7 of the Best Hobbies for Witches

Updated on July 23, 2018
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Chloe has been researching magic, spirits, supernatural beings, and supernatural powers for nearly 20 years.

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.

7 of the best hobbies for witches. Get in tune with nature while also improving your craft.
7 of the best hobbies for witches. Get in tune with nature while also improving your craft. | Source

1. Reading

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.

It's good to build a good resource library for yourself. (These aren't my books, mine are in storage until I move.)
It's good to build a good resource library for yourself. (These aren't my books, mine are in storage until I move.) | Source

2. Gardening

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.

Working with soil balances your energy and can help ground you if you are feeling anxious or stressed.
Working with soil balances your energy and can help ground you if you are feeling anxious or stressed. | Source

3. Cooking

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.

Use fresh produce to take your cooking to the next level.
Use fresh produce to take your cooking to the next level. | Source

4. Astronomy

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, planets, 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.

There's a big universe out there. Astronomy gets you a little closer to understanding it.
There's a big universe out there. Astronomy gets you a little closer to understanding it. | Source

5. Geology

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.

If you like stones and crystals you'll get a much bigger thrill walking into a rock shop than any occult store.
If you like stones and crystals you'll get a much bigger thrill walking into a rock shop than any occult store. | Source

6. Birdwatching

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.

Birds symbolize many things in different religions and cultures.
Birds symbolize many things in different religions and cultures. | Source

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:

  1. Melt the candle using a warmer (instead of burning the wick).
  2. Add in herbs, flowers, or essential oils.
  3. Cleanse and/or consecrate your candle.
  4. 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.

It's very easy to make your own candles in tea cups which are already designed to hold hot liquids.
It's very easy to make your own candles in tea cups which are already designed to hold hot liquids. | Source

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        3 weeks ago

        What about macrame it a

        Ways makes me feel calm

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        5 weeks ago

        I like to sew. There is some mind using relaxing quality about sewing. I am making aprons for my girls and have made a few quilts. Trying a new quilt, i make small things first. The girls got potholders with lavender and sage tucked inside.

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        Kris Fawcett 

        5 weeks ago

        Good article!

        A hobby that I find greatly satisfying is wheat weaving. There's something deeply centering about working with material that comes straight from mother earth.

        Wheat for weaving can be found a t craft stores (Craft stores? LOL) or at the website of the National Association of Wheat Weavers (NAWW).

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        7 weeks ago

        Please be careful collecting bird feathers. It is a felony to have feathers belonging to birds protected by the Migratory Bird Act. ☺

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        Summer Wind 

        2 months ago

        Loved your post! I'm always looking for new ideas.

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        2 months ago

        Great post, thanks! I’ve been practicing for around 15 years... I’m in to gardening, quilting and refurbishing furniture including reupholstering. I love saving beautiful old things from the dump.

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        2 months ago

        i found your group before and posted so glad i could find again. i live all sorts of crafts rocks gardening reading would love to see some of others pic i cant do as much now messed up hands. but live to see others

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        2 months ago

        I love the idea of making my your own candles cant wait to try it

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        2 months ago

        Writing, art, soap making!! The last being my personal favorite along with candles!

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        3 months ago

        I'm not into witchcraft and I always get attracted to it. Can I get some suggestions on how to go about it.

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        3 months ago

        Just FYI, collecting fallen bird feathers is largely illegal in the USA due to the MBTA. A handful of wild birds, as well as all domestics, are acceptable, but the remainder are not and can carry hefty fines if you're busted with them.

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        3 months ago

        Whitling/carving wood,

        Spinning and weaving yarns, especially those made from naturally sourced fibres. Also dyeing of yarns with plants and berries.

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        Rue Onyx 

        3 months ago

        Writing! I’ve practiced witchcraft for over 20 years and I have always found writing to be the most powerful and soul enticing hobby! It’s magic

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        3 months ago

        I love this! Have recently connected with the magical part of my soul, and suddenly, all of my interests and passions make sense lol

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        3 months ago

        Weaving. There's a reason it's called weaving a spell. I also hand stitch quilts. It's powerful when you spell love and protection magic into a guilt with each stitch.

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        3 months ago

        I LOVE rocks and they are like my favourite thing to collect, but another hobby I love doing is re painting statues. When you re paint something you can focus your intention as your painting. It’s also calming.

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        3 months ago

        Make my own soap and homemade journals, book marks, spice racks, feather pens, and more. I have started my own business just recently. Find me on facebook.

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        3 months ago

        I do all of these alsi and i make minitures 1:12 i been ask to sale them but i do it for my self. i have a mini Apothecary and bakery candy store i love it and being outdoors.

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        3 months ago

        Incense cones April.....please send the ingredients x

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        3 months ago

        I enjoy doing everyone of these including making my own incense cones

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        3 months ago

        Mine is spinning and weaving natural fibers from plants and animals. It looks more complicated than it is. Really it is just a few steps, muscle memory and patience.

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        3 months ago

        I have done or continue to do all of these in spite of physical limitations. I find many of these to be wonderful opportunities to bring myself into the moment from where I draw my greatest power.

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        3 months ago

        My hobbies are wild crafting, foraging, jewelry craft, collecting oddities, stone and fossil collecting, watching nature, drum making, and more.

        Great post!

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        3 months ago

        Great article! My hobby is more of a calling...lol. I'm a jewelry designer and silversmith. I grind and polish my own stones, then design and create sterling silver settings for them. It's an amazing process that I'm always endlessly fascinated with, and which my father continued to teach me up until he passed away this last April. Being an Earth Element, it makes perfect sense that this is what I love and have such an affinity for.

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        4 months ago

        Knitting,crochet,spinning fibre,painting,sewing,writing


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