How to Be a Good Witch

Updated on January 15, 2020
theraggededge profile image

Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of witchcraft for years and years.

I’m not a great believer in ‘white witches’ and ‘white witchcraft’. To me, it’s like asking the impossible. Human beings who can claim to always be pure in mind and deed are very rare. For me, witchcraft reflects human nature across the whole spectrum. The most we can aim for is to be as good as we can be. So, how can you be a good witch? What qualities do you need? How can you improve? What exactly is a good witch’s perspective on life?

I’ve written a great many witchy articles to date, and they are all open to questions from my readers. I’ve trawled through hundreds of them to find the most common and frequently asked questions, and gathered them here with comprehensive answers, geared towards being the best witch you can possibly be.

So many things to enjoy when you are a good witch.
So many things to enjoy when you are a good witch. | Source

What Does Being a Good Witch Entail?

Being a good witch doesn’t mean someone who is top of the class in terms of how successful their spells are, or how psychic they are, or any of those things. A good witch is someone who always wants to be wise, to understand how life works, to give others the benefit of the doubt. A good witch learns his or her craft and keeps learning. They want to use their skills for both their benefit and that of others. They stop and think things through. They don’t act hastily or too impulsively. Having said that, good witches don’t take life too seriously either.

Who Can Be a Witch?

I’d like to say anyone can be a witch, but it’s not for everyone. A good witch is curious, eager to learn, capable of putting their own prejudices to one side, and who values common sense. They might dye their hair pink and wear striped leggings, but can be relied upon in a crisis.

Will I Go to Hell if I Become a Witch?

No, you won’t go to hell. Modern witchcraft is not about dancing with the Devil. It’s more to do with being connected to the earth, creating a happy and successful life and helping other people when called upon to do so. I’d say they are pretty good ways to avoid hell, wouldn’t you? Not that there is such a place, of course.

What’s the Best Age to Start Learning Witchcraft?

I get asked this all the time—practically every day. There is no right age. However, the younger you are, the less life experience you will have. Dabbling in spells can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. That’s where the ‘wisdom’ thing comes in. You need to know when to work magic, when to interfere and when to stand back and let things take their course. This discernment comes with age and experience, so please, carry on learning but wait until you are old enough to become a ‘proper’ witch. You’ll know when the right time comes. And it’s always good to start small—work on those protection spells, success in exam spells, and even money spells, but avoid working spells that involve other people.

What Kinds of Things Do Good Witches Do?

These are the sort of things good witches do. They don’t do all of them, but will pick out some that resonate with them:

  • Study: from their school work to Norse mythology. They have an insatiable curiosity. Learning feels like feeding their soul.
  • Volunteer: If they have any spare time, then they might look for opportunities to give to the community. For example, early on in my witchy life, I helped out at a charity called, Riding for the Disabled. Later I worked in a charity shop for Cancer Research. More recently my family and I took on the education of two (sequentially) Guide Dog puppies. Nowadays, I tend to make donations rather than do practical work, but you get the idea. Giving of your time is a wonderful gift and a way to make someone else’s life a little better.
  • Practice magick for good: There is nothing wrong with casting spells that are for your own benefit. As a rich witch, you can do a lot of good in the world. Avoid doing manipulative magick though, it always has unwelcome kickbacks. Even some magick that you believe would help someone may not be a good thing, so use your wisdom. For instance, you might work a healing spell for someone, yet that person is meant to work through their illness in order to learn an important life lesson. The golden rule for magick is ‘don’t interfere’. Use your healing magick to relieve your dad’s back pain, or to help a sick kitten. But think carefully before working anything more impactful.

Cast your spells with the best intent.
Cast your spells with the best intent. | Source

What About ‘Proper’ Witchy Activities?

Okay, there are plenty more things witches do:

  • Learn the properties of herbs, plants, trees, essential oils and/or crystals.
  • Study the moon cycles and how the moon relates to the best times to work certain spells.
  • Delve into the significance of the days of the week, the solstices and the Wheel of the Year. There are a whole bunch of witchy celebratory days during the year you can observe.
  • Learn about divination: tarot, runes, palm reading, scrying (gazing into a crystal/glass ball or a bowl of liquid).
  • Following a particular witchcraft tradition.
  • Being creative; expressing themselves through music, writing, painting, cooking, gardening, etc. In other words, adding beauty to the world.
  • Setting up and maintaining a personal altar.
  • Keep a witch journal: the story of your journey, your favorite spells, lessons learned.

So, What Do Bad Witches Do?

Bad witches are generally so unintentionally. They are the ones who think it’s perfectly okay to manipulate others to their own ends. Who place binding spells without thinking through the possible consequences. Then there are the really bad ones who curse people or cause harm. Don’t be one of those witches.

Does Witchcraft Involve Doing Harm?

