The Celtic tradition is based on the practices of the pre-Christian Celtic world. This includes many parts of West England, Ireland, Isle-of-Man, Wales, Scotland, and Gaul accross the channel.
There is also significant Druid practice used and mixed in with this particualr tradition. It also seems to share a lot with the Teutonic tradition, including the frequent use of runes.
This tradition is extremely earth and nature based and much stronger in various religious aspects of the Craft, similar to Druidry. Many aspects of Christianity were actually drawn from the Celtic pagans, such as Cerridwen’s cauldron translating into the Holy Grail, and the goddess Brigit becoming Saint Bride and of course the Goddess Ostara and Her day of Ostre being taken over by the Chrstians and being called Easter, (complete with eggs and bunnies.
The Celtic Church, which formed, and primarily rolled over from the ancient Druids to Christianity in 400 or 500AD, to avoid the wicked persecution and thus enabling them to maintain their religion, albeit camouflaged behind the newer Christian doctrine. That is why so many of the pagan holidays were masked and covered over by the Christians in their campaign to stamp out all traces of paganism – but it didn’t work.
Celtic Wicca (Church of Wicca)
The Church of Wicca was founded by Gavin and Yvonne Frost. They offer correspondence courses in their brand of Wicca, which is sometimes called Celtic Wicca. The Church of Wicca has just recently begun including a Goddess in their diety structure, and has been very patrofocal as Wiccan traditions go. The Chuch of Wicca terms itself the “Baptist Wicca”
Gavin and Yvonne Frost, founders A Scorpio. Born, reared and formally educated in Staffordshire, England, Gavin had already built a successful career as an executive in the aerospace industry when he and Yvonne launched the Church and School of Wicca in 1968.
Since then, the two of them have become the world’s most widely acclaimed Witches. More than 200,000 seekers have contacted them from every corner of the globe.
They have appeared on behalf of their beloved Craft on national television’s Phil Donahue Show, PM Magazine, and Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow Show, as well as hundreds of local television and radio shows, and in newspaper and magazine articles throughout the country.
Gavin is among the most thoroughly trained and tried practitioners of the Craft on Earth. He learned his early Craft lessons in England and Wales, then progressed through grueling tests which rid Wiccans of the fear of death if they can endure the mental and physical agony (that he did) in the cold, treacherous mountains of Bavaria.
To gain an even higher level of understanding, Gavin has worked extensively with Hindus, Haitians, Sikhs, Thais’, Japanese, and Australian aborigines — all in their own homelands. He is one of the few western Witches to wear the old-fashioned initiation scar on his wrist, who is qualified to wear the Saffron Robe of the Zauberer in der Bayrischen Naehe, and Arch-Flamen of the Western Neighbourhood.
He and Yvonne have authored more than a dozen definitive books on the occult including the worldwide bestseller, ‘The Magic Power of Witchcraft’, that has been published world-wide in five languages.
Yvonne, an Ariesis, is one of the truly great healers, teachers, and practitioners of our time. Born in Los Angeles, Yvonne descends from two long lines of Witches reaching back many generations into the Cumberland Gap of Kentucky, and into the Clan Gunn of Scotland.
She has added much to the already long and illustrious history of those Craft lines with her own unique healing talents. She admits the principal reason for her involvement in the founding of the Church and School of Wicca was the opportunity to pass that knowledge along to others. Reports of healing success by thousands of students attest to just how effective Yvonne’s teaching talents have been.
The normally outspoken Flamenca becomes suddenly shy and self-effacing when encouraged to discuss her success, admitting only that “I have made my life’s mission the teaching of those who seek, and healing. I am fulfilled by teaching them to make their own lives and the lives of their loved ones more comfortable. That knowledge makes all those years of struggling and developing my Craft awareness well worth while.”
Both Gavin and Yvonne have repeatedly proven their dedication to the Craft over the past three decades. They have often endured ridicule by the ignorant, and had bullets through their windows, in their utter commitment to bearing the Craft standard of truth around the world. For more information, go to Church of Wicca
Notes : The Frosts call their tradition of Wicca – Celtic. However, it seems more of a mixture of high magic and eclectic Wicca, with a smattering of Celtic notions thrown in. For instance, they use three circles, one within the others, made of salt, sulphur and herbs with runes and symbols between them instead of just one circle.
They also insist on a white-handled Athame and will not have a black handled one in the Circle, whereas all the other traditions usually and invariably use a black handled one. (This may go back to the Druidic belief of the sickle).
It seems the Wicca they practice and teach should not be truly called Celtic at all; since a lot of it is made up or put together by them from so many other traditions, and perhaps should give it a new name to reflect the newness and uniqueness of it, as it is definitely not ancient, with absolutely no heritage, by any stretch of the imagination.
The Frosts have always been rather more public than most traditions (advertising their course in the Enquirer and similar publications) which has earned them heavy criticism in less public Craft groups. Remembering that Wicca is supposed to be secretative in nature and not to actively recruit like that and certainly one of the true Laws of Wicca is NOT to make money out of Wicca by selling themselves or their arts. In continuation of that topic, it is however, felt that nowadays wares and artifacts can be sold, along with ‘memberships’ for distant learners to pay for expenses incurred, but NOT for Coven fees and NOT for selling spells. In other words, it might be misconstrued as profiteering too much, but then again is that true freedom, or is it breaking an inherent Wiccan Law?