Types of Witches

THIS IS A SITE FOR ALL WHO ARE POSITIVE PEOPLE – DARK MAGIC FOLLOWERS ARE NOT WELCOME! If you are interested in the Dark Arts you will simply have to find information elsewhere. I don’t participate in Negative comments or behavior such as internet trolling.

There are many belief systems – I haven’t touched on all of them, but those I felt important to know are listed below. Knowing how to properly identify who you are and what you will become is important to what path in life you will choose or follow.

Many people have their opinions on what a Witch is. Shamans, Druids, Wise Women & Men, Healers & Heathens, Lovers of Mother Earth. The birth of Christianity was also very near the death of Witchcraft, Wicca & Paganism alike. Some religions will preach to you that a witch is “evil” and “satanic”, and only perform magic for ill intent or to harm someone, because this is how they were “conditioned” from a young age. As all true Wiccans know there is no such thing as Satan the Devil or Evil for that matter, these are things created and believed by Christians and other like religions.

TAKE CAUTION *Atheistic SATANISM* (church of satan) founded in 1966 is becoming more prevalent in todays society, but don’t confuse them with Wicca & Witchcraft – they are “true disbelievers” or “evangelical atheists” and that’s exactly what they call themselves. They don’t necessarily do harm – but they believe that as individuals they are all gods – they apply doubt to such claims that other religions have gods. Satanism does not involve the literal worship of any being other than the self, they feel free to satisfy their urges responsibly, exhibit kindness to their friends, and attack their enemies”. They take full responsibility for their actions and place themselves at the dead center of being important in the universe. Their perception of all other gods or things that are spiritual, do not exist and they do everything they can to make a mockery of other peoples beliefs -they are out to convert the world to atheism and invoke doubt into all that others truly believe in with individual religions and beliefs – in other words, they practise destroying others belief systems in trying to prove they don’t exist. They are Omniscient believing they have the capacity to know everything that there is to know and think they are the most intelligent people on earth. They think people that believe in spiritual beings and things that can’t be proven to exist – are weak and not worthy of the human race.

Here is a quote from the Church of Satan’s current leader Peter H. Gilmore. Satanists do not believe in the supernatural, in neither God nor the Devil. To the Satanist, he is his own God. Satan is a symbol of Man living as his prideful, carnal nature dictates. The reality behind Satan is simply the dark evolutionary force of entropy that permeates all of nature and provides the drive for survival and propagation inherent in all living things. Satan is not a conscious entity to be worshipped, rather a reservoir of power inside each human to be tapped at will. Thus any concept of sacrifice is rejected as a Christian aberration—in Satanism there’s no deity to which one can sacrifice.

BEWARE OF Devil Worshipping /the Occult and Brotherhood of Satanists (very different from Atheistic Satanism) –  This is my website and my views alone and I personally do not classify these groups or individuals to  rightfully have any connection to Wicca or Witchcraft. They call their path the “Left Hand Path” some worship the devil while other organizations don’t – they believe that Satan is the master of all. They have morphed Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft and turned it dark. I for one who is of “Right Hand Path”, don’t believe they should be able to adopt our titles – they should just stick with “Dark Arts, Demon Worshipping & Black Magic” I refuse to recognize them as anything else because the true meaning of a Pagan, Wicca or Witchcraft is followers of the “Right Hand Path”, that choose to harm none. They truly believe in Satan, and think that Satan believes in them. They think Satan will help only those who help themselves first, and with the help of Satan – anything is possible. They do not accept any other organization – only Satan. They believe they can get more done in their occult by remaining in the Shadows of Darkness and Secrecy, and pride themselves as truly being “hell on earth”.  They honor the 4 Black Sabbats. They use Black Magic for their rituals & spellcasting where they want to invoke DEATH on someone which they call the Satan’s Black Witch’s Ladder Spell of Destruction. Anyone practising magic with negative intentions does not deserve to use the Wicca/Witchcraft terms. SO before you send me nasty emails stating that Satan followers have the right to call themselves Witches – do whatever you want as we all know you will anyway because you know it all! I WILL NOT RECOGNIZE IT, SO BE IT – MOVE ALONG – THIS SITE IS NOT FOR YOU! There are positive people and there are negative people, “it’s the law of attraction” if you behave negatively – then you attract negativity, (and visa versa), it’s physics – that’s what I believe. I categorize people in that way, I don’t care what religion you are – it’s how you behave and treat others, yourself, and this precious earth we ALL live on.

“Magic is magic, be it used to help or hinder. What you use it for will determine what kind of person you really are.”

