Whether you are starting out on your path, or trying to understand someone close to you who is on theirs, understanding what witchcraft really is, and what it isn’t, is important. Biggest thing you should know is witchcraft in real life is much different than it is in the media.
Witchcraft in movies and books is depicted as flying on broomsticks, shooting lightning bolts out of their fingers, and making things appear out of thin air. Sadly, as cool as that may be, that isn’t how magick works in real life. Forget anything and everything about witchcraft that you’ve read from fiction or watched on T.V., because it is nothing like how magick is in real life. The magick that Hollywood tries to make us believe is evil and always seems to break the law of physics (which witchcraft cannot actually do). Let me just say, witchcraft is just about never evil, or even a little bit bad. I say this because I cannot speak for all witches (and I’m sure there’s some not-so-nice ones out there). Most witches follow the Wiccan Rede, or the Witches Creed, both which do not allow the witch to do any harm to another being. Hollywood has also tried to make the world believe that witches are able to use their wands to shoot death beams and fire. No matter how cool it would be to shoot rainbows out of a wand, witches can’t really do that. We can, however, use our wands to direct energies and ‘aim’ or magickal workings (although this can only been seen with visualization).
You can ask any witch, and they all can give you different answers. This is because witchcraft is so diverse and covers so many different crafts and talents. Witchcraft is an umbrella term used for all the misunderstood, “supernatural” gifts and techniques. I say supernatural, but in reality, magick is natural. Magick can be found in nature wherever you look. Witchcraft consists of many different things; knowing how to use the law of attraction, cause and effect, faith, and logic. The law of attraction is the “like attracts like” philosophy. It is much like the cause and effect thought process. If you want to use the law of attraction and/or cause and effect to get a career, some magickal things you could do would be to anoint yourself with a lucky or employment oil (much like a perfume) and wear charged and empowered jewelry. Or if you’re going on a first date, and you’d like to make it a success, you can take a ritual bath with rose petals and wear or carry a rose quartz. When you use these methods along with appropriate mundane activities, you’re more likely to get what you desire. In witchcraft, faith is important. I’m not necessarily talking about faith in the universe or your higher power (although those are also important), but faith in yourself and your craft. If you set yourself up for failure, you will fail. When you have faith in yourself and your magick, it can act as a placebo effect, which can ultimately cause your magick to succeed. Something else witches use in their craft would be natural remedies. This can consist of herbology, crystal healing, and physical healings. Herbology is important in witchcraft because plants, flowers, and herbs can be used to heal most ailments. Have a stuffy nose? Eat something with garlic and cayenne. A sore throat? Add ginseng and lemon to your tea. A burn? Apply aloe on and around the tender area. You get my point. Using crystals to heal yourself and others is so common in witchcraft, I’m sure most, if not all, witches have tried it. Crystals give off certain vibrations that can interact and change the vibrations around them. When you place high frequency crystals (like selenite and auralite) by your chest when you’re fatigued, you can increase your overall vibrations, making you feel much better. Physical healings consist of reflexology, massage therapy, and acupuncture. While these may seem mundane, they are practiced very often in witchcraft. I do consider these part a witch’s magickal working because of the amount of energy a witch puts into healing others. Another type of healing a witch does is spiritual. This includes things like yoga, sensory, and meditation. Yoga is not just a physical way of healing, it is used to align the chakras. To heal yourself with your senses, you would use things like color therapy or ambient music. This is a very subtle way to soothe or excite your soul. Meditation is when you calm your mind, body, and spirit, over a period of time. During meditation, most witches look for answers from their higher power, cleanse their soul, or perform a visualization version of reiki. One very common practice in witchcraft would be the art of divination. Divination is the practice of finding hidden knowledge. The most used forms of divination would be tarot reading, scrying, pendulum reading, and dream interpretation. Witchcraft consists of so many different things, and I didn’t even put a dent in the amount of things witches really do. But as you can see, anyone can practice magick, and it isn’t like how the media portrays it at all.
You may be wondering why I’ve been spelling magick with a ‘k”, that’s because it has a different meaning than magic. Magic is the misdirection and illusion used by a magician to entertain. Magick with a ‘k’ is spiritual, and without, it is just stage magic. There are a few different spellings (magicke, magik, magict) that have been used throughout the centuries. Due to Aleister Crowley’s use, the spelling magick has become the most commonly used spelling for the word. There are many Pagans and witches believe there is no difference, and spell it as magic. Something you should remember is that you can choose whichever spelling of the word you’d like, since there is no right or wrong in witchcraft.
Below, I’ve provided some of my other posts that may help you understand witchcraft a little bit better:
Paganism vs Wicca vs Witchcraft
Before You Start Your Magickal Path
Advice For Those Beginning Their Magickal Path
Why Magick Fails
Black and White Magick
Please keep in mind, all of my posts are based on my experiences, and my opinions that I have gathered from my research. If you disagree, just remember: nothing in witchcraft is set in stone. There is no right way, or wrong way; just your way and my way. If you have something you’d like to add, please do so kindly in the comments.
Blessed be, brothers and sisters.