What Kind of Witch Are You? 60 Witchcraft Traditions

Updated on May 11, 2018
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Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of witchcraft for years and years.

Those who find themselves drawn to witchcraft might be surprised to discover just how many paths and traditions are open to them. In fact, you really are spoiled for choice. 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.

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Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash

1. African Witchcraft

On the continent of Africa witchcraft varies hugely from country to country. It is way too complex to be summarized simply as ‘African Witchcraft’. There are healers, fortune-tellers and practitioners of black magic. There are also witch finders whose job it is to seek out and imprison, torture, or kill anyone suspected of witchcraft. In some areas the witch is revered as a healer and all-round 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. Unfortunately, space limitations prevent me from writing about it in any detail.

2. Alexandrian

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 own version. It changed and morphed throughout Alex Sander’s lifetime. Based on formal ritual and ceremonial magic, Sanders described it as 'somewhat eclectic'. Students were 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.” --Stuart Farrar: What Witches Do

3. 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.

4. Ancestral Witch

A branch of folk magic and varying from country and continent. Ancestral witchcraft is focused 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).

5. Angel Witch

The name might sound a little contradictory, but an Angel witch is someone who 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 practiced by writer, Damon Brand. He probably wouldn’t describe himself as a witch either. This energy work is based on working with the names of angels and their sigils (special symbols that represent them).

6. Animist Witch

Animism is the belief that there is living energy in all things. The term comes from the Latin ‘anima’, meaning ‘breath of life’. An animist witch sees no distinction between humans, animals, plants, or any other physical object. Additionally, 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'.

7. Art Witch

An art witch works through the medium of art. She may express her witchiness through her work, and/or use art to manifest her desired outcomes.

8. 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 actually happened. The King Arthur myth is mostly based 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.

There is evidence however, that the hills surrounding Bristol and Bath in the South West of England were once small isles that rose above the sea. This is where Glastonbury is located, and the area was known as ‘Avalon’.

Glastonbury Tor shadow
Glastonbury Tor shadow | Source

9. Astarte

Astarte is an ancient Greek Goddess who was based on the Egyptian deity, Astoreth. Her origins are lost in the mists of time, but she was also worshiped by the Canaanites and Phoenicians. Astarte is the goddess of fertility and war. She is also seen as chief among goddesses.

Her followers today, study her history, mythology, and call upon her to aid them in ritual.

10. 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. An astrology witch, however, is someone who is all about astrology and knows their subject inside out.

11. Augury Witch

An augury witch is one who divines omens, signs, and symbols. She’s not a fortune-teller exactly, yet she is able to interpret whether a proposed course of action is good or bad. She can aid anyone on a specific spiritual quest.

12. Axis Mundi Witch

The Axis Mundi is a fascinating concept with roots in almost all ancient civilizations. At its core is the idea that there is a central pillar (either man-made or natural) that joins earth to heaven. Each civilization 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, and embraces the tenet, “As above, so below”, believing that patterns and events are mirrored—from the construct of the Universe down to the very particles of our own bodies.

13. British Traditional Witchcraft

British Traditional Witchcraft has many branches, too many to list here. Ranging from the wise woman, 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, traditions 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 very strong tradition of wise women and men. Known as pellers or pellars, they were viewed as an integral and important 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 simply utter a curse on the spot.

14 Celtic Witch

Also with roots in Britain is Celtic Witchcraft. Though the origins of the Celts have been disputed by scholars 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 (mostly Welsh and Irish), mythology, earth magic, ceremony, and ritual.

Celtic witchcraft seems to have struck a chord with witches the world over and there are many new ‘traditions’ springing up everywhere.

15. Ceremonial Witch

This term simply describes a witch who practices ‘high magick’. They usually follow some specific tradition, 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.

16. 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 belief 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.

A chaos witch works on the same principle; taking various deities, methods and systems from other traditions, ramping up his or her belief in the certainty that it will work and having total faith in themselves and their ability to change and create their reality.

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Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

17. Crystal Witch

A crystal witch focuses her practice on the use of crystals. Using them to increase and concentrate energy for a wide range of applications, including healing, protection and divination.

18. Dianic Witchcraft

An offshoot of Wicca, Dianic witchcraft focuses on female deities. It is named after Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting, nature and the Moon. It’s likely that the worship of Diana was 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 that 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 who specializes in divination, such as tarot cards, scrying, or other such means of discovering occult (hidden) information. Someone may set out on the witchcraft path and then find themselves being wholly absorbed by the fascinating topic of divination.

