have lived among them peaceably, contributing just like they do. 

To quote the Beatles … All We Need Is Love




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