The Different Types Of Witches Creating Magic All Around You
Contrary to what superstitions and pop culture would lead you to, there are so many different witches out there. In this video I will be going over the different types of witches one can possibly become and some of the facts behind what sets each apart in the world of witchcraft, including the 12 different types of magical beings with their own beliefs, skills, and practices.
Traditional Witch- Traditional witches are witches who have a base in the history of witchcraft and the Old Craft that came before Wicca. They take a historical (traditional) approach to their practice and often will study their ancestors or other folklore attached to witchcraft. Traditional witches want to honor the “old” ways of practicing their craft, and will often focus on working with the local history and spirits of where they are or where they’ve come from. While these witches do old history and customs in high regard, there are absolutely contemporary traditional witches practicing today.
Sea Witch- A sea witch has strong ties to water and the ocean and uses that element often in her practice. Sea and ocean magic will often use sand, shells, driftwood, or other elements that come from that place. Sea witches feel connected to water and anciet folklore involving sirens etc.
Kitchen Witch- Also known sometimes as a hearth witch or a home witch, kitchen witches create most of their magick in the home or in the kitchen. They are very home-based, often incredibly nurturing, and love to make their home a truly special and sacred space. Kitchen witches love to cook and brew and use herbs, sometimes gathered from their own garden. When practicing they combine their own personal and individual magical energy with essential oils, herbs, food, and everyday objects to create their spells, rituals, and magic.
Hedge Witch- Hedge witches practice what’s known as “hedge jumping” which is venturing out of this world and into the Otherworld. Hedge witches can communicate with the spiritual world and can send messages between both worlds. Hedge witches practice astral projection as well as work with herbs and Earth based magic. But what makes them specifically a hedge witch is their ability to cross the “hedge” aka: the boundary between this world and the spirit world. It’s thought that the “flying on a broomstick” legend was a misunderstanding based on hedge witches “flying” into the spiritual realm.
Elemental Witch - Elemental witches study and practice based on the four elements: earth, air, wind, and fire. An elemental magic is work based on and honoring each element. An elemental witch may have an altar for each specific element. Elemental witches call on the elements when casting spells and performing rituals, and may even have an element that they personally identify with and work towards finding.
Ceremonial Witch - Ceremonial witches have many practices, but ceremonies and rituals are practices that they hold in especially high regard. Ceremonial magic is worked into most of the elements of their practice. They likely work a ritual or ceremony into whatever they’re casting or trying to accomplish. Ceremonial witches often call on specific beings and spiritual entities to assist them with whatever they’re casting.
Green Witch- Also called garden witches or forest witches, green witches are highly connected to the earth the energy that it possesses. They may have their own garden where they grow their own herbs, but they also study their area and practice with local plants and their own environment. Green witches use plants/greenery in their spells and magic and sometimes, even their cooking and in their home. Green witches are often very natural and love to be in nature and near anything “green”—plants, trees, flowers, etc. They do this to be as close to Mother Earth, and the spirit she encompasses, as possible.
Hereditary Witch- A hereditary witch is a witch that was born into witchcraft. It is a part of their family and/or their lineage. Their magic and practice are passed down from previous generations, though they may work with their own individual practices as well or instead of their families. However, there is still choice. Hereditary witches must be born into witchcraft, but if you do not choose to practice witchcraft you won’t STILL be a hereditary witch.
Cosmic Witch - Cosmic witches are contemporary witches who look to the cosmos, astrology, and astronomy and work those elements and celestial energy into their practice. Also called “Star Witches”, these witches often follow the planets and the alignment of the stars and base their spells and rituals on the different placements.
Secular Witch - Secular witches still cast spells, use crystals, herbs, oils, and candles, but they don’t attach spirituality to their practice. Secular witches don’t worship a deity or higher being—their practice is entirely non-religious. They don’t believe in the power behind energy or that there is energy in their work. This isn’t to say that a secular witch CAN’T be spiritual, it’s simply that their work is not. The two are entirely separate.
Solitary Witch - A solitary witch can be any type of witch, but they choose to practice alone rather than with a coven. This could be by choice or because they haven’t found a group to work with yet. There are also legends that solitary witches are reincarnations of witches who have been practicing for generations and at puberty, their knowledge is awakened. Since they already remember and understand the craft, their need for a coven is less than a newer witch.