20. Dowser

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. A dowsing witch is one who incorporates dowsing into her witchy work. Dowsing is used to locate ley lines (energy grids that criss-cross the planet), underground streams and natural reservoirs, lost items, and all kinds of other things.

21. Druid

The modern or neo-Druid witch has a deep respect for nature and basis her whole life on the druidic way. Often members of environmental organizations, 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 Druid rites and knowledge were never recorded so modern Druidry is an attempt at reconstruction. They do have lots of fun, I’ve heard.

22. Earth-based Witchcraft; Gaia

This covers a wide ranging variety. From Druidry, neo-paganism, Hedgewitchery and the like. Simply put, it is any kind of nature-centric witchcraft.

23. Eclectic Witch

I expect there are more witches of the eclectic type than any other. An eclectic refuses to be pinned down to one tradition. They embrace everything that appeals to them and define their own path.

24. Eco-paganism

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’. Their faith and 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 element witch is one who bases her path on working with the the five esoteric elements: fire, water, air, earth and spirit. She 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 own realm.

27. European

Like witchcraft practiced on the continent of Africa, European witchcraft covers a huge range of different kinds of witchcraft. Each country, region, and locale will have its own particular characteristics and traditions. Again, it’s best to explore country by country.

28. Faery

Faery traditions are based on ancient folklore, 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 based on the worship of the female goddess, Isis, the Divine Mother, ‘she of 10,000 names’. There are 26,000 members of FoI 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 magick or focus completely on healing.

31. Folk Witchcraft

More commonly known as ‘cunning folk’, this tradition is closely related to both British witchcraft (and its derivations) and Faery. They are called by many names: white witch, pellar (Cornish), wise woman (or man). They work their trade among the population, their skills being advertised through word-of-mouth. There aren’t many left, but they are still around, if you can find them. These will be hereditary witches; their skills and knowledge passed down 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 kept secret and many members keep their affiliation to their coven secret also.

There have been a number of offshoots, namely the covens and traditions started by Alex Sanders in the UK and Raymond Buckland in the US.

33. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

This was an organization devoted to the study of the occult. In fact the Golden Dawn was the first of three orders in a hierarchy through which students progressed. The second was usually abbreviated to the Rosy Cross and the third was called the Secret Chiefs. Many of the rituals and practices of the Golden Dawn were incorporated into Wicca. It also shares certain commonalities with Freemasonry, as all three founding members were Freemasons. One very important distinction was that women were welcomed as members from the start.

The Golden Dawn was plagued by internal politics and disputes, and although two off-shoot 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.

34. Green Witchcraft

A green witch builds her life around such things as gardening and herbalism. She may specialize 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.

35. Healer

A healing witch may use one or more modalities. They include hands-on healing, Reiki, Quantum healing, spell work, visualization, 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.

36. Hearth Witch

A hearth witch’s practice is centered 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.

37. Hedge Witch

A hedge witch is an individual, a solitary practitioner who follows her own path. Her tradition comes from the times when a hedge was the boundary where forest met pasture. It’s along this line the magical herbs of the hedge witch’s healing remedies are found. A hedge witch is a herbalist, mixing up potions and brews in her kitchen. She works with the forces of nature and the cycles of the moon.

38. Hellenic Witch

Hellenic or Hellenistic paganism is based upon 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 her with a spell. Or to place a statue of Aphrodite on her altar. Should you be unsure of your new path, take a look at the ancient Greeks; they have a lot to offer.

39. 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.

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Photo by Александр Раскольников on Unsplash

40. Japanese; Shinto

Shinto is a Japanese religion that combines legends, folklore, diverse beliefs, and ritual, with the worship of gods and ‘essences’. Many aspects of it 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’ which permeates all things.

41. Kitchen Witch

Kitchen witchery shares many practices with the hearth witch, the hedge witch and the green witch. As you can guess, a kitchen witch bases her magickal work and practice around her home. Additionally, she also incorporates her witch-love and magic into her cooking. Originally a ‘kitchen witch’ was a kind of doll that hung in the kitchen to help the cook by preventing culinary disaster. These days the kitchen witch makes use of all modern tools available to her.

42. Law of Attraction Witch

This is a new breed of witch who bases her beliefs on the now ubiquitous Law of Attraction. In fact, all witchcraft was and is based around this concept. From the sympathetic magic worked by the Cornish pellar to the Wiccan three-fold law, it all comes down to LoA.

43. Left-hand Path

There is a lot of confusion about the LHP. Many think that taking a left-hand path, magickally speaking, is about black magick or devil worship. This is not true. The left-hand path is much more about the rejection of convention and the breaking of taboos. LHP followers may well work with entities that many would categorize as demonic, but they might also work with angels.

