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Witchcraft 101: What is a Witch? and What Kind are You?

Maggie Haseman

 
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What is a witch?

Well, that’s a loaded question. The word witch, I would venture to guess, means something different to every person you come in contact with. For me, and for the purpose of these blog posts, a witch is someone who practices witchcraft.

What is witchcraft?

There are many varied answers for this question as well. We will define witchcraft as the use of magic and sorcery, a universally agreed upon definition.

There are disagreements when it come to defining witchcraft. These come from the qualifications of this Craft: is it good or evil? is it noble or wicked? is it ethical or sinful? Well, that’s for you to decide. As you gain more knowledge of your Craft, you may discover that it, in and of itself, cannot be described by such words. Rather, these adjectives describe the way you use it and the choices you make. The great thing about it though is that it’s all up to you. You define your craft for yourself.

Meditate on your Interests

If you read this post you spent a great deal of time discovering and analyzing yourself. Let's do a bit more of that. Think about your interests and where your focus is already. Think about where you live and what materials will be available to you easily. It may be helpful to create a visual representation, like a mind web (you can download my worksheet from the members area by signing up below), showing the way you spend your time.

Make sure you think about the following things:

  • Skills - examples: drawing, writing, cooking, gardening, building etc.
  • Interests - examples: birds, hiking, technology, science, fantasy etc.
  • Values - examples: political issues, religion, human rights, animal rights, etc.
  • Motivators - examples: family, money, friends, career, life goals etc. 
  • Personality - examples: calm, outgoing, cautious, determined, etc.
  • Location - examples: coast, forest, desert, apartment, college, rural, urban etc.

Now what?

Once you’ve discovered what drives you as a person, this should give you an idea of a natural way to merge magic into you daily life. Think about pop culture witches you admire and dislike. A quick google search will bring up many resources that define various types of witchcraft.

I'll list a few here:

  • Eclectic Witch: does not follow any one tradition, but adopts various elements of belief many different traditions of Witchcraft.
  • Faery Witch: An eclectic witch who seeks to commune with faery folk and nature spirits in their magick workings.
  • Green Witch: nature based, & earth oriented witchcraft with a focus on Ancient Folklore from various cultures.
  • Garden Witch: A version of a Green Witch, who enjoy working with the earth through gardening and using their herbs and plants to help and care for their families and loved ones.
  • Hedge Witch: practitioners of an earth based spirituality who engage in ‘Spirit Flight’ & focus on journeys to other worlds.
  • Hereditary Witch: born into a family of the craft and brought up around it's teachings. The ceremony of initiation into the family is a personal, and intimate one. 
  • Kitchen Witch: focuses their magick on the home for domestic purposes. Use various spells for "practical" purposes" cooking, cleaning, cleansing.
  • Solitary Witch: practice & study alone, regardless of the traditions they choose to follow. Another name for a Solitary Witch is a Natural Witch. 
  • Lunar/Moon Witch: closely follow the phases of the moon, and do magic according to the lunar calendar.
  • Religious Witches: Buddhist, Christian, Wiccan, Pagan
  • Others: Astronomical/Space Witch, Storm/Weather Witch, Fire Witch, Bath Witch, Arctic Witch, Dessert Witch, Satan Witch, Music Witch, Artistic Witch, Pop Culture Witch, Literary Witch, Cosmetic Witch, Sound Witch, Draconic Witch, Divination Witch, Energy Workers, Sea Witch, Swamp Witch, Sun Witch, Techno Witch, Crystal Witch, Blood Witch, Shadow Witch, AND SO MANY MORE!

Where do you fit?

You can google each of these terms to see if they fit you. If nothing is calling to you, that’s okay! You don’t need to force yourself to fit into any mold. Make your magic fit you. Some witches prefer to define their craft very specifically, some witches don’t much care for labels and will simply settle for, “witch.” You can decide for yourself how you’d like to define yourself and your practice.

Are you starting to catch onto the theme here? You are the key to your magic. Don’t forget that.

Ready to get started? Use the form below to gain access to the members only section of Mumbles & Things where you can download my FREE worksheet and start thinking about which witch is which (sorry, not sorry)! PS, when you finish your worksheet, make sure you learn the principles of magic. Save you worksheets and revisit it to remind yourself. Add to it and alter it periodically, as your interests etc. will inevitably change.

Please share what you learned about yourself on the Mumbles and Things Facebook page or comment below.