Witta: An Irish Pagan Tradition

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Discover how you can bring the secrets of the Old Religion of Ireland into your life today for positive change and personal development, when you read Witta by Edain McCoy.

The beauty and simplicity that is paganism may never be more evident than in Witta, the Old Religion of Ireland. Witta was born of a people who loved their rugged, green Earth Mother and who worshiped her through the resources she provided-without the elaborate tools, ritual dress, and rigid, intimidating ...

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Overview

Discover how you can bring the secrets of the Old Religion of Ireland into your life today for positive change and personal development, when you read Witta by Edain McCoy.

The beauty and simplicity that is paganism may never be more evident than in Witta, the Old Religion of Ireland. Witta was born of a people who loved their rugged, green Earth Mother and who worshiped her through the resources she provided-without the elaborate tools, ritual dress, and rigid, intimidating initiation rites prescribed by other religions. The magick and ritual words come, as they did thousands of years ago, from within the heart of the practitioner.

Witta is the first practical guide that teaches Irish paganism as a religious system within the framework of Irish history. It provides an overview of what influenced the Wittan religion. Then it gives you practical, specific guidelines for using and constructing Wittan rituals and practicing Irish spells and magick.

  • Discover the connection between Celtic mythology and the tradition of Witta
  • Learn how the Druids bridged the gap between the old ways and the new
  • Find out how the eight sabbats of Witta differ from those of Wicca
  • Explore the meaning and symbology of the tools used in Wittan ritual
  • Understand why faeries and spirits are important to Wittan practice
  • Find out how the trees in the Celtic Tree system relate to magickal practice
  • Uncover the inherent power within homespun spell-crafting
  • Construct your own rituals according to Wittan tradition
  • Follow practical guidelines for initiating spirit and faery contact

The ancient religion of Witta offers a positive, tranquil, peace-loving path for anyone seeking spiritual alternatives. Let Witta be your map for following that path.

Author Biography: Edain McCoy became a self-initiated Witch in 1981 and has been an active part of the Pagan community since her formal initiation into a large San Antonio coven in 1983. She has been researching alternative spiritualities since her teens, when she was first introduced to Kaballah, or Jewish mysticism. Since then she has studied a variety of magickal paths including Celtic Witchcraft, Appalachian folk magick, and Curanderismo, a Mexican-American folk tradition. Today she is part of the Wittan Irish Pagan tradition, where she is a priestess of Brighid and an elder. An alumnus of the University of Texas with a B.A. in History, she is active in several professional writer's organizations, is listed in the reference guide Contemporary Authors, and occasionally presents workshops on magickal topics or works individually with students who wish to study Witchcraft. This former woodwind player for the Lynchburg (VA) Symphony claims both the infamous feuding McCoy family of Kentucky and Sir Roger Williams, the seventeenth-century religious dissenter, as branches on her ethnically diverse family tree. In her "real life," Edain works as a licensed stockbroker.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875427324
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: World Magic Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Edain became a self-initiated Witch in 1981 and has been an active part of the Pagan community since her formal initiation into a large San Antonio coven in 1983. Edain has researched alternative spiritualities since her teens, when she was first introduced to Kaballah, or Jewish mysticism. Since that time, she has studied a variety of magickal paths including Celtic, Appalachian folk magick, and Curanderismo, a Mexican-American folk tradition. Today, Edain is part of the Wittan Irish Pagan tradition, where she is a priestess of Brighid and an elder.

An alumnus of the University of Texas with a BA in history, she is affiliated with several professional writer's organizations and occasionally presents workshops on magickal topics or works individually with students who wish to study Witchcraft.

This former woodwind player for the Lynchburg (VA) Symphony claims both the infamous feuding McCoy family of Kentucky and Sir Roger Williams, the seventeeth-century religious dissenter, as branches on her ethnically diverse family tree. In her "real life," Edain works as a licensed stockbroker.

Edain is the author of fifteen books, including Bewitchments; Enchantments; and her most recent release, Ostara: Customs, Spells & Rituals for the Rites of Spring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    A good beginning

    This book is a good beginning for anyone who wants to get a start in the Irish Tradition. Like any helpful books on paganism, one must always be careful what you read and pick and choose which things apply to your own tradition. Although there are some issues in this book which are not entirely "correct", it is a good place to start. The best places to find information in the Irish Tradition really are the history books, the archeology guides. Information on The Mother Goddess Danu, The Milesian Celts, The Tuatha De Danann and The Fir Bolg abound if you know where to look. However, this novel does help in proposing some thought provoking and interesting ways to interpret the Old Ways in a modern time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Well written but grossly inaccurate

    The simple fact that Witta is unpronouncable in the native Irish language should be a clue as to the reliability of the information in this popular work. Unfortunately, it doesn't get any better from there. This is nothing more than a reworking of Wicca with yet another very thin Celtic vaneer. Anyone who uses this book as a stepping stone in their spiritual studies will find themselves sorely disappointed later. I personally felt betrayed by the misinformation in this book as I studied further.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2000

    The best bbok about irish pagansim there is

    Witta is a book that tells all about irish paganism,witta is a simple,loving tradition,and Edain McCoy descripes this tradition,i recomend it for everyone,i just can't explain my love for this cool book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    witta great book for anyone

    I loved the book from start to finish great book on celtic religions good spells and rituals tell about diffrent herbs it a great book for anyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    Specific, especially for the Irish

    I really liked this book because I am exploring my familial roots, Irish roots, and Witta is the one that goes most in depth with the Irish Celts. I feel at home in this book, and only wish there were more on this particular subject. That, and I feel that Miss McCoy really knows what she is talking about.

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