Curiosity about different types of witches is often appealing to beginners or those wanting to take their spirituality to the next level by developing and refining certain aspects of their practice.
Remember that your spiritual practice is unique to you, and your path will evolve and change as you learn and grow. You may identify with a specific direction now and develop an interest in another one later, and that’s okay!
If you choose a type of witchcraft, please don’t feel like you have to include every aspect of it into your practice. It’s okay not to enjoy or include all of it.
Feel free to mix and match and customize them to your liking! You can also feel free to create your own path because it may not be on this list! Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to practice your spiritual path; you don’t even have to like crystals! Promise!
You can also choose to be happily unlabelled because labeling your magic isn’t required, and some folks find it restrictive to their practice.
The choice is, of course, up to you, my peculiar friend! What’s most important is that you feel safe learning and practicing your spirituality without judgment or fear.
The goal of this article is designed to provide a brief overview of the many different types of witches, give you ideas of elements you can incorporate into your practice, and hopefully inspire you! Let’s get started!
Benefits of Choosing a Type of Witchcraft
Anyone from any spiritual background can practice witchcraft, and the different types of witches are as diverse as each practitioner. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of choosing a kind of witchcraft.
- Can help you reconnect with your spiritual side and notice the magic that surrounds you every day
- Allows you to focus on your specific path and become more knowlegeable about it
- Labeling your spirituality can help you organize your thoughts and understanding about your craft
- It can feel quite powerful, liberating, and help you connect with your authentic self
- Helps you discover how you can blend magic into your every day life
Disadvantages to Choosing a Type of Witchcraft
The primary and overall disadvantage to choosing a label is that you may be limiting yourself. By discounting other paths, you may miss out on parts of your spirituality that resonate with you. Remember to stay open-minded as you progress throughout your practice, and don’t box yourself in unnecessarily.
The problem of defining witchcraft is made more difficult because the concepts underlying these words also change according to time and place, sometimes radically. Moreover, different cultures do not share a coherent pattern of witchcraft beliefs, which often blend other concepts such as magic, sorcery, religion, folklore, theology, technology, and diabolism.Britannica – Witchcraft
What Type of Witch Am I?
Many people want to know what type of witch they are. I’ve noticed many folks gravitate towards witchcraft because they feel awe and wonder towards the universe, life, and the natural world around us and are searching for a spiritual practice that embodies that.
I identify as an atheist pagan with green and shadow witch tendencies, but this label has changed throughout my practice.
When trying to decide what type of witch you are, start with your hobbies and interest. What things are you curious about and enjoy learning in great detail?
What do you nerd out about? What does your intuition naturally draw you towards?
Then start learning, reading, watching other spiritual practitioners on YouTube, or creating a Pinterest board. The library can also be a fantastic resource to research for free, and the books don’t have to be about witchcraft. You can check out topics on different cultures, herbalism, foraging, art, crafting, dreams, divination, crystals, folklore, history, self-help, gods and goddesses, or whatever fascinates you most!
If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a break. This is meant to be enjoyable, not stressful.
You will soon start to hone and discover your unique path! Remember, you’ll probably ebb and flow between a few of these throughout your life. Just because you work towards a particular approach now doesn’t mean you can’t change it later.
Most importantly, just get started and try it! Don’t be overwhelmed with analysis paralysis or be afraid to be a beginner. Everyone starts somewhere, and you can be more than one type of witch!
Green witches are sometimes referred to as Garden witches and are among the most popular types of witches. They feel strength and power from Nature, and it plays a massive part in their spiritual practice. They’re in touch with the seasons and deeply connected to the earth.
Green witches appreciate Nature’s healing influence in their daily life and they get their magic from Nature. They prefer to do their spiritual workings and rituals outdoors when the weather allows.
They add in positive intentions and sigils when planting in their garden and are devastated when a plant dies. They often love to garden in alignment with the phases of the moon.
Green Witch Interests Often Include:
- You enjoy working with herbs, flowers and plants
- Feel drawn to the element Earth and connection to Nature
- Comforted by the solitude of Nature and avoid large crowds of people
- You love animals, insects, and all creatures
- Enjoy celebrating and living in harmony with the seasons
- You try to lower your carbon footprint and try to save the enviroment as much as possible
- You’re often influenced by the weather; Winter can be a difficult season, but Spring makes you optimistic
- You love bringing earth tones and colors into your home or wardrobe. You also try to buy ethically as possible and love fabrics like organic cotton, linen, or hemp.
