Witchcraft Comes in Many Varieties
Those who find themselves drawn to witchcraft might be surprised to discover just how many paths and traditions are open to them. There is a witch tradition to suit every taste and interest.
I'm listing 60 of them here, but there are many more, as well as new hybrid paths. You may discover that you're interested in more than just one of these types of witchcraft, so I encourage you to explore and find the right one for you.
Am I a Witch?
If you have always been fascinated by the supernatural and always felt a bit different from other people, you might be a witch. Simply put, a witch is someone who uses energy to affect the world around them, someone who embraces the magical power that courses through our veins. There are some telltale signs to look for that indicate you could be a witch, such as an attraction to the dark arts, a love of nature, and the ability to identify the energy of any place you visit.
How Do I Know What Kind of Witch I Am?
The best thing about being a witch is that you get to choose what kind of witch you want to be. Unless you have been born and raised in a particular tradition by your family, you are the one who decides on what aspects of witchcraft you would like to incorporate into your life. It's a personal decision.
Different Types of Witches and Witchcraft
Here is a list of all the traditions I'll cover in more detail. If you are just looking for a quick reference, you need not read further. If you want to know more, scroll down the page to find the tradition/s that interest you.
- African: an umbrella term for the many types of magic practised in Africa.
- Alexandrian: founded in the 1960s in Britain by Alex and Maxine Sanders and based on ritual and ceremonial magic.
- Ancestral: an ancient form of magic based around contacting the spirits of the dead and communicating with one's ancestors.
- Angel Witch: practitioners of magic who communicate and work with angels and other divine beings.
- Animist: a witch who is in tune with nature and all living things on the planet. One who sees no distinction between humans, animals, plants, or any other physical object in the world.
- Art Witch: a magical practitioner who works with art as their primary medium.
- Arthurian Witch: magic based around the old legends of King Arthur.
- Astarte: an occult order that worships the ancient Greek goddess of fertility and war.
- Astrology Witch: a witch who uses astrology in their magical practice and lifestyle.
- Augury: a witch who divines omens, signs, and symbols.
- Axis Mundi: the belief in a central pillar that connects the earth to the heavens.
- British Traditional Witchcraft: local traditions, superstitions and spellcasting that sprung up all over the British Isles.
- Celtic Witch: based on the study and worship of ancient Celtic deities, mythology, earth magic, and ceremonial rites.
- Ceremonial: a term that refers to practitioners of "high magick."
- Chaos Magic: a contemporary magical practice that blends all types of magic and is based on certainty in the magic used.
- Chthonioi: a variation of the Alexandrian tradition that also includes the pantheon of Greek gods and goddesses.
- Crystal Witch: a witch who focuses on using crystals in their magical practices.
- Dianic Witchcraft: an offshoot of Wicca which focuses on female deities. Named after Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting, nature, and the Moon.
- Divination: a witch specialising in divination, such as tarot cards, scrying, or other such means of discovering occult and hidden information.
- Dowser: a practitioner who uses the ancient art of dowsing to locate the ley lines that encircle the globe.
- Druid: practitioners of the ancient Celtic religion.
- Earth-Based Witchcraft; Gaia: nature-centric witchcraft based around old European traditions. Practitioners focus on harmony with the earth.
- Eclectic Witch: a witch who embraces all types of magic and magical traditions, refusing to restrict themself to one kind of magical practice.
- Eco-Paganism: someone who is an environmental activist who uses magical practices to defend the earth and help raise awareness of environmental issues.
- Egyptian Witchcraft: magical practitioners who incorporate ancient Egyptian deities and magic into their arsenal. They may incorporate Wiccan traditions as well.
- Elemental Witch: a witch who works with the five esoteric elements – fire, water, air, earth, and spirit.
- European: an umbrella term for all of the witchcraft and magical traditions of Europe.
- Faery: based on ancient folklore from the British Isles.
- Fellowship of Isis: an occult order based around the worship of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis.
- Floral Witch: a witch who works primarily with flowers.
- Folk Witchcraft: this magical tradition is closely related to British witchcraft (and its derivations) and Faery.
- Gardnerian: a version of Wicca based on the writings of Gerald Brosseau Gardner. The Gardnerian tradition is a highly structured form of witchcraft. It is coven-based and has a formal progression through degrees of initiation. Practices are secret, and many members keep their affiliation to their coven secret also.
- Green Witchcraft: a witch who bases their magical practice around gardening and/or herbalism.
- Healer: someone who uses healing magic.
- Hearth Witch: a witch who focuses on working magic in the home.
- Hedge Witch: a solitary witch who works with local plants and herbs.
- Hellenic: a form of magic and paganism based on worshipping the ancient Greek pantheon of gods and goddesses.
- Hereditary Witch: Hereditary witchcraft is unique to each family and contains many aspects of traditional paganism. It is passed down through generations.
- The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn: an organisation devoted to studying the occult and ancient magic. Founded in England in the early 20th century, the organisation helped revive interest in occult studies in Europe.
- Kitchen Witch: a witch who practices magic in the home and the kitchen in particular.
- Law of Attraction: witchcraft based on the now-popular Law of Attraction.
- Left-Hand Path: witches who reject standard magical conventions and engage in the breaking of taboos.
- Lounge Witch: a witch who restricts their witchcraft to the home.
- Luciferian: those magical practitioners who invoke and worship Lucifer. Lucifer is revered as the bringer of light and the morning star.
- Lunar Witch: a witch who works with the lunar cycles.
- Musical Witch: a witch who expresses feelings and thoughts through music.
- Neo-Pagan: an umbrella term that refers to the resurgence in all kinds of witchcraft and the 'new' earth-based customs.
- Norse: Known as seiðr or seidh, Norse witchcraft derives from the ancient religion of Scandinavia.
- Satanic: a cult of defiance against the constructs of a dictatorial society, the church, and traditional magic.
- Scandinavian: a type of witchcraft practised in Northern Europe and derived from ancient Norse magic.
- Sea Witch: practitioners of water-based magic who typically live in coastal areas.
- Secular Witch: a practitioner of magic that does not worship any deities.
- Shaman: a broad term used to describe a magician who works magic by deliberately entering an altered state of consciousness.
- Shinto: an ancient Japanese religion based around the worship of spirits known as Kami.
- Sigil or Word Witch: a practitioner of magic who uses sigils and weaves words into their magic.
- Solitary Witch: a witch who generally conceals their witchiness and works alone.
- Stregheria: an Italian form of witchcraft that has a lot in common with Wicca.
- Tech Witch: someone who uses modern technology to aid in their witchcraft, such as using a microwave instead of a cauldron.
- Thelema: Founded by famed occultist Aleister Crowley, Thelema centres around ceremonial rituals and interpretations of ancient Egyptian traditions.
- Wicca: a form of modern paganism founded in England in the mid-20th century.
1. African Witchcraft
On the continent of Africa, witchcraft varies hugely from country to country. It is way too complex to be summarised simply as 'African Witchcraft.' There are healers, fortune-tellers, and practitioners of black magic. There are also witch-finders whose job is to seek out and imprison, torture, or kill anyone suspected of witchcraft.
In some areas, locals revere the witch as a healer and all-around good person. In other places, to have 'witch' whispered about you is a death sentence.
It's a big subject and, if you are interested, I recommend you research on a per-country basis.
Alexandrian Witchcraft is a tradition that began in Britain in the late 1960s. Taking Gerald Gardner's reinvention of witchcraft, Alex and Maxine Sanders created their version. It changed and morphed throughout Alex Sander's lifetime. Based on formal ritual and ceremonial magic, Sanders described it as 'somewhat eclectic.' Students are expected to study as required and undergo initiation ceremonies.
Stuart Farrar, a student of the Sanders, wrote a popular book, still in print today, called "What Witches Do", based on the workings of the Alexandrian coven. Farrar refers to the type of witchcraft they practice as Wicca, and I particularly like this quote:
Within Wicca there is much variety of emphasis on the factors I have mentioned. But the strength of Wicca is its flexibility. Rigid dogma, conformism, and monolithic organization are foreign to its spirit. The basic unit of Wicca is not any particular sect, but the individual coven and the people who compose it. Each coven has its own way, its own character, its own emphasis—and its own contribution. The mine of tradition is so rich that each coven can work its own seam.
— Stewart Farrar, What Witches Do
3. Ancestral Witch
A branch of folk magic varying from country and continent. Ancestral Witchcraft focuses on working with ancestors, both family and more generally. A practitioner of Ancestral Witchcraft performs rituals designed to connect them with the spirits of the dead. Witches, in general, only do this at Samhain (All Hallows, Halloween).
4. Angel Witch
The name might sound a little contradictory, but an Angel Witch works with the energy of angels. It's also the name of a UK heavy rock band.
One person who works with angels is the author, Doreen Virtue. She would probably deny anything to do with witchcraft, but she does espouse working with angels to achieve your aims and improve your life.
There is another branch of angel magic, and it is a little more serious, focused, and less 'fluffy.' This is the type of work practised by the writer Damon Brand. He probably wouldn't describe himself as a witch either. This energy practice works with the names of angels and their sigils (special symbols that represent them).
5. Animist Witch
Animism is the belief there is living energy in all things. The term comes from the Latin' anima,' meaning 'breath of life.' An animist sees no distinction in the hierarchy between humans, animals, plants, or any other physical object.
They also believe that words hold their own life energy.
The animist witch sees the Universe as a whole, connected, living entity. Continually changing and evolving. When they do magical work, they tune into the pulsating live force of the 'all.'
6. Art Witch
An Art Witch works through the medium of art. S/he expresses magic through work and uses art to manifest desired outcomes.
7. Arthurian Witch, Isles of the Blessed, Avalon
An Arthurian Witch takes the mythology of Britain's King Arthur and creates a whole way of being based upon it. However, the problem with this is that it is only a fantasy because there is no evidence that the events described in the story happened. The King Arthur myth is based chiefly on Geoffrey of Monmouth's imaginative retelling of history. In other words, he made it up. In reality, we know very little about the real King Arthur.