Wicca: A modern Pagan religion with spiritual roots in the earliest expressions of reverence for nature. Some major identifying motifs are: reverence for both the Goddess and God; acceptance of reincarnation and magick; ritual observance of astronomical and agricultural phenomena; and the use of magickal circles for ritual purposes.

Witch:   A practitioner of folk magick, particularly that kind relating to herbs, stones, colors, wells, rivers, etc. It is used by some Wiccans to describe themselves. Being solitary or a member of a coven. This term has nothing to do with Satanism.

Witchcraft:  Witchcraft is a Pagan folk – religion of personal experience. The craft of the witch – magick, especially magick utilizing personal power in conjunction with the energies within stones, herbs, colors, and other natural objects. This belief system also has nothing to do with Satanism – Black magic (which some mistakenly take as Witchcraft) has traditionally referred to the use of supernatural powers or magic for evil and selfish purposes. Modern Wicca and Witchcraft practitioners have sought to distance themselves from those intent on practising black magic. Voodoo has its own distinct history and traditions that have little to do with the traditions of modern witchcraft. Their penchant for magic associated with curses, poisons and zombies means they, and Voodoo in general, are regularly associated with black magic in particular.

Maleficium (Sorcery):  is a Latin term meaning “wrongdoing” or “mischief”, and is used to describe malevolent, dangerous, or harmful magic, “evildoing,” or “malevolent sorcery.” In general, the term applies to any magical act intended to cause harm or death to people or property. Maleficium can involve the act of poisoning or drugging someone, and is often used in dark arts (black magic) and Necromancy (a form of magic involving communication with the deceased).

Pagan/Neo-Pagan/Paganism:   General term for followers of Wicca and polytheistic Earth-based religions.  The term “neopagan” provides a means of distinguishing between historical pagans of ancient cultures and the adherents of modern religious movements. These religions include syncretic or eclectic approaches like Wicca, Neo-Druidism, and Neoshamanism at one end of the spectrum. Also used to refer to pre-Christian religious and Spiritual belief systems. “Neopagan” is often deemed offensive and not used by many contemporary Pagans, who claim that the inclusion of the term “neo” disconnects them from their ancient polytheistic ancestors. Beliefs and practices vary widely among different Pagan groups; however, there are a series of core principles common to most, if not all, forms of modern paganism. Polytheism – One of the most important principles of the Pagan movement, the belief in and veneration of multiple gods and/or goddesses. Animism & Pantheism – is the holistic concept of a universe that is interconnected.  In both beliefs divinity and the material and/or spiritual universe are one. For Pagans, Pantheism means that “divinity is inseparable from nature and that deity is immanent in nature.” Animism it can refer to a belief that everything in the universe is imbued with a life force or spiritual energy. In contrast, some contemporary Pagans believe that there are specific spirits that inhabit various features in the natural world, and that these can be actively communicated with – some which use animal spirits as a spiritual guide. Such views have also led many pagans to revere the planet Earth as Mother Earth, who is often referred to as Gaia after the ancient Greek goddess of the Earth.

Shamanism: A Shaman is an intermediary between this world and the spirit world. Shamans believe that unseen spirits permeate the world around us, act upon us, and govern our fates. They act on behalf of the community conducting ceremonial rituals, healing the people, and helping to guide others on the shamanic path. A shaman’s life belongs to the village and it is their responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of the family, the community and all of creation. Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and moreover, a way of life. It is a way to connect with nature and all of creation. Their practices tap into the power Mother Earth has to offer and the ancient indigenous teachings are derived from  the simplistic truths of nature. Their goal being to create internal and external harmony with all creation.  In remote locations where tribal culture is still the way of life, shamans continue to hold the positions of counselor, healer, spiritual guide. Shamanism is the path of immediate and direct personal contact with Spirit, deeply intuitive, and not subject to definition, censorship, or judgement by others.  It does not have attached dogma and hierarchies etc. of modern day organized religion. All shamans must undergo an intense apprenticeship, learning the timeworn practices of their vocation.

 

 

Traditional Witch

Traditional Witch – The witches who take the journey of traditional witchcraft, are interested in science, and are followers of history and the arts, building a foundation for their craft. These witches are less inclined to follow nature, or participate in the worship of Goddess or Gods, preferring to work predominantly with the Spirit world. When they work within their sacred space and cast their circle, they are open to receiving information from the Spirit world. There also use herbs, flowers, and potions during their rituals and ceremonies. In rare instances, some traditional witches are drawn towards the black/dark arts, and work with banishing and repelling spells, but still understand that what they cast out will come back to them – therefore more often than not they prefer to spellcast in positive light.