An eclectic witch does not have one set religion, practice, tradition, or culture that they pull from. Their practice derives from many sources and, ultimately, becomes the witch’s own. They may worship a higher being, or their practice may be primarily secular, or it might be its own kind of spiritual. An eclectic witch ultimately makes their own “rules” with their practice—it is entirely unique based on the individual witch.
‘The Magicians’: Julia, Hedge Witch Extraordinaire
Season 1, Episode 3: “Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting”
Air Date: February 1, 2016
Syfy’s The Magician’s is one of the most interesting shows right now on television and part of the lure is thanks to Julia Wicker’s (Stella Maeve) journey from future Yale student to dangerous hedge witch. She began as the character who had her life together in comparison to struggling and depressed Quentin (Jason Ralph). Quickly though the tables are turned after she flunks out of the Brakebills (a college for magicians) entrance exam and is thrust back into the mundane world while still retaining her memories of magic’s existence.
Unable to let go, Jules becomes obsessed with finding any scrap of magic she can by scouring the Internet. Concerned boyfriend James (Michael Cassidy) calls Quentin pleading with him to come to Julia’s birthday celebration so that he can see for himself how withdrawn, cold, and unlike her usual self she’s become. The show continually presents the darker side of magic and how addictive and dangerous it can be. In Julia’s case it becomes the drug that she cannot get enough off.
When the two friends share a private moment during her birthday party, she shows Quentin a spell that she’d learned (which had taken her months to find online) to prove that she has magic and pleads with him to tell the teachers at Brakebills to give her another chance. Q though says that there’s a reason why she wasn’t chosen and that was perfectly okay. He even gets upset because she had been great at everything else and feels that she just can’t accept failure at anything.
Julia’s life takes a different turn though when Pete (a hedge magician played by David Call) accosts her inside the women’s bathroom at the bar and sparks come out of her hands as a means of self-defense. He then tells her that not all magic comes from Brakebills and soon after he invites her to a safehouse where she meets other hedge magicians and witches. She and another newcomer named Marina (Kasey Rohl) are trapped inside a cold storage locker as a test to see if they can free themselves. Marina essentially doesn’t do much while Julia finds instructions for a temporary heating spell and is forced to cut human fat from a dead body inside (a necessary ingredient). She then also manages to blast open the meat locker door and angrily confronts Pete afterwards. He shrugs and says that the test wasn’t to prove herself to him, it was actually to convince Marina that she was worthy. The other woman turns out to be the head of the entire group and is a top-level hedge witch (she pulls her sleeve up to show tattoos of numerous stars on her arms).
Marina likes Julia after the latter had shown her passion for magic. She was even willing to teach her all that she knew as long as she continued to prove herself. The head hedge witch seems to be quite a cutthroat character with her own hidden agenda. Marina even boasts that she has connections in Brakebills and it’s actually true. Kady (portrayed by Jade Tailor is Penny’s love interest and likely a hedge witch as well since we saw her star tattoos) has been stealing items for her.
As Julia begins to learn more magic at a safehouse, Marina tells her that she’s not fully committed and that’s why she’s not able to do all the spells. She says that Julia probably keeps her boyfriend around as a safety net in case she fails at this. However, that’s not going to cut it because in Marina’s experience, for magic to work you have to mean it. That makes sense, the students at Brakebills are mainly isolated at the school without any non-magical distractions.
Unexpectedly however, Julia and Quentin are briefly reunited when Eliot (Hale Appleman) and him find the missing book that Kadie had stolen from the Physical Kids’ cabin at Marina’s command. She is pissed off that Q just comes there and barely says anything to her after their years of friendship. Meanwhile he’s angry that she’s decided to be join the hedge magicians because they are considered to be low dregs in the magical community. Julia’s offended by this of course and then tells him how she deluded herself into thinking that he was actually going to tell the Brakebills professors about her so that they would at least send someone to wipe her memory again. But then she realized that no one was ever going to come and so she did what she had to do. Quentin still believes that magic isn’t for everyone and that she flunked for a reason. He goes on to ask her if she’s ever considered how she’s treated him in the past despite knowing that he was in love with her. Quentin wonders out loud if James even knows that she’s here hanging out with a bunch of tweekers turning tricks for spells. Ouch. Undeterred though Julia asks Q if he loves magic and if it’s in his soul. Well of course it is! She claims that’s how she feels before going back inside the safehouse and ending their meeting.
