How to Become a Witch and Practice Witchcraft


What is Witchcraft?

Witchcraft is one of the world's oldest spiritual traditions, yet also one of the most misunderstood. Television, movies, and comic books abound with stereotypes and misconceptions about what it really means to be a witch. Many people decide they want to become a witch because they relate to the witches and wizards in fictional stories, such as Harry Potter or Narnia. However, the magic you see portrayed on-screen is usually significantly different from real magick practiced by devout witches, wizards, sorcerers, and ceremonial magickians every day.

Okay, so witchcraft is often misunderstood. But what is witchcraft? To put it simply, witchcraft is the practice of magick. That's it. Contrary to popular belief, witchcraft is not a religion; it is a spiritual practice that may or may not be part of a person's religious faith. Witchcraft is often conflated with Wicca, which is an actual religion. It is important to remember that not all witches are Wiccan, and not all Wiccans are witches. Many Wiccans practice witchcraft, but many do not. Many who practice witchcraft are Wiccan, but most are not.

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What Is Magick?

What is magick? Magick is alive and well, although there is some considerable debate as to what it really is. Some believe magick to be purely spiritual power, while others believe that magick is just as much of a force in the natural universe as gravity or electricity. One popular notion is that magick does not actually violate the natural laws of the physical universe, but is simply a law unto itself that we do not yet have the scientific means to understand.

Similar beliefs are held about psychic powers and other paranormal phenomena. In this perspective, magick is very similar to dark matter. We know it exists, but we just can't quite tell what it is or what it looks like. Witchcraft is the use of magick to achieve an end that cannot easily be achieved through normal, or mundane means.

Witchcraft Spells And Tools

The cauldron is one of the most popular witchcraft tools in existence.
The cauldron is one of the most popular witchcraft tools in existence. | Source

Gemstones For Witchcraft

Gemstones are great cheap witchcraft supplies that can be used for protection, focus, and spells.
Gemstones are great cheap witchcraft supplies that can be used for protection, focus, and spells. | Source

What Do I Need To Cast A Spell?

Before you cast a spell, you should spend some considerable amount of time researching witchcraft. There are various forms of witchcraft, and which one resonates best with you will determine how you cast a spell.

Common Types of Witchcraft:

  • Green Witchcraft - Witchcraft focused on earth, nature, and the elements
  • Hedge Witchcraft - Nature-based witchcraft featuring elements of shamanism as well as astral projection, midwifery, and healing
  • Electic Witchcraft - A blend of various traditions including but not limited to witchcraft traditions
  • Neopagan Witchcraft - Typically witchcraft practiced in the service of one's ancestral deities
  • Kitchen Witchcraft - Practical witchcraft focused on the use of herbs and other natural specimens common to every day life
  • Gardnerian Witchcraft - The continuation of the witchcraft practiced by the initiates of Gerald Gardner, founder of Wicca

Common Witchcraft Supplies and Spellcraft Tools

  • Cauldron - A small pot, typically made of cast iron, used to mix and heat potions for spellwork
  • Mortar & Pestle - A small cup, typically made of cast iron, with a blunt grinding implement, used to crush herbs and spices for spells and rituals
  • Herbs - A variety of both common and rare herbs are used to add effect to rituals and potions; sage is one of the most common herbs for spells, used to purify and protect
  • Flowers - Many spells call for the use of flowers for their powerful symbolism and beautiful fragrances
  • Gemstones - Each gemstone has magickal significance, and can be used as a correspondent in rituals or to provide healing
  • Crystals - Crystals are commonly used to purify a sacred space prior to ritual, provide healing and protection, and to amplify the magickal properties of gemstones
  • Magickal Amulets & Talismans - Powerful symbols that can be used in spellcraft or warn for daily protection and magickal enhancement
  • Wand - A stick of wood or some other material used to cast a circle
  • Athame - A blade used to cast a circle of protection for spellwork, also used within spells
  • Salt - Commonly used to cast a circle of protection, prevent evil spirits from entering a room, and other protective spells and cleansing spells
  • God & Goddess Statues - These are used to draw focus to the God and Goddess during ritual, and may be used to call their presence to a ritual circle

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: While all of these things can be used as important correspondences for spellwork, you do not actually need any physical item to cast a spell. Witchcraft draws its power from the user's intentions and the Magick that is within the individual. If you are capable of using Magick, you are able to do so with or without these tools. Tools, or correspondences, are powerful items that can be used to draw focus and symbolize the power within yourself and within nature, but you don't need to go out and buy a bunch of things before you start practicing witchcraft.

