7 of the Best Hobbies for Witches
Witches need hobbies just like anyone else. But a witch's hobbies are more than just something fun to do—they help bring you closer to yourself, nature, or the divine.
For the purposes of this article, I wanted to list hobbies that directly relate to the practice of witchcraft. There are, of course, other hobbies such as knitting, hiking, or scrapbooking that can also be used magically. The seven hobbies included here just seemed the most accessible for the average witch.
Please share your favorite witchy hobbies in the comments.
Witches know it's important to always keep reading and learning. In fact, for all of these hobbies, you're probably going to do a ton of reading and research. I just wanted to remind you to check your sources. The practice of witchcraft exists independently of religion. This means that it has origins in many different religions and there is no central text, so you will find conflicting information and biased authors.
I'm sure most witches prefer physical copies of books. I know I do. But sometimes it's hard to know if a book is worth the money. Google Books has previews of a lot of popular witchcraft books. This gives you a good sense of the author's style and personal beliefs. You can also find PDF copies of a some books by searching the book's title + PDF in Google.
Be especially careful with information you find online. Some of it actually comes from fictional sources such as novels and tv shows. These spells often contain ingredients that sound cool, but are actually unsafe. Blogs are great sources of information as long as you remember that these are just regular people sharing their opinion online.
Gardening is probably the most obvious hobby that a witch should have. Many spells have an herb, flower, or tree component. You also get to be closer to nature. Beginners should start small—you can always add more plants if you think you can handle it. Container gardening is extremely popular right now and it's one of the easiest ways to start gardening. You can grow flowers, herbs, and even some vegetables in containers. Herbs do fine in small containers (you can even grow them on your countertop), while you'll need larger containers for vegetables.
Make sure your plants are getting the right amount of sunlight. Sunlight is a plant's food source and if they aren't getting enough they start to look bad. (This means the shady side of your house may not be the best choice). However, some plants don't like direct sunlight and are fine in the shade, or indoors. So do a little reading about the plant in particular you have, or just try moving it to another spot and see if it does better.
Giving your plants the proper amount of water is just as important as sunlight. Too little water and they'll dry out. Too much water and they'll rot. If you're growing a container garden make sure the pots you are using have proper drainage at the bottom.
Houseplants are great too. They purify the air, can handle lower light conditions, are usually low maintenance, and can live for years given proper care. Some are toxic if ingested so keep those away from pets or children.
If you absolutely cannot grow anything on your own you can always visit a park or public garden and spend some time with the plants there. If you have any friends who are gardeners you can always ask them for advice or to help with their garden.
Warning: Never consume any plants you are unfamiliar with. Some are toxic and some can cause a bad reaction when combined with certain medications.
There's not much better than a hearty home-cooked meal made with real ingredients. It's important to take time (even if it's just once a week) to really focus on what you're putting into your body. Kitchen witchery is so popular because it takes an action we do every day and makes it magical. Cooking with love is a real thing.
There are a lot of ways to add magic into your kitchen, but the biggest one is just slowing down and paying attention. Put down your phone, turn off the tv, and just focus on cooking.
Some other great ways to add more magic into your kitchen:
- Use sigils. A sigil is a symbol that represents a word or emotion. You can draw sigils for health, happiness, longevity, or whatever on food containers.
- Say prayers over your food, or ask deities to bless it for you. You can easily do this while the food is cooking. If you don't use deities you can focus on a specific intention or energy flowing into the food as you cook it.
- Use herbs. Keep your herbal correspondences in mind when adding herbs to food, but also keep in mind if they actually work with the dish you're creating.
- Use herb infused oils. You can make these yourself. They add a little extra magic and flavor to your regular foods.
If you're cooking with magic and intention, then you should eat the same way. Sit down at a table to eat. Put down your phone and turn off the tv. Focus on your food and really taste it. Think about the nutrients it is bringing to your body to give you energy.
Many magical paths believe the universe directly influences our lives. So if you like to read your horoscope, pay attention to moon phases, or enjoy eclipses then you should definitely add astronomy to your list of hobbies.
Astronomy is the study of celestial bodies such as the moon, stars, plants, comets, and galaxies.
Though astronomy you can learn about the wheel of the year. Earth's journey around the sun and the tilt of our axis that causes the seasons to change and day lengths to grow and shorten.
Learn to identify the stars and constellations that make up the signs of the zodiac. This is especially important if you want to dive deeper in to sun signs, moon signs, and rising signs. You'll need the exact time and date of your birth to find out exactly how the sky looked as you were born.
We see the direct effects of the moon on Earth's tides but the moon can also affect people (we are mostly water after all). Harness the energy of the new moon to clean the slate and start fresh, or utilize the full moon's energy to give an extra push on a project you're working toward.
Solar and lunar eclipses lend great power to magical workings.
Minerals are the building blocks of all your favorite rocks, crystals, and gems. Some people collect crystals for their healing properties, but many more collect them for their beauty. These minerals are organized and classified based on several factors such as hardness, lustre, color, cleavage, and few others.
The study of minerals will make your crystal identification much easier. You'll also be able to tell if a stone is real, or if it's just colored glass or plastic.
If you're looking to collect crystals and other cool rocks I recommend a rock shop over the occult shop. The prices are significantly better (no witchy markup) and the rocks are much more likely to be legit.
Warning: Some stones can leach toxic chemicals. Do your research before ingesting, or ingesting anything that has touched your stones or crystals.
Birds have been revered as gods since ancient Egypt. They are often seen as messengers, but can also symbolize many other things. Depending on where you live and the local culture, some birds have a positive image and some a negative one.
Birdwatching is an easy hobby that requires no tools other than your own eyes. If you don't have any birds near your home you can always find some in a local park.
You can put food out for birds to attract them. Just make sure to choose something that they can digest. Look in the garden section at your local retailer for wild bird food.
Warning: Be careful when gathering feathers you find. In North America it is generally fine to collect feathers that appear to have been shed naturally. You should wash the feather and your hands afterward. Avoid touching dead birds—if the bird was diseased it can easily transmit to humans.
7. Candle Making
Candles have been used to worship deities since the early Greeks. They are also one of the most accessible tools for witches as you can find candles very cheaply in every shape, color, and size.
You can modify store bought candles by carving into their sides, painting on them, or rubbing them with oils. Supplies to make your own candles are easily purchased at most craft stores or on the internet. You can even melt down old candles to make a new one, you just need a new piece of wick.
I recently found a really easy method for making your own spell candles using tea candles:
- Melt the candle using a warmer (instead of burning the wick).
- Add in herbs, flowers, or essential oils.
- Cleanse and/or consecrate your candle.
- Turn the warmer off and let the wax harden with all of the ingredients inside it.
Now you have a beautiful custom tea candle ready for spell casting!
Warning: If you're going to make your candle in a new vessel, make sure it is heat safe—you don't want your candle to explode while you're using it. This is most easily accomplished by reusing a jar you have cleaned from an old candle.
Never leave a burning candle unattended. If a spell calls for you to let a candle burn all the way out, you should use a small candle that will burn out more quickly.