However, geological evidence shows that the hills surrounding Bristol and Bath in the South West of England were once small isles that rose above the sea. The town of Glastonbury nestles here, and the wider area was known as 'Avalon.'
Astarte is an ancient Greek Goddess based on the Egyptian deity, Astoreth. Her origins are lost in the mists of time, but the Canaanites and Phoenicians also worshipped her. Astarte is the goddess of fertility and war. She is chief among goddesses.
Followers study her history, mythology and call upon her to aid them in ritual.
9. Astrology Witch
Some astrologists also embrace witchcraft and base their practice and lifestyle on the alignment and position of the heavenly bodies. An Eclectic Witch might decide to incorporate a little astrological study to aid her energy work. However, an Astrology Witch is someone who is all about astrology and knows their subject inside out.
10. Augury Witch
An Augury Witch divines omens, signs, and symbols. They are not a fortune-teller exactly, yet they can interpret whether a proposed course of action is good or bad. They can aid anyone on a specific spiritual quest.
11. Axis Mundi Witch
The Axis Mundi is a fascinating concept with roots in almost all ancient civilisations. At its core is the idea that a central pillar (either manufactured or natural) joins earth to heaven. Each society had its own Axis Mundi. For example, Mount Fuji in Japan, Uluru in Australia, the World Tree or Yggdrasil in Norse mythology.
An Axis Mundi Witch studies the concept and its variations. Embracing the tenet, "As above, so below", they believe that patterns and events are mirrored—from the construct of the Universe down to the very particles of our bodies.
12. British Traditional Witchcraft
British Traditional Witchcraft has many branches, too many to list here. Ranging from the wise woman and village midwife of old to ceremonial magicians. Generally speaking, British witchcraft is based on local traditions and variations. From Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man, practices vary wildly. And they also deviate within the countries, regions, counties, and villages within those counties.
For example, I was born in Cornwall, where there is a robust tradition of wise women and men. Known as pellers or pellars, they were an integral and vital part of society. True, there were plenty of frauds among them. And occasionally, someone was wrongly (or rightly) accused of malevolent witchcraft and imprisoned.
Usually, people respected witches because they knew it wasn't a good idea to offend them; otherwise, misfortune would surely follow.
Traditional British witchcraft was not religious but called upon 'the old ones' (and variants thereof) to help with magical works. It's as informal as it gets. A traditional witch might spend a long time preparing for a ritual spell, or she might utter a curse on the spot.
13. Celtic Witch
Also with its roots in Britain is Celtic Witchcraft. However, scholars have disputed the origins of the Celts for years.
Somewhat different to everyday village witchcraft, Celtic witchcraft is, oddly, a much more recent development. It owes its existence to the rise in neo-paganism. Celtic witchcraft is built on the study and worship of ancient Celtic deities (predominantly Welsh and Irish), mythology, earth magic, ceremony, and ritual.
Celtic witchcraft seems to have struck a chord with witches worldwide, and there are many new 'traditions' springing up everywhere.
14. Ceremonial Witch
This term describes a witch who practices 'high magick.' They usually follow some specific traditions, such as Hermetic, Thelemic, and Enochian. Often people who practice high magic wouldn't dream of calling themselves 'witch.' Such a practice requires a lot of study and many accoutrements for magical rituals. Rituals are carried out in a strict step-by-step fashion as prescribed by the particular tradition followed.
15. Chaos Magic/Witchcraft
A person who uses chaos magic (or magick) borrows from all kinds of other traditions. The term' chaos magic' began in the 1970s in the UK. The central idea behind it is belief: belief in the preferred outcome and trust in the method of working toward it. The main rule is that there are no rules. It couldn't be further from ceremonial witchcraft as described above, yet it will use elements of it if the practitioner believes it might help.
16. Chthonioi Alexandrian Wicca
A variation of the Alexandrian tradition, Chthonioi Alexandrian Wicca is based in Boston, Mass. It boasts an unbroken lineage back to the original 1970 coven. It also breaks with the British version by including a pantheon of ancient Greek gods and goddesses.
17. Crystal Witch
As the name suggests, a Crystal Witch focuses their practice on the use of crystals. They employ them to increase and concentrate energy for various applications such as spells, protection, and healing.
18. Dianic Witchcraft
Named after Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting, nature and the Moon, Dianic Witchcraft is an offshoot of Wicca. Dianic Witchcraft is female-centric.
The worship of Diana was likely a cult back in ancient Rome. Dianic covens are usually, though not always, restricted to female members. This branch of witchcraft celebrates all things female, and many members report their coven helped and supported them through difficulties. Dianic witches will work magick on those who oppress or abuse women and happily work binding spells on them.
19. Divination Witch
A witch specialising in divination, such as tarot cards, scrying, or other means of discovering occult (hidden) information. Someone may set out on the witchcraft path and find themselves diverted by the absorbing topic of divination.
Dowsing is an ancient tradition, and there are two main ways to do it. One is by using a hazel twig or lightweight metal rods. The other is by using a pendulum.
Dowsing locates ley lines (energy grids that criss-cross the planet), underground streams and natural reservoirs, lost items, and all kinds of other things, such as lost property and animals.
The modern or neo-Druid Witch has a deep respect for nature and bases their whole life on the Druidic way. Often, members of environmental organisations, Druids identify with Celtic culture. Some Druids claim an unbroken lineage back to ancient times, but there is no evidence for that. Plus, the ancient Druids never recorded their rites and knowledge, so modern Druidry is an attempt at reconstruction. They do have lots of fun, I've heard.
22. Earth-Based Witchcraft; Gaia
This path covers a wide-ranging variety from Druidry, neo-paganism, Hedgewitchery, and the like. Simply put, it is any nature-centric witchcraft.
23. Eclectic Witch
I expect there are more witches of the eclectic type than any other. An eclectic refuses to restrict themselves to one tradition. They embrace everything that appeals to them and delight in defining their own path.
An eclectic witch might have an interest in crystals. S/he could enjoy tarot reading or healing. They might include several Wiccan practices. They may consider their path to be faith-based or not. It's the chocolate box of witchcraft. No one can dictate to you what you should do or not do. It's unique to you.
I have a more detailed description here: What Is Eclectic Witchcraft?
Eco-pagans are usually environmental activists. They work hard to raise public awareness of problems. They often incorporate rituals that bind or oppose those they see as 'enemies of the planet'. The belief that nature is sacred underpins everything they do. Eco-paganism embraces witchcraft and other branches of paganism as long as they share their values.
25. Egyptian Witchcraft
Egyptian witchcraft follows a Wiccan-like path but focuses on the ancient Egyptian deities. They incorporate most other Wiccan elements, such as moon phases, the Wheel of the Year and the solar festivals.
26. Elemental Witch
An Elemental Witch bases their pathway on working with the five esoteric elements: fire, water, air, earth, and spirit. They may also incorporate working with the 'elementals'; creatures such as salamanders (fire), undines or nymphs (water), sylphs (air), and gnomes (earth). There are many more elementals, all of them restricted to their realm.
Like witchcraft practised on the continent of Africa, European witchcraft covers a vast range of different kinds of witchcraft. Each country, region, and locale will have its particular characteristics and traditions. Again, it's best to explore by individual country.
Ancient folklore is the basis for Faery traditions, usually found in, but not restricted to, the British Isles. In Ireland, the faery folk are called the Tuatha de Danaan. In Wales, the Twlwyth Teg, and in Scotland, there are a whole bunch of faery folk, such as, Buachailleen, Brownies, Gnomes, the Gruagach, Heather Pixies, Pixies and Seelie Courts, But you must watch out for the bad guys: "Ghillie Dhu, Kelpies, Nucklelavees, and Fachans.
There is also a branch of Wicca called Faery Wicca.
29. Fellowship of Isis
Not to be confused with any terrorist group, the Fellowship of Isis began in Ireland in 1976. It is multi-faith and inclusive. It is centred around the worship of the female goddess, Isis, the Divine Mother, ‘she of 10,000 names’. There are 26,000 members of FOL worldwide. Their website is well worth exploring.
30. Floral Witch
As the name suggests, a floral witch works mainly with flowers, their properties, and essences. She may work magickly with them or focus entirely on healing.
31. Folk Witchcraft
More commonly known as 'cunning folk', this tradition is closely related to British Witchcraft (and its derivations) and Faery.
They have many names: white witch, pillar (Cornish), wise woman (or man). They work their trade among the population, their skills advertised through word-of-mouth. There aren't many left, but they are still around if you can find them. These are hereditary witches; their skills and knowledge passed down and expanded through the generations.
32. Gardnerian Tradition
Modern witchcraft owes its existence to Gerald Brosseau Gardner. Drawing on all the research he could muster, he created and crafted the religious movement, Wicca (although he did not give it that label). Some claim he received initiation into witchcraft from a coven based in the New Forest in the south of England.
The Gardnerian tradition is a highly structured form of witchcraft. It is coven-based and has a formal progression through degrees of initiation. Practices are secret, and many members keep their affiliation to their coven secret also.
There have been many offshoots, namely the covens and traditions founded by Alex Sanders in the UK and Raymond Buckland in the US.
33. Green Witchcraft
A Green Witch builds her life around such things as gardening and herbalism. She may specialise in essential oils, flower crafts or nature study. She may also incorporate other natural skills like healing and divination. A green witch may also be known as a hedge witch. Or a very hungover witch.
A Healing Witch may use one or more modalities. They include hands-on healing, Reiki, Quantum healing, spell work, visualisation, or sigils. Herbalism might come under this classification but beware of any non-qualified person handing out 'healing remedies.' Herbs can be as powerful as any other drug.