The best and simplest way to begin practicing witchcraft and cast your first spell is to research. Learn as much as you can about the various traditions and find the correspondences (physical symbols of invisible qualities or forces) that appeal the most to you. A very powerful ritual can be performed without ever spending a dime. Go to your favorite spot in nature, such as a beach or the woods, and collect stones, shells, leaves, flowers, and other items that have some magickal significance to you. These items cost nothing and are every bit as powerful as pricey correspondences purchased online.

Cheap Witchcraft Supplies:

  • Stones
  • Feathers
  • Seashells
  • Driftwood
  • Sand
  • Salt
  • Animal bones
  • Fossils
  • Dirt
  • Flowers
  • Seeds
  • Water
  • Kitchen spices
  • Gemstones (many can be purchased online for pennies)

How To Become A Witch

How do you become a witch? What is magick anyway?
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So How Do I Cast A Spell Already?

Magick is within you, if witchcraft is truly the path you're meant to take. It sounds cheesy, but it's a simple reality. However, that doesn't mean that learning to use Magick is easy. It takes lots of research, meditation, and introspection to find the correspondences, qualities, and traditions that work for you personally.

Witchcraft is a personal path. Many new practitioners get frustrated when they can't find any "straight answers" from seasoned witches, sorcerers, and ceremonial magickians on how to start practicing. Because witchcraft is so personal, it is impossible to tell someone exactly what they should or shouldn't do. Yes, you can find numerous spells from other witches online, but that doesn't mean that they will be effective for you. Just because a spell works for one witchcraft practitioner does not mean it will work for another witch.

Spells are highly personal as well. Experienced Magick users create their own spells for the greatest impact. There is no single "Book of Spells" that witches draw from, although many Books of Shadows are passed down through familial witch lines. If the person practicing the spell has not fully cast their personal intentions and energy into the spell, it will not work for them, no matter how well put-together the spell may seem. Googling "free spells" might give you some ideas, but you're better off researching these online spells and learning from their common themes and attributes rather than trying to replicate them exactly.

Once you are comfortable with the idea of spellcraft and which elements and witchcraft tools mean the most to you, you will find it much easier to cast your first spell.

Psychics, Witches & Wizards, Oh My!

Psychic phenomena and Magick are closely related.
Psychic phenomena and Magick are closely related. | Source

Does Witchcraft Really Work?

Yes and no. Like anything, witchcraft depends on your intentions and perception. If your perception of witchcraft is a force that can be manipulated and used to twist the laws of reality to produce outcomes that are impossible through mundane means, then no. Witchcraft may not be understood fully, but it does follow the natural laws. The popular consensus is that, no, you will not be able to cast a spell to magickally teleport yourself from one end of the country to the other. Even the most powerful witch has to book a flight just like everyone else. Likewise, you won't be able to cast a spell on yourself that will instantly make you ten pounds lighter. Spellcraft obeys the same laws of physics as the rest of the universe, it just takes a different route to get there.

However, if you perceive witchcraft as a powerful and mysterious natural force that obeys certain fundamental laws and principles, then yes, witchcraft is absolutely real and spells do work. You get out of spellwork what you put into it. If you are sure of your intentions and you have chosen correspondences and/or magick words that you believe have the power to bring about the result you seek, your spell will work. If you are distracted or doubtful, chances are that your spell will fail.

Learn more about how to make your spells work in my Hub, Confidence: The Secret Ingredient to Make Spells Work serves as a troubleshooting guide for spells that just don't seem to take effect.

What Is Magick: Natural or Supernatural?

Many believe that Magick is as natural a part of the universe as dark matter or gravity.
Many believe that Magick is as natural a part of the universe as dark matter or gravity. | Source

Is Witchcraft Evil Or Dangerous?

This is somewhat of a loaded question that I address in my Hub, The 10 Most Annoying Things Christians Say To Pagans, Witches, & Wiccans. I also go more in-depth on the concept of dangerous witchcraft in my Hub, Is Witchcraft Dangerous? Is It Safe to Practice Magic?