This conversation though leads the hedge witch to ask James to come over to her place. You think she’s going to confess the whole thing to him but at the last minute she transfigures her keychain to show a sobriety chip and instead explains him that she had become addicted to Adderall. Now though she had started going to AA meetings to get her life back on track and said that she still loved him. James is relieved and believes her story but you have to think that this is not going to last very long. Sorry James!
Her journey is only just beginning and it’s going to be so much fun to see her progress into a much stronger and dangerous force to be reckoned with. Showrunners Sera Gamble and John McNamara made the right call in having Julia’s storyline run in parallel to Quentin’s this season because it adds so much more depth to the overall narrative of show. While Q’s plot somewhat runs along the path of the hero/chosen one (although we’ve got some interesting twists and turns as well), Julia’s is unconventional, uncomfortable, and makes for addictive television. It’s the crazy train wreck that you can’t look away from.
The Magicians is on Syfy Mondays 9/8 central.
For more on The Magicians click HERE.
Hedge Witch: A Guide to Solitary Witchcraft
Written in the form of letters from an experienced witch to her two apprentices, solitary witchcraft is offered, not as a substitute for coven worship, but as a fulfilling lifestyle in its own right. This book provides spells for all the key festivals of the witch's calendar - describing the therapeutic powers of trancework and herbalism and outlining the Pagan approach toWritten in the form of letters from an experienced witch to her two apprentices, solitary witchcraft is offered, not as a substitute for coven worship, but as a fulfilling lifestyle in its own right. This book provides spells for all the key festivals of the witch's calendar - describing the therapeutic powers of trancework and herbalism and outlining the Pagan approach to finding a partner. Her lyrical letters, accompanied by pen-and-ink sketches, bring the reader to an understanding of the solitary witch's lifestyle and beliefs.
Note: Published in the U.S.A. as The Wiccan Path: A Guide For the Solitary Practioner....more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published August 31st 1992 by Robert Hale Ld. (first published February 1989)
I love witchcraft because it is very open-ended and open-minded. There are a wide variety of witches out there, some of which are extremely eclectic and diverse like me.
In my case, I grew up as a young Christian girl, so those roots in Christianity are still buried deep within me. Having roots in Christianity has allowed me to branch out in new and different ways of witchcraft. I feel very blessed to have been exposed to so many different forms of religions and philosophy, as it has only worked toward helping me define myself in the craft.
So, that being said, what exactly is a hedgewitch? A hedgewitch is someone who, first and foremost, works with herbs. We are witches that like to live on the outskirts of society, beyond the hedge.
We often practice herbalism and witchcraft in a solo setting versus a coven, where the home is at the heart of everything we do. I can say with absolute certainty that this is the case. My tiny house living is a big part of my practice as a hedge witch.
I may venture out for my daily walks and adventures into the woodland, but my home is where I do the bulk of my magic. It's where I perform the majority of my herbal spells, in my home and garden.
It's not uncommon for a hedgewitch to stay in and around her home the majority of the time. I keep a variety of houseplants, herbs, gemstones, and flowers in and around the house for easy access when I come up with a spell idea.
In fact, my home is the hub of all things magical in my life! For a hedgewitch, their home becomes a living, breathing life force and being of love and light. It's a safe place that is warm and inviting to practice hedge witchery.
My tiny house in the tiny, seaside fishing village I live in has the cutest kitchen with a charming shelf where I keep an apothecary of magical herbs. I often keep jar spells up on the shelf, along with unconventional herbs such as graveyard dirt in its own special hiding place.
I have worshipping altars throughout my home hidden in plain sight! I have one that is a good luck altar that I dedicated to Goddess Fortuna, also known as Lady Luck. Then, on top of my air conditioning unit, I have a love altar in place dedicated to Goddess Freya, as she is in charge of my romantic love life!