35. Hearth Witch
A Hearth Witch's practice centres on the home. It's similar to kitchen witchery. Hearth Witches take as their representative the goddess, Hestia (Greek), also known as Vesta (Roman).
Hearth Witches celebrate everything about domestic living: cooking, gardening, cleaning, bringing up children. It might seem a little mundane, but in fact, it isn't. Anyone whose mother embraces hearth witchery is a lucky one indeed. Hearth witches might call on the help of Brownies and Hobs to aid them in their daily lives. One unhelpful house spirit is, of course, the Sock Monster.
36. Hedge Witch
A Hedge Witch is a solitary practitioner who follows a unique path. Their tradition comes from the times when a hedge was the boundary where the forest met pasture. Where the magical herbs of the Hedge Witch's healing remedies grow, hidden in the shade, peeping out beneath larger plants. A Hedge Witch is a herbalist who mixes up potions and brews in their kitchen. They work with the forces of nature and the cycles of the Moon.
37. Hellenic Witch
Hellenic or Hellenistic paganism centres around the pantheon of Greek gods and goddesses. Many witches feel a kinship with the mythology of the ancient Greeks because their stories have such relevance to life today. It's common for a witch to call on Pan to help them with a spell. Or to place a statue of Aphrodite on their altar.
Should you be unsure of your new path, take a look at the ancient Greeks; they have a lot to offer.
38. Hereditary Witch
Much less common than some folk would have you believe, hereditary witchcraft is handed down from parent (or grandparent) to child through the generations. The problem is that mass migration, two world wars, and the advance of science disrupted the cycle. Many families dissociated themselves from their pagan pasts in pursuit of the American dream. Hereditary witchcraft is more prevalent in Europe and Africa.
39. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
An organisation formed in the late 19th century devoted to the study of the occult. The Golden Dawn was the first of three orders in a hierarchy through which students progressed. The second is the Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis, and the third was called the Secret Chiefs.
Wicca incorporated many of the rituals and practices of the Golden Dawn. It also shares certain commonalities with Freemasonry, as all three founding members were Freemasons. One significant distinction was that women were welcomed as members from the start.
Internal politics and disputes plagued the Golden Dawn, and although two offshoot temples survived until the 1970s, it had more or less disbanded by the mid 20th century. However, several forms of the order have been revived and have an online presence
40. Kitchen Witch
Kitchen witchery has much in common with the Hearth Witch, the Hedgewitch, and the Green Witch. As you can guess, a Kitchen Witch bases their magickal work and practice around their home. Additionally, they also incorporate their witch-love and magic into their cooking.
Originally a 'kitchen witch' was a kind of doll that hung in the kitchen to help the cook prevent culinary disaster. These days the kitchen witch makes use of all modern tools available to her.
41. Law of Attraction Witch
A new breed of witch who bases their beliefs on the now ubiquitous Law of Attraction. In fact, all witchcraft was (and is) based on this concept. From the sympathetic magic worked by the Cornish pillar to the Wiccan threefold law, it all comes down to LoA.
42. Left-Hand Path
There is a lot of confusion about the LHP. Many think, erroneously, that taking a left-hand path, magickally speaking, is about black magick or devil worship. The Left-Hand Path is about the rejection of convention and breaking of taboos. LHP followers may well work with entities that some would categorise as demonic, but they might also work with angels.
43. Lounge Witch
A witch who restricts their witchcraft to the home, and often used as a disparaging term, yet no one who works in this way should care what others think. Some people can only practice witchcraft by themselves and at home for various reasons, including the fear they may offend loved ones or because they are housebound. To all the Lounge Witches out there, you are no less a witch despite what some people say.
Lucifer is often mistakenly identified as the Devil due to the belief that, as an angel, he fell from God's grace. Yet among many, he is revered as the 'bringer of light,' the path to enlightenment, independence, and progression.
Luciferians are avid supporters of the arts, science, and the natural world.
The witch and astrologer, Margaret Montalban, founded a branch of Luciferianism in England: the Order of the Morning Star. With her husband, she developed a magickal system that they delivered via a correspondence course.
45. Lunar Witch
A Lunar witch bases her workings around the lunar cycles. Not only that, she takes the phases of the Moon into account when making any significant decisions and organising her life. She may well create her magickal ingredients and potions according to the Moon and when planting seeds and seedlings. She is always aware of where the Moon is in its monthly and 18.6-year cycles.
46. Music Witch
Like the Art Witch, the Music Witch expresses her pagan feelings and ideas through her music. A notable example, although she probably wouldn't describe herself that way, is Kate Bush. Other 'out of the broom closet' musical witches include Lisa Thiel and Loreena McKennitt.
47. Norse Witchcraft
Witchcraft of the Norse tradition has a complex history based on a vast ocean of mythology. Known as seiðr or seidh, Norse witchcraft is a type of ancient sorcery. It was primarily associated with two main Nordic deities: Odin and Freya.
Neo-paganism is an umbrella term that refers to the resurgence in all kinds of witchcraft, including Wicca, Gardnerianism, and all the 'new' earth-based customs.
Satanic witchcraft came into being as a reaction to historical accusations of witches cavorting with the Devil. Its roots are in America, but the movement has spread worldwide with the advent of the internet.
Satanic witchcraft is a cult of defiance against the constructs of a dictatorial society. If you are for something, your average Satanic Witch will be against it. They hold that no person can have authority over another without their consent.
Satanic witches live by seven tenets:
- Live with compassion.
- Justice for all is the ongoing goal.
- A person's body is inviolable.
- Respect the freedoms of others.
- Beliefs should be in alignment with current scientific thinking.
- People make mistakes. We should right our own wrongs.
- Wisdom, justice, and compassion must always prevail.
Each of the above tenets is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility and honour. Fair enough. I'd give my vote to a Satanic Witch over a politician any day of the week.
50. Scandinavian Witch
Witchcraft is big in Scandinavia. Anne Mia Steno, a research assistant at the Danish Folklore Archives, says that almost everyone in Denmark knows a witch, even if they don't know it. Scandinavian witches are diverse and keep their practice secret. She also estimates that one in every four witches is a man. Scandinavian witchcraft takes elements from many other traditions, including, of course, the Norse tradition.
51. Sea Witch
Sea Witches live near the coast, surprise, surprise. They make use of their surroundings, often working their magick late at night in a secluded cove. They are always in tune with the tides and moon cycles. They align with Water Witches, those who practice near rivers, streams, and lakes.
In times past, Sea Witches were portrayed as magickal beings who appeared on ships, or as humans able to control the sea and weather conditions. Sailors went to great pains to avoid offending them.
A Sea Witch may practice the art of austromancy, a method of divination based on the tides.
52. Secular Witch
Secular witchcraft is an interesting animal. It refers to a witch who does not call upon, work with, or worship deities in her witchcraft practice. It doesn't mean that the witch doesn't believe in a higher spiritual intelligence, only that s/he does not incorporate those beliefs into her magickal work.
Yet a secular witch uses energy, and energy is the force that binds the Universe together. To me, that's Source, to some, God. Confused? Me too.
Shaman is a term for a magician who works magick by deliberately entering an altered state of consciousness. Shamans and shamanism are found all over the world in the ethnic religions of many peoples. The word is a western construct. Each tribe or society will have a different name for their personal shaman.
Shamanism assumes the practitioner is a conduit of energy from the spirits and that s/he has a direct line to those deities who can help or hinder human beings. It's a vast subject and well worth exploring.
Shinto is a Japanese religion that combines legends, folklore, diverse beliefs, and ritual with the worship of gods and 'essences.' Many aspects date back to the 6th century. It's charming, fascinating, and has much in common with animism. Its central tenet is 'kami,' defined as the 'spiritual essence' that permeates everything.
55. Sigil or Word Witch
Ah… this is me, or part of my witchcraft practice at least. I have a fascination with words and their influence. I also love the magical power of sigils. And as a lazy eclectic, sigils are perfect for my modus operandi.
A Word Witch weaves their magick into words. We know that merely writing things down can cause changes in ourselves and in the Universe. We can bring our desired outcome simply by writing it down, putting some energy into it and then assuming, without doubt, that it will happen. We don't have control over (and neither would we want it so) how it happens. Thus we are cautious about how we craft our magickal words.
56. Solitary Witch
A Solitary Witch works alone. They may keep their witchiness a secret. They believe they can raise more power and do more good, relying on their ability to channel energy. A Solitary may also be any of the witch types described on this page. So a Kitchen Witch may be solitary. A Wiccan might be solitary.
It doesn't mean the Solitary Witch might not meet up with others for a good old knees-up in the local pub, otherwise known as a moot. After which, they may morph into a Green Witch and, on the way home, find themselves communing with a bush, thus transforming into a Hedge Witch. Magickal. Let's hope they have a good friend who is a Herbal Witch and can provide them with a hangover remedy in the morning.
One of the first books I bought on witchcraft was the late Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. It still sells in huge numbers, and really, every witch should have a copy on her bookshelf (or on her Kindle device). This book is a foundational practice for many a Wiccan the world over.
Seek wisdom in books, rare manuscripts, and cryptic poems if you will, but seek it out also in simple stones, and fragile herbs, and in the cries of wild birds. Listen to the whisperings of the wind and the roar of water if you would discover magic, for it is here that the old secrets are preserved.
— Scott Cunningham, June 27, 1956–March 28, 1993
Stregheria, or Strega, is an Italian form of witchcraft. It has a lot in common with Wicca. In recent years, Strega has been given prominence by the writer Raven Grimassi. However, not all practitioners agree on its format, and there seems to be a lot of rivalry between various factions.
I'm always put on my guard when I see warnings on websites to beware of other sites offering 'misinformation.' To me, witchcraft is ever-changing and evolving. Acceptance of all seems paramount to me.
Stregheria was first brought to the attention of modern pagans in the 1970s by Italian-American Leo Martello. Since then, Grimassi's writings and practice have driven the movement forward.
