:triskele: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Celtic Magick

Merry meet!

Thank you once again to all those who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Interpreting Magickal Signs :mag:

After finding meanings in the messages and exploring the symbolism of signs, we’re taking a step back to see a bigger picture.

This week kicks off a brand new challenge series, and the first theme is…

Celtic Magick Witch Challenge

:triskele: :witch_cauldron: Exploring Traditions: Celtic Magick :triquetra: :books:

This is the first stop on our spiritual tour of Pagan Paths & Traditions - this series of challenges hopes to shine a spotlight on some of the widely-practiced magickal traditions we often hear about in the witchy world.

For the sake of this challenge, “Celtic” is being used as an umbrella term to reference the traditions, practices, and folklore of Celtic and Gaelic cultures. While Celtic practices and traditions are based primarily in the British Isles, they are not exclusive to that region.

A note that you do not have to identify as a practitioner or follower of this tradition/area of magick to partake in this educational challenge. Additionally, you do not need to have cultural or ancestral ties in order to study this area of the practice. However, it is important to note that Celtic traditions are tied to modern-day cultures that still exist, and whom deserve respect and mindfulness (for more on the topic, visit the Can we talk about “Cultural Appropriation”? and Spiritual Practices and Cultural Appropriation discussions)

The power of Celtic folklore, history, and traditions echo around the world and hold great value for everyone to learn from and find inspiration in - so let’s jump in! :witch_cauldron:

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This week’s challenge is all about exploring Celtic magick and traditions - but as always, how you do so is up to you!

So are you ready? Because it’s…

CHALLENGE TIME!

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Handmade Brigid’s Cross, shared in Corn husk dolls



Learn More :books:

Are you new to Celtic magick? While “Celtic” is being used as an umbrella term, the truth is that the British Isles (as well as other parts of the world influenced by Celtic culture) have many interesting traditions, both unique and intertwined.

Whether it’s Celtic deities, folklore, old sayings, traditional spells, history, or more - if there is something about a specific Celtic tradition, consider learning more! You are welcome to share what you learned as your entry this week.

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Types of Fairies and The Fae

Related discussions and resources:

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The Celtic Pantheon :witch_cauldron:

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Brigid: Goddess Offerings, Signs, Symbols & Myths

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The Morrígan: Goddess Offerings, Signs, Symbols & Myths

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Cerridwen: Goddess Symbols, Correspondences, Offerings and Myths

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Áine: Solar Goddess and Queen of the Faeries

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Danu: Celtic Mother Goddess

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Celtic Deity Devotionals

Additional discussions and resources:

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Celtic-inspired Spellwork :sparkles:

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Cerridwen Incense

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10-Card Celtic Cross Tarot Spread

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Celtic Pentacle: Spiritual Symbolism, Meaning, and Power

Additional discussions and resources:

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Explore Your Ties :dna:

For your entry this week, consider exploring any ties you have to Celtic traditions or culture. This may be your blood ancestry, adoptive ancestry, past travel experiences, memories from past lives, your work with a Celtic deity, etc.

There are no “right” or “wrong” answers here - this is simply an invitation for you to learn more about yourself and any influences that may or may not influence your spiritual practice :sparkles:

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Ancestor Work: How to Honor Your Ancestors

Related discussions and resources:

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… And More! :raised_hands:

The suggestions above are just a few ideas to help kickstart your creativity- if you feel called to explore Celtic magick and traditions in another way, you are welcome to do so!

As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge theme :star2:


@MeganB’s Brideog (Brigid Doll) shared in Brigid Doll



STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

Click here for a note about challenge inclusivity

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you! :blush:

That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.

Getting Your Credit :white_check_mark:

In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it! :pray:

Where Should I Share My Entry? :thinking:

Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry

You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” :repeat: to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!

Alternatively, you could create a new post in the forum (this is good for when you have a lot to share and/or would like to discuss aspects of your entry not related to the current theme)

Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you! :bowing_woman:


Deadline :spiral_calendar:

:exclamation: This challenge will close in 6 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)
2024-05-21T11:00:00Z

(Note that the time zone is ET- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your time zone!)


Prizes :gift:

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.

After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.

