There are numerous paths in which you can focus your practice. It all depends on what speaks to you and makes you feel most connected to your power. Of course, you are not required to identify with any one in particular. Labeling things is a human reaction to making sense of a world that we still don’t understand. Which explains why we check boxes our entire lives even if we don’t really fit within them just right.
Below are the most common paths I’ve come across:
Solitary – a witch who practices alone. This one often annoys me when I see it. So many of us practice alone and it tells you about as much about a person’s path as just saying “I’m a witch.”
Green or Earth Magick – often utilizes herbalism and nature-based practices. They have also been known to incorporate fae or nature spirits into their work.
Ceremonial/High magick – practices are highly ritualistic and formalized, often pulled from historical grimoires that have been discovered.
Hedge witchcraft – refers to “crossing the hedge” or “crossing the veil”. Hedge witches work closely with spirits and often utilize herbs to alter their state of conscious to assist with crossings.
Left-hand path – traditionally associated with black magick, but this term is often rejected by those within pagan circles. There is nothing inherently evil or bad about this path, it simply utilizes different energy and workings to achieve the intended goal. Many who work this path are seeking spiritual freedom and often employ workings seen as “taboo”, ie sex magick or Santanic imagery.
White magick – left-hand path’s counterpart, this path focuses specifically on a moral code and belief in some form of judgement. That may be karma, the Threefold Law, or some other retribution for certain actions taken within one’s life.
Eclectic witch – Also a vague label, haha, but also once that I tend to use as I have no idea what I’m doing other than pulling inspiration from various books and resources that have resonated with me. Which is exactly what this is referencing.
Kitchen witch – also referred to as a cottage witch, this practice infuses magick into everyday, mundane tasks. Meals are made with intention and are often focused on fostering love, protection, and healing for others. Cleaning is also a part of spiritual cleansing and building protection for the home.
Hereditary witch – Practices, traditions and familial folklore ae carried on through the generations.
Elemental witch – practice and ritual is fueled by the strength of the elements. These witches are also connected to their many forms
Others I’ve seen in passing:
Chaos magick –
Chaos magick is… weird? So of course I dove on in to try to make sense of it. Learn more about it here, because a little blurb just won’t do it justice.
At its core, alchemy is the practice of adding value to an unrefined material. It is the basis of most scientific discoveries in chemistry and medicine. For example, practices such as ore refining, development of inks and dyes, and glass working were discovered through alchemic processes of attempting to transform their base components. Today, many at home herbal medicines are created through alchemical practices, which when properly layered with witchcraft can produce a powerful remedy.
Theoretical physics is a great example of the metaphysical implications of alchemy. It seeks to solve a problem with formula, even if completely untestable due to current technology.
Appalachian or Granny magick –
Often considered as part of hereditary magick, Granny magick is an old practiced traced back to the original settlers of the Appalachian mountains. These settlers were primarily Scottish and Irish immigrants who crossed over in the 1700’s. They brought with them their cultural practices and were eventually blended with some traditions from surrounding Cherokee tribes. You can read more about the history and practices of this path here.
Tantric/Sex magick –
Often controversial, sex magick is often viewed as part of the left-hand path. However, as the modern feminist/witchcraft community grows, so does our claim back to the power of our sexuality and how we wield it. Interestingly, in traditional Wiccan practices, sex during ritual was very common.
What path do you feel most drawn to? Or are you called into another direction entirely!? Is there a craft type you would love to add to your practice? Tell me below in the comment section!
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