- You enjoy the spiritual intention of the New Moon because it’s a time of new beginnings and and a chance to start fresh
Ideas to Incorporate Green Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice
- Add plants, herbs, flowers, dirt to your altar or sacred space by placing them in jars or dressing candles
- Learn botanicals magical properties and practice tree or plant magic
- Create your own blend of incense for spiritual intentions
- Add your plant and botanical knowledge (recipes, spells, magical purposes, etc) into your Grimoire for future reference
- Plan your spells, intentions, and magical workings around the season, weather, and moon phases
- Reduce waste and give back to Nature by composting. If you don’t have a garden, donate to a loved one, neighbor, or local community garden
- Find ways to utilize the medicinal purposes of herbs and plants
- Forage Nature for your magical tools or intentions
- When you’re feeling emotionally exhaused try Earthing or just stepping outside to absorb strength from Nature
- During Winter try using dried herbs to concoct healing salves and infusions or in craftmaking projects like soap and candles to help beat the seasonal blues
- Create your own tea blends for magical intentions or spells
Eclectic Witchcraft is also another prevalent type of witchcraft. An eclectic witch is someone who enjoys identifying what beliefs and ideas make sense to them. They believe this will ebb and flow throughout their lifetime and are happy to adapt their practice throughout their practice.
Eclectic is a term derived from a Greek verb that means “to select,” It was first given to philosophers who were not dedicated to a particular path or field of study.
Simply put, these types of witches integrate many different magical techniques and utilize those they connect with most.
Eclectic Witch Interests Often Include:
- You love giving yourself the freedom to only do what brings you joy and believe this enhances your practice
- Integrate traditions and rituals from a variety of magical techniques and work with a diverse set of beliefs, customs, and ideas.
- Enjoy flexibility and being able to focus on what works best for you as you evolve in your spirituality
- Mildly object putting a label on your witchcraft
- You enjoy incorporating a variety of healing techniques for different illnesses
Ideas to Incorporate Eclectic Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Study history, traditions, gods and goddesses that you find fascinating and incorporate that knowledge into your practice
- Create your own unique rituals and traditions that fit into your life and ethics
- Reflect on your own personal experiences, traditions, and beliefs that deeply resonate with you and incorporate this into your spirituality
- Remember there is no one-size-fits-all approach to learning eclectic witchcraft. This is a journey full of surprises and plot twists.
- Create a grimoire to keep a record of your practice so you can see what works well for you and what doesn’t
A kitchen witch believes the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home and the perfect place to incorporate magic and cook with love.
They frequently include witchcraft into their meals and devote large amounts of their attention and time to the food or concoctions they prepare. These witches are incredibly concerned about the quality of the ingredients and believe the kitchen is a sacred space.
A kitchen witch’s energy and strength exist in their emotional intentions placed into their food and spellwork. This intensity can sometimes be a little overwhelming.
Kitchen Witch Interests Often Include:
- You love working with herbal remedies and infusion to heal a variety of ailments
- Creating a recipe from scratch does not overwhelm you; actually you find the process soothing
- You feel a great sense of accomplishment by growing your own vegetables and herbs to incorporate into your food
- You often spend time researching new recipes, techniques, or herbal magical properties
- The smell of freshly ground spices, baked bread, and simmering soups give you deep satisfaction and pride
- Loved ones often come to you for advice when they are sick and are looking for natural ways to heal ailments.
- You enjoy composting and believe it’s a beautiful way to give back to Nature
Ideas to Incorporate Kitchen Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Look for ways to infuse magic into your meals by slowing down and putting your energy into the preparations; make it your own unique ritual
- Create your own unique grimoire or cookbook full of all your favorite recipes, magical intentions, and healing techniques. If you know anyting about your heritage or ancestors, incorporate their recipes or traditions
- Create your own infusions, tintures, salves, teas, or other healing concoctions
- Spiritually cleanse the tools you use in your cooking or preparations
- Create an altar or sacred space in your kitchen
- Place sigils into sandwiches with mayo or mustard, spread icing on cakes, or carve pie into crusts
- Utilize herbal magical properties into your dishes
- Freeze herbs into ice cube so whomever drinks it will achieve the corresponding magical properties. You can also place magical herbs into breads or cookies
- Wood burn sigils or symbols to your wooden spoons to stir spells or intentions into your food
- Keep the kitchen area clean and organized to honor your sacred space and avoid stress or chaos. Find ways to freshen up your sacred space by opening windows, wiping down counters with your favorite cleaner, light a candle or incense, or try a simmer pot
- Decorate and paint your kitchen so it’s a comfortable place to be and brings you joy; you could also try investing in an anti-fatigue mat to keep your feet and legs comfy!
