Witch Traditions
Back Up Next


When the witches became Christians in Ireland, they carried over quite a lot of their traditions and art -- and Christianized them.  This was also their way of making Christianity seeker-sensitive.  Then when civilization came out of Ireland at the end of the dark ages these Christianized traditions came with it.

The Christians brought over numerous festivities simultaneous to the witch festivities but with different names.

The witches "Samhain" came exactly between the fall equinox and the winter solstice and was the time of bringing the "harvest home".  The New Christians came up with "All Saints Day" as a Christian alternative.  The witch festivity was a little too rowdy to bring over and Christianize.
The winter solstice was called "Yule" by the witches and was a big deal.  The new Christians started their own festivity at this time to commemorate Jesus' birthday, "Christmas".  The actual birthday of Jesus couldn't really have been in the winter because the shepherds didn't leave their sheep out in the cold at night.
The spring equinox  was a time to celebrate Beltane.  It was sometimes named after the Teutonic goddess of spring and the dawn, whose name is spelled Oestre.  The new Christians called it "Easter" and celebrated it on a Sunday to commemorate Jesus' resurrection.
The summer solstice was a time to celebrate life, get married and have bonfires.  This was not big enough to make a Christian festivity of, but June weddings are still popular.

There were a lot of beautiful tunes that were brought over by witch musicians who became Christian.  The Ash Grove is a little obvious example.