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Ancestral Celt

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About Ancestral Celt

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  • Birthday 06/04/1969

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    Pre-xian religions of the British Isles, reading, cinema.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Very; have been interested in the art for 24 years now.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Raised Catholic, renounced that religion on my 18th birthday and, at some point in my twenties realised that my beliefs could be termed "pagan".
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes. I work magic to my, and my family's advantage.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    In the country in which I reside, Traditional Witchcraft refers to that strain of witchcraft that pre-dates Gardner and Wicca, not excluding traditions born of Robert Cochrane's ideas, but including some family traditions. It is not necessarily a religion but rather magical practices, though it can refer to a particular pagan path.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    For around 24 years now.
  • What brought you to our site?
    It was a fluke on a search in google for something in particular, which I cannot remember since I am filling this out, having been a member for over a year now.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    People who recognise that the practice of witchcraft has nothing at all to do with the gods; that a witch makes things happen for him/herself.

    I can only contribute my opinions and experience; I hope that's enough.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?

    Irish Traditional Witchcraft (there are two that go by this name) and several egroups relating to Traditional Irish Witchcraft.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Working on the hoof ...
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Anything that requires a lot of effort and planning; I prefer to work by instinct, so ceremonial stuff has been given the heave-ho.
  1. Don't! I found a copy online a while back for under a fiver.
  2. Moon Books is an imprint of O-Books (John Hunt Publishing) and they have graciously offered to take part in our first publisher pitching contest. The prize: a chance to go through the entire proposal system for an opportunity to score a contract for publication. This contest is open to anyone who is interested in submitting a proposal for a manuscript that is either written or partially written. The proposal can cover any aspect of Paganism: Asatru; Druidry; Heathenism; Wicca; Witchcraft, etc., but it must be non-fiction. To enter, please submit the following information, via email, to Trevor Greenfield (trevor.greenfield(at)o-books.net), Submissions Editor for Moon Books: Author Name;Book Title;Book Status (Draft, Complete, Percent Complete);Book Summary (100 word maximum);Author Biography (100 word maximum);Audience (If you had 500 copies, who would you sell them to and how?, 200 words maximum);Attach a sample of the manuscript (25,000 minimum final word count).The deadline for this contest is noon on Friday, September 30th. Each entry will receive a reply within five days. Good luck! Reblogged from the Pagan Writers' Community.
  3. I am currently reading a freebie: "Testament of a Witch" by Douglas Watt - historical fiction about a witch trial in Scotland.
  4. Ancestral Celt


    Strrangely, I found it more interesting learning what people left out, lots of secrets in our tree. Best one of all was finding my Scottish connections in Ireland of all places.
  5. The Greenwood will always be my favourite, though I do use others from time to time. Though, I should like to point out that the colours are nowhere near as garish as they appear on that website.
  6. Just finished his "Walking the Tides ..." but wasn't so impressed, even though I liked "Treading the Mill".
  7. There was a programme recently on the BBC (UK) about the sagas. It was fantastic viewing.
  8. I read his books years ago, but I'm afraid they didn't appeal to me, personally. But thank you for the recommendation. :D
  9. Well, I liked "Treading the Mill", so I'm hoping this book goes well, too. I can't comment more than that at the moment, and I am only on Chapter 1. There is also another thread which discusses his other book, here.
  10. Am just reading the introduction to "Walking the Tides: Seasonal Rhythms and Traditional Lore in Natural Craft" by Nigel Pearson.
  11. I envy you, as I have been saving for the six volume set.
  12. Picked this up to read this evening: "By Land, Sea and Sky: A Selection of Re-Paganized Prayers and Charms from Volumes 1 and 2 of hte Carmina Gadelica" by Morgan "Láirbhán" Daimler. I am not sure this is a book to read from cover-to-cover, but one to dip into as and when the need arises.
  13. Have picked up "A Bewitched Land" by Bob Curran to keep me occupied for a few days.
  14. So, today, I made a start on a new podcast (having finished listening to the second book of the Shadowmagic series, "Shadowmagic: Prince of Hazel and Oak" by John Lenahan). "Ravenwood" follows a travelling wise woman healer, Tanyth Fairport on her adventures. This is Book 1 from Nathan Lowell's series, but, as yet, I have not seen mention of any sequels. In the meantime, this free podcast eases my commute. I am also reading a non-fiction title, "The Sacred Isle: Belief and Religion in Pre-Christian Ireland" by Dáithí O hOgain
  15. The soundtrack to "Whalerider" by Lisa Gerrard.
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