An Eclectic Witch is one of the most popular types of Witchcraft, especially for beginners. Modern Eclectic Witches rarely adhere to specific rules and instead blend various traditions, practices, and beliefs into their spiritual practice.
Eclectic Witches may incorporate elements from various sources, such as Wicca, folk magic, or other spiritual paths, depending on their interests. This makes Eclectic Witchcraft a highly flexible and inclusive spiritual practice appealing to people from a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs. Here is a guide that includes everything a modern beginner witch would want to know!
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Eclectic Witch Meaning
The word eclectic comes from a Greek verb meaning to select. It was initially meant to describe philosophers who did not follow a specific academic path or field of study.
One of the most significant characteristics of Eclectic Witchcraft is the emphasis on individuality and creativity. Unlike more ceremonial forms of Witchcraft, which often follow strict rules, Eclectic Witchcraft encourages experimentation and personal exploration.
Basically, Eclectic Witches combine many magical methods and prioritize those that deeply resonate with them.
eclecticism, (from Greek eklektikos, “selective”), in philosophy and theology, the practice of selecting doctrines from different systems of thought without adopting the whole parent system for each doctrine.Britannica – Eclecticism – Philosophy and Theology
What is a Solitary Eclectic Witch?
As the name suggests, Eclectic Witches do not adhere to a particular set of rules or guidelines; instead, they create their own path by combining different traditions. This allows for a highly personalized practice tailored to suit the Witch’s or spiritual practitioner’s individual preferences.
Due to this, Eclectic Witches often prefer to work alone and rarely enjoy working with a group or coven. This is called a Solitary Eclectic Witch. A Solitary Eclectic Witch allows their spiritual practice to ebb and flow throughout their life and is happy to adapt their practice accordingly.
Are Eclectic Witches also Wiccan?
One of the biggest difficulties for beginner Witches is identifying Wiccan philosophies because many books often combine Witchcraft with Wiccan beliefs. However, Eclectic Witches do not need to be Wiccan to practice Witchcraft.
Wicca was created by Gerald Gardner in the early 1950s and incorporated beliefs from Aleister Crowley, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and other Western witchcraft traditions.
Wiccans follow the Rule of Three, which specifies that the energy or magic you release, either positive or negative, will return to you times three. They also follow the Wiccan rede “An ye harm none, do what ye will” and do not typically perform hexes or curses. Wiccans also can follow specific paths like Gardnerian, Alexandrian, and Dianic and have different degrees of initiation.
How to Begin an Eclectic Witch Path
I’d give the same advice to any beginner witch, whether it’s an eclectic path or not. Begin with your hobbies and interests. What topic do you find the most fascinating? What do you nerd out about? Let your intuition guide you!
Now it’s time to start educating yourself! The library is a great place to start researching, and the books don’t have to focus on Witchcraft. You can look up information on many topics, including history, folklore, dreams, self-help, gardening, crystals, and more!
Here are a few posts I’ve written to be helpful for beginner witches of all paths! Feel free to start with different types of Witchcraft to help get you started.
- Full Moon Rituals: Manifest Insane Energy
- Pagan Holidays and Calendar For Beginners
- Pagan, Witch, and Wiccan Symbols | Everything You Need To Know
- The Elements and Powerful ways to Use Them
- Powerful Sigil Magic For Beginners
Eclectic Witch Books
As mentioned above, the Eclectic Witch path can draw on many different topics and subjects. I would not recommend starting with any books specifically about Eclectic Witchcraft. I also would avoid Wiccan authors (unless you follow that path). I’ve noticed many beginners like starting with books by Arin Murphy-Hiscock; however, I would also avoid those because they’re full of fluff and aren’t that in-depth.
Eclectic Witch Books For Beginners
Here are a few books I think would be helpful for beginners (and yes, I actually own and use them)! Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to learning Eclectic Witchcraft. These are some of the best books with an extensive summary of symbols and the history of Witchcraft.
- A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult by DK Publishing
- The Secrets of the Universe in 100 Symbols by Sarah Bartlett
- Signs and Symbols: An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings by DK Publishing
Eclectic Witch Authors for Beginners
Altar Ideas for Eclectic Witches
Since Eclectic Witches combine different practices and traditions, their altars are as unique as they are! However, some items that could be placed on your altar are commonly used in witchcraft. Here are a few ideas to help get you started, but feel free to customize them to your liking!
Candles are fantastic for spells and altar items. Some witches use them to represent the element fire (and sometimes air) or use a candle’s color meaning for their spellwork.
Candle magic is rooted in the same ideas and concepts as color therapy. Colors have specific vibrations and frequencies that can be used in many ways, including our mental wellness and spiritual practice.
A candle flame’s meaning also has deep significance in many spiritual beliefs. These high, flickering flames can dance and jump, taking on unique shapes as they burn (which is excellent for divination work).
I highly recommend checking out my Candle Magic Series on YouTube for step-by-step tutorials. I wanted it to basically be a complete and free course. Includes, types of candles, how to cleanse and dress a spell candle, candle color meanings, a cord-cutting ritual, candle magic divination, and more!!
Crystals are frequently used in Witchcraft because they contain different energies and properties for healing, protection, or manifestation. Some popular crystals for altars include clear quartz, amethyst, rose quartz, and black tourmaline.
Numbers are how the Universe, ancestors, and our spirit guides speak to us. Each number has its own energy, frequency, and vibration to utilize communication similar to crystals and colors.
Numerology combines the spiritual significance of numbers and their meanings into your life and witchcraft practice. It’s a popular tool for divination and self-discovery. It’s an excellent altar addition and provides depth and significance to spells and rituals.
I love including symbols or sigils in my spiritual practice or on my altar! Remember, before using spiritual symbols, take some time to research and fully understand their meanings and cultural significance.
It is essential to approach spiritual symbols with respect and care. Please only use symbols that resonate with your personal beliefs and values.
Herbs add a powerful layer of energy and intention to a witch’s altar. Herbal remedies have been used for centuries, and their magical properties can be a potent tool in your spells and rituals. You can use them in jar spells, sachets, or burn them as incense. Eclectic Witches may also include herbalism in their spiritual practice, but this will vary by each practitioner.
Before incorporating herbs onto your altar, it’s essential to research their properties and understand how to use them safely and effectively. Lavender is a popular choice and is often used to aid with sleep, love, luck, or peace.
Statues, images, or symbols of deities, spirits, or ancestors can be placed on the altar to invoke their presence and guidance. This can include pictures, statues, or other representations corresponding to their energy and significance. You can also have offerings such as food, drink, or other items that are meaningful to them.
By honoring them in this way, you’ll create a sacred space for communication and reflection. Do your research before getting started with deities! Respect, humility, and mindful practices will help you establish a connection and deepen your spiritual practice.
I hope you found this Eclectic Witch post helpful!! Lots of love to you, and remember, as always…