44. Lounge Witch

A witch who restricts her witchcraft to the home. 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 for working this way.

45. Luciferian

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 her own branch of Luciferianism in England: the Order of the Morning Star. With her husband, she went on to develop a magickal system which they delivered via a correspondence course.

46. 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 major decisions and organizing her life. She may well create her magickal ingredients and potions according to the moon, as well as when planting seeds and seedlings. She is always aware of where the moon is in its monthly and 18.6 year cycle.

47. Musical Witch

Like the Art witch, the musical 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.

48. 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 associated with two main Nordic deities (there were/are many more): Odin and Freya.

49. Neo-pagan

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.

50. Satanic

Satanic witchcraft came into being as a reaction to historical accusations of witches cohorting with the Devil. Its roots are in America, but with the advent of the internet the movement has spread worldwide. 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:

  • To live with compassion
  • Justice for all is the ongoing goal
  • That a person’s body is inviolable
  • Freedoms of others must be respected
  • Beliefs should be in alignment with current scientific thinking
  • People make mistakes. We should right our own wrongs
  • Each of the above tenets is a guiding principal designed to inspire nobility and honor. Wisdom, justice and compassion must always prevail.

Fair enough. I’d give my vote to a satanic witch over a politician any day of the week.

51. 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 very diverse and they 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.

52. Sea Witch

Sea witches are usually to be found living 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 closely aligned with Water witches; those who practice near rivers, streams and lakes.

Originally, sea witches were portrayed as magickal beings who appeared on ships or as humans with the ability 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.

53. 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 those beliefs are not incorporated into her magickal work.

Yet a secular witch does make use of energy, and energy is the force that binds the universe together. To me, that’s Source, to some, God. Confused? Me too.

54. Shaman

Shaman is a term for a magician who works magick by deliberately entering an altered state of consciousness. Shamans and shamanism is 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 that 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 huge subject and well worth exploring.

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 his or her 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 merely by writing it down, putting some energy into it and then assuming, without doubt that it will happen. What we don’t have control over (and neither would we want it so) is how it happens. Thus we are very, very careful how we craft our magickal words.

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Photo by Alex Iby on Unsplash | Source

56. Solitary Witch

A solitary witch is one who works alone. She may keep her witchiness a secret. She believes she can raise more power and do more good relying on her own ability to channel energy. A solitary may also be any of the witch types described on this page. So a Kitchen witch may be a solitary. A Wiccan might be a solitary.

Having said that, it doesn’t mean the solitary might not meet up with others for a good old knees-up in the local pub, otherwise known as a moot. After which, she may morph into a green witch and, on the way home, find herself communing with a bush, thus transforming into a hedge witch. Magickal. Let's hope she has a good friend who can provide her 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 is still sold 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

57. Stregheria

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 is one who makes the most of all the technology available today. S/he thinks 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 tools available, such as a microwave in place of a cauldron, is perfectly fine, as I’m pretty sure that ye olde village witch would have done the same if she had access to such resources.

59. Thelema

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. With the addition of the Wiccan, ‘And it harm none’.

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.

60. Wicca

The neo-pagan religion, Wicca, developed from a tradition developed 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 slightly ‘sweetness and light’ veneer over the last few years.

In some ways Wicca is lovely because you can construct your own version and make it be exactly as you wish. However, you have to be careful of any coven or organization who 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 practiced it ‘wica’. The first recorded use of the term, Wicca, was in 1962.

If you have any questions about any of these forms of witchcraft, please ask. I have a great number of resources so will do my best to answer you.

Questions & Answers

  • 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?

    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.

  • 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?

    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.

  • What happens if you fall into multiple types of witchcraft traditions?

    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.

  • 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?

    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.

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      Bev G 

      32 hours ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Colewelch, you have all the qualities to become a witch, however, that's just the beginning. Should you choose to follow the path, then you have a wonderful journey of study and practice in front of you.




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      35 hours ago

      To be honest I am really lost.

      My dreams become a reality quite often,

      and I am constantly having déjà vu. Sometimes when this occurs I can see into the future for a moment, and I am not sure what this means.

      At a young age I always(and still) do things left. This might be turning left, looking left, or doing things with my left hand. Everything has to be left for some reason, and that includes not conforming.

      I love nighttime more than most things.

      I just feel a close connection to the moon and the constellations, and I can’t get this feeling during the day.

      I absolutely hate being in crowds, because I feel very uncomfortable and I find that being around just a few people or by myself is the best way for me to be me.

      I am not sure if this makes me a witch or not, but I hope I can get a little guidance through this and be stirred in the direction I am supposed to go.

      Thank you!