Witchcraft itself is neither good nor evil. Like any other tool, witchcraft can be used for evil or it can be used for good. Witchcraft is entirely dependent upon the intentions of the individual practitioner. For this reason, it is incredibly important to be sure of your intentions when casting a spell.

Magick itself comes from nature. Witchcraft is the use of Magick to achieve a desired end. Magick is a neutral force and witchcraft is a neutral practice. The vast majority of witches and magick practitioners draw their powers from nature. Some of us work with deities, others do not. Some spells manifest in a physical change that follows the rules of nature, but others are emotional or psychic in nature. Some of the most powerful and dangerous spells are those which interfere with the free will of another person, a phenomena which many call "black magick."

Depending on your path, spells that harm or hinder the will of another person may be forbidden and even result in severe consequences (for example, Wiccan witches follow the Wiccan Rede, which forbids using magick to harm another person).

The Rule of 3 (Sometimes called the Law of 3): Many witches, paticularly those who practice the Wiccan path, believe in something called the Rule of 3. The Rule of 3 states that whatever intentions you put out into the universe are sent back to you threefold, similar to karma. If you cast positive spells, you will receive the benefits of that positivity threefold. If you cast negative or harmful spells, you will receive the consequences of that negativity threefold. There are many different interpretations, and it is important to remember that the Rule of 3, while often quoted as if it applies to all Magick practitioners, is largely a tenet of Wicca. Many of us who practice Magick do not believe in the Rule of 3, and among those who do, there are a variety of interpretations as to what the Rule of 3 actually means.

What Is Magick To You?

Do you believe Magick is:

  • A natural phenomenon we don't understand yet.
  • A supernatural force.
  • I don't believe in Magick.
  • Other.
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Closing Thoughts on Witchcraft and Magick

There is no one right way to practice witchcraft, but there are some pitfalls to avoid. You are not required to buy anything to begin practicing witchcraft, but there are plenty of cheap witchcraft supplies and tools that can make practice more effective. There is no unified path when it comes to Magick, but there are common traditions chosen by many of the witches, sorcerers, and others who practice today.

Witchcraft is a personal path, a neutral practice that is shaped by the character of your intentions. Whichever path you choose, respect the force of Magick and respect yourself enough to put the time and research into shaping your own path. Learning from other witches is essential, but only you can decide where this winding path leads.

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rachel 6 days ago

Need mire info to find local people studying witchcraft to help me

katherine pierce 2 weeks ago

thx hoped this helped me

kassie 3 weeks ago

i look to learn more of my self and of this part of myself more. ive read many things and sought info. ive learned some and have a small foundation... i see the world as it is and thought i can be cruel i choose to use my gifts to help my loved ones . i choose to do good .

alchemy wise i found that a saying like this is what inspires me to do good .

" i choose to see the world as it might be and so it is"

i know there are things of a darker nature but there is so much good too. if i am to be a student to the divine or child of the old gods then i will seek to learn all tht i can and from anyone willing to teach me.

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modernalchemyst 3 weeks ago from New England Author

Hi Kassie,

I can't say whether you're a witch as it's a path you have to choose on your own. I do think most of us are also chosen to one degree or another, but it's a two-way street. In the early stages, I think people can sometimes get hung up on defining themselves when it's really a lot easier if you just dig in. If tarot calls to you, deepen your knowledge of it. Meditation is a good foundation for any type of esoteric practice, whether you consider yourself a witch or not. There's only so far reading and theorizing will get you... Witchcraft is, after all, a practice. :) For what it's worth, it sounds like you're describing the traits of a sensitive, which means you're more open to the spiritual world than others. That doesn't make you a witch necessarily, but the two often go hand in hand. Best of luck in yours! If you have any more specific questions, feel free and I'll do my best to answer.

kassie 3 weeks ago

please i wish to know about myself... my fear of it has gone and all doubt has burned down to silence. what am i ?

kassie 3 weeks ago

my gify is in nature .... animals seem to not mind me much ... tarrot comes easy to me but its some what of an odd thing ... like the cards speak a soft whisper in my ears. reptiles and i get along too well moths seems to be attracted to me ... all my life these things come easy... is it so that i happen to be a witch .... i cant say ... but i feel the world around me i see looming dark shadow that follows my dreams and once long long ago manifested before me as a threatening pressence but never once harmed me ... my senses are hightened during storms ... some one tell me the thing i need to know ... it a feeling deep down ... and apart of me at all time ... what am i?