58. Tech Witch
A Tech Witch makes the most of all the technology available today. They think nothing of working a spell on their phone, tablet, or laptop. They also work with others using such tools as Skype and Whatsapp. They may keep their grimoire or Book of Shadows in digital form. And there's no denying that the advent of the internet has enabled growing interest in modern pagan movements.
Tech Witches believe that using all the available tools, such as a microwave in place of a cauldron, is perfectly fine, as I'm sure that ye olde village witch would have done the same if she had access to such resources.
Thelema is Aleister Crowley's version of witchcraft. It's religious, philosophical and based on its singular tenet: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will." Which is a damn good one as far as I'm concerned.
Crowley's system is based on ceremonial ritual, primarily derived from an interpretation of Egyptian traditions. Crowley is much derided, but modern Wicca owes a lot to his work, and he was a fascinating character.
The neo-pagan religion, Wicca, developed from a tradition created by the retired English civil servant Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Many people believe that Wicca is ancient, but it is far from it. It is based on all manner of traditions and has grown a slight 'sweetness and light' veneer over the last few years.
In some ways, Wicca is lovely because you can construct your personal version and make it exactly as you wish. However, you have to be careful of any coven or organisation which tells you it 'must' be done in a certain way. Wiccans can be as dogmatic as any religious sect.
There's no evidence that Gardner ever referred to his particular brand of witchcraft as Wicca. However, it's said that he called those who practised it 'wica.' The first recorded use of the term Wicca was in 1962.
If you are at the beginning of your witchcraft exploration, the above list may seem overwhelming. Just know that you do not have to put yourself in any tradition until you are ready. For now, simply start right where you are.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: I am Christian but I have been drawn to witchcraft. I believe I may be a witch but I’m not sure I can be a Christian and a witch. Is that possible? Is there any advice you could give me?
Answer: There are many people who call themselves Christian witches. I've heard people call Jesus the greatest witch ever. If you're on Facebook see if you can find a Christian witchcraft group.
Question: I've been gathering info on many forms of witchcraft for a while now trying to find what feels right to me, and so far, I love it all, I've done a couple of rituals calling on various gods/goddesses to help. I love all the different meanings I've found for various flowers to use in ritual or just in a bit of tea. Through all this I'm still not sure of two things: does the fact that I do these things make me a witch? And if so what kind of witch am I?
Answer: I would say you are an eclectic witch. However, the great thing about this way of life is that you don't have to label or classify yourself as anything if you don't want to. Having a label makes no difference to who you are or what you do.
Question: When you become a witch, or study to be one, who is it acceptable to tell, like parents, family, or friends?
Answer: You can tell anyone you like, but I'd restrict it to people who understand and are supportive of your choice of spiritual path.
Question: How do I find a local coven or group of witches to study under?
Answer: Try social media. There are lots of witchy, pagan and Wiccan groups on Facebook. The site, Witchvox, may also be helpful.
Question: Although I am essentially an eclectic witch, I prefer to use a more specific term. I mainly incorporate Norse and Egyptian mythologies, and I enjoy very nature-centric practices such as herbology and crystal magick. Is there anything specific I could call this?
Answer: Not that I know of. Your varied practices could be all gathered under Wicca, perhaps. Otherwise, as you say, you're an eclectic. I'm not a great one for labels so for me, it's 'witch'.
Question: What are Native American witchcraft?
Answer: That's a good point. Being European, I have mainly included the traditions that originated here. However, there is definitely a case for including Native American magical traditions if they are still practiced.
Question: How does one figure out which kind of witch they are? Would it come from the desire to fall under a catagory based on its description or would it be a feeling that draws you to the elements of that type?
Answer: I guess it depends on the individual. Someone might read a description of a certain tradition and have their intellectual interest piqued. Or another might feel an overwhelming desire to be a healer (or whatever) and, in that sense, not have much control over their path.
Go with how you feel and spend some time exploring the ones that appeal to you.
Question: I don't know what witch I am, because I have a lot of personality. What kind of witch do you think I am?
Answer: I can't answer your question because the path you follow is your choice. You don't categorize yourself based on your personality. It doesn't work like that. It's up to you whether you are attracted to a certain tradition, a mix, or no tradition at all. Maybe you'd like to explore a particular path for a while and then try another. Perhaps you'll be drawn to divination or herbalism? Or you could look into your family origins and choose Celtic or Native American or whatever.
Question: I'm interested in being more than one kind of witch! What do I do?
Answer: Read the section on Eclectic witchcraft. An Eclectic is a witch who takes a little bit of whatever s/he takes a fancy to and builds their own unique set of values and practice.
Question: What information do you have about witchcraft in Finland? Or that is practiced by someone in America with a Finnish background?
Answer: I don't have much information about witchcraft in Finland. I do know that the modern version, like many, is a reconstruction after it died out for many centuries. People have had to base their practice on the mythology of the country. Witchcraft in Scandinavia, generally, is very popular.
I would think that someone practicing in America may be able to find out more information via a social media group based in Finland. There are also several resources on the web.
Also found this on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Finnish-Magic-Llewellyns-Re...
Question: I have a strong belief that I am a witch. I'm an empath and have known it all my life, before I knew the definition of the word. I was already using it to self-identify. I'm having the same feeling about being a witch. I don't know if it is possible to be both, but I read on another website that it is. I just wanted to know if there was something I could do myself to find out if I am a witch?
Answer: Of course, it is possible to be an empath and a witch. Witches are almost always empathic to some degree. If they aren't when they start, it's a quality they develop over time.
I have to keep clearing up this idea that being a witch is something innate inside you.
Having a psychic gift does not make you a witch. Witchcraft is a path you choose. And anyone can choose it. If it's something that calls to you, then give it a try. Many people feel as though they have 'come home' when they embark on the study of the craft.
Question: What do I do to focus more on the type of witchcraft I would like to achieve, and where do I begin?
Answer: I can't tell you where to begin, only your own feelings can do that. If it's Wicca, then start right there. There's a ton of information available. You can change your mind at any time, nothing is cast in stone.
Question: People around me believe in witches. I don't, but something in me keeps searching to know the truth. What can I do to stop this thinking?
Answer: Saying you don't believe in witches is like saying you don't believe in tomatoes. We exist. Witches aren't magical beings like fairies. We are humans that choose to follow a certain path. And that's the truth, so search no more.
What can you do to stop thinking about it? I don't know, maybe take up a new hobby?
Question: Is there a quiz to help determine which type of witch you may be?
Answer: You could try the one here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Are-You-a-W...
Remember, it's for entertainment only.
Question: I'm feeling connected to a lot of the witch traditions, but I can't find the one meant for me. Why is it so hard to locate the right kind of witchcraft for me?
Answer: It's not hard because you don't have to choose one. At the beginning you might just explore and play around. There is no rule that says you must pick one path and stick with it.
Question: I always feel energy in my house or anywhere I go. I think I’m a witch, I wake up everyday a 3:00am. I am always intrigued by the moon and artifacts, I don’t know why but I’ve caught myself drawing symbols on my hand and on paper. I’ve had multiple premonition dreams that come true, I’ve had dreams where my deceased grandfather was in them and the next day my living grandmother (his wife) would fall or get hurt in some way. Could I possibly be a witch?
Answer: If you practice witchcraft, you are a witch. If you have psychic dreams and premonitions, you are psychic. You can be both, of course, but you can't be a witch without doing the witch stuff and living the life.
Question: I am trying to define my version of witchery, one that centers on focusing my intention and using it to improve myself and help others. I have tried meditation for this, but didn't find it satisfying. I want to use the ritualistic nature of spellcasting to accomplish this, but I don't want to be appropriating any traditions or cause offense. Is this ok?
Answer: What you do in the privacy of your own home can't cause offense to anyone. Personally, I find writing lists the best way to develop my focus and intentions.
You are probably going to develop a unique, eclectic path, and that's perfectly acceptable. While some traditions can be fairly dogmatic, you, as an individual, can do as you please, even if that includes appropriating material, knowledge, and practices. 'And it harms none.'
Question: Can you be more than one of these kinds of witches and mix them in with each other?
Answer: Yes, absolutely, read the section about 'eclectic witches'.
Question: I know that anyone can become a witch, but I was wondering if the certain traits I have lead me down this path? All too often my dreams become a reality. When I have frequent déjà vu, sometimes I can see a glimpse into the future. I also can’t stand the pack of men, but find comfort during the night and in nature. Does this mean anything?
Answer: People are always asking me 'what does this mean?' My answer is always the same, 'what does it mean to you?' It's your decision whether or not to explore witchcraft further. Becoming a witch does not entail someone else saying, 'You are now a witch'. It does entail, study and practice. It's your decision whether to follow the path, or not.
Question: I'm a descendent down my maternal line of the Pendle witches of 1612. I'm a solitary witch, a white witch, yet I seem to have the abilities of all witches, especially those linked to spirits and not religion. I seem to have the ability to visualise instead of gathering components of recipes. I'm also an empath and a healer. Is there a broader term for the type of witch that I am?
Answer: You don't have to have a label of any kind if you feel you don't fit into, or follow, any of the traditions. It seems to me that your gifts lie more in the realm of spirituality than practical witchcraft, so perhaps you are more of a spiritual healer than a witch?
Question: I relate to many kinds of witches. I don't know if I am one or not. How do I know?
Answer: You are a witch if you choose to practice witchcraft. If you don't then you are still a 'potential witch'.
Question: I can see things before they happen, and I feel when something bad is going to happen. People say it's your gut, but it's more than that. I believe my ex-boyfriend was possessed, because the person I fell in love with would visit me in my dreams and tell me what he was planning. He was very evil, but I was always a step ahead, and in the end, I helped him. I was just wondering what exact kind of witch you would call me?
Answer: I wouldn't call you any kind of witch. You may be psychic, but unless you deliberately practice witchcraft, you aren't a witch. Generally speaking, people choose which tradition to follow. What kind of witch would you like to be?