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      Bev G 

      5 days ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Joshua, try not to over-think it. You cannot manufacture admiration for a certain God or Goddess. It sounds like you are trying to pick out a cabbage for dinner. For now, you don't have to make any choices like that.

      You don't draw energy from a tradition, you only draw knowledge.

      So you start small. Step-by-step. And as you progress, you'll be attracted to other paths. Pretty soon you'll be able to decide what works for you and what doesn't.

      Here are some other articles that might help you:




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      Joshua b 

      5 days ago

      I feel drawn to So many different cultures and i studied mostly all the religions but i always been drawn to magic and witch craft but being a lover of all cultures i don't know which gods to choose from or do i need to worship a god ? I like all the world's mythology and my roots are european. I don't know where to draw my energy from i feel lost but the urge to get into this way of life is building day by day any help would be great

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      Bev G 

      10 days ago from Wales, UK

      Sorry, Bella, I can't mentor you. However, I have lots of articles that might help you.


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      10 days ago

      Thanks for reply ...

      So females could be wizard too.

      Actually I am new to this world and really confused could you guide me ?

      How to analyse and know much about my power and which field I belong too

      And also about grimoire.

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      Bev G 

      10 days ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Bella, no a male witch is a witch. Wizards and sorcerers are generally male but they practice something called 'high magick'. Whereas witchcraft is rooted in day-to-day living and is a way of life.

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      11 days ago

      It's not related to this article but I am confused about wizard ..."wizard" is only referred to male?

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      Bev G 

      3 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Did someone give you a deadline, Witchisme? Why not start general? Go with Eclectic, which means you can look into, and explore, all the others. Learn the basics first before making it all so complicated.

      You don't have to label yourself, or try to fit into a category at all.

      Start here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

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      3 weeks ago

      Now I can't decide if I want to be a Musical Witch or the Kitchen Witch or the Sea/ Water Witch or the Chaos Magic/ Witchcraft witch. UGH SO DIFFICULT!!!

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      Olivia Ashley D. M. 

      3 weeks ago

      I believe in the energies that surround everything. I can't be around too many people because I can feel the negativity and I use my connection with energy to protect and give life back to those barely clinging on. My energy is not fully strong enough yet, but I have cheated death and brought back small animals and myself on a couple of occasions. I look up the sky and I can see the molecules in the air. I have been known for random elemental happenings and I have been shook awake because I had urges to tell people different messages. Typically it was my connection jumping in and telling me something was going to happen to them if I didn't. My mom would pull spirits that were very dark out of people and get rid of them. And I have looked at pictures of past relatives of ours and I have been winked at by a couple of them. I've succeeded at having our old house burn down to protect future people in the old house. And I've always associated with the Celtic Dragon. I am here to protect.

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      Bev G 

      3 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Nope. See my answer to your question. You are looking at me to decide for you. I can't do that. It's your choice.



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      3 weeks ago

      Ok... This is my description of me. Or at least my likes... I love galaxies, music, baking, cooking, singing, and animals. I don't like being told what to and what not to do and I have a lot of problems in my life. I have a BIG family, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, a stepmother, a dad, a mom, 2 dogs, and fish. My sister owns a bunny. We all LOVE animals. Do you have ANY idea of what kind of witch I am?

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      Bev G 

      3 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      As I say in the article, I'm a bit of a Word witch... and a lot Eclectic.

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      Bev G 

      3 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      The thing is... you get to choose, not me :)

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      3 weeks ago

      And Bev G,

      What witch are you???

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      3 weeks ago

      I am REEEEEALLY into galaxies and what not... what kind of witch am I?

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      Bev G 

      5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      I would focus on self-healing for a while and go where my intuition leads me, Tami.

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      Tami Norris 

      5 weeks ago

      After yet another devastating end to yet another marriage, my Shaman Wisdom cards have told me (on several readings) that i need to "go it alone" for a while and concentrate on my healing abilities. I am empath, and i also fall into 8 of the 60 what type of witch are you? Categories ... if thats even possible!

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

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      2 months ago

      I always knew I was a witch, I see ghosts and have visions and premonitions, I can predict pregnancies and I can even guess the sex of the baby. I love the moon and astrology. I love animals and nature and tend to be stronger with my senses alone. I can also read peoples aura and energy. I have always been able to see ghosts and recently have started seeing them/spirts more vividly. My aunties and mother claim to be witches. I used to deny my ‘gifts’ because I didn’t want no bad karma, as bad things would happen to people who were bad to me, but I never did it intentionally, I was also scared of receiving bad energy. Now I want to channel what I have but I don’t know where to start and where I belong? I would really appreciate some advice

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      You are very welcome, Micaela.