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modernalchemyst 3 months ago from New England Author

I love that website, thanks for mentioning it! I always recommend it to beginners who are looking for ideas on how to craft a spell, but I still use it from time to time when I need inspiration for a certain spell structure.

Tidal 3 months ago

I'm just surrgesting a website called spellsofmagic it really has helped me

Kiss and tales 4 months ago

Helen I appreciate your comment. This is a subject of choosing life or death. Satan's realm of magic ,divination , spell binding. and more leads to activity but ends in eternal death. He wants you to join him in his judgment of death eternal. Life is to precious to give him this power over you. Each human is a miracle birth ,that means that you beat the odds of a number of humans who will never be born. Why give satan your miracle of existence.

Your creator has a plan for you to live a long and happy life. To reunite you with those you love who have died . In order to welcome them back you must be there waiting for them and prepare the earth in a global clean up. Building homes and beautifying the earth is a wonderful Job.

There is no benefit in doing the works of satan but ending up as Adam and Eve dead forever .

Once your life leaves you . You are dead for eternity .

God gives you a return if you die.

So please consider his option. Satan has none.

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helenstuart 4 months ago from Deep in the Heart of Texas

I get insights sometimes, out of the "blue" that change my life so much, and seem far too important to have come from my own head, and no one else has inspired them, so I do attribute them to the one great GOOD. Like different religions under God, Evil has many religions too. (I'll just say Satan, and some of his religions are under the guise of godly ones). Satan has one power, and it can seem like a miracle to the naive, but his powers and "miracles" are always serving one purpose, destruction. He can make a city crumble at the snap of his fingers, but he has no power to create. Not even a cell or a blade of grass. Nor can our scientists, they can mutate, mimic and clone what is there, but neither can they create from "nothing" . Only "Good" or "God" can do this. That is why the unique and incredible universe , even when it seems destructive, is such a magnificent and widespread domino effect of miracles. Yep, God may allow hurricanes and all manner of seemingly bad things to happen, he is actually just not stopping them. But he intervenes in thousands of cases. We don't deserve God's Grace, and we don't understand it, we stand idle while the wicked destructors rule and let our own hearts turn to apathy. I'd say he is very very gentle with us. He loves us. Those who worship Satan, or turn to witchcraft are serving a master that despises them deeply but fools them. Don't people realize that? I will serve God and if he has punishment to mete out, I will know I need to learn from it. Anyone who thinks otherwise is arrogant and foolish.

Lynds 4 months ago

Fortunately witchcraft has been recognized as a religion in the U.S. so SonofSkyrim, you'd do better to stick to your video games. Your ignorance and bigotry hinders your learning. Knowledge is power.

Blessed Be

Helen Stuart 4 months ago

One more thing about being a witch, my great-g-g-g-g- whatever grandfather's name was Frank Jacobs, and he was the first man hanged for a witch in Salem, Mass. His name is easily found on internet pages, as well as in the pages of Miller's play, the Crucible, comparing the sniffing out of "communists" to the horrible witch hunts of that time and earlier, in Europe, when the streets ran with the fat of women being burned at the stake. Don't you think we live in a society where enough social "witch hunts " exist? Do you want to return to the brutality of the middle ages? Learn to use the real powers you were born with, and the power of prayer. When my ancestor was asked if he could read, he repeated, "only the lord's prayer." and repeated stated, though an old gent that needed 2 canes, "I am innocent as the day I was born"

Laurel 4 months ago

I just have one question

Is it possible to cast spells on someone close to you that would turn their emotional/mental state for the better? Or would the spell casting on others be ineffective?

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Snakesmum 9 months ago from Victoria, Australia

The archaic laws regarding witchcraft have been repealed in Australia also.

SonOfSkyrim201 9 months ago

Yeah the United States are totally civilized. They've only killed(aborted) over 77 000 babies already this year, no biggie!

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modernalchemyst 9 months ago from New England Author

You know the countries that ban witchcraft aren't exactly known for their civility and intellectualism.

