What is Witchcraft?
Updated: May 10
What is Witchcraft? This question doesn't have an easy answer because Witchcraft means different things to different people. There are many different traditions, paths, and belief systems within Witchcraft. Modern traditions incorporate elements from various sources because forms of Witchcraft have existed throughout history and across cultures.
Witchcraft usually involves a connection to nature and the elements and the use of spells and rituals. Some common practices include worshiping deities, practicing herbalism, and divination using tools such as tarot cards, but it's so much more than that.
If you're interested, there are many excellent books about Witchcraft, such as Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler. She does a great job of attempting to explain the history, nuances, and debates around Witchcraft.
I use Witchcraft as a form of personal empowerment and spiritual connection. It has helped me to harness my innate power, intuition, and creativity. I use it to manifest positive change, overcome challenges, and improve my well-being.
The Spiritual aspects of Witchcraft are particularly important to me. I love to incorporate meditation and spirit communication into my practice. Witchcraft has been a tool for me to deepen my relationship with Gods, nature, and Spirit Guides. It has helped me to improve my mediumistic abilities.
I just took a break from writing this post to take my dog for a walk (I didn't feel like going, but he insisted, and he's just so freakin cute). I want to share something that happened on our walk because it's a great example of why I love Witchcraft so much.
While we walked, I noticed a huge white pine tree growing from the side of the steep bank so that I could reach its needles. I am planning a ritual for my tiny coven that involves us making and consecrating our own smoke-cleansing bundles out of White Pine. I didn't have a knife or clippers, but I went to the tree anyway and silently asked its Spirit if I could harvest some of its branches. The response I got seemed to say, "Not from me; keep looking." I was surprised, but I honoured it and kept looking. Just ahead on the trail was a perfectly cut White Pine bough. I picked it up and immediately felt a "Yes," in my heart.
This is why I love Witchcraft. I felt so connected to the trees as I walked home. I felt as though we were in harmony. I had shivers of energy running up my arms. Witches are walkers between worlds. We connect to deeper levels of reality. This connection is possible using other methods as well. I wish for you to find this deep resonance on whatever path is meant for you. For me, right now, it's Witchcraft. The crooked path. The spiral staircase. The bridge to the other side. I found this path as I journeyed through my Spiritual Awakening.
More about my Witchcraft journey:
Ritual to Connect with your Spirit
Live Your Magical Life 😊