Question: I feel very connected to the element water yet I don't know if that makes me a sea witch because I also identify as a Wiccan. But I have recently been interested in crystal and healing witchcraft, so what does that make me?
Answer: It sounds like you are an eclectic witch; a mixture of different types. Wiccans can be sea witches, by the way, it's just a question of incorporating your love of the ocean into your Wiccan faith.
Question: I believe I am a witch. I adore crystals and rocks and have an entire collection. I also love water and the moon. I am more of a night person than a day person. I always have strange dreams that sometimes come true. I also absorb information easily but occasionally forget it. I wanted to know if there is a specific witch that does all this, or am I even a witch?
Answer: You are only a witch if you do witchcraft. What you describe shows that you are the sort of person who might take to witchcraft easily, however, you have to work at it.
Question: I feel like I could be a witch but not sure what kind? I thought I was an empath for a while. My sister worships the earth but she doesn't claim she's a witch. My mother is drawn to crystals. I can pick up people's "vibes" or moods and I'm drawn to water. Am I a witch? And if so what kind?
Answer: Everything about being a witch is a choice that you make. Being a witch, first and foremost is about empowerment. Knowing you have the power within yourself. What I've described in the article are traditions, i.e. certain kinds of practices. People aren't born into a path, they choose it. So I can't tell you what kind of witch you are because that's up to you.
Question: I am having a hard time figuring out what kind of witch I am. I always felt a connection to energies and drawn to witchcraft in general. I am a Christian but I want to also become a witch if possible. I like using tarot cards, spirit guides, astrology, meditation, herb mixtures, I feel especially drawn to water, etc. but I can't figure out what kind of witch I am. Any thoughts? Could I be a combination?
Answer: You could be an 'eclectic' witch. Someone who takes elements from other traditions and incorporates them into their own unique path.
Question: What happens if you fall into multiple types of witchcraft traditions?
Answer: So you forge your own brand of witchcraft that is unique to you. Go read #23 again. There are more eclectics than any that stick to one tradition.
Question: I am a witch by genetics if that’s possible. I know that I, along with some relatives were together in previous lives. While I use various methods in my personal craft, I have found that I can conjure a sphere of energy infused with intention and throw it or - release it into the universe. This always has the desired results. What is this called? I should also mention that I see and converse with spirits, am clairsentient, empathic, clairvoyant, clairaudient and claircognizant.
Answer: Your releasing of energy is simply another (and very effective) method of spell casting. Not everyone can do it because they are unable to visualize the process and conjure up enough emotion. I have used it in the past, and it's definitely worth trying if someone wants a fast and easy spell. It also works as a healing method too, so you can form that ball of energy and direct it anywhere in the body - or someone else's body, with the intention of healing.
Question: I read this entire article about 10 times and I think I might be a healer, crystal, elemental, solitary, eclectic witch. Is that a thing? And if so, do you know of anything that could help me even more with this?
Answer: That's fine. Many people find themselves drawn to multiple interests and practices in witchcraft. My advice is to pick one, study it for a couple of weeks, then move on to the next. Keep a journal of your observations, thoughts and feelings. Get yourself a good book on each aspect and simply enjoy the journey.
Question: I recently started exploring witchcraft. I like all things...astrology, herbs, crystals, candles, etc. I also believe in Jesus so I'm curious as to what kind of witch I would be?
Answer: It sounds as though you are a mix of Christian and eclectic witch. There are Christian witch groups on Facebook and Instagram, I believe.
Question: My friend would like to be a witch, but he doesn’t know which type. He doesn’t have any witchy relatives, so it is hard for him to choose. Can you help me help him?
Answer: Your friend doesn't have to be any particular kind of witch when he's just starting out. Just tell him to read up as much as he can, learn about the important witch dates, become familiar with the moon cycles and the seasons. Gradually he'll discover what he likes best and then can choose his path.
Question: I feel drawn to Wicca and Green Witches. Can I be both?
Answer: Of course. See 'Eclectic'. You don't have to tie yourself into any one tradition. Forge your own path.
Question: Is it possible to be more than one type of witch? I love my plants and I love my crystals. I’ve had signs my whole life that I could be a healer. I’m just figuring all this out but is it possible to be a witch of many things?
Answer: Yes, it's called an 'eclectic witch'. An eclectic simply follows his or her own path and interests. S/he develops their own practice which encompasses bits from other traditions. It is listed in the types given above.
Question: I am a male and consider myself a Witch. In all the descriptions, witchcraft is referred to as female. Shouldn’t it be mentioned in the introduction that men can be witches as well?
Answer: If you read through the article again you will see that men are mentioned frequently, and sometimes by name. I also use 'people', 'person', and 'he or she/his or her/their'.
I use 'she' in some of my descriptions because I am female and it's more natural for me to do so.
Question: I have always been a Christian, and my birthday is October 28th. For a long time, I have always been very excited about Halloween (my favorite holiday), Day of the Dead, and in magic or witchcraft. I watch movies involving witchcraft such as The Craft and of course the Disney Movies, such as Halloweentown and Twitches. Is it possible that I could be a witch? If so, what kind?
Answer: You aren't a witch, but you could choose to become one. It's up to you which tradition you'd like to follow.
Question: I tried doing spells but they don’t work, and I’m dying to make spells so can you help me be a witch?
Answer: To be a witch you have to be prepared to put in some hard work. Being a witch means being one of the wise. It takes hard work and a deep knowledge of self, and the human psyche in general. You could design a course of study for yourself, or maybe join a training group if you prefer interaction with others. Casting spells is quite a small part of a witch's work. Sometimes they work without you realizing. Others take more time to produce results. There's rarely anything magical about it; it just happens in a mundane down-to-earth way.
Question: Are witches physically and emotionally connected to their offspring? I've had some strange things occur recently that could support my question.
Answer: Witches are as connected (or not) to their children as any other parent. Although, of course, some might have (or will develop) heightened intuition which could make a difference.
Question: I was immediately drawn to the Solitary witch on your list. I feel drawn to practice in secret. I feel comfortable, and my intentions feel more powerful. Does this sound right to you?
Answer: It doesn't matter one jot if it sounds right to me. It's your life; your choice. Being a solitary doesn't mean you can't mingle with others whenever you wish. For myself, the solitary path was always the right one.
Question: I am a Hindu. I relate to divine energies as well as witchy energies. Am I an Angel Witch and can I be a witch in Hindu society?
Answer: Right now, you aren't any kind of witch. You have to choose the path that you are most interested in. I am not very familiar with Hindu society so you would have to work all that out for yourself. Witchcraft is exceedingly flexible and can fit into most people's lifestyles and can combine with religions too.
Question: Ever since I could remember I've always been intrigued and drawn to witches, halloween, nature, etc. I am not sure if I am one or just in love with witchcraft. My grandmother was a witch, but a good one; one that heals and does no bad witchcraft. Could it possibly be passed down to me?
Answer: It is highly possible that your grandmother's affinity with witchcraft has been passed down to you. However, you aren't a witch until you practice witchcraft. If you are young, then wait until you are older before making a decision about whether to follow this path or not.
Question: I've always been fascinated by witchcraft since I was very young. I've dug deeper into witchcraft but nobody in my family is interested in it. I talked to my mom yesterday and she said that it was all evil and I need to leave it alone but I cant! What can I do to learn without my mom knowing, and how can I learn it?
Answer: I have to tell you that if your mom tells you to leave it alone, then you'll have to respect her wishes. You can read as much as you can, but you can't do any practical witchcraft until you are much older and are independent. It won't go anywhere, so don't feel you are wasting time. Meanwhile, you can strengthen your wisdom by doing as much voluntary work that you can. Animal shelters and old folks' homes are a good place to begin. Failing that, you can ask around your neighborhood if anyone needs a helping hand.
Question: I may be a witch, but believe in a higher being. Where do I begin?
Answer: All witches believe in a 'higher being', although we give it various names - my personal preference is 'universal energy' because there's no actual physical 'being' up there in the sky. Some witches treat their path as a religion, others don't. It's all down to the individual's own outlook.
You can begin from right where you are. I have a ton of articles for beginners here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...
Question: My mother was a healer and we always had herbs and tonics growing up. My mom passed away a few years ago. How I can carry on my family tradition?
Answer: If there aren't any written records of your family traditions, or if there's no one left who can guide you, then you will have to revive it by yourself. I would recommend you start reading anything by Scott Cunningham and/or Lisa Chamberlain.
These articles might also help:
Question: I have read about the Dianic witchcraft and it was very different from what I have read here. Where did you find the information?
Answer: Check out the writings of Zsuzsanna Budapest -- her brand of Dianic witchcraft is the most well-known.
Question: I decided I wanted to be a witch last October, and would love to know and do more do be a good witch and talk to spirits and stuff. But the thing is, I don't have all the equipment I need to do spells because of my mother. How would I be able to do that? To be a good, trusted witch?
Answer: Firstly, not many witches have conversations with spirits - that's the realm of the psychic medium. Secondly, if you live at home and your mother doesn't approve of witchcraft, you should wait until you are independent. Thirdly, you don't need any equipment to work spells.
To be a good witch, read this article: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...
Question: I am drawn to spirituality and healing. I get very tired when I’m around people. And I have this intuition that I just started to pay attention to. I’m not sure if I am a witch. How would I know?
Answer: You are only a witch when you decide to practice witchcraft. No-one is automatically a witch--it's a lifestyle choice. Feeling drawn towards spiritual topics makes you very likely to choose to become one. However, it's not compulsory. Having a well-developed intuition is very useful in witchcraft, as is being open to all kinds of possibilities. Alternatively, someone with such gifts, might choose to work on those only and leave the witchcraft to one side.
These articles may help you further:
Question: I am drawn to eclectic witchcraft, can I speak to spirits and deities in eclectic witchcraft and can I practice it a specific way that is personal to me?