SonOfSkyrim201 9 months ago

Unfortunately in the U.S, yes. But not in all countries.

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modernalchemyst 9 months ago from New England Author

You do realize the active laws about that in the US have been long since repealed, right?

SonOfSkyrim201 9 months ago

No I don't think so either. But I have to say there's a reason it is outlawed in some countries.

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Snakesmum 9 months ago from Victoria, Australia

You are entitled to your opinion SonOfSkyrim201 , however many people reading this very good hub will disagree with you. You seem to be extremely prejudiced against witchcraft. I don't think there is anything to be gained by discussing this further.

SonOfSkyrim201 9 months ago

It should be illegal in all countries.

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Snakesmum 9 months ago from Victoria, Australia

SonOfSkyrim201 - Whether witchcraft is illegal or not depends on what country you live in. It is legal where I live.

SonOfSkyrim201 9 months ago

You do realize witchcraft is illegal, right?

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Snakesmum 10 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Very good hub, with good information. You have very clearly explained some of the differences between Wicca and Witchcraft.

Also agree with you that tools are not really necessary, but they are helpful, especially for those starting out. One of the most powerful rituals I've every done was completely done mentally, as a meditation.

If you make your own tools, such as wands, they can be more powerful than bought tools. My favourite wand is a simple wooden one from a willow tree.

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helenstuart 11 months ago from Deep in the Heart of Texas

I think if you do want to go to that special witch school (its a LOT like the one in the Harry Potter movies but the outfits are a little bit cuter and stuff) first you need to go to this PRE-Witch school , where you learn things like spelling, (noticed some REALLY BAD spellers here among you wanna be witches) Rational, (or thinking better skills) which might make you stop doing things like begging to be a witch. Over and Over. And hopefully, hopefully, some social and life skills that let you know that its just great to be little men and little women (I have no idea how old you are, spookily) who just feel fan-freaking-tastic about being human and know that being human is a big enough job all by itself. And it holds a whole dang lot of challenge, too. Plus, you NEVER see witches on waterslides! Lets go kids, I'll get you all an ice-cream, too! Neato!!!

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Kiss andTales 11 months ago

Yes I am very aware , but did you know that Jesus invite was to all humans, he paid for a happy future for me and you, in order to live in it we have to be educated , the same way if you were going to live as citizen in another country , we would have to give up old citizenship of pratices to clearly accept a New Life , notice !

1Pe 2:11Beloved, I urge you as foreigners and (temporary residents )to keep abstaining from fleshly desires, which wage war against you.

Ac 19:19 Indeed, quite a number of those who practiced magical arts brought their books together and burned them up before everybody. And they calculated their value and found them worth 50,000 pieces of silver.

Why did they burn their books of high value?

Because life eternal was better then the enjoyment in a temporary life span.

Jesus paid for us to live to eternity its up to us to accept or decline the gift.

Joh 17:3(This means everlasting life), their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

This is why they burned thier books.

They were not christians either but they looked into the matter and accepted Jesus Gift.

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modernalchemyst 11 months ago from New England Author

K&T, are you aware that not everyone is a Christian?

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modernalchemyst 11 months ago from New England Author

There's no standard school, no, and be very wary of anyone asking for payment in return for information you can easily find online and in books! Just pick an area of study that interests you and branch out from there. :)

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Kiss andTales 12 months ago

De 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Simple this is not approved by God or Jesus for Christians .

This is the path of truth from his word we are to follow.

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modernalchemyst 12 months ago from New England Author

Thanks, that means a lot! :)

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modernalchemyst 12 months ago from New England Author

Thanks, I'm glad you found it informative!

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modernalchemyst 12 months ago from New England Author

Sadly there are a lot of charlatans who like to act cool by pretending they can do things others can't. The way I see if, if it's not truth that everyone can see, it's not really true. Thanks for stopping by!

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modernalchemyst 12 months ago from New England Author

Please don't pay anyone money to become a witch. You become a witch by practicing witchcraft, that's it. Knowledge is free and be very wary of "mysterious" folks who try to charge you to access it.

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modernalchemyst 12 months ago from New England Author

"There is only one religion." Source: My religion.

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modernalchemyst 12 months ago from New England Author

The good news is, all humans are capable of magic!

