As we approach the upcoming celebration of St Patrick’s Day, it’s important to remember the context from which this holiday emerged.

We ask, “Do Witches Celebrate St Patrick’s Day?”, here is One Witch’s perspective.

This is your friendly reminder that the “snakes” St Patrick drove out were the Pagans and Druids. (The Witches!) There were never actual scaley snakes being driven out of Ireland. 

What he actually drove out of Ireland were the Gods, Goddesses, Fae, Pagans, and Shamanic Druids – converting them and their practices to Christianity. 

St Patrick’s Day is not even a traditional Irish or Pagan holiday. The entire holiday was made in and celebrated by the USA.

The Irish do not celebrate this day, it’s mainly an American and Canadian thing.

Now to my personal understanding, St Patrick’s Day is a very bizarre celebration.
St Patrick was a British and Roman priest who (WAS NOT EVEN IRISH, and not saintly in the slightest) sought to banish Pagan and Druid practices.
He performed traditional ceremonies (exorcisms)  to cast out and neutralize the powerful Irish faery deity Aine (pronounced Awn-Ya). He lied about the faery. She is a very powerful Goddess, sometimes associated with the Sun and Moon. She was the daughter of King Egobagal, one of the Tuatha De Danann. She is also known as Queen of the Faeries, because she was quite “friendly” so to speak with many men, to whom she beared many children. The children she gave birth to were of a magickal fae – human hybrid race.
According to an ancient Irish legend, St. Patrick pursued a mission to Christianize Ireland by driving pagan women into the sea, where they were said to transform into mermaids. He “drove out the snakes” (the Pagan ways).
He attempted to turn the great bright sun God Lugh into Lugh-chromatin (Little stooping Lugh) which would become “leprechaun”.
Artwork: Spell, The Faery Forest by Lucy Cavendish
So we ask, Do Witches Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Listen. I adore the Irish. I revere Ireland. I have that old blood singing within my own veins.
This day is a day to celebrate the survival of the Old Ways despite what this “Saint” represented, and the cruel actions he took.
I wear the green, for the Fae, for the Old Ways, for the shining ones, and for the deep love of the land.
This is a bit controversial because some witches will outright refuse this holiday. To honor their beliefs, some Pagans and Witches may decide not to participate in celebrations that are associated with the transition from an old faith to a new one. The individual’s spiritual values should be respected when making these considerations. Instead of adorning four-leaf clovers & leprechauns, some choose to wear a snake symbol on the holiday instead. 

So what’s the deal with the clover or shamrock anyways? 

To the Christians, the clover symbolizes the Holy Trinity. To the Celts and Pagans, it represents the Mother, Maiden, and Crone which portrays the cycle of life as well as moon phases.

Triple Goddess
Moon Phases, representing the Triple Goddess

Universally, the four-leaf clover is a symbol of good luck. According to some Pagan legends, each leaf held a different meaning. The first brings fame, the second leaf brings wealth, the third brings love, and the fourth health. Another story tells that if you find a four-leaf clover it grants you the ability to see Fae.

It is said that St Patrick used the clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the Pagans, and the fourth leaf representing “God’s Grace”.


Perhaps I’ll add more to this article as time passes, although I hope this has helped answer the question, “Do Witches Celebrate St Patrick’s Day?”


Thank you for your time!

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