          

 

Kitchen Witch: (aka – Cottage Witch & Hearth Witch)Kitchen Witch This Witch carries practical sides of the Wiccan / Pagan religion, magic, gemstones, the elements and the earth. A Kitchen Witch is usually recognized as practicing Celtic Wicca: Goes by the elements, the Ancient Ones and nature. They are usually healers, respected highly and once they are past their 40’s tend to take on a “Wise Woman” role as they have an abundance of knowledge and are admired for it. They work with plants, stones, flowers, trees, the elemental people, the gnomes and the fairies. But above all performs her magic in the Kitchen and has Goddess given talents for food crafting.  Potions, herbal remedies, and natural instincts for over protection of hearth and home. Most often they make the best mates as they are very crafty in love and relationships – and it is said one who is a friend of a Kitchen Witch has many perks.

Green witchGreen Witch:
Is the practice of nature-based and earth oriented witchcraft, drawing on the folklore, folk religion and folk magic of ancient cultures as they connected to the forest; such as the tree worship of Druids, the kitchen craft of Italian witches or the keeping of sacred groves as presented in Gallic paganism. Green witches usually practice a traditional form of witchcraft in which the earth, trees, herbs, plants and flowers are consulted for their medicinal and magical value. They will grow their own herbs or Wildcraft them, and are very good at making herbal remedies. Belief in deities depends on the individual witch, though many Green witches acknowledge and earth mother or series of nature spirits as their deity. Usually, the spirits of nature, the dead (that of humans and animals) or the Fey have a large part in Green traditions. A form of green witchcraft which is better classified as Green Wicca was popularized by Ann Moura.

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Hedge Witch
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Hedge craft is a path that is somewhat shamanic in nature, (sometimes referred to as wise man & wise woman) as they are practitioners of an Earth-based spirituality. These are the ones who engage in spirit flight and journey into the Other world. They can, in this capacity, be very powerful midwives and healers. A bird of one kind or another is usually associated with the Hedge Witch, most commonly the raven and the goose. The term “hedge” signified the boundary of the village and represents the boundary that exists between this world and the spiritual realm. (they are said to be Night travelers or walkers on the wind). Their main function is mediator between the spirits and people. They may also work as a herbal healer or midwife. Some claim it to be the continuation of the practices of the cunning folk and wise-women, while others say that it is a modern tradition.

 

Eclectic Witch.jpegEclectic Witch
An individual approach that picks and chooses from many different traditions and creates a personalized form of witchcraft that meets their individual needs and abilities. They do not follow a particular religion or tradition, but study and learn from many different systems and use what works best for them. Many Eclectic Witches refer to themselves as Solitary Practioners, Sorcerors, Hedge Witches, Green, White, and Grey Witches. Some consider themselves Wicca, as long as the Rede is adhered to, the Earth and the Universe revered. One main complaint made against the Eclectic Witch is that they are not true Wiccans because they build a taylor-made religion or tradition for themselves from the ground up rather than following an established or correct form of Wicca. Their minds remain open and are receptive to knowledge, ideas, beliefs and methods that others practice. They adapt well to different situations and create their own paths by what they believe to be true and right at that time in their life (simply put – they don’t follow rules). They like to explore and make their own mistakes and take from experiences in turn creating their own rules and traditions. It’s why you can bring 2 Eclectic Witches into a room yet they are totally different in the way they practise, live, and believe as they are all different in some way.

mother & daughterHereditary Witchcraft : The term hereditary witchcraft, is given to the witch who has inherited the magic gifts through genealogy. (Keep in mind just because your Grandparents or Parents were/are witches does not necessarily mean you are too. Sometimes this can skip generations.) These witches are born, usually to a magical family and begin their journey very early in their life, using the gifts handed down through the generations. Born into a tradition of esoteric origin (the conviction that nature is a living entity owing to a divine presence or life-force). These traditions are often not recorded, except in Grimoires which are also passed down but very highly protected, but rely primarily on oral and physical tradition. Each family has it’s own unique traditions. Most will stick together as family units rather than covens.

gemstone wandSea Witch: (water witch) As the name implies, sea witches are believed to be able to control many aspects of nature relating to water, most commonly an ocean or sea. They specialize in water based magic and worship Sea Gods & Goddesses. However, in more modern times, sea witches can also practice witchcraft on or near any source of water: lakes, rivers, bathtubs, or even simply a bowl of salt water. Sea witches use witchcraft related to the moon, tides, and the weather, and are believed to have complete control over the seas. In some folklore, sea witches are described as phantoms or ghosts who have the power to control the fates of ships their passengers. Sea witches often improvise on what they have, rather than making purchases from a store or from another person. Common tools include clam, scallop, or oyster shells in place of bowls or cauldrons. They are beachcombers and collect items including seaweed, fishing net, shells, sea grass, driftwood, pieces of sea glass, and even sand. Driftwood was used as walking sticks and charged as wands. Sea Witch works with what is termed ‘grey magic’ to maintain a balance of light and dark – most are solitary.

