Now, let’s just start off by saying this is not an article about “sea witches” versus “hedge witches” verses green magick or anything like that. Yes, those are types of witches, but I’ve found that such a specific label can actually hinder those new to the craft and spirituality, by making them feel limited.
So today, we’re going to be talking a lot more generalized when it comes to what type of witch you could be. This post is for beginners and practices witches alike, by the way, as even I am always learning new versions, methods, and angles of practicing.
Quick disclaimer: these are general descriptions; every witch may practice differently, and that’s totally okay! Also, these are not the only options. Just ones I find to be quite popular.
First off, you might be a secular witch.
This means that you don’t really follow any religion in particular. You’re not Christian, you’re not Celtic pagan, and you’re not Wiccan. You may or may not celebrate the wheel of the year or the sabbats, and when you do, it may not be about “the god and goddess” persay. Secular witches do not have the right to cherry pick from other closed cultures and religions and mash together their own version of one, but rather may focus on generally working with energy, or nature. Granted, this is a vague description, but that’s because secular witches are very individual, and each one may be a little different.
Then there’s Wiccan Witches.
These witches follow Wicca, and may even be initiated into the religion. They practice witchcraft along with their wiccan rites, often asking the wiccan god and goddess to assist them in their endeavors. If they celebrate the wiccan wheel of the year, it is often celebrated in honor of the journey of the god and the goddess through their life cycles.
You may be a pagan witch too.
Paganism is a really, really broad umbrella term, by the way. There are Celtic pagans, Hellenistic pagans, Norse pagans, Icelandic pagans, and so on and so forth. Pretty much any country probably has ancient gods and goddesses to go with their mythology and tales. You may pick an open pantheon and work with those gods and goddesses, celebrating their particular holidays. You may ask those gods and goddesses to assist you in your magickal workings as well.
Or, you may choose to stay with one of the big five religions and also practice witchcraft.
Grew up Christian? You can be a Christian witch. Oftentimes, different holy books identify different important people that you can work with in magickal practices. Remember, witchcraft is a practice, not a religion. That means if you feel comforted by your Jewish heritage, or your Catholic heritage, you can hold onto it and incorporate it into your craft.
And, there’s probably a bunch more that I haven’t mentioned. Witchcraft is such a personal endeavor, each person will adapt and come up with a particular path and craft that works for them and their spirit – and at the end of the day, as long as you’re respecting other witches, practices, and religions, what works for you personally is all that matters.
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