Not all witches care to label themselves, but some practitioners narrow their focus to different specializations.
Witchcraft is an ancient spiritual practice that spans generations, with varying approaches and customs from culture to culture. There are many disciplines, each with its unique approach to magick. In this blog post, we'll explore the difference between some of the most popular types of witches: green, kitchen, cosmic, solitary, hedge, folk, and sea.
By the end of this post, you may be inspired to ask yourself, "What type of witch am I?"
Green witches draw their strength, instruments, and rituals from the land and its surroundings, green witches focus on healing and nurture in accordance with the power of nature. They are often called "herbalists" because they use the healing properties of plants to create remedies and spells. Green witches may also practice gardening and foraging to connect with the earth and its cycles. Their magick is focused on healing, growth, and harmony with nature.
Kitchen witches work with the energy of food and cooking. They believe preparing food can be a sacred ritual nourishing the body and soul. Kitchen witches may use herbs, spices, and other ingredients to infuse their meals with magickal properties. Kitchen witches often make special meals for holidays, intentions, and ceremonies to be shared with their magical circle or congregation.
Cosmic witches understand the influence of the Moon's cycle, often using it to empower spells or create protection. They work with the universe's energy, including astrology, astronomy, and celestial cycles. Cosmic witches may use tarot cards, crystals, and other tools to connect with the energy of the cosmos and perform rituals and spells that align with the celestial cycles.
Solitary witches practice magick on their own, without a coven or group. They may have a deep connection to nature, the elements, or their intuition. Solitary witches often develop their own unique practices and rituals that reflect their personal beliefs and experiences. They may also draw inspiration from other types of witches and incorporate their techniques into their practice.
Hedge witches do not adhere to one particular religious or spiritual dogma, instead opting to craft their own magic. Their spells typically focus on creating healing remedies and are strongly linked to the elements of nature, such as herbalism and crafts. The rituals associated with hedge witchcraft are straightforward and understated, rather than elaborate or ostentatious. Hedge witches often use divination tools like tarot cards, runes, or pendulums to receive messages from the spirit world.
Folk witches practice a form of magick passed down through cultural traditions and folklore. They may work with the spirits of their ancestors or local land spirits. Folk witches may use charms, talismans, or other objects imbued with magickal properties over time. They often celebrate seasonal festivals and honor the cycles of nature.
Sea witches are connected to the energy of the ocean and the creatures that live within it. They believe that water has powerful healing and transformative properties. Sea witches may use shells, sea glass, or other objects that have washed up on the shore in their magickal practice. They may also work with sea creatures like dolphins, whales, or mermaids.
Divination witches predominantly specialize in applying divinatory techniques such as tarot, oracles, pendulum dowsing, scrying, runecasting, tea-leaf readings, meditating, and attuning to inner guides or higher entities. For them, it is essential to use such divination methods either daily or for ceremonial rituals. They may draw on earthly elements, contemplation, and the shifting of seasons, which allows the opening of gateways between the spiritual and physical realms.
Eclectic witches embrace a distinctive, individualized style of witchcraft. Rather than following a singular tradition or path, they may explore many ideas, entities, and forces from different mythological realms and pantheons. Guided by their instincts, they craft distinctive practices without adhering to rigid regulations or doctrines. Moreover, they may center their practice around their journey of self-exploration and growth.
A Demonolator is someone who practices Demonolatry, which is a modern occult practice that involves the worship or veneration of demons. The term "demon" in this context does not necessarily refer to evil entities, but rather to spiritual beings that are believed to possess certain powers and can be invoked or worked with in magical practice. Demonolators may work with demons for various reasons, such as seeking protection, guidance, or personal transformation. Some may also view demons as deities or spiritual allies, and may incorporate them into their worship or devotional practice.
A Ceremonial witch is a practitioner of ceremonial magick, a form of magick that emphasizes elaborate rituals and ceremonies to connect with spiritual energies and entities. Ceremonial magick has a long and complex history, drawing on influences from various religious and magickal traditions, including Kabbalah, Hermeticism, and the Golden Dawn. Ceremonial witches typically focus on invoking and communicating with spiritual entities, such as angels, demons, or deities, using complex rituals and symbols. The use of correspondences, such as colors, symbols, and planetary associations, is also important in ceremonial magick.
A Chaos witch is a type of witch who practices chaos magick, a form of magick that emphasizes the use of belief and intention to create change, rather than relying on specific rituals, tools, or traditions. Chaos witches may use a variety of methods to manifest their intentions, including sigil work, visualization, meditation, and other techniques. One of the defining characteristics of Chaos Magick is the emphasis on individual creativity and experimentation. Chaos Witches often create their own sigils, rituals, and spells based on their personal beliefs and experiences.
Necromancers may work with ancestor spirits or other spirits of the dead to gain wisdom and insight into their personal history and spiritual path. Necromancy has a long history in various cultures and religions, and it can take many forms. In some traditions, necromancy is used for divination or to gain knowledge and wisdom from the spirits of the dead. Necromancy may be used as a tool for inner exploration and transformation, rather than for any specific practical purpose.
A Crystal witch is a type of witch who works with crystals and stones as a central element of their practice. Crystal Witches may collect, study, and use various crystals and stones in their practice, and may have a deep understanding of the metaphysical properties of each stone. They may use crystals for protection, manifestation, enhancing intuition, and creating a specific energy or mood in a space.
So, what type of witch are you?
The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. You may find that you resonate with more than one type of witch, or you may create your own unique practice that blends elements of different types of magick. There are even more defining practices beyond what has been outlined here.
To determine what type of witch you are, ask yourself the following questions:
- ⁍ What aspects of nature or spirituality am I drawn to?
- ⁍ Do I feel more connected to the earth, the cosmos, or other realms?
- ⁍ What kind of magickal tools or practices do I feel most comfortable with?
- ⁍ What are my goals for my magick?
- ⁍ Am I interested in following the traditional spiritual practices of my heritage?
- ⁍ As always - do your research, find what resonates with you, and be respectful of cultural or closed practices.