Hmmm… this took some deep thought over a couple daya & at the moment(s) my brain is in a thick fog with less than a 1/4 mile of visibility
I was raised Very Catholic for quite some time… but ironically enough my mom was the person who started me on a witchy path. From zodiac signs to crystals. In high school… I knew church was a no. Well, before that but I refused to go just after my family had me be Confirmed in the church.
I dabbled & practiced with a couple of friends of mine I was very close with then & for a few years. Where I lived at the time, basically any witchcraft was interpreted as Wicca. I never really claimed to be Wiccan because I wasnt totally sure on that reasoning. (I was very… I have questions but also no really good resources… think pre-internet/cell phones)
Then… I was sent to live with another family member & for years my world was even more chaos than I started out with in the 1st place. I didn’t go to church but to appease my immediate family all 3 children were baptized. Sort of where it ended.
Later, when my boys were older I wanted to be me again. I started with what I could remember, then with the help of some internet & books on the subjects I had known & still had things from… started teaching myself. I had met a couple people here that are witches… but it was more of a do this not that or you’re not a witch type of things. Enter… Spells8…
I was totally enamored with the learning, information, & all the things. Since way back when I was under the impression of Wicca basically being another word for practicing witchcraft… Imagine my surprise & wow when I learned its actually a neo-pagan structured religion! WWHHHAAAATTT!!!
However, as I moved along I realized that I definitely was more Celtic leaning & continued on my learning journey. As I moved along… I don’t celebrate ALL the sabbats… more 4 of them… Imbolc, Beltaine, Lughnasadah, & Samhain… I more recognize the solstices & I definitely appreciate & do love them.
I do really connect with ancestors & things related to family lines & heritage. I especially connect with my Italian & Irish heritage but I was also raised by my Italian & Irish father with my Italian grandmother close by & a major influence in my life. As I learned more about my genealogy & found out some things related to my birth mother’s side, I honestly can’t relate or connect with that side of my ancestry or their beliefs or practices. There are some amazing finds though from that side historically & things that happened & I’ve been able to go back to to very early in recorded time on that side.
Still moving along… it was kind of a Celtic Irish Paganism practice. As I continued learning… & I’ve done some deep dives throughout my.y time & tried quite a few different things to see how they fit, but have since let go of in my practice. I have taken courses, read source materials, & history… all kinds of books
Now, it’s more Irish Paganism. There is some crossover with Celtic, so more Irish Celtic… I work with my ancestors, mainly use tarot/oracle cards for divination but also Lithomancy with crystals & Witches Runes at times. I use my pendulum when I want to reach out to someone or someone’s with a mat set up for that use. Crystals Yes!!! I do work with energy & love my new connection with intuition… Astrology is another thing I like to use within my practice & a bit of astronomy with it. Smells/aromatherapy, music, reading, a lot of different things. Continually learning though & evolving in my own practice.
Elements & different realms. Meditation & journeying… my connections with them have gotten much better. I have a much better understanding of the Otherworld & the Fae.
I continue to learn & work with 2 deities. Specifically Brighid & the Morrigan … I will ask for assistance work with others from the Tuatha de Danaan because they are who I connect with & continually learn more that connects me with Brighid & the Morrigan including how the entire make up of the Tuatha de Danaan can work together & are all connected in 1 way or another.
I’ve really obtained a better understanding of witchcraft, paganism practices & know where my beliefs lie. I know what I do connect with & what fits into my beliefs. I don’t necessarily mix & match all that much anymore, but I do practice things differently than others. Strong on the Irish Celtic Paganism side & some things sprinkled in from the outside that are not necessarily a requirement or a solid all encomapssing practice in Irish Paganism.
I also learned that I am not Wiccan in practice & do follow more of my own path but not in a structured religion way. My connection with nature is much more solid & has been a big part of who I am & my own healing. Using natural remedies over manmade chemical compounds are now my go to, unless its a necessity for my health & well being. Since that became a part of my life & using what is provided to me naturally, I’ve lessened my prescriptions quite a bit to either no longer needing to use them or the lowest effective dose. Finding other ways to move things & my own self awareness, coping, & using from my area or what I have available rather than sending away for some things has helped a lot too. I try make use of what I have & will buy things I need to if its not something local to me.