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modernalchemyst 12 months ago from New England Author

Thanks for catching that!

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modernalchemyst 12 months ago from New England Author

lol Most male practitioners go by witch, actually.

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modernalchemyst 12 months ago from New England Author

I'm not sure, what does ceading mean?

Crystal 12 months ago

I've been practicing this religion for a long time and you explained very well

james 12 months ago

ITS another bull crap religion that try to in slave human , seek the truth it will make you free , but this is not , and organized religion are for profit . wake up and see what this is all about God dont need cash or secretary We


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Kiss andTales 12 months ago

I like your comment Ozt. Are you Dr OZ ?

Jadéne 14 months ago

Add Your Comment..I wanna be an witch

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artict 16 months ago from USA

How to become a witch? Really? My first thought was "Did someone really like to become a witch?" The heading did force me to stop by.

But I must say very fine knowledge aggregation for not only the one who want to become witch but also who is interested to know about witches for any reason.

preacher 16 months ago

please guys, y"all gotta turn to Christ, he died for y'all

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FatBoyThin 16 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

Absolutely fascinating - I've always been interested in magick but most of the folks I've come across who claim to be interested/experts turn out to not actually know what they're talking about. Great Hub.

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MonkeyShine75 17 months ago from Los Angeles, California

Great hub, thank you for sharing it

Voted up, and awesome

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wolf witch 17 months ago

Im wondering can you mix magiks to make different spells?

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DavidCombs 19 months ago

Great hub, Very clear and concise. nicely broken down into section that all can understand

Syan 19 months ago

Hello my name is Syan and well I want to no how to be a witch I have started when I was seven now I am eleven years old and I need help I can do the basics like love spell buateay spell poison but I want to no how I can find other witches my age im not lying I swear please belive me plz...

sunny 21 months ago

There is only one religion and this religion is as pure as gold which our father God in heaven accept. This is find in JAMES 1 VS 27, giving to orphans and widows and living in obedient with what God instruct us in the word which is the bible

mike 21 months ago

i wnt to be a human with magic

power 21 months ago

i really believe and i want to do it

kylie 2 years ago

i like witchcraft :)

cj 2 years ago

I just want to be a witch

Partscots 2 years ago

Hi there.

I am really enjoying your site. Today is my first day here and first thing your site caught me.

Having been a combo of Witchery types for decades, I hope you understand that there will be people who might be smart alecs about it... Where you have put the types of Witches, this small mistake caught my OCD-ness! lol

Electic Witchcraft...Eclectic, one c escaped your eye! :) Will be back to see if you have more writings! I'm enjoying . Kay (Partscots)

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Cheeky Kid 2 years ago from Milky Way

Since I'm a guy, I'd be a wizard or warlock then. And the magic I would like is Black Magic. Mwahahaha. XD

lol 2 years ago

are you ceading me thats not real daa

Sheila 2 years ago

Could you tell some easy spells with candels?

Jake Tyler Wolfe 2 years ago

Look this is all very helpful but nothing tells me who and what I've become. I was a "priest" in satanism better known as the caster or magician. I gave up satanism because of human sacrifice to do spells I know it horrible and I still hate my self for it but the human sacrifice made the spell stronger and the use of blood is esential you are bound by blood to serve the lord lucifer aka lord satan thus blood and death is used in every ritual, spell and potion but I want to use my power without getting drained of life or blood I've been using the full moon to draw power cause it is easier because most spells and rituals required the full moon. I find water easy as well but the healing spells is not working without harming someone else please enlighten my heart and tell me there is a way to stop that cause I've been every where or will that be my curse

cj 2 years ago

I wish that I'm a witch that have a sup magic and super powers

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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Oztinato so you are just going by?????whose definition and you have no idea what they give to society. Very judgmental without facts. Just how many have been killed by these people versus those in Christianity for calling anyone who does not convert, heathens? How many got killed in the Inquisitions in America? How many native indians, in the name of religion, got wiped off this continent we call America or the United States? How many Pagans got killed when Rome converted them for monetary and popularity and then STOLE their ways.

So many people like you are so ignorant of the facts, it is pathetic. No I am not a witch either.

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Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

A spiritual practice fulfils the definition of a religion.

There is nothing wrong with the word religion. People can even follow football "religiously".

