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.

51 Responses to Types of Witches

  1. Robert Brooks says:

    Thanks! Very helpful ♥

  2. Kath says:

    My best friend and I have been friends since we were young children. We are both 24 now. She has always been a little different to anyone I have ever met. She always seems to “know” things, or sense things about people, and other people are drawn to her. She often tells me about very vivid and strange dreams she has. Her mother was the same, like her. But my friend is also different in other ways. Animals, mostly birds and dogs, seem drawn to her as well. She can feed birds by hand, and aggressive dogs seem to remain calm in her presence. She doesn’t like to talk about it, but I’ve often wondered if it is possible that she may have a gift that runs in the females of her family. If you have some spare time, I would so much be grateful for your thoughts. Thank you.

    • Brayan Vilanova says:

      I have the same felling as your friend I just call it a gift I neither like talking about my dreams or sense some times is really hard talking about and kmowing before it happens that’s how I found my way to wicca

      • Aldora says:

        Yes, Brayan…I find it to be the easiest way. Some people just aren’t ready to think outside the boxes in which they live 😉 Aldora

  3. jewell widdley says:

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

  4. 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.

        • Aldora says:

          Yes Jodi, you can be many – you don’t have to form into one :)

          • Ellena Mackay says:

            Hello, I’m not too sure as to what type of witch I am, I love learning about and creating herbs, charms, oils, incense, spells, stones, healing magic and candles, but the ritual such as the dedication ritual and casting circles unnerves my boyfriend, he is fine with what I am interested in which I listed above and accepts that I believe in Wicca but rituals like that he doesn’t like because of the risks that rituals have such as having the possibility to backfire so really he is just looking out for me and I understand his concerns. I myself also find rituals involving the dead and fey to unnerve me as I am rather wary about them as they can be an unpredictable force, I also worship the gods and godess’ without using rituals by just loving them and praying in a less ritualistic way and leaving offerings in thanks, I don’t want to be considered an Eclectic Witch because of how they are viewed within the Wiccan community, but rituals have never seemed to appeal to me. I refer to myself as a solitary witch but I’m wondering if I am doing enough to warrant that title?

      • Jesse says:

        I have found that scott cunningham books are helpful for basic knowledge and as a reference into it all. One has to be careful when trying to connect with individuals online because they may be frauds trying to do harm. However, Scott cunningham has very simply explained basics in wicca and you can make of it as you want. But hes knowledgeable about its background. Ive search many sites trying to find information and once ive read his books the sites i found differ only slightly. And to the author of this, i want to say thank you. It is simply wonderful to find someone who broke down each “branch”. I hope that helped anyone looking for reading material on the subject. (Im really picky about info. Once ive read it i search other places to match it.) Good luck to all those in their search.

  5. 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. : )

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Quazea says:

    Eclectic!

  11. 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

      • Shaman Flame says:

        Any herb from the mint family (which is the family Catnip comes from) can be used in the same way as Catnip. Different mint herbs work to varying degrees depending upon the breed….and it works on some dogs as well as cats.

  12. Alice says:

    I used to be interested in the craft, in 2012, I identified myself as a witch, and started practicing. Things got hectic in my life and I stopped practicing. Now, I went back to researching it and reading up a lot more, etc. and then I decided to tell my girlfriend about it. She proceeded to look it up and then stumbled upon some website saying witches worship the goddess and a horned god. It scared her so questioned me about it. I told her I didn’t believe in that, because I don’t yet and a horned god does sound quite scary to me too. She also associates witch with a negative connotation, like most do. A part of me wants to continue to research this and commit to this, but I don’t know how to explain everything to my girlfriend without freaking her out…or freaking anyone else out. Everyone I know thinks witchcraft is either evil, or just something that is only make-believe like the movies. Any advice?

    • Aldora says:

      Hi Alice, choosing the path of a Wiccan sometimes requires you to be solitary in the way that you can’t share things with family or friends as you would like. It’s your path, if you let others influence you then you will not become who you want to be. Other people have their own ideas and beliefs and you have to be strong in yours. If you are easily influenced by others then you will never discover who you truly are. It’s up to you, literally – no one else. Be strong, Aldora.

  13. Mila says:

    Hi there Aldora! Its so wonderful to meet someone who knows a bit about all of this because its all so confusing for me. I still dont know where i belong but maybe that just means I am an Eclectic witch or something. I love to worship water and the moon so i thought i might be closer to a sea witch but i dont really collect sea type items i just know that water is my element and the moon makes me wanna dance and sing to it and just stare for hours lol! I dont know where im supposed to be so maybe someone with your expertise can help me along to finding out just what sort of witch/ wicca/ druid or just a simple pagan, that I am.

