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Celtic Witch Books: Our 14+ MUST-READS from Myth to Magick

To be a Celtic witch means to weave pagan Celtic spirituality and magick into your witchcraft practice. If you’re interested in adding Celtic myth and magick to your witchcraft path, here are our favorite Celtic witch books including Celtic mythology, Wicca, folklore and fairy magick.

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Celtic Mythology Books for the Celtic Witch

1. Celtic Myth & Magick

The late Edain McCoy is one of my favorite Wiccan and Witchcraft authors and with good reason. She makes Celtic spirituality and deities simple to understand and integrate in her book Celtic Myth and Magick. While it is a thick book, the way Edain breaks down the concepts is modern and helpful for any Celtic witch.

2. Element Encyclopedia of Celts

A handy reference to have in your Celtic witch’s library. Everything from Celtic holidays to Celtic heroes and historical information. If you want to learn how to be a Celtic witch and have a quick reference guide, this book is it!

3. The Mabinogi

One of the traditional, original pieces of Celtic Welsh mythology is The Mabinogi. Be ready for a heavy read, though – these are all Celtic myths. But if you’re a Celtic witch, it’s crucial to understand tales from the Celtic past. Rhiannon and Blodeuwedd (popular modern goddesses) make debut appearances in The Mabinogi.

4. The Four Cycles of Irish Mythology

Another important collection of Celtic mythology every Celtic witch should read is The Four Cycles of Irish Mythology. The Four Cycles include: the Mythological Cycle, the Ulster Cycle, the Fenian Cycle and the Historical Cycle. If you want to know about Ireland’s pagan Celtic past, this is the collection to read (though it will take you some time to get through it, it’s worth it!)

5. Arthurian Magic: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Camelot

Though not necessarily considered “Celtic”, the Arthurian legends play a large part in England’s mythological past. And because England was once ruled by the Celts, it’s thought much of the Arthurian legends reflect even older Celtic legends and deities. This is a BIG book but a great one to add to the Celtic witch’s book collection.

Fairy and Folklore Books for the Celtic Witch

6. Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry

One of the first fairy folklore books I read was Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry by WB Yeats. Yeats is mostly known for his poetry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but he was also interested in the occult and Celtic customs. Every Celtic witch should read Yeats’ folk tales.

7. A Witch’s Guide to Faery Folk

A staple in my witchy library, A Witch’s Guide to Faery Folk by Edain McCoy has been in my possession since I was 16. I recommend it to every one interested in working with the faery realm. There’s an encyclopedia of fairies, as well as ways to work with them and ways to protect yourself from malevolent faeries. A must-have book for the Celtic witch.

8. Carmina Gadelica

We’ve talked about Irish, English and Welsh Celtic mythology and folk tales, but what about Scottish? The Carmina Gadelica is a lovely collection of poems, incantations and tales of the Scottish variety.

Celtic Magick and Witchcraft Books

9. Celtic Magic

DJ Conway provides the Celtic witch beginner with an overview of ancient Celtic traditions as well as Celtic deities. And how you can work with them in your witchcraft practice with spells, rituals, and meditations.

10. Fire in the Head

These days everyone gets up in arms when the word “shamanism” is used in reference to anything other than Siberian shamanism. Take the offense to the word out and you have an incredibly well-written book by Tom Cowan on the esoteric aspects of Celtic mythology and how to use it in spiritual journeying and healing.

11. By Oak, Ash and Thorn

Another well-written Celtic witchcraft book by DJ Conway focused mainly on esoteric “shamanic” concepts like shapeshifting, soul retrieval, the ogham and Celtic herbs. I read this book when I was very young and didn’t connect to it, but now that I’m older it resonates deeply.

Books on Celtic Spirituality for the Celtic Witch

12. The Mist-Filled Path

One of my favorite Celtic spirituality books is The Mist-Filled Path: Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers and Seekers by Frank MacEowen. I’ve read this book more than once and always enjoy MacEowen’s approach to a Celtic spiritual path. If you want to learn innate natural beliefs of old Ireland and Scotland, this book is for you.

13. Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

I don’t have enough good things to say about John O’Donahue’s Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom. Yes, there are mentions of the Christian god and Jesus Christ within; however, it is few and if you can set biases aside this book offers every human being a wealth of knowledge and insight. I can’t remember how many times I highlighted quotes in this book. O’Donahue examines the Celtic spirituality of the past and applies it to the modern world in a profound way.

14. Tending Brigid’s Flame

Another Celtic pagan book that I read recently is Tending Brigid’s Flame by Lunaea Weatherstone. Even if Brigid isn’t your matron goddess, you will gain something from this book. Weatherstone’s deep relationship with the Irish Celtic goddess Brigid shines through and really pulls the reader in. As a Celtic witch, it made me want to travel to Ireland in search for the goddess herself.

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14+ Books for the Celtic Witch on Celtic Myth, magick and spirituality

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    September 16, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    You forgot Buckman and Cunningham

    1. admin

      September 19, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      What Celtic books have they written?

    1. Carrie Duff

      June 25, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you! Blessing upon you Sister for sharing!
      Lady Gryphon Owl-the Crone

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