Pecti-Wita is presumed an old hereditary Scottish tradition that first came to the attention of the general public when mentioned by Raymond Buckland in his book: “Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft” (Llewellyn Publications – 1986). In his book, Buckland detailed many different varieties of Wicca and such was the response he received for more information, he later published full details in another book: “Scottish Witchcraft: The History and Magick of the Picks” (Llewellyn Publications – 1991). The information in his book was supposedly provided by a Wiccan teacher Aidan Breac (1897 – 1989).
Breac was a Scottish Highlander, born and raised into a hereditary Craft family on an island off the northwest coast of Scotland. He was a descendant of the Carnonacae tribe of the Picts who lived in the northwest of what is now Ross and Cromarty Counties. Breac, a family man but without children for the last thirty years of his life, devoted himself to teaching the Pecti Wita tradition to others.
Pecti Wita is different from many other forms of Wicca, in that it is a solitary tradition. It doesn’t practice circle consecration, or the formalized rituals of most other Wiccan traditions. The basic tools of the Pecti Witan is the dirk and staff, and rather than casting a circle, he or she simply “centers” themselves. Magick is very much a part of the tradition and there are some celebrations of the seasons namely at Samhuinn, Feill-Fionnain, Bealltainn, and Feill-Sheathain. Healing is also an important part of this tradition as is herbal lore and divination.
Pecti Wita is perhaps closer to the traditional “Kitchen Witch” of the British Isles than to the more formalized traditions of Wicca. Until it was made public by Buckland, Pecti Wita was found mainly in Scotland and parts of Canada, but in recent years has expanded and is now practiced in many other parts of the world.
Note: After much debate about Pecti Wita on several British e-mail lists. I have found that the vast majority of Scottish Witches I have spoken too rubbish and reject all claims made by Raymond Buckland about Pecti Witta as a made up figment of his imagination similar to his Seax-Wica. They point out that nobody to-date has been able to confirm the existence of an "Aidan Breac" and no records of a birth certificate has ever been found or materialized?