    • Aldora says:

      HI Mila, it’s definitely a life long journey of self discovery. It may change as you get older (and wiser 😉 Most important advice is to stay positive and follow your heart and listen to your inner voice. You will grow into exactly what you were meant to, and you don’t have to ever fit into an exact category. Blessings, Aldora

  14. Naomi says:

    I have grown up in Christianity but have recently been looking into wicca. I have played with my aura and meditated and it all feels perfect. Nothing like being forced to go to church. I am trying to find some answers before I jump right in. What gods or goddess are most common? What do most believe in? What are the big rules? How can I convert? How do I know if it’s right?

    Please and Thank you for your response,
    Naomi

  15. Nanette says:

    Hello,

    Very comprehensive list for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike! However as an eclectic Witch with a strong leaning in Voodoo/Hoodoo, I would like to specify that it isn’t all curses and zombies, that’s an unfortunate generalisation of our craft. I would love to enlighten more on the subject for whoever it interests but it would do justice to this particular branch of witchcraft to bear it’s rightful name and reputation.

  16. Jessica says:

    Thanks so much for this information. I have been feeling a pull towards becoming an Earth Witch or a Shaman for many years now. Having been raised in a traditionally strict christian household, you can imagine the difficulty. You’ve given me wonderful information and a solid place to start my education. Thank you – can’t wait to get started.

  17. Ken says:

    Hello there. I am entirely new to this. Well, even as a kid I already feel that I am connected to nature and to the ‘divine’ if I may call it. I was interested in practicing witchcraft when I was kid but it kinda had a time-off because I lack resources and better judgement. However, I think now is the right time that I should be pursuing this. I just have a simple question. I was told that I need to have an element representation? if I am starting to do witchcraft. Are you given the liberty to choose this? (earth, water, fire and earth) or does the element choose me? i hope you can answer this.

    • Aldora says:

      Only if you are creating an altar to invoke energies. In the terms of energy and metaphysical principles, how you feel connected to the energy around you helps you to join forces within nature and spirit, and create what you need or desire. In order for life to exist in any form, these four elements must exist. And there are only four elements in life: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Where the elements help establish your connection to the Divine Universe through spiritual energy; the Directions help you establish and balance the connection to the Divine Universe through physical energy. I think it’s important to carefully choose the items yourself and you must feel drawn to them when picking your elements. If you don’t, just wait for the right time. You shouldn’t rush into the decision and you can always change your tool or item if it doesn’t feel right. Blessings, Aldora.

  18. 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!

    • Lora says:

      I had a similar problem! I am an empath as well and used to have incredibly vivid and powerful dreams that can be emotionally overwhelming. You should work on strengthening your wei qi (wei chi) or protective energy field. This will help protect you from the energy that others naturally project onto other people. I was lucky enough to find someone who does Reiki and Body Talk that could help me with this. Meditation and visualization can be very helpful too! I am still working on it but I have noticed a HUGE difference for the better! I hope this was helpful.

  19. 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

  20. Katie says:

    Aldora,
    I have always felt very drawn to Wicca/witchcraft but I really just do not know where to start. Ive always felt pulled to green witchery and more so the spirit world but like I said I just dont know where to start. Where I am at there arent any covens that I know of to help with guidance or anything so I am pretty much lost. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! :)

    • Aldora says:

      Anybody can self study Katie, do your research and just go with your heart and what you are drawn to. You don’t have to fit into a category – just do what feels right. Good luck on your journey, Aldora.

  21. Laura says:

    Thank you for this. I feel I am Eclectic Green! 😀

  22. Teresa says:

    this is a very helpful site. but i have a question, i have been having dreams of controlling fire and it always comes out of my hands? what do you thinks that means and to add to it I inherited being a witch from my mom. Ever since my 18th birthday passed i have been having dreams of fire and controlling it. Plus i been able to move objects and present my energy more smoothly and expand it. If you can tell me what this means because i dont have anyone to tell me anymore?

    • Aldora says:

      Hi Teresa, perhaps it’s not the fire you are controlling but a representative of the element? Fire is yang/masculine in character, its direction is upward and its energy is expansive. In Chinese thought Fire is associated with the qualities of dynamism, strength and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness. The fire element provides, warmth, enthusiasm and creativity, however an excess of it can bring aggression, impatience and impulsive behavior. In the same way, fire provides heat and warmth, however an excess can also burn. Fire is the Element responsible for the passionate resonance when you are following your life’s calling. It is the joy and laughter associated with playfulness. Fire type people are charming, fun, mischievous, easily excitable, and change emotional states rapidly. They love change, bright colors and environments that stimulate.The negative emotion is hate, while its positive emotion is joy. So take from this what you will and good luck with your journey, Aldora 😉

  23. Antonia says:

    Thanks for this breakdown of various paths. I have often heard of them in my research but having this all in one article (& in layman’s terms) is very helpful. I have actively practiced on and off in my lifetime. As a child I was raised in a Christian family but seemingly practiced witchcraft without calling it that too. I was drawn to nature, herbs, and believing that plants and animals carried the divine within them. There are elements from several paths here that fit “me”. So it leads to a question – At first glance it would sound like hereditary witch is not a fit, but still I wonder if it may be. Is it possible that a person can be a hereditary witch without recognizing that they are, even believing it is a part of their outwardly stated religion (e.g., Christianity)? Meaning I have done genealogy research on my family. So not only do I know of recent ancestors (mother, grandmothers, and so on) who have some tie to nature (e.g., using herbs for healing) but have found examples in family members even further back of healers (e.g., one line is the Sweet Family Bonesetters). I guess my real question boils down to “can someone be a witch, with gifts associated with witches, but not realize they are one?”. Hope that makes sense.