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From Spells8: The Welsh Horse Goddess Rhiannon

A warm reminder that the challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice :open_book:

If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to your friendly Moderator Team.

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways :hugs:


Celtic Cross Picture from Canva

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Cerridwen’s cauldron and lore of the Fae,
A flame for Brigid and a cross to help pray
The Morrigan’s ravens and so much more-
In Celtic myth and tradition, there’s lots to explore!

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Blessed Be! :triskele::sparkles:

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Oh I love this one will have to have a think, as a Scottish witch this defo calls to me, my deity is Brigid.

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Brigid is the first thing that came to my mind when I thought of Celtic magick!

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Ohh there’s so much I can talk about… :thinking: Now I just have to pick something!

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:thinking: I feel like this is my push (once again) to work on my Ogham divination sticks. I have them all cut waiting to be carved and the symbols wood burned in. I keep finding other things to do inside :laughing:

I won’t be able to get the whole lot of 10-12 sets but I can get one set finally done.

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Mmm :thinking: I’m going to have to chat to my mother, she’s the Celt. :person_shrugging: Which makes me part Celt, but I know nothing about it :rofl:

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Perhaps this is the nudge I needed to reopen my Morrígan box of things. :laughing:

Oh, right…

It is believed that seeing crows and ravens is a sign of the Morrigan and her presence.

Forgot about that. :laughing:

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Challenge entry

Not sure if this counts

I once saved a baby crow poor thing fell out the nest and days I was being squawked at and they kept diving bombing me until I watch where they wanted me to go and so I followed and there in the bush was a baby crow. I picked him up gave him some water and put him in a shoe box and waited a bit but he couldn’t fly. So I called the RSPB and they said he needed to be taught how to fly so they told me how to do that and next min he took flight and flew off with his family. I was so happy and I think they were too. Now I think they come back just to say hi. I might be weird thinking that but I read somewhere they remember faces.

To this day I always say thank you and I feel it was a sign. I think it was Morrigan watching me and I heard the call and came to help. The best feeling was seeing him fly away and that was the first time I came close to a crow and he showed no fear.

Also i work from home and every day 3 crows comes and sits on my shed. I guess you could say she came to me never thought about it at the time but now I believe it was her.


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That’s beautiful. :black_heart: Kindness to animals is always lovely to see. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

There seems to be a group of three crows in the area here as well. I keep the curtains open most of the time, and in the morning, when they fly past, one will pop by, yell at me, and then fly off. :laughing: Sometimes I amuse myself by wondering if it’s telling me to hurry up and fly off with them. But my silly human wings won’t allow it.

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lol yeah I have a lamp post outside my bedroom window and on it is often a crow and they fly towards the window when I’m looking out.

I just can’t see any animal being in distress will do what I can to help.

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First, your entry counts. Don’t ever doubt that! This is such a heartfelt experience! I’m so happy you could help him and he was able to be reunited with his family! :people_hugging::two_hearts::heart::purple_heart::blue_heart:

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Aww thank you, I defo agree it felt amazing knowing he’s free living his wee life all because of me.

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I’ll have to think on this one. Hmm.

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This is my entry

I make items and gonna start to sell them Iove blessing theses with Celtic magic. I got more charms and items on the way

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Oh my stars. squee
Im so excited for this weeks challenge. I am celtic, my family hails from all over the British Isles. Brigid is my patronand her altar in my home is adorned with homemade grass crosses. (Pic to follow soon…).
I have been doing more reading and research, however, i am not super confident per se. So please dont mind me, i would like to sit in the back of the class and take notes if thats ok!
Will add more as the week progresses. So excited!!

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Was Fleetwood Mac singing about the Welsh Goddess?

Oh my! It is! I took a little trip down a rabbit hole.


Here is an article about how Stevie Nicks came up with the song.

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Ooh ( squealing with glee)
These are my people. Excited for this challenge… what shall I do? I guess spirit with show me…

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Excited for this one! I’m studying the Fae so I’m going to have to dig into them and see how I can incorporate one or more of them into this challenge :purple_heart::purple_heart::purple_heart:

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My family is Welsh somewhere down the line! This is very cool!

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I have some books on Celtic magick! My family comes from the British isles

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