Answer: Eclectic witchcraft is exactly what you want it to be. There are no rules, other than those you live by. There are no rules, no perfect way of doing it. It's yours, and yours alone.
Question: I'm an agnostic though I believe in all religions at the same time. I'm drawn to witchcraft yet I don't know what to do and what to trust. I love cooking and baking, as well as astronomy, astrology, healing, and home remedies. But I don't know what I am. Can I get help?
Answer: Maybe your life is good just the way it is. If you want to explore witchcraft further, then do so. Or pick one of your interests and pursue it in greater depth. You don't have to classify yourself as anything other than who you are.
Question: I don’t know which of these witches I am. Is there any way I can find out?
Answer: You are not necessarily born into a tradition, in fact, that would be very unusual. You get to choose your own path. It's possible that you don't fit any of them, so simply research the ones that appeal and take the bits you like. In that case, you would be an eclectic witch.
Question: I've recently become very interested in witchcraft. I would like to become a witch but not sure what my parents would think. I'm really interested in more of the healing/using plants, so I don't think I would be harming anyone. Do you think I should become a witch?
Answer: There are several reasons why you should not become a witch yet. Firstly, witches need to have a certain amount of life experience. The word 'witch' is thought to come from a derivation of 'wise.' Therefore, young people have not gained that necessary amount of life education. Secondly, if your parents might not approve, then you really can't do anything until you grow up and leave home.
Healing with herbs can be one of the most harmful practices of witchcraft unless you A. only use domestic cooking herbs or B. get yourself fully trained. Herbalism can be a good career choice, but you do have to know what you are doing.
© 2018 Bev G
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 05, 2020:
Hi William, thanks for sharing your story.
Witches are magpies. We like to collect and accumulate those things that other people wouldn't value. Your examples are perfect.
WilliamsofWales on September 04, 2020:
Hi Bev, I've been finding your articles very insightful, thank you for all the research so beneficial to the rest of us! I recently found out of my paternal lineage originated in Wales, so we have that in common it seems. My mother's maternal side included the first settlers in Andover aka Salem, so I potentially have some genetic memory in witchcraft from all sides. I'm particularly interested in one of the "criteria" in your "Am I a witch" article about collecting objects. I largely identified with all the points you made, but this stood out to me because I know it's something "odd" that I do and i'm not aware of other friends having the same compulsion. I collect marbles and have since I was a kid. I find them in the oddest places, but mostly in the woods. I also collect jars and bottles, mostly very old apothecary styles ones that I also find in the earth. I've been a fossil and gemstone collector since I can remember. I feel it's important for these collected objects to be found by me and not purchased or gifted. I'm not sure why. Can you please expand on why this was included as a sign of witch inclination? I don't know what kind of witch I am, but I know that the interest is always there. I'm very much not inclined to worship any deities though I know that. I'm VERY attuned to energy. The only spells I've really cast were "chill out" spells to keep people from keeping peace from me. Just trying to figure out where I fit in. thank you for your help.
Claire on September 01, 2020:
Thanks for posting this. I'm doing a lot of research and I feel like there is a never-ending amount of witches out there and this is the longest and fully detailed list I've seen so far.
Valiezra on August 22, 2020:
Great! Thanks for answering, i'll keep that in mind
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 22, 2020:
Hi Valiezra, you can be whatever kind of witch you want. However, Lucifer isn't a demon, he's an archangel who supposedly had a falling out with God.
Valiezra on August 22, 2020:
Hi! Is it possible to be a Luciferian eclectic witch? And if that is possible, and i identify like that, can i work with more demons than Lucifer?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 02, 2020:
Astarte/Astoroth/Astoreth is most likely to be incorporated into a Wiccan path these days. You may have to build and develop your own practice by basing it on more general traditions and substituting Astarte for the Goddess. Meanwhile, keep reading and learning about her. Pretty soon you'll get it all together. And it will be unique to you.
Hailee on August 01, 2020:
I am very drawn to and would like to learn more about entry 8: Astarte. Are there any resources you recommend? I’ve found a few that give the history of Astarte, but none as it pertains to actual practices that concern her or her worship in modern day.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 30, 2020:
I think you described yourself perfectly as a Lunar/Green witch. Or you might just say 'nature witch' to cover a wider range :)
Dannii on July 30, 2020:
My mother performed witchcraft and as a child, I thought she was nuts, but I’ve always been drawn to both the moon and the earth. I’m new to the practice - I do identify as a lunar/Green witch. I’m obsessed with moon cycles and it’s properties, moon water, intentions and my mood dependant on the cycles, but I also live herbalism and being in meadows, clearings forests etc.
Is that eclectic? Xx
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 20, 2020:
HubPages is a site for writers of all faiths and none :) A few of us write about Wicca and witchcraft. There is a dedicated network site (part of HubPages) called Exemplore, which is for mystical and witchy topics.
jojo Karma from Cleveland Ohio on July 19, 2020:
Hello Bev.....I just joined this site. I joined specifically because I've been told that HubPages is friendly to and accepting of Wiccans. Do you find this to be true? If it is not accurate, I'd appreciate your frank comment. I'd like to determine if I'm going to give this site a try or not.
You are truly an experienced and fully knowledgeable witch. I'm impressed. JoJo
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 14, 2020:
Hi Lizardgirl, I think the best thing is for you to cast aside the need to put yourself into a 'type' or to choose a path. You have all the time in the world to discover where your interests lie. So read all you can. Soon you can start practicing circle casting (if you want to), delve into witchcraft-related things that speak to you and then see where it leads.
Enjoy it all.
Lots more info here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...
Lizardgirl101 on July 13, 2020:
Im just starting to explore witchcraft since i am now moving to college and have my own freedom to explore. I've always felt that i was different from others. When i was younger I would have dreams that were like riddles that would give me hints to the future or i would feel like i have been some place before or done something before even though it was my first time there or doing that task. I also feel claustrophobic in places were a lot of people have died or bad things have happened or I feel cold and people even say that sometimes my hands feel like ice even though it's the middle of summer. I also feel a connection with nature more than I do people but i also can sense when people feel bad or something is wrong. Insects seem to be attracted to me as well and also some other types of animals like reptiles. I'm not sure what type of witch I am. Can you please give me some advise?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 28, 2020:
Hi MeeMee, what you describe are psychic experiences, Such gifts can be passed down - you should ask your family.
MeeMee on June 28, 2020:
I feel things
I see black figured
I'm close to nature and animals
And my grandparents always spoke and communicated with spirits
Could I have some sort of ancestry
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 28, 2020:
Hi chill, you don't have to be any kind of witch yet. For most new witches it is a journey of exploration. One day you will either decide on a tradition, or you will be someone who takes a little from several traditions. Having a label is not important.
chill on June 28, 2020:
hi, this article was really helpful, but I still do not know what type of witch I am. Could someone please help me???
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 25, 2020:
Hi Thatgirl, tbh I've never found praying to a type of fabric has worked for me :D
Why on earth did it ever occur to you to pray to Satan? Satan is a Christian construct. He's not real.
Thatgirl on June 25, 2020:
I believe I'm a satanic witch because if I pray to satin it happens, but I I pray to God nothing happens.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 15, 2020:
Hi there QQ, the important thing to remember is that you don't need to fit yourself into a category or give yourself a label.
Perhaps you should cast your net wider and look at Paganism in general.
Quietly Questioning on June 14, 2020:
I’ve always been drawn to water and the moon, as well as nature more broadly. I have had a deep fascination with words, their meanings and power, and poetry since I was a young child. This article was very helpful, and several categories resonated. I’m not quite sure I even consider myself to be a witch, in fact I’d probably say nit if asked. But I’ve Always been curious about and drawn to these things, and am searching. When I was younger I’d also often have dreams that were quite vivid, and often what I dreamt would occur in real life days or weeks later. I’ve also experienced some scary encounters, with something violently shaking my bed in the middle of the night and such.
I’m not quite sure what to make of any of this, or what to consider myself.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 02, 2020:
Indeed, Carl. Some have said that Jesus was the greatest witch of all time.
Carl L Stroud on June 01, 2020:
According to my logic (which might be a trip) witchcraft is a form of spirituality, now who owns spirituality - GOD. Witchcraft is magical. Some say it's bad but in my knowledge (could be dangerous) Witchcraft, Magic and music begins by your thoughts from your spirit and soul meaning THEY'RE TRULY SPIRITUAL INITIATED BY ALL OF US FROM OUR CREATOR
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 17, 2020:
Hi Missy, a High Priestess in present times is a coven leader. Usually in Wiccan traditions. She leads group rituals, oversees initiations, is involved in training, keeps the group motivated, etc.
There were High Priestesses in ancient Egypt but they were quite rare.
I've heard many stories about how people are told they were a High Priestess in another life. Without proof, I tend not to believe stuff like that, because many of these roles are modern constructs.
Missy Eggleston on April 17, 2020:
Hello is there a witch called a high Priestess, I was talking to a Shaman He had told me that I am a High Priestess. I looked for Information on it but i got little on it. Can you help me please.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 08, 2020:
Hi Anna, you get to decide what kind of witch you are. I don't know you, so if you feel you are an Art witch, that's what you are. However, don't let labels define you or restrict you - if you feel, one day that you'd like to study the Goddess Ceridwen, then do so. Don't let your self-definition stop you exploring other aspects of witchcraft.
Anna on March 07, 2020:
I feel I am a witch and in one of them mentioned an art witch. I have a love for nature and animals and love to do art and express my feelings into an artwork. Would you say I'm a art witch?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 24, 2020:
Modern Celtic witchcraft comes under Wicca. People who follow this path are interested in the Celtic deities, such as Ceridwen.
To step outside Wicca, you would have to forge your own path by studying non-witchy Celtic history and mythology books.