    Thanks!
    Antonia

    • Aldora says:

      Oh yes Antonia – absolutely! Some may even deny that they share the exact same “gifts” if they are offended by the term “Wicca” or “Witchcraft”, “pagan”, “healer” – whatever name you choose other than their religious affiliation they are known for. If they had truly embraced their gift and had someone to guide them, my goodness could you imagine how much they would have grown? Good luck with your path, Aldora :)

  24. Shadow Atriedes says:

    Just a quick question, can one work with “grey magick” without being a Sea Witch? If so, where can one find reliable resource material?

    • Aldora says:

      A person can work any kind of magic to which they are so inclined. Where you find reliable materials for your interests is homework for you to do…I cannot help you find this particular material. Good luck, Aldora

  25. Shyanne says:

    Hi Aldora, I’m very new to this – and when I say new, I mean like 20 minutes ago new – but at the same time I’m not. My best friend and I used to think we were supposed to be Wicca or witches a few years back, but never fully understood it, and I still don’t. When reading this I automatically think that I am a eclectic and a sea witch, but I don’t fully grasp the whole idea of it. I know this is probably confusing and all and you’re probably going to refer me to another page, but I am very confused and would love for some more insite from you if you have the chance?
    ~Shyanne

    • Aldora says:

      I don’t really understand how I’m supposed to help you Shyanne. Wicca takes study and time and that’s all up to you. Most Wiccans take more years to study than it does to become a doctor. It’s a journey of self discovery, read all you can and keep an open mind. Good luck with your journey, Aldora :)

  26. Kayla says:

    Hello Mrs.Aldora, My name is Kayla. I’m 15 and I have always had an interest in witchcraft. Right now it’s kind of hard to explain to my family so I’ve decided to only tell my close friend. But the problem is my family is Christian and until a few months ago I used to be one as well. I honestly feel so disgusting sitting in church every Sunday. But I feel like it would be better for everyone if I just bare with it and keep my mouth shut. So to numb it down I’m an agnostic who wants to learn the ways of the witch. According to the descriptions above I fit into the eclectic category. If ANYBODY would like to help me (since I’m as new as they come haha) I would be overwhelming grateful.

    • Aldora says:

      Hi Kayla – you are not alone! 75% of my emails are Christians or raised Christian who don’t feel like they fit in and have an interest in Wicca/Witchcraft. It’s a very touchy subject! One that never has a good outcome at your age. I always advise to stay a “closet” witch until you are out on your own and can “come out” as you like. It’s hard to do but for the sake of keeping the peace while you are living at home – it’s what you may have to do. I have hundreds of requests to “mentor” pupils, but this is a journey of self discovery at this stage and I just recommend, read, read, read. You will pick out the things that interest you and things you like and this is what helps you become what you will be. Good luck with your journey, Aldora :)

      • Kayla says:

        Thx I will do my best. I actually feel better since I’m not alone hehe. Soooo reading huh I really love to read so that won’t be a problem, but it’s WHAT to read ya kno. I’m pretty good at separating the fluff and I close any sites that have anything to do with black magic but what are some books you recommend?

  27. shand says:

    hi i have a question i have a freind who just become friends as our sons go to the same school she is kind of scaring me she has been saying to me that we sisters in the pass live and i had a deal with the dark side and that i have a blood deat to pay to karma she has been telling that i should move because of personal issus with my father-n-law and know she claims that she is haveing bad dreams about me that in her dreams i’m evil with red glowing eyes and with a pet with same eyes and today she claims she had a dream that i kidnapped her son and our friends son so they could a play date togeher and came my house to talk but could remember what it was when i asked it’s kind of really scarey i know that i would never do that not in wilds dreams and i believe you do good to others not bad please help to make me understand whats going on i feel so drained i am near her i don’t understand whats going on.
    Sorry i printed wrong name the is supposed to be sahdi

  28. Aldora says:

    HI Sahdi, I would distance yourself from this person…the sooner the better. I don’t think she is wiccan/witch in any way – sounds more like Bipolar to me and she could be dangerous until she gets help. Especially that what she is saying is all negative and dark, it sounds very bad – especially talking about a blood debt. That in itself is a threat to you, take note of everything she has said and you may just have to ask someone in the medical industry for help about what to do with her before she hurts someone. Good luck, Aldora

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