Solitary witches prefer to practice alone and do not need to be initiated into spiritual practices of covens.
Some solitary witches are introverted enjoy silence and privacy of practicing on their own. Others might still be waiting for a group or coven they genuinely connect with.
Like an eclectic witch, a solitary witch may mix and match traditions, rituals, and spiritual beliefs.
Some folklores claim solitary witches are old souls who have reincarnated. Their power and wisdom fully awaken when they mature, so they don’t require help or assistance from other spiritual practitioners.
Solitary Witch Interests Often Include:
- You feel empowered by forging your own path
- Feeling drained and exhausted after discussing spiritual ideas with others
- Self-discovery is one of your greatest passions and you enjoy trying new ideas, analyzing your abilities, and reflecting on who you are and the goals you want to acheive
- You feel overwhelmed by spiritual gatekeepers and prefer to keep your spiritual practices private
- You love to learn through books, attending workshops, taking online courses, and trying different experiences
Ideas to Incorporate Solitary Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- It can sometimes feel disconnecting to practice alone so find ways include rituals into your daily routines so you don’t lose touch with your magic
- Develop and connect with your intuition; let it guide you to discover the best spiritual path for you
- Keep a journal to place your thoughts and spiritual ideas; you can also include them into your grimoire
- Create an altar or sacred space to help you connect with your spirituality and connect with your path
- Broaden your community a bit; this can be through social media, blogs, YouTube, or connect with more Peculiars in our Facebook group!
A Cottage Witch is sometimes called a Hearth Witch and incorporates magic and spiritual meaning into their home.
These types of witches love a cozy atmosphere and spending their time at home. A cottage witch loves surrounding their sacred space with magic and protection.
Cottage witches want to make their home feel safe, sacred, and comforting.
Cottage Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You love cozy witchcraft and incorporating hygge into your sacred space and home
- What you bring into your home is carefully selected including decorations, spiritual tools, people, etc.
- The physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing of those in your home is important to you
- You love having friends, family, and loved ones in your home and enjoy making them feel welcome
- DIY and craft projects for the home are some of your favorite hobbies
- You value the design and aesthetic of your space.
Ideas to Incorporate Cottage Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Stitch sigils into your clothing or other fabrics (pillowcases, quilts, blankets, fiber artist projects, etc)
- Create your own floor cleaning solutions to cleanse your space
- Find ways to decorate your home in conjunction with pagan holidays or Wheel of the Year and weave in magical intentions or protection
- Integrate magical intentions, protections, deities, the elements, or seasonal decor into your home
- Crafting sachets to prevent nightmares
- Blend all five magic elements into your home to balance the energy, flow, and magical intentions
- Mix color magic into your crafts or candle making DIY projects
Grey witches typically incorporate both left-hand (dark magick) and right-hand (light magick) paths into their spiritual practice. This is also sometimes referred to as destructive and constructive magick, respectively.
(Note: I don’t use the terms “white” and “black” because there are clear negative racial connotations with those terms, but I include them here because this is typically how grey magic is described).
The term “grey” derives from the mixture and balance of black and white magic.
Grey witches greatly value magical and spiritual balance not only in their craft but in their life. They are neutral.
The secret to becoming a grey witch is to keep your power in balance. Grey witches recognize that to be whole, they must embrace both positive and negative energy.
Grey Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You enjoy incorporating the paths of light-work and shadow-work into your practice
- You do not believe in Karma
- The phrase “a witch who cannot harm, cannot heal” resonates with you
- You believe that people are both good and evil
- You often feel you’re forcing positivity or numbing pain
- You believe there is not only one path, but two and to protect yourself and loved ones you will weave through light or darkness
Ideas to Incorporate Grey Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Find ways to include balance into your mindset and spiritual practice
- Utilize magical intentions that involves Nature, because the natural world is also neutral and balanced
- Integrate shadow work into your practice. Allow yourself to work through negative thoughts and feelings, don’t try to suppress them
- Study and incorporate spellwork and magical intentions that create balance and combine positive and negative energy
- Connect with ancestors, gods, goddesses, or deities that embrace balance and duality
- Add all five elements into your practice
A hedgewitch works between the spirit realm and the physical world through trance or an altered state of consciousness. They often utilize magic while working through the veil, possess clairvoyance, and share many similarities with Shamanism.