People who practiced real Celtic witchcraft didn't really see it as such, they simply did what their forebears did. There are some current Cornish witches who have published books that might be helpful.
beginnerwitch on February 24, 2020:
i'm extremely interested in celtic witchcraft, but I can find very little information about celtic witchcraft, though I've read several articles about the history of celtic witchcraft, I still don't know for certain what it actually is like.
can you help please?
thanks in advance.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 24, 2020:
Not really, BW. This is something you have to discover for yourself. But there's no pressure, just read and explore all the different kinds.
If it helps, I'm eclectic. In other words I have made my path up so it fits my lifestyle. Free and easy.
beginner witch on February 24, 2020:
i still have no clue.
i don't know what path to follow. can you help?
Autumn Sorrow on February 11, 2020:
Okay, thank you for replying I will continue to do research. Of course anything I do find I will share.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 11, 2020:
Hi Autumn, very sorry but I don't know much about it. If you find out more, do come back and share what you learn.
Autumn Sorrow on February 11, 2020:
Firstly thank you so for your articles, I am finding them very helpful in my research.
I have always been drawn to witchcraft in one way or another, I started researching Wicca originally. However I wasn't connecting with what I was reading. So I started concentrating more on the witchcraft side. During my research I came across Pop Culture Witchcraft, I know you don't mention it. However I, would love to learn more about it. I don't suppose you have any helpful links or information, to help me with research do you? I feel cheeky asking, but I am struggling to find out more about it.
Thank you for your time.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 10, 2020:
A very confused one, kendy. Wicca and Satanism don't mix.
kendylclaire on February 10, 2020:
What witch am I if I believe in Wicca and satanic ritual and worship?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 06, 2020:
Hi Theresa, I'm keeping the article to sixty traditions but I'm happy for readers to share their particular paths. So why don't you tell the readers about it?
Theresa Ibbotson on February 06, 2020:
I follow the dragon path, no mention of draconian or dragonic paths
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 01, 2020:
Thank you MoonFae, if you read the rest of my articles, you'll find that's similar to my own view.
MoonFae from USA on January 31, 2020:
A note for beginners:
These articles are helpful, but I feel like it can be overwhelming and confusing. I remember just a few months ago, when I was first starting out as a witch, I saw a bunch of articles like this and went, OH MY GOSH. DO I NEED TO PICK A PATH? WHAT PATH DO I PICK? WHAT DO I DO?
Keep in mind that these labels are nothing more than labels. You could pray to the God and the Goddess and honor the eight sabbats, but if you don't CALL yourself a pagan, you're not a pagan. Likewise, if you like nature and you're a witch, but you don't want to be called a green witch, you don't need to be one.
Take these "paths" as a sort of guideline to help you pick what type of magick you want to start studying first. Pick one thing that sounds interesting, and study it for a few months. If you like it, keep on studying. If you don't, pick something else. Eventually, you'll discover that your craft aligns quite well with certain labels. I never set out thinking "I'm going to be a lunar witch." But I practice moon magick, so I guess I'm a lunar witch.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 16, 2020:
Hi Braylen, I like Pan too. There's something quite special about him. Why not simply do some reading about him?
Braylen on January 16, 2020:
Im a solitary witch who is drawn to the egyptian aspect . Bast especially. But ive had several dreams of late of pan and dont know why he came to me. I cant find anything to help me either.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on December 26, 2019:
Hi Laci, begin keeping a detailed journal so that you can identify when these things begin to happen. You will be able to see patterns emerge which will help you control your emotions.
Try meditation and breathing techniques to bring yourself into a state of calm.
Also find your community - there are others who have learned how to deal with similar things:
Laci Kirchoff on December 25, 2019:
How do I control my energy or not relaxing to much so I don't astral project and how do I control seeing stuff and all that in my dreams or when just doing normal things and how do I control my emotions let's say I get mad and there's a lit candle it immediately goes high in the air how do I control any of that
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 19, 2019:
This article might help you, especially the part about how all humans were and are capable of magic.
Eddie on November 19, 2019:
Hey.. Ill start by saying i am a scorpio i do have a fasination with life after death and i grew up different i grew up seeing spirits and i love nature and very much belive in the power of the moon the energys stones carry and the medicinal uses all the above... I do like to see myself as a witch but i belive in 1 god and the power of christ... Now i am aware of what the bible says about witchcraft and i dont want to go against him but i feel the he gave us these elements to use.. Is there a word for somone like me other then confused?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 13, 2019:
Thank you Sommer, you describe what I would call British Traditional Witchcraft, which encompasses many skills and practices.
Sommer on November 13, 2019:
Totally missing Old Country "Village Witch".... We go back to the days of using our Witch name with respect because back in our ancestor's days we couldn't point out a Witch from another village by her name that we "danced with last night or sat with her at Black Hat Society tea a week prior" with a different name. We honour the real Old ways. We practice solitary until it's time to meet in our meeting place. We don't believe in lines... we just practice magic. We know no colour. We draw the magic for what it is needed for, a potion for a sick child. A love spell to help a man attract his true love. A spell to put the duppy on the man who cheated another out of his rent money. The rules of Witchcraft is there ARE no rules. We practice what we must, help when needed, sending spells practiced during the dark side of the moon when someone has harmed us, our family or our friends.... we practice our human nature into our magic. I will not get treaded on nor will it happen to those I love. I will act, and it won't be with healing light to open their eyes and love. Yet in the next moment, I will be the first one by a neighbours bedside to help speed a healing, or to ease someone in sickness, or to help put back the harmony in a home. I cook my spells, I grow herbs and do green magic as well. A Village Witch lives all your Witches. They never NEEDED to be separated. So much more, so little space.. hopefully you have a chance to know one, or at least look it up. I'm so tired of us being overlooked when we're what most old time pictures are based on when you think of a Witch.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 13, 2019:
I suggest you just continue to explore and keep an open mind. I have lots of beginner articles:
Good luck and have fun with it all.
ValenciaGallant on November 13, 2019:
I recently been searching more about witchcraft. I'm not too familiar with it. I'm not sure what it is but since high school I've been having dreams that occur in a sequence of two or three until it suddenly happens...not sure exactly what it is but since then I've been trying to figure out my connection. I know a little about the different paths. I've heard about eclectic witches. I''m thinking about using candle magic..again still new at this. Can you point me in the right direction? how would I know which path is the right path?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 13, 2019:
No, Lester, you don't, but it's nice to be knowledgeable about the tradition you are following. Just remember they are mythological - there are some people who will try to convince you they are real.
Lester on November 12, 2019:
I am intrested in practicing sea witchcraft but I recently seen an article saying that I need to know about mermaids, selkies, merrows, and other sea mythological creatures . Do I have to know about mermaids and other sea mythological creatures in order to practice sea witchcraft ?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 11, 2019:
I've read that one, Hufflepuff. It's very good. Thank you.
The number one hufflepuff on November 10, 2019:
Last time I checked there is no such thing as the devil in witchcraft, yes Lucifer is a fallen angel but the only reason he exists is because Christianity demonising the hunter god. Here's a link to an article read it and take very good note of what it says: https://wicca.com/celtic/wicca/wicca.htm
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 01, 2019:
Wicca is a religious branch of witchcraft, and within it there are various paths you can choose. You would simply be a Wiccan.
Read anything by Lisa Chamberlain. Her specialty is Wicca for beginners.
Brooklyn on November 01, 2019:
I've recently heard about Wicca, and wanted to learn about what it means. I still have a lot to learn, so I apologise if I say anything wrong, or insensitive. Which witch would I be, theoretically, if I chose to follow this practice. I enjoy stones, minerals, crystals, plants, herbs, and animals. My main focus would be protection of the home, and of my loved ones when we travel out of the home. I find peace around water, nature, and animals.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 25, 2019:
Hi Librarian, What you describe sounds like the gifts of clairsentience (clear feeling) and claircognizance (clear knowing). These are psychic abilities. You can use them to great advantage in witchcraft, but they don't put you into a certain category or tradition of witchcraft. You get to choose that for yourself. I would guess that divination would be a good aspect to focus on. Try using a pendulum, tarot cards or anything of that nature that appeals to you.
I don't know much about the sharing aspect but it sounds absolutely fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing.
Btw, I have two articles on clairsentience and claircognizance that you might find interesting.
An Unknown Librarian on October 25, 2019:
When I was young my great grandmother used to tell me that I was her soulmate. I am around 70% indigenous Native American and my family has resided in Appalachia longer than records I can find. Unfortunately, connections with tribes ceased with past generations prior to my birth so I have no link to support from them with what I am facing. I have been able to ‘divine’ (as my great grandmother called it because she could do it too) if a woman was pregnant, the gender(s), and if the baby was viable or not for longer than I can remember. This includes with myself (I can explain further if you need more info). In addition to this I have never felt like I fit in with people and struggle to be close to others because their emotions almost feel oppressing if they are not calm or very positive. I can get very upset or anxious from them. I can ‘sense’ a room and I feel like a human lie detector because I know when someone is being honest or not and I am a ridiculous judge of character as I’ve yet to be wrong about someone from only a first meeting. The worst is the ‘de ja vu’ I feel frequently when I know these things that feel like they are repeated haven’t happened but it’s so strong I can identify what is coming. Also, when I was pregnant with my daughter I just ‘knew’ she was the same as me and that she is my soulmate brought back (also by soulmate this is twin souls, nothing romantic). This has not been wrong and she shows the signs I had at that age of being different except she is very compelling as well. People are drawn to her. I felt different from her conception than I did with my other child. I moved to the very far south at the behest of my husband and I have been miserable because there are no trees and mountains and fresh water and I feel beyond wrong here and always too hot and I feel as if I am coming out of my skin. Do you have any advice and what ‘type’ of witch do you feel makes sense for me? I am trying to gain insight and begin practice so my daughter doesn’t face the struggle that I had. My great grandmother always mentioned it came from our past and skips through the generations so I’m assuming it’s something shaman related from my ancestors and there is a twin aspect to it which is why it is shared in twos? Thank you and I apologize for this being long.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 20, 2019:
How fascinating, Esther! I'm pretty sure that certain psychic gifts and traits are passed down 'through the line'. There are many accounts of this being true... but probably not proven scientifically.
