Defining Wiccan and Pagan Beauty

Julia, the Wandering Witch, wiccans, pagans

Julia, founder of Witches of Down East, a pagan women’s group in Maine that meets monthly and celebrates the major Sabbats together

Modern day Wiccans and Pagans have a strong ancestral connection to their Celtic heritage, so it was no surprise that I was approached by a modern day witch to review our products. Julia is the founder and main organizer of a women’s pagan group based out of Maine called The Witches of Down East and is a practicing witch with a Celtic neopagan background.

She found us on Instagram and as soon as I saw her picture, I knew she was destined to be a Celtic Complexion Beauty. After reviewing her website, The Wandering Witch, I knew she would be a great fit to review Celtic Complexion.

As much as she wanted to know about skincare, I wanted to know about what it was like to be a witch. I only knew of two witches; Samantha from Bewitched and Glenda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz and I was positive they had nothing to do with being a modern day practicing witch, so l asked her my most pressing questions, so that I could get to know more about her practice.

First, how did you hear about Celtic Complexion?

Julia: I found Celtic Complexion after looking online for an organic, skincare company for dry skin. After going directly to your website and reading about the story behind Celtic Complexion, I knew I had to try it as I suffer from rosacea and very dry, sensitive skin. I had no idea that this was common in people of Celtic background until reading it on your website.

Next I want to talk about the percentage (approx) of witches that are of Celtic descent:

Julia: The most recent survey done by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2008              ( estimated that.04% of Americans (over a million)  identify as New Age (Wiccan/Pagan/Other) of this percentage 84% identify as white. Gathering from that data, I would guess at least 50% of self-identified witches have some Celtic ancestry.

The only thing about this topic is just to stress that you don’t have to be of Celtic origin to be a witch or to worship the Celtic gods or follow a Celtic tradition. There are a few pagan traditions that are quite we want to avoid being affiliated with those folk!

What is the definition of a witch?

Julia: The most basic definition of a witch is someone who practices magick. The word itself is thought to be derived from the old English Wicce (where Wicca gets its name as well), which means to bend or shape. A witch can be of any religion or of no religion. There are Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, atheist, and pagan witches. One really common misconception about witches is that we are evil and that we all practice black magick. This is simply untrue. There are some witches who do use magick for harm, but the large majority of us it to spread positive energy, goodness, and healing throughout the world.

What are some rituals you practice?

Julia: I have daily, monthly, and yearly rituals in my practice. I have a daily meditation and devotional practice where I connect with my gods, ancestors, spirit guides, as well as local spirits. A lot of my practice is based around learning and I am always reading history and folklore to help deepen my faith, (currently I’m reading the Roman accounts about the Celts!).

On a monthly basis, I do spell work based on the phases of the moon. During the Full Moon, I usually take a cleansing salt bath, bathe my crystals in moonlight to recharge them, and do any work that I have been saving for the occasion. During the year, I celebrate the pagan wheel of the year. We have 8 major holidays or sabbats. As a Celtic witch I celebrate these holy days from an Irish/Celtic perspective and honor the gods associated with these days. I.E. during Imolbc, I work with Brigid, during Lughnasadh I honor Lugh etc.

You can read Julia’s full review of Celtic Complexion here on her blog

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