18 Responses to Types of Witches

  1. Robert Brooks says:

    Thanks! Very helpful ♥

  2. jewell widdley says:

    I loved this. im just trying to find myself a bit more. so very helpful.

  3. John B. says:

    I am interested in both Wicca, Witchcraft and Druidry (OBOD) and I would like to understand the differences between them more fully. I have met with people who call themselves witches and such, but some seemed to be cheap imitations of the real thing. Many that I have befriended on FB were in fact eclectic while some called themselves by various trads such as Celtic, Greek, Egyptian, British traditional etc. I have read some books by various authors, but I would like to start with a serious author and not someone who writes books for the sake of getting his/her name in the fluff websites like llewelin for example. People like Raven Grimasi and Star Ravenwolf are not taken seriously in Witch/Wiccan and Pagan circles. I am interested in kitchen/green and the sea witch variety that you have mentioned in the article above. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    • Aldora says:

      Hi John, genuine books are very hard to come by. I rather like finding genuine people on the internet or a chance meeting, I haven’t had luck with books myself. I practise a lot of green witchery so never have the need to search for it as I have always had my own writings, ways and recipes. I am not very familiar with the Sea Witch individuals but searching on the internet was the only way I could find much about them, as there are very few compared to any other forms of witchcraft. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help, Aldora.

      • Jodi says:

        Well is it possible for me to be a “green hedge kitchen witch”? Hahahaha. New to this. Just figuring out what I am and don’t really have a guide in this area. I feel that I am a little of all of those 3 things. And that its in my genetics, going way way back.

  4. Matty says:

    So for the past year is when i started to take Wicca very seriously. I didn’t know what kind of witch I was. I was using plants, stones etc. i just read these now for the first time and i was surprised that BAM i fit perfectly into the kitchen witch. I have now found myself. : )

  5. Thank you very much. I always wondered if there was such a thing as a green witch since I love botany so much. If I weren’t already an artist, I would study this practice more. Perhaps in my retirement :)

    -A

  6. Taylor says:

    I would kind of consider myself a sort of Kitchen Witch but I don’t work with herbs very much because it is hard to get them in my situation. I work more with the elements. So I guess I consider myself an Elemental Witch.

  7. Rayven says:

    i have felt a connection to the idea of wicca sense i was little i just would like to know if there are more types of witches i assume but i feel a strong connection to kitchen witch and green witch there are i am very lost in this religion and i have many ideas and beliefs this really helped me but i am still looking for someone who is willing to help me if you interested in helping a in a sense lost witch could you please reply it would be very helpful

  8. Quazea says:

    I’m just now starting out, I’ve looked up some things and watched a couple videos. There were a lot of things that stood out to me, but I feel like so far in my research to finding myself I’m mostly connected to an Electic Witch.

  9. Quazea says:

    Eclectic!

  10. Elli says:

    Wow that is super awesome I didn’t know there were so many types of witches! I’m looking for herb mixtures that will heal people/animals and help animals feel more comfortable around me. Can you help?

    • Aldora says:

      Sorry Elli, I don’t know of any herbs safe to give animals that will make them feel more comfortable around you. Cats and catnip are the only ones I’m familiar with. Aldora

  11. Jess says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by the occult and used to practice in a (eclectic) coven when I was younger. My mom secretly practiced, but I don’t know much of what. I still use tarot cards, have really vivid dreams and my empathic senses have been killing my stomach lately. I feel like its getting more out of control the older I get and don’t really know where to start without fearing it. Thanks for the break down here though!

  12. Shivvany says:

    I’m stuck between the sea witch And the green witch,
    I feel drawn to the sea And ocean And everything, but i am also very interested in the green witchcraft..
    Can someone give me a little advice.. What should I do? Can I practice both?

    • Aldora says:

      Of course you can practise both – that’s the beauty of witchery. Never close off any potential you feel or see in yourself, embrace it and let your talents flow. Good luck, Aldora

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