What Witchcraft Means For Me

Last post I defined witchcraft for many, but in this post, I described what witchcraft means to me.


For me, witchcraft is a spirituality – not a religion. It’s a simple path of spiritual understanding, expression, and openness to both light and dark; to inner and outer worlds.

I mostly do spells and rituals for healing, happiness, grounding, and centering. I feel that I don’t need to hurt anyone with my magic unless I feel threatened in any way, which, by the way, is pretty rare. After every spell, I say “With harm to none, so mote it be.”

I began learning about Witchcraft as a Wiccan religion – so, I ended up with a hackneyed form of the Wiccan Rede. I feel that there’s so much I don’t understand about the universe so, just in case, I ask that my spell or ritual harms no one.

I guess you could probably call me a “fluffy bunny,” although, I understand now that Wicca is an initiatory fertility religion that you must be granted access from another Wicca to participate in, which is something that most fluffy bunnies don’t get.

It’s not their fault due how New Age books present witchcraft.

Also, I’m not Wiccan.

I don’t use wands, athames, chalices, or pentacles (even though I use the Tarot, which have all these things). I do use a cauldron (in the middle of the alter), a mortar and pestle, salt and water bowls with a help of a crystal, and I enjoy using divination (I tend to use Tarot and Daughters of the Moon).

Like in a previous post, I don’t believe in the Threefold Law or Wiccan karma. I don’t see divinity as a “Lord and Lady” or as parents guiding their followers. Nor do I worship(?) a heterosexual divine couple; a Horned God and Moon Goddess.

I also wanted to add that I don’t believe in the “Burning Times” or “Murrayism“.

It’s part of my craft to seek the truth.

Also, I wouldn’t call myself agnostic or atheist. Like I said, there’s so much I don’t understand of the universe to assume that there is a god or that there is no god.

I tend to lean to the label “philosophical.”

That said, I don’t believe in mythical creatures. The universe is so beautiful as it is, I don’t think I need to tell myself stories.

Feminism 

While I’m not a baby witch, I am a baby feminist and I’m still learning about feminism.

Feminism upholds the belief in equality of all. I have my own feminism. I choose to be child-free. I choose to go to work and make money. I choose to practice witchcraft.

As a feminist, I believe that everyone is equal and whiteness is not the “default.” However, I do not care for cultural appropriation and stay away from it as far as I can in both my witch-y practice and in life, but, even if I feel it’s disrespectful, I do not accuse or call out others about their path.

I also don’t subscribe to the view of that a matriarchy is better than a patriarchy. I feel that everyone is and should be treated equally.

What I’m interested in

I’m very interested in using herbs and stones – although, I’m at a loss as to how to start. At first, I looked up various herbal books – one being Cunningham’s books on stones and herbs, but I found out that these books lack history of the herb and stone. So, I’m left with the internet and what I think I have in my possession.

8 Replies to “What Witchcraft Means For Me”

    1. Thank you! Although feminist witchcraft is not a new subject. Through this blog, I’m documenting my path and writing about a new kind of feminist witchcraft.
      Thanks for visiting me!

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  1. Well said! I share the same views of ‘religion’ and ‘witchiness’. Once you need to define your spirituality by a strict and exclusionary set of standards it is not the path I want to follow. I love my tarot cards. Once you have that understanding of the symbolism your life view broadens so much and opens you up to so much insight and empathy. I’m so happy you found my blog so I in turn found yours. Brightest blessings!! 🙂

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    1. Incidentally, I’m turning to other forms divination that are less ceremonial/Wiccan and more natural such as cloud-reading (something I did when I was 12) and tossing stones or bones.

      I’m glad I found your blog too! It looks like we have some things in common. I love playing video games too!

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      1. I have 2 blogs. Tanglewood Knots is mostly for crochet projects. Tanglewood Tapestry is everything else. I’m not sure which you are following but Tapestry is for more eclectic interests. I want to do a series of posts about tarot but I haven’t found time to yet. Cloud reading sounds amazing. I have a scrying mirror that I really don’t use much. I saw an image once that was a little unsettling so I haven’t really touched it since then. I should because I’ve seen a lot more gentle and fascinating images and only 1 disturbing one. I like to scry in fire and tree branches. I’ve read a lot about fire scrying but the tree branches might just be something that I do LOL. 🙂

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