I have secret, hidden places throughout my home where I keep spells. I have a stack of decorative boxes that hold a bevy of herbal envelope spells that I create, as well as pull-out boxes under my bed for even more spells!
Even my favorite books and literature have spells hidden within them! I am currently working on planning a gallery wall with my favorite woodland photoshoots in mother nature. In each frame, I plan to hide an herb inside to add a boost of magic to my pictures!
This is all part of what it's like to be a hedgewitch! Green magic is more than just doing the occasional spell here and there, it's everyday mundane magic. The magic is hidden in your home, purse, and in the magic of nature!
When you become a hedgewitch, you become a magical person and you live your life by it. Part of that means going on daily hiking adventures, taking field trips to the local cemetery for some graveyard magic, and spending time at home talking to your herbs and plants like they were old friends.
Being a hedgewitch is a lifestyle. It's a way of life that sets you apart from other people. People may come to you for an herbal remedy or a tarot reading. You might even be well-known as the town shaman.
Hedgewitches may live beyond the hedge of society, but they are an integral part of the community, giving back by being different. It's this quality that makes them shaman healers, tarot readers, and magic makers!
It's also not unheard of for a hedgewitch to begin dipping their toes in kitchen witchery. Being a kitchen witch requires working with herbs and creating intuitive meals that are plant-based and healing. They provide nourishment in smoothies that have been blessed and moon water made magic by the light of the full moon.
This makes sense as food, especially organic foods, carry magical notes of energy too! There's even a particular group of fairies that live in the energy and essences of fruits and vegetables.
So, even if you can't cook for anything right now, you may eventually come around to eating more roughage, raw foods, or creating moon milk with Stephanie from My Tiny Laguna Kitchen. Food is magic!
Beyond food alchemy and cooking magic, being a hedge witch is also about being a granola crunch nature girl! You probably spend a lot of time hiking the trails and foraging for mushrooms and herbs. You'll take home what you found in the forest, after leaving a plant offering, and create a magical meal with your findings.
You communicate with the fairies and canoodle with the gnomes. You probably have a penchant for working with nature goddesses, and spending time with the Green Man is part of your everyday magic and charm.
It's just a day in the life for you! When you're a hedgewitch, you also have a home when you're flying the hedge. This means doing a little astral traveling and making a home in the faerie realm.
In the faerie realm, my home is a thick, oak tree where I spend a lot of time with the hermit. I do a lot of spellwork there. I also have a second home that I visit on my astral travels, in a castle overlooking the sea in Ireland. I spend a lot of time with Morgan Le Fay there.
If any of this sounds normal to you, you might just be a hedgewitch! Hedgewitches pride ourselves on our ability to be different and unique. We are an eclectic and diverse group of magical men and women.
Being a hedgewitch is something sacred and private, these are witches that choose to live on the outskirts of their communities. Their magic is their life. Is it yours?
Hi, I'm Laurali! I write about moon magic and seasonal shifts and all things faery. about me
Witch star hedge
Hedge Witches are out in the real world, piercing together scraps of spells gleaned from hours spent scouring the internet, stealing from each other, or doing unmentionable favors for unscrupulous Magicians. They operate out of so-called Safehouses and focus on collecting spells and gaining a higher star level.
Hedge Witches are competitive, which hinders their growth; two safehouses 5 miles apart don't share spells. Becoming an actual functioning Magician in the seedy world of DIY magic is highly unlikely, and genuinely skilled Hedge-witches are few and far between
Some Hedge Witches learn magic together in safehouses. Knowledge of magic is ranked with small blue seven-pointed stars, some with numbers inside them. The more stars, or higher the numbers, the higher the rank.
Entering safehouses requires showing your stars or passing the test if you do not have stars yet. You only get 3 tries to pass the test and must wait a month before you can retake it.
Level 1 - First Flash - a relatively simple spell, in practice, that creates a quick burst of light to appear between the caster's fingers
Level 14 - Simple Pyrokinetic spell
Level 41 - Ancient Slavic Pyrokinetic spell - and advancement in technique from Level 12
Level 44 - Enveloping Warmth
Level 72 - Doors locking
Level 112 - Kinetic elements
Level 166 - Levitation
Level 250 - Successfully revert Entropic forces. Highest level a Hedge Magician can reach.
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