As I am only beginning to find my way into witchcraft, it makes sense to figure out what witchcraft is to me. Now I am not 100% sure on that yet but there are some aspects I can name. Before I start, I just want to say that I’m sure this is different for everyone and my experience is not universal, but really personal.
Wisdom and knowledge
A big part of witchcraft to me is learning and reading. Probably because all „famous“ witches had a lot of wisdom to offer. But also because it just makes sense to inform yourself about what you are doing. Now I read a lot, but usually novels. And even there, one of my favourite topics is witchcraft. But I also plan on getting some informative books on witchcraft.
As a witch, I feel it is necessary to do no (or as less as possible) harm to the earth. I can’t really explain it, maybe it’s because of the spiritual comnection to the earth. For that reason, I have become a vegetarian and I am trying to reduce my plastic waste. This is a journey that so far has been great to me, it’s fun and it just feels right. But there is a lot that I have yet to work on.
For the biggest part of my not that long life I have wanted to become a doctor. Because many of my family members are doctors, it was always a much talked about topic at our dinner table and it’s just everything I want to do in life – healing other people. You all probably know the stories of medieval women who happened to know a lot about healing and did great things for their neighbours – and were burned for it? Yeah, I often think that had I happened to live during medieval times, that would have been me. I have a fascination for herbs and plants that can be used in medicine and have made salves and oils for that purpose.
Now this one might seem strange, but I just love cooking and baking and would consider myself a kitchen witch. The food we put into our body decides so much about our daily life and adding witchcraft to it just seems like an obvious decision to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely don’t believe that witchcraft is a women-only subject. But feminism isn’t either, so I see no problem here. I do believe that feminism and acknowledging that every one is equal is a crucial part of witchcraft.
This might seem like an obvious choice because I decided to create this blog. Writing is a big part of my life, I have started writing several novels in the past but never finished them (the topic, obviously, was witchcraft). I celebrated Samhain and Yule in 2018 (the first festivals I celebrated as a witch!) and on both nights, I wrote long texts. I keep them in a Special folder and sometimes look at them. I look forward to Imbolc, the next festival in the wheel of the year. I have recently started writing a diary and it’s really helpful to me.
Selflove and selfcare
This is something I have struggled with in the past. I have had issues with my mental health and even went to therapy for a year and a half. I am in a much brighter place now but I still struggle with my self-image sometimes. As a witch, I believe it ist necessary to listen to your needs. Take the time you need for yourself, listen to your body and figure out what is right and good for you and what isn’t.
What I want to try in the future
- Tarot cards. I have always had an interest in Tarot cards but I heard that your first deck of cards should be gifted to you.
- Palmistry. Behind that is the same motivation as behind Tarot cards, I just need to take some time and inform myself.
- Tasseography. Again, the same motivation as above.
I hope you enjoyed this article and I wish you a great weekend! If you have any questions or advice, feel free to comment!