Only those who do not practice basic human values have nothing to offer society.

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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Oztinato Wow you really believe that?! You do not know your religion all that good then. Go to and find out just what your or all religions work and believe.

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modernalchemyst 2 years ago from New England Author

Not all witchcraft involves deities, though, and the definition of religion is "the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods." While I definitely agree that witchcraft goes hand in hand with religion in most cases, it's a spiritual practice and I don't think it can be called a religion any more than prayer can.

If you're talking about specific systems of witchcraft that inherently involve deities, values, etc., sure, I definitely agree that the sum total of those elements is a form of religion. I think we might just be defining things differently.

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modernalchemyst 2 years ago from New England Author

Pbonilla775, hi! :) I'll try to answer to the best of my ability and hopefully others can fill in the gaps.

1) Absolutely not, witchcraft in general is open for anyone of any gender. :) While there are some traditions that have gender restrictions, most are quite inclusive. I know plenty of men who call themselves witches, although labeling varies significantly depending on what the individual is comfortable with.

2) There is no one book of spells, although when I was first researching the craft I had that misconception as well, since the witches I knew referred to their "Book of Shadows." I assumed it was like a Bible for witches, and of course later realized that most witches keep individual books of spells, spiritual reflections and other information they find pertinent to their practice. These individual books, somewhat like spiritual journals/almanacs/spell books are referred to often as Books of Shadows.

In my experience, the best spells have at least one element that is unique to that practitioner, but there are various grimoires (or spell books) available online and in print to get you started.

I hope that helps, but let me know if you want more information!

pbonilla775 2 years ago

I have a couple of questions.

1) Can only girls be witches or practice witchcraft?

2) Is there like a book that is filled with general spells?

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Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

Witchcraft is most certainly a religion as it involves deities, rituals and religious practices. If practitioners practice compassion and tolerance they can claim some spiritual success

Any religion or atheist paradigm that does not practice sucj basic human values is a blight on humanity.

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modernalchemyst 2 years ago from New England Author

Thank you Lady Guinevere, I agree that thoughts are powerful both ways and should be guarded carefully. Regardless of faith, I think we all are connected to the Divine and able to get things rolling that way, we just have to make sure our thoughts are centered on what we truly want.

I'm by no means an exhaustive resource on all the different ways to practice, but I'm very glad if I can shed a bit of light on the matter for anyone. :) I really appreciate your comments, and I'm happy you feel comfortable enough in my little space here to share it!

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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

The power of your thoughts and the emotions you put behind them....magic...yes....christian....yes....pagan....yes. It is in everything that we do and most times on a daily basis that we are not even aware of. Be careful what you wish for because there are consequences that come with them. I loved this hub and it explains so much. I did know of all the kinds of witches there are. Thanks for clarifying that. I also have crystals but I kind of know what they are for, but just am not sure about if they work or not. Oh I will be back to this one and I already shared with my HP followers.

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modernalchemyst 2 years ago from New England Author

May I ask a couple of serious questions?

1) Why do you think your holy book means any more to us than ours do to you?

2) Do you really think witches have not read the Bible? I have. I went to a Christian college and spent the first 19 years of life studying it obsessively.

3) Why do you feel the need to go on pagan hubs when we don't go on yours?

4) Do you seriously think witchcraft is dangerous, but your faith is not? Christianity is far more dangerous than any pagan religion has ever been. Your churches are rife with child molesters, your pastors drive luxury cars and take jet liners to lunch while children starve, you kill people with seizures and mental illness by performing exorcisms and denying them treatment to test the strength of their faith, and nearly every war fought on behalf of a Western country was waged in the name of your god, not ours. Every religion has its isolated incidents of corruption, but it's an epidemic in Christianity. Were I as close minded as you and treated all members of a religion as a monolith, I would be going on your Hubs and warning people that Christianity is not something in which people should dabble, and I would have far more evidence on my side.

kiara 2 years ago

these tips really worked for me

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Italktotheweb 2 years ago from The United States of America

Witchcraft is something in which people should not dabble.

"For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.

Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee." Isaiah 47:10-13 KJV.

Wich girl 2 years ago

Wiches are real!

Leslie 2 years ago

I have been reading on your site and find it very helpful. I can relate to many issue's here, since, I do process a gift that many don't understand and would rather label crazy which happen to many of us. However, sickness is real in some!