Witchcraft CAN involve doing harm, but as I explained above, it’s not a thing that a good witch will set out to do. There are exceptions however. For instance, if someone intentionally harms me or my family, then they will feel the full force of my magickal anger. No question.

How Do I Tap Into Magic in a Positive Way?

By keeping your intentions pure. By always expecting a good outcome. By using that wisdom I keep going on about.

The golden rule of good witch magick is, ‘don’t interfere’.

I Have Visions and Weird Dreams—Am I a Witch?

Ah, here’s another very frequent question. No, it doesn’t mean you are a witch. Generally speaking witches are made (by their own choice), not born. People who have dreams, visions, who experience empathy to a strong degree can be witches, sure, but unless they actually do witchcraft, they are psychics. And, as I’m sure you know, not all psychics are witches. Witchcraft is a craft, a life choice, it’s not bestowed upon you by some mythical being or force. That’s not to say that some people are brought up in that way through a family tradition, but they are very rare.

What Do You Suggest as a Beginner Spell?

Protection spells can never hurt. A little money spell is always a good idea as long as it involves no one else. Spells to boost your concentration and focus are always good. Or spells to help your herbs grow, or get rid of your dog’s itchies. Remember to add ‘And it harm none’ to the end of every spell.

Sign of a witch - not really, but feel free to wear them.
Sign of a witch - not really, but feel free to wear them. | Source

I Cast a Spell I Now Regret—What Can I Do?

Okay, there are things you can do to put it right. You can reverse/undo the spell or work a counter-spell. They won’t always work first time, so you may have to repeat it. The reason for this is that spells can become embedded in people’s psyche. It’s relatively easy to set things in motion, magically speaking, but hard to change it later. More information in this article: How to Undo a Spell or Cancel a Curse.

And, now you have experienced the negative effects of casting spells without understanding the possible consequences, be a good witch and think it through next time.

Why Do You Spell ‘Magic’ Wrong?

The alternative spelling, ‘magick’ is used in order to separate working with universal energy (spells) from conjuring and stage magic. All those sparkles and effects you see on Netflix are not real magick. Real magick is generally a very quiet and gently unfolding affair. It can happen without anyone noticing, even the person who casts the spell may have difficulty recognizing that it worked.

Are you a good witch?

See results

This Quiz Says I am a Witch—How Can This Be True?

Congratulations! What it really means is that you have the right character and traits to become a really good witch. It’s up to you to follow that up with the information given here, and in all my other articles. You are right at the beginning of a wonderful journey. Enjoy it.

If you haven't taken the quiz I've generated to help you determine whether or not you are a witch, please do!

If you determine that you are a witch, this article is a good place to start figuring out what to do next.

Do you have any other questions about how to be a good witch? Ask them below.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

    © 2020 Bev G

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

        Bev G 

        4 days ago from Wales, UK

        And thank you for taking the trouble to read it, Brenda. xx

      • Brenda Arledge profile image

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        4 days ago from Washington Court House

        Bev G,

        Great article.

        I love the way you explain the good witch.

        The fact that you point out that it shouldn't interfere with going to heaven is a plus.

        Helping others is a nice way to live. Sure doesn't hurt to give oneself a little more extra income.

        It is kinda hard to not want to cast a bad spell on sone people, but I suppose thats where one's wisdom comes into play.

        Thanks for sharing.

      • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

        Bev G 

        5 days ago from Wales, UK

        Exactly, MizBejabbers. It's akin to attempting to keep a beloved pet alive for purely selfish reasons when the poor thing just wants to let go. People use manipulative magic for their own benefit and not for the person/people who should be left to find their own way through.

      • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

        Bev G 

        5 days ago from Wales, UK

        Hi Benita, there's a link to all my beginner articles above. Good luck on your witchy journey.

      • MizBejabbers profile image

        Doris James MizBejabbers 

        5 days ago from Beautiful South

        Good article. I especially liked your caution to not interfere. I am a Lightworker, and one of the first things we learned in metaphysical school is to not interfere even if we think we are helping someone because we may be interfering in their soul contract (chosen path). We learned that one doesn't have to be a witch to do that. Christians who pray for selfish wishes are a prime example, and that includes healing an illness.

      • profile image

        Benita Mathis 

        6 days ago

        I've always been interested in magic also feel something missing from me. I can I begin.

      • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

        Bev G 

        6 days ago from Wales, UK

        That's so lovely, N M Page, thank you very much. And you are right; you can't have one without the other. xx

      • profile image

        N M Page 

        6 days ago

        Read your article and really enjoyed it. Thank you for your positive energy within your words. See through your article, your mind is connected to your heart and that is a beautiful place to be.

        We are both the light and the darkness, acceptance of this fact is the guidance in witch choices.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, exemplore.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://exemplore.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)