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      Micaela Zambrano 

      5 months ago from TX

      Thank you for this! Before I read this list, I read your article regarding if I were a witch or not..every speculation and characteristics mirrored my effects on life, people, places and things! It was right on point with everything. I knew since I was a little girl that I was some what different then most others. I made up a dramatic spell once when I was in middle school. (I wanted to bring back someone from the dead, so I cast). Obviously this certain person never aroused from the dead, but I had terrifying nightmares of them every night for a solid week. It eventually got to where it was every other night/weekend/month until I just stopped having these nightmares. I was young and naive so I didn’t understand fully on how magic/spells/casts worked. In my family, a witch is and will always be the work of a devil. I honestly don’t believe that, but that’s one main reason why I’ve always stayed hidden or to myself. So, this is amazing information! Thank you Bev!!

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      Ginny McLeod 

      5 months ago from Overland Park

      Yeah, there's been some speculation that she is.

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thanks Ginny, I'll go and take a look. Bless her. I expect she's now donating all the profits from the sale of her previous work to good causes :)

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      Ginny McLeod 

      5 months ago from Overland Park

      Very interesting list. Didn't know there were so many kinds, either. I followed Doreen Virtue's old angel work for a long time and wanted to let you know that she converted to Anglican Christianity last year after she had what she said was a sobering vision of Jesus. Not that it's something that I personally agree with, either. Traditional Christianity is not my path in this lifetime, either so I don't follow any of her new stuff, either. You'll see what I mean if you Google her website.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Good choice!

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      Athena Schreck 

      6 months ago

      Thank you, he has choosen Tech witch!

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Sky, yes, they are external labels/traditions. They aren't *who* you are but more what you do. You, on the inside, do not need a label. You are your own unique being.

      And you can start being helpful from right where you are :)

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      6 months ago

      I want to practice to find out who I am. But I'm think just a kitchen witch would be best. But I don't know if that would help me find out who I am on the inside. Looking for spiritual guidance and to be helpful to some one, one day

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      Athena Schreck 

      6 months ago

      Jupider was me and I chose the Green witch!

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      They sure would, Maurice. Yes I've heard about that experiment too. Don't know if it's true or not. I ditched my microwave years ago.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      6 months ago from Mobile, AL

      I came back to re-read this fantastic list. My eyes were drawn to the Tech Witch about using the microwave. I'm not sure how true this is but I've heard if you put water that was once heated in the microwave and then later used that same water to water your plants that it would harm or kill those plants. Since then I've used the microwave sparingly. Although I'm sure if our ancestor witches would see this technology they would think we've come a long way with our magic! They would likely be just as impressed with our self-heating cauldrons called the Crock Pot!

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      You don't have to choose :) Be all of those things.

      Music is something you do. Animism is a belief, and Druidry usually involves other people. Fill your life with good things.

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      6 months ago

      I am either a Animist Witch Musical Witch or a Druid, HOW CAN I CHOOSE!

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      Kitty Fields 

      6 months ago from Summerland

      Bev G - I agree, wholeheartedly! I also dabble in astrology, runes, oracle readings, past life readings, crystal healing, and work with my ancestors and their gods. I think you're right about the Jill of all Trades. :)

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      None of us fit into a neat little box these days, do we? There are too many interesting and absorbing activities, belief systems, and phenomena for a modern witch to stick to one path. And it's a given that any traditional witch worth her salt was a Jill of all trades: from midwife, to laying out the dead; from healing to dealing out curses. Black, white and every colour in between :)

      I'm pretty sure there are lots more than I found. And when it comes to Africa and Europe, well there are so many varying traditions, it's impossible to contain them in a mere article. Fascinating stuff.

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      Kitty Fields 

      6 months ago from Summerland

      Whew, okay...if I had to define...it would be an augury, healing, shamanic, solitary kitchen witch! LOL! Most of my craft is based around the garden and the home, but I am also into healing as I am a nurse, enjoy herbalism, and a Reiki Level 2 certified. I read nature signs and omens. The shamanic comes in with visions, journeying, and meditation. I've been solitary most of my life...was in a coven for about a year and a half almost 12 years ago. Thanks for an insightful and intriguing article! I knew of most of these, but some were new!

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      Aroosa Hermosa 

      6 months ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

      I read too,It's interesting.wiki of witchcraft all over the world

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      Julia Skowronska 

      6 months ago from London

      That's a really great article, very informative and interesting. Thanks for posting it!

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Maurice, you have a lot of reading stamina! Thank you.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      6 months ago from Mobile, AL

      I read the entire page. Very interesting.


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