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Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch

by Lora O'Brien

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Lora is very honest about who she is and what she does (a refreshing change). The book in written in a conversational style, which I like, so you feel like you are sitting down and chatting with her around the hearth.

The book starts off with the basics - defining Wicca and witchcraft and also giving pronounciations for every Irish term with a glossary of meanings. Great to have from an Irish (even if she admits she's not the best) speaker.

The next section gives information on the various figures which feature in Irish mythology. Lora gives some great information here, but does point out it is only a start.

Lora then gives information about Irish tradition, then there is a section on historical witch trials and what is know of them and the characters involved.

Then she gives information how she personally connected with the land and its spirit and offers suggestions on how others might go about it.

All throughout, she specifies the need to connect the deities of your chosen path on their own turf and by learning about them from as many sources as possible. To this end, Lora provides an extensive bibliography and many varied resources.

This book is something all beginners who wish to follow Irish traditions should follow. Its a great book, well edited and logical in its format. There are some wonderful pencil drawings to illustrate each section as well.

I like it and will be keeping it, even if it is not the path I am following. I certain will be recommending it to those who wish to connect to Ireland and its spirit. ( )
  Sile | Apr 25, 2007 |
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Irish Witchcraft From an Irish Witch is a delightful mixture of academia and accessibility; a book that explores Witchcraft in Ireland: how it was, is, and will be. It succeeds where many books have failed-fulfilling the longing for real Irish Witchcraft, while crafting the delicate balance between learning from the past and weaving a modern system based on truth and respect. Lora O'Brien is a genuine Irish Witch, making no claims of "fraudulent family traditions"-she is simply a woman who walks her path and shares her experiences, working closely with her heritage and land in a contemporary setting.

Irish Witchcraft From an Irish Witch explores the past:

Providing an investigation of the Witches' place in Irish mythology.
Looking at Witchcraft and magic by examining the customs connected with the Sidhe.
Examining historical evidence of the Witch trials that swept across the isle.

And the present and beyond by:

Working with Irish deities, landscapes, energies, and antiquities.
Examining the wheel of the year, with its festivals, cycles, and seasons of Irish culture.
Looking at ritual progression through a Witch's life: magical training, physical growth.
Providing alternatives to the traditional stages of a child's life in modern Irish culture.
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