Reading the Fire: Irish Traditions of Divination

Telling the Future from Ancient Irish to Modern Folk Practices

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If you have struggled to follow complicated processes and divination instruction, if you've tried to research folk divination traditions by yourself, if you've sought out academic instruction on cultures and traditions long dead, if you've diligently followed the step by step instructions of accomplished teachers but haven't seen any noticeable results... then you're about to discover the missing pieces from your Irish divination practice.

This is an online class exploring Irish divination traditions, from ancient augury to common folk practices. You will discover a variety of traditional Irish techniques, with practical examples and some unusual regional traditions. Your guide on this journey is the Irish author, file (poet), and practitioner of indigenous witchcraft, Geraldine Moorkens Byrne.

From old Ireland to modern, a fascination persists with various ways to tell the future. Some methods have roots in our ancestral past and others are more modern, but our rich heritage can be used to open our minds to inspiration, connect to our hidden needs and open our lives to possibilities.

Some traditional folk methods were only done on specific days, while others were as much a part of daily life as keeping the hearth and sweeping the floor. Each provides a link not only to the future but to our past. Here, you can learn authentic, traditional methods to use in your contemporary daily practice.


  • *fire reading, cloud gazing, reading signs from birds and animals
  • *divination using found objects
  • *the written word, signs and omens, symbols
  • *pendulums and unconscious "receiving"
  • *telling the future at Samhain / special days
This class includes meditations and techniques to ensure a receptive frame of mind; and important instruction on boundaries during divination and understanding mixed unclear results. Full explanation is provided, making it suitable even for complete beginners in basic techniques.

Your Course access enrollment includes access to:

  • -- Class Presentation Slides
  • -- Class Videos
  • -- Class Audios
  • -- Short Meditation (10-20 min)
  • -- Unique Creative Content (a story or case study or song/poem)
  • -- PDF Workbook of Exercises and Resources (with clickable links)
  • -- Interactive Q&A Session with the Teacher (recorded during live class).

You will get the unique perspective of a native Irish witch, who specialises in research and teaching on Irish historical traditions and folklore, while incorporating all of that into a vibrant contemporary Pagan practice within the living magical and spiritual traditions of Ireland.

This is a completely self-paced online course.

When you are enrolled, join in live if possible, and get the recorded files after for repeated or further study and reference. You decide when you start and when you finish.

This Teaching is suitable for beginners, as well as those with more experience in this area, or in other traditions. You do not have to be dedicated to or working with any Irish Gods, Guides, or Guardians to take this class.

When you enroll in this class, you are receiving lifetime access (with a full 30 day money back guarantee).

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Your Instructor

Geraldine Moorkens Byrne
Geraldine Moorkens Byrne

Geraldine Moorkens Byrne is a poet (File), and practitioner of indigenous Irish Witchcraft. She practices Draiocht Ceoil, the magic of words and sound, a traditional part of Irish folk magic and folklore. She has written Roscanna (Roisc) for many political and social causes, most recently - Ériu Addresses the High Kings - against a proposed misogynistic gathering in Ireland (subsequently published in Gods and Radicals journal.) She has also written and published articles on the origin and use of the Rosc. Geraldine is a founding editor of PPP Publishing, and has been published in many anthologies (e.g. Poems from the Lockdown, Harp Club and Cauldron, Small Things, Where the Hazel Falls, Jane Raeburn Anthology); magazines (e.g. Asia Geographic, American Dowser); e-zines (e.g. Poetry Life & Times, Prairie Poetry). Some of her poems - including "Bealtaine" & "Death of the Hero" - have been performed as theatre by groups in Ireland, Britain, & the USA. Her gorgeous children's book Puddles, and her collection of poetry called "Dreams of Reality", are both available on Amazon.

"This class was incredible! I love how well researched and annotated this was - the class notes are fantastic, the discussion of historical uses of the rosc and how it connects to traditions and DC today was fascinating. I learned a lot, and I'm so excited to put my newfound knowledge to use - and to continue to dive deeper into rosc poetry in my own work and practice. I'm sure I'll rewatch this class multiple times, and reread the class notes to deepen my understanding."

Shannon Mullens - An Introduction to Rosc Poetry (by Geraldine Moorkens Byrne)

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to complete this course?
When you enroll in this course, you will be sent information by email (Fáilte - Your Access to the Irish Pagan School), and you can take things at your own pace from there. Your enrolled access after the live session includes all recordings. This makes it a completely self-paced online course. You decide when you start and when you finish.
What if I enroll, then change my mind?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase for ANY reason, contact us within the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked. If you do require a refund, please just contact the Irish Pagan School directly, by email. We will deal with your request and refund your money with no problems!
Do I need to have Irish ancestry to study here?
No, absolutely not. We provide authentic connection to Ireland, with native or naturalised Irish teachers, for anyone who wishes to learn from us and is willing to put in the time and effort to do this properly... rather than grab a culturally appropriated quick fix.

"This was an absolutely brilliant class. So very interesting and also extremely practical. There's no doubt in my mind that Draícht Ceoil works. If I have the right sound playing in my home the entire atmosphere changes. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn about the correlation between sound and healing (and a little bit of hexing just for good measure)."

Tomasina Ravenscroft - Draíocht Ceoil (by Geraldine Moorkens Byrne)

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If you can't attend the course teaching live (at 9pm Irish time on the Sunday), don't worry, the recorded files and presentation slides, etc. will be posted into your Course Curriculum by the following Tuesday.


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