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How to Be a Good Witch

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Born in deepest Cornwall, now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of eclectic 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

© 2020 Bev G

Comments

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 08, 2020:

Hi bookworm, there are many Christian witches in the world. And yes, you can cast spells for such things as protection, healing and even money.

Iambookworm on August 07, 2020:

I am a Christian and can I learn magic like white magic at the same time?

Matt Robinson on June 23, 2020:

I'm a pretty reasonable ecclectic witch trying to do the right thing.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 18, 2020:

Hi workforabetterworld,

Well, my opinion is that it is best to work on your particular corner of the world, i.e. yourself and immediate environment.

The purpose of spells, as I see it, is to smooth out those bumps in the road. It is not to effect great change because that would be impossible.

For example, people have asked how they could use magic to prevent war. That wouldn't work because too many other people want war - for some it is a good thing. The energy of 'not war' would clash with the energy of 'yes, war'.

So, yes, keep it small and local. Think about consequences and possible effects on others. If there are none that you can think of, go ahead and work your magic. xx

workforabetterworld on June 18, 2020:

Being completely new to this, my biggest question is what is the purpose of casting spells and how can you do so to help the world around you? I want to learn and study as much as possible before doing any work like this, but I am certainly afraid of having good intentions but producing unforeseen circumstances because of my actions.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 08, 2020:

Alicia, sorry, I can't understand what you are asking. What do you mean by an 'animal spell'? What are you trying to achieve?

Alicia on February 08, 2020:

I have looked all over the internet but I haven't found out if you can cast animal spells of animals that weren't alive in the first place as a first spell and I don't know what ingrediants to use to cast that sort of spell. What do I do?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 01, 2020:

Exactly, Emma. I would add that they need a good dollop of life experience and common sense.

Emma Houghton from Somewhere on January 31, 2020:

I think its best for beginner witches to not do spells straight away as they can make an easy mistake. Its best to research about the basics like grounding and centering before getting started with the spell work.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 30, 2020:

:D Thank you, Paula xx

Suzie from Carson City on January 30, 2020:

CONGRATULATIONS,forum Guru! Enjoy your fame!! Cheers, Paula

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 21, 2020:

Excellent. Many of your suggestions are great for any faith. Loved it, and it's cool you worked with guide dogs. Peace be with you.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 15, 2020:

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

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 15, 2020:

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.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 14, 2020:

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.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 14, 2020:

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

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 13, 2020:

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.

Benita Mathis on January 13, 2020:

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

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 13, 2020:

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

N M Page on January 13, 2020:

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.