50 Ways to Be a Witch Every Day
I’ve written a lot of articles on witchcraft, and one of the most common questions I get asked is “Where do I begin?” My usual answer goes along the lines of “Well, you just start from right where you are. Read some books, learn all you can.” But most people want to get started straight away. They feel like witches and even if they don’t know much about being a witch, they want to do witchy things. So here are some ideas about how to incorporate witchcraft into ordinary life. These are some small ways to be witchy every day.
Of course, you won’t be able to do them all—that would be impossible. However, you can pick one or two to add to your routine. The idea is that they will make you feel as if you are in touch with the magical realm, connected to the power of the Earth, and at one with the energy of the Universe.
It’s Not About Casting Spells
Many young witches seem to believe that witchcraft is only about casting spells. I’m afraid that's not true. Spellwork is only a tiny part of what true witches do. You can’t turn witchiness on and off; it’s either who you are, or it isn’t. If you think that it means casting a spell once a week, well there’s nothing stopping you doing that, but understand—it does not make you a witch.
So, What Makes a Witch a Witch?
Witchcraft is so flexible that it’s hard to define in a few words. However, broadly speaking, a witch is always looking to make life better for herself and others. Note: I’m going with the female gender here, although many witches are male and gender neutral—there are simply more female witches.
She knows that she is a temporary part of the huge cycles that govern our world and she knows she must work with them, never against them. She is confident in who she is. She knows her good points and her bad and does her best to improve herself over the years.
She is kind, considerate, but able to stand up for herself and those less fortunate than she. She hates injustice and often has a personal cause to fight for. For other witch traits, read Signs and Characteristics of a Witch. Remember that witchcraft is like a lens. It changes the way you see the world. You begin to notice more, observe more but speak less. You become more patient, tolerant and wise. However, your witchiness is not going to be priority all the time. It has a natural cycle of its own. Sometimes you will be 100% witch; other times maybe it will just be something going on beneath the surface. Don’t be hard on yourself because you let it go occasionally.
So, having decided that you’d like to bring a little witchy magick into your life, you are probably wondering how to go about it?
50 Witchy Practices to Enhance Your Life
- When you wake up, acknowledge the new day. Take a moment to breathe and let the light in. Say a silent thank you. Getting up won’t be such a chore.
- Meditate for 10 minutes if you have time.
- Drink a charged glass of water. Hold the glass in both hands and imagine love flowing through your hands into the glass. Then drink.
- Check the moon phase. Knowing where the moon is in her cycle is standard witchy practice. Get an app for your phone or laptop.
- When you walk outside for the first time in the day, quickly look up to the sky and then down to the ground. Give whispered thanks for the air you breathe and the earth you walk on.
- As with your water, you can channel loving energy into your food as well as food you prepare for others.
- Create and maintain a seasonal altar. Pick up small objects on your walks and add them to your collection.
- Draw a daily tarot card and think about how it connects to your day.
- Add an entry to your journal or Book of Shadows.
- Learn something new about witchcraft. Just one small thing. Make a note of it.
- Reduce your use of single-use plastics and waxed cups. Just choose differently. Witches care about the planet.
- Place your crystals on a windowsill for a moonlight bathe. However, before you buy crystals in the first place research where they come from. Consider if it fits in with your code of ethics. You can always use found pebbles in their place.
- Plant a herb in a pot.
- Write a Switchword on your arm with a tattoo pen.
- Chant a protection charm when you get in your vehicle: “Protected within, I will be. Please keep my car trouble-free. And as I speak, so shall it be.”
- Do a good deed. Go out of your way to assist someone.
- Give something away. Donate to a local good cause.
- Go for a walk. Notice plants, wildlife, trees. Even if you live in a city, there will be green spaces.
- Make an earth-friendly cleaning solution.
- Make an earth-friendly beauty lotion.
- Ditch one junk food from your diet.
- Create a sigil spell and activate it.
- Stand outside in the dark, preferably when stars are visible.
- Acknowledge the Moon when you see her.
- Celebrate Full Moon in some way; with a ritual, party, or just raise a glass to the Moon.
- At New Moon write out your aims for the coming month.
- Treat yourself to an essential oil to use in your rituals. Use it to anoint your candles.
- Add your essential oil to a carrier oil (like almond), dab on your skin as a perfume and to absorb its energies.
- If you’ve never done it, learn how to cast a circle
- Design a ritual incorporating a spell for abundance. Be a rich witch.
- Incorporate magick into your cooking and baking, either by blessings, using magickal herbs and spices, or both. Trace a pentagram over your food.
- Take advantage of thunderstorms by performing an impromptu ritual. Draw the energy of the storm into your body.
- Create a rune or sigil out of pebbles or sticks in your garden or outside space. Choose one for protection, for love, or abundance.
- Fill a dark colored bowl with water, pour a little oil into it. Sit quietly, gazing into the bowl. Make a note of any pictures or visions.
- Go to the beach, draw sigils into the sand and watch as the sea takes them. If you can’t get to the beach, collect tiny twigs, leaves and flower petals to form your sigil and leave them for the wind to blow away. Make sure whatever you use is indigenous to the area where you place them.
- Create a cairn of stones to remember someone who has passed.
- Perform a potato spell for abundance. During the waxing (increasing) moon, carve a dollar (or your country’s currency symbol) on a potato. Say, “Dollars come and dollars grow, potato help the money flow.” Then bury the potato in the garden. Don’t forget to harvest all the magickal potatoes in the fall (or spring, depending on the variety you planted).
- Make something, anything, incorporating magick. Might be a Yule decoration or a cake or any kind of craft.
- Place a witchy object on a windowsill or near your front door. Just to mark your magickal home. It might be a pentacle made of twigs, a charged pebble (hold it in your hands and visualize love pouring into it), a small crystal or other item.
- If you haven’t got one already, start your Book of Shadows, or whatever you want to call it.
- When you go for a walk, take an empty bag with you and collect discarded garbage.
- Put food out in winter for birds and other wildlife. Remember to break the ice on their water supply.
- Collect some witchy or pagan quotes for your journal or Book of Shadows.
- Cut unnecessary waste and give home-made food gifts, such as jams, chutneys and cookies. Magically charged and blessed, of course.
- Rescue an insect from the sidewalk and move it to a place of safety.
- Choose a tarot card and then make a Pinterest board of things that represent its meaning.
- Go to a second-hand bookstore and look for books on witchcraft, magick, tarot, paganism, Gods and Goddesses, mythology, herbalism, or anything else that floats your witchy boat.
- Discover your moon sign and research it. You’ll need your date, time and place of birth. There are lots of free moon sign calculators on the internet.
- Treat yourself to a piece of witchy silver or crystal jewelry.
- Create a bedtime ritual of giving thanks and appreciation for the day that’s ended and the good night’s sleep to come.
Will you use any of my suggestions?
I hope that helps you. Pick one or two and begin living your magickal, witchy life. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me, but do check the comments to make sure I haven’t already answered it. It’s a magickal thing.
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