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Ozonenrhia 2 years ago from New Castle, Indiana

As a Trad witch I love your article. It is very good and you hit on all valid and true points. Awesome job!

ernerstina 2 years ago

l want to be a magician

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modernalchemyst 2 years ago from New England Author

Witchcraft as a concept has existed in cultures as long as 30k years ago. The modern usage of the word can be most soundly traced back to Old English and Germanic words, both heavily entrenched in the concept of magic. The Celts certainly didn't invent witchcraft. That's not to say you can't practice witchcraft that doesn't involve magic, or that magic itself is anything outside of nature. But there are very many of us for whom magic is an integral part of the craft. :)

Yvette 2 years ago

Sorry! Witchcraft is not about magic (or anything supernatural); it is an acquaintance with nature. The word is derived from the ancient Gallic Celtic word 'uit' related to the Latin 'vita'.

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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

Great introductory article on the craft! Congrats!

mindy 2 years ago

I wanna become a witch and cast spells

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Wintermist 2 years ago

Excellent Info you really help understand my first try into using witchcraft I hope I succeed I really luv it when you explain that magic is based on our intentions and perceptions on ourselves

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modernalchemyst 2 years ago from New England Author

It depends on which system you practice. Many Wiccans believe that all universal manifestations of god and goddess figures are different representations of the same God and Goddess, while others believe all deities are unique. As far as types go, there are some archetypes you'll find repeated across most pantheons. For instance, Zeus, Jupiter, and Thor and/or Odin have been closely equated with one another, as have Artemis/Diana and Skadi. Gods and goddesses usually have some sort of correspondence with an astrological sign or an element, so that can be a good place to start researching those that interest you. :)

Sarah penny 2 years ago

What are the types of gods or goddess

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modernalchemyst 2 years ago from New England Author

I personally believe that certain objects work better than others because of the significance we place on them, so if someone feels that a particular rock is sacred, it's likely to work in a spell. :) Spells can use just about anything, it's the intention that matters.

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modernalchemyst 2 years ago from New England Author

I agree that most traditions have those things, but I personally choose to separate the idea of religion from practice. Many witches don't believe in a higher power at all, yet they practice the craft with success. Then there are paths like Asatru (which I follow), in which many practitioners don't actually practice witchcraft at all. I think the lines do become a bit more blurry with faiths like Stregheria and Santeria, though, where practice is such an inherent part of the faith. Interesting thoughts, thank you for sharing! :)

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modernalchemyst 2 years ago from New England Author

I'd be happy to write a Hub covering some of the major religions within paganism, but really, there are witches in every religion, including Christianity. :) You can absolutely practice witchcraft without having any religious affiliation, as witchcraft is simply a spiritual practice. However, I personally believe that having a system of faith, whether organized or not, helps strengthen and ground my practice. I felt the calling to Asatru when I started connecting with my ancestors and doing simple things like meditation and getting in tune with my spirit guides. There are some religious paths that may appeal to you more than others, and I can make some suggestions for you to start with researching if you tell me a bit more about what you're seeking, but ultimately your spirit will have to guide you to the right one.

Jack Davis 2 years ago

Witchcraft is a religion to some Individual and family traditions out there though. A religion is defined as having a belief in deity, practices, laws and holy days and some traditions have that.

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Shanae Johnson 2 years ago from Jackson, Kentucky

I would like some info on the different types of religions in witchcraft for beginners and how to know which one is for me to practice.

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modernalchemyst 3 years ago from New England Author

Thanks, WiccanSage! :)

BridgetTweeter, I agree, that's unfortunately something I've run into a lot in the "real world" where everyone who practices magick is assumed to be Wiccan. It doesn't help that Wicca is the only major pagan belief system that's officially recognized as a religion by many the government. A lot of non-Wiccans I know officially identify as Wiccan since it's the closest to their beliefs and they understandably want protection for their freedom of religion.

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bridgettweeter 3 years ago

I wish that wiccans would realize that the word witch is NOT a synonym for wiccan. There are witches of all belief systems and of all practices. Wiccans are only ONE of the many out there.

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WiccanSage 3 years ago

Very good info in this hub that any beginner needs to learn. Nicely done.

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