The spiritual path of a hedgewitch can be an eclectic one, but generally, they enjoy utilizing local herbs, incorporating ancestors or spirits, and mediumship of some kind. Some hedgewitches incorporate Germanic or Druidic beliefs into their practice.
Hedgewitchs are sometimes confused with green witches because of their love for herbs and nature. They often work alone, but occasionally you can find them in a coven or group.
Hedge Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- Astral travel or lucid dreaming
- You don’t enjoy solely focusing on domestic spiritual practices like a cottage or kitchen witch, but do include some aspects of them
- Earth magic and Nature heavily influences you
- You find folk magic fascinating and incorporate it into your practice
- You connect with cemetaries and graveyards or anywhere you can connect with the spirit world while staying in the physical
Ideas to Incorporate Hedge Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Study and master astral projection or other out-of-body experiences
- Learn all you can about healing infusions and salves
- Charm work
- Learn and incorporate your ancestral heritage and folklore into your craft
- Discover all you can about the plants and herbs in your area
Sea witches feel a strong connection with water and the sea and honor the special bond between the land and sea.
These types of witches take pleasure in working with the element water but are not required to live by the sea. They can work with any kind of water like lakes, streams, ponds, rivers, or simply a jar of water on their altar.
Oceans can be pretty chaotic, and some sea witches thrive by incorporating this into their magic. They also enjoy learning about water ecosystems and how we can decrease pollution.
Sea Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You’re enchanted by the wonders of the ocean and the beautiful creatures that roam deep within
- You’ve accumulated a lavish stockpile of seashells or hag stones
- Any time you’re near water you can feel its mood or vibrations
- Bath rituals invigorate you
- You love to swim and can spend hours in the water
Ideas to Incorporate Sea Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Add water, seashells, driftwood, pearls, hag stones, sand, a small fountain, Moon Water or any other water correspondences that resonate with you to your altar
- Study myths, folklore, and origins of sea creatures, mermaids, sirens, or any other water dwelling creature
- Find ways to work with the element water
- Add salt to your rituals
- Cleanse your magical tools in the ocean water
- Meditate to ocean or whale sounds
- Make rune or sigils with small rocks on the beach
- Add seashells to your jewelry
- Lunar rituals to connect with the Moon’s spiritual intentions
- Salt baths for banishing or emotional cleansing
- Water scrying
Religious Witches are sometimes referred to as ceremonial witches. They typically follow a strict, systematic approach to magic and often incorporate a god, goddess, spirit, or deity into their practice.
Instead of working with Nature (herbs, seasons, tree magic, etc.), Religious witches invoke their deities or spirits into their magical practices and derive power from rituals and ceremonies.
You can often find Religious witches in a coven, grove, or group where beliefs and rituals are kept concealed and secret; they believe this holds their magic more sacred. Religious witches prefer magic that is based on ancient teachings and enjoy an older form of magic.
Religious witches typically strictly adhere to ancient beliefs, but occasionally they may mix and match to develop their practice.
Common Types of Religious Witches
- Hellenic – this path typically worships the polytheistic gods and goddesses of ancient Greeks like Zeus, Aphrodite, Athena, etc. Some practitioners also incorporate Roman gods and goddesses.
- Satanic – typically do not worship Satan and most consider themselves atheist who view Satan as a liberating icon. Satanists often blend beliefs satanic symbols like the sigil of Baphomet into their craft.
- Voodoo – Afro-Haitian religious closed practice that blends West African Vodun religion and Roman Catholicism.
- Thelema – witches who incorporate Aleister Crowley’s ideas and beliefs which are rooted in intense ceremonial magic and Egyptian ideas and rituals.
- Santeria – closed practice that originated in Africa but flourished in Cuba and expanded across Latin American and into the United States. Santería focuses on connections with the orisha deities.
- Christian – blend Christian beliefs into their witchcraft practice and worship God and Jesus
- Celtic Druid – concentrates on Celtic and Welsh gods and goddesses, lore, traditions, earth magic, and a deep connection to Nature. Sometimes incoporates the Celtic Alphabet Oghams and tree magic into their spirituality.
- Norse Pagan – this path typically worships the ancient germanic gods and goddesses like Odin, Freya, Thor, Loki, etc. Norse Pagan, sometimes known as Heathenry, can include a variety of beliefs and often incorporate Elder Futhark Runes into their spirituality.