Esther Hardman on October 20, 2019:
Merry meet Bev,
I believe that I am an Augary Witch. I have had this gift all my life. In fact I was a cryptologist in the US military! Which means that I was assigned to code-breaking during the Cold war through Desert Storm. My mother read the Tarot and so do I. It came to me as natural as breathing. I do have a question. Is it possible to be a specific type of witch, hereditarily? There are some very strange stories that go way back to my Grandmother, who was from Russia.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 18, 2019:
Hi Dorian, I have lots of articles for the beginner witch.
Dorian on October 18, 2019:
I’ve been very interested in witchcraft. But I have no idea how to do spells. I think I’m a electric witch cause I relate to a lot of these. Any advice on how to learn more? Without seeming like I’m a fake witch.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 16, 2019:
You are very welcome, Renée. I hope you can make your gift work in your favour. x
Renée on October 16, 2019:
Ohh my goodness I apologize on the length of the comment and sorry for posting it twice, I didn’t know it was done. Yikes lol but thank you for taking the time to read it. Thank you for the article I will read it right now. I’m glad people find safety in my presence but sometimes it can be emotionally draining, depending on the person if they are negative and jealous can be a bullying experience towards me, if they are positive but hurting than can sometimes take advantage if I let them. I’m too nice and can be empathetic to their needs. Thank you, I will read your article To help me find some techniques on how to handle this. Thank you ☺️
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 16, 2019:
Hi Renée, I can't post your comment here as it is too long... and you've copied it in twice, making it huuuge!
Firstly, thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you found some useful information in my articles.
This unintentional attraction that brings people and animals to you is something that certain kinds of people have. It's definitely an energy thing, it's like they are drawn to your aura or field, or whatever you want to call it. It means they feel better when they are within your psychic influence than when they are away from it. You are like a cozy welcoming hearth fire.
It's not necessarily a witch trait, though it's something you could definitely use if you decided to take up witchcraft. However, you asked me if you can learn to control it. I think you probably can but it will take practice. I don't know if you got round to this article, but it would apply to you and you might some techniques that could help. If they don't, then use them as the basis to search for more effective techniques.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 16, 2019:
Glad you like it, Silas. Many thanks.
SilasHinkle on October 15, 2019:
I have read this article so many times that I think I should say that this is an amazing article, and I’m right.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 14, 2019:
You get to decide, Isis. If you don't feel drawn to any in particular, go Eclectic.
Isis Osborne on October 14, 2019:
How can you know which witch are you?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 13, 2019:
Hi Tatiana, not really, but you could make it so. What I mean is that you could make caring for animals and communicating with them in an energetic way the basis for your witchy practice. Learn some healing techniques like Reiki or simple hands-on-healing and you'll do a lot of good in the world.
Tatiana on October 12, 2019:
Good eve Bev,
I work in a Animal Hospital and feel energy from all animals. Always have been drawn to them since I was baby. Is this considered a form of craft?
Catherine on September 27, 2019:
Im an eclectic solitary Catholic kitchen witch, who is learning dragon magic. there's no reason Christianity and magic cannot exist side-by-side.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 24, 2019:
Not a witchcraft tradition though, Marisa. It's a gay rights movement. The paths I have listed here have witchcraft as their central pillar.
Marisa on September 23, 2019:
You missed the Radical Faeries, though Political, they are catagorized as modern Paganism
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 22, 2019:
Exellent, Maurice :) I've always been addicted to tech... but getting a bit left behind these days.
Maurice Glaude from Dallas on September 22, 2019:
I'm slowly becoming more tech. It is only a matter of time before I keep all my notes and journals on my phone and apple computer.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 20, 2019:
Hi Anon, a word witch is simply someone who combines their witchcraft with writing... and how you do that is up to you. So, I do a lot of simple written spells and sigils. I also write about witchcraft, and all my tarot readings are written. I just prefer to communicate in writing.
Written spells: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Cast-Spells...
Anon on September 19, 2019:
I'm curious about Word Witches. I can't seem to find further material about them online but of everything, words are something I find I have a very deep connection to. You mentioned that it was part of your own craft, and the paragraph mentioned its related to the power of words and sigils. Would you be willing/able to elaborate a bit more?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 17, 2019:
Hi Lady P., it would help me a lot if you would ask your questions on the actual articles you are referring to. There are dedicated question capsules on each one.
Thanks in advance.
LadyPawi on September 17, 2019:
Hello Bev! I've been reading your site lately because I'm strongly convinced I can (and want to) be a witch. But I have a few questions for you:
1) In everything related to switchwords and spells, do I have to say/write them in english or is it better if I use my mother tongue (spanish)? I feel more comfortable in english TBH since I haven't found much info about this in spanish.
2) If I identify with more than one kind of Witch, can I combine rituals and spells from all of those kinds? So far I feel comfortable with music, Luciferian and Satanic (I'm a LaVeyan Satanist myself so I'm familiar with what it means). If not, how can I choose a path that feels open enough for me to try different things?
3) Lastly, Is there ANY paths or rituals that should be avoided? I once read that there are a few paths that are considered "evil" since the magic can be used to hurt others, and that hurting others results in some kind of "revenge" from the Universe/Nature by making you suffer the double you made someone else do.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 09, 2019:
Haven't any websites but read anything by Gordon White or Adam Blackthorne. Just do an Amazon search on 'chaos magic' and you'll see loads.
Kaya on September 09, 2019:
hi so i'm thinking of starting out as a chaos witch and i was wondering if you had any links to help me get started.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 22, 2019:
People often ask me what it means when... (whatever it is they're asking about). I can't tell you, because it is personal to you. What do you think it means? Does it have to mean anything?
Maybe you need more solitude? Maybe you need a place that is only yours - where you can go to restore your inner peace?
If you are drawn to witchcraft, then be a witch. You get to choose :)
Good luck on your journey.
Anonymous on August 21, 2019:
Hi I honestly have no idea where to start, I'm pretty sure my mother who I was taken from at 5 years was a witch of some sort, she had a black cat and I only remember celebrating halloween. I know that sounds stereotypical but not only that, she had strange friends and I remember strange paranormal and horrifying things happeneing when I was younger. But thats not the point. I've always been interested in the ocean, the desert, nature and angels. Of course I love animals. but overtime I'm feeling lonely and sad I want to run away to the ocean, sometimes the desert. I'm always fascinated by angels, does that ring a bell with anything? i don't understand what it means and was hoping you might have some sort of idea of what it is. Thank you and have a lovely day!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 18, 2019:
Hi Jade, I can't really help you. I have no expertise in helping people with past life issues. I'm not wholly sure that I believe in reincarnation. I'm a bit 'on the fence' with it, tbh.
Jade on August 18, 2019:
I hope you can help me, I did always felt very different and I feel that there is a lot of power in me and in past lives things happend and had to do something with who I was also
I can't help to feel that it has something to do with warrior and there is a lot of power but I need to unlock it and relief myself from my blockings I have
Can you help me in some way? I do feel very much drawn to the mistic and Witchery
Thanks so much already
Heidi on July 30, 2019:
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 15, 2019:
Many sub-paths of Wicca are left out. That would be a whole other list. I'll try to get to it soon. Thanks for pointing it out though.
WhrlWind on July 15, 2019:
Seax was left out.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 06, 2019:
Hello again, Ater Ignis.
I know what you mean, for years I always kept the remnants from all my spells in little baggies, in a big jar. These days, my spells are much simpler and I dispose of the candle and any other materials appropriately in the trash. It's personal choice.
Oh I just remembered something... I devised a spell for a friend of mine which required a potato. I told her to bury the remains of the spell in her garden. Later that year, she had a lovely little crop of potatoes :)
Ater Ignis on July 06, 2019:
Hi! Back again with another question! So Ive been wanting to incorporate herbs into my spells? I have one that ive been putting together here and there and itll be ready to cast in the next day or so. I'll be burning them. My question is: do I just throw the ashes in the trash? That seems kinda wrong lol almost cheap in a way lol How do I dispose of the ashes?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 03, 2019:
So sorry, Mari-bear, I am unable to undertake personal mentoring.
This article may be helpful: https://exemplore.com/paranormal/7-Signs-of-an-Ear...
Mari-bear on July 03, 2019:
I need some direction and help. I have always believed there is something special about me. I feel connected with the earth im empathetic to the point that i feel and make others feel pain. Is there a way we can communicate via email? I do not want to share extents on an open forum. But, i need help. Direction to the right path and to get control of my gifts.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 30, 2019:
I think I understand... but, as you say, it could be more of a psychic ability and not connected to witchcraft traditions. I don't think anyone can exist outside of time on earth because it's such a strong construct determined by the seasons and daily cycle.
Maurice Glaude from Dallas on June 29, 2019:
Yes, Bev but I don't think time exist for them and they use their knowledge to see what we can't. I've been contemplating psychic abilities as it relates to past life recall and things of that nature and I think because some don't have time as a strong construct in their mind that time or absence of it for them is now used as a skill or benefit. As you can see its hard to explain but hopefully you get what I mean.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 29, 2019:
I don't know, Maurice. What do you mean by a 'time witch'? Someone who is able to manipulate time? I have heard that it is possible to stretch or contract time, so maybe there is such a thing.
Maurice Glaude from Dallas on June 29, 2019:
Is there such thng as a time witch?
Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on June 29, 2019:
Interesting and I love reading about witchcraft. Thank you so much !!!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 29, 2019:
Feel free to spill, Ater Ignis. I guess you have to use your intuition about reading those books. It seems to me that you are interested in High Magick, so just keep exploring. You don't have to work any rituals, it's simply an education. Go with it :)