- Wiccan – Wicca was created by Gerald Gardner in the early 1950’s that incoporates beliefs from Aleister Crowley, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and other western witchcraft traditions. Wiccans worship the Goddess and celebrate the Wheel of The Year. Wiccans worship nature and follow the Rule of Three which specifies the energy or magic you release, either positive or negative, will come back to you times three. Wiccans adhere to 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 differnet degrees of iniation. Note: You do not need to be Wiccan to practice witchcraft
Religious Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You enjoy learning about ancient practices and traditions and incorporating them into your witchcraft
- Ceremonial magic and rituals help you feel more connected to your practice
- You feel a strong connection to a god, goddess, spirit, or deity
Ideas to Incorporate Religious Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Seek out a coven, grove, or spiritual group you can connect with and develop your practice
- Research more in depth about your craft and deities through books or online groups
- Learn more about initiation practices in your path if you haven’t already
Moon witches are sometimes referred to as Lunar witches and center their witchcraft around the moon phases.
These types of witches are very self-reflective, intuitive, and in touch with their emotions. Family and friends are often shocked by a Moon witch’s precise intuitive insight; it’s almost as if they’re psychic.
Moon witches gather strength and magic from the Moon and the dark, glittering twilight of each night. They also tend to enjoy working with the element water and working with the subconscious mind.
Moon Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You physically feel the phases of the Moon and it can affect your emotions
- Dream divination is your favorite way to receive insight and vision
- Find yourself decorating your sacred space with the Moon
- You love to make Moonwater
- Often wear jewelry that incorporates the Moon
- You always know what astrology sign the moon is currently in
Ideas to Incorporate Moon Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Learn more about gods, goddesses, and dieties that are connected with the Moon
- Elevate your magic with Full Moon bath rituals
- Use Moon water in spiritual practice, here are 50 Creative Ways to Use Moon Water
- Create your own unique rituals and spells based on the phases of the Moon
- Cleanse your ritual tools beneath the Full moon
- Keep track of how you feel, dreams you experience, and what rituals you practice during each Moon phase in your grimoire for more in-depth insight later
Sun witches are sometimes referred to as solar witches and incorporate the sun’s power into their magic.
These types of witches are often wildly optimistic, outgoing, ambitious, and energetic. People are naturally drawn to Sun witches and trust their knowledge and insight.
Sun witches feel revitalized by the sun and are constantly in awe of its strength and power.
Sun Witch Types of Witches Often Include:
- You love to talk and are very outgoing and extroverted
- The summer solistice is your favorite holiday
- If you’re feeling lonely or sad, spending time beneath sun energizes and empowers you
- You’ve never understood why other witches seems so fascinated by the Moon phases
Ideas to Incorporate Sun Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Perform rituals and spells during the day; outside in the sunlight if possible
- Learn more about gods, goddesses, and dieties that are connected with the Sun
- Bathe and charge your ritual tools in the powerful sunlight (make sure they can be put in direct sunlight)
- Set a morning ritual to welcome and honor the sun each day. Sunrise is also an excellent time for spells and intentions that involve fresh beginning.
- Alternatively, set an evening ritual to thank the sun for its powerful energy that day. Sunset is a fantastic time to incorporate banishing spells and intentions
- Incorporate gold, yellow, and glitter into your sacred space, altar, or clothing
Elemental witches center their spiritual practice around the five elements; Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and Spirit, and deeply enjoy Nature magic.
Some Wiccan practitioners incorporate the elements and their corresponding cardinal directions into their spellwork.
Most Elemental witches include all the elements in their practice. However, they will sometimes choose to focus and hone specific elements they feel called to at different moments throughout their life. It can sometimes take years for them to feel fully knowledgeable. This will also depend on the intention spell they’re working on.
These types of witches source energy and power from fire. Fire witches often use fire spells, candle magic, corresponding fire colors and are knowledgeable in fire deities, gods, and goddesses.
Earth witches source energy and magic from the earth. Earth witches are a type of Green witch and incorporate grounding spells, herbal remedies, and love to work with dirt, plants, rocks, and crystals into their practice.
These types of witches source magic and power from water. Water witches often gather jars of water, love to swim, be around water, knowledgeable in water deities, gods, and goddesses, and often practice water scrying divination. You’ll often find their altar contains moon water, seashells, driftwood, and statues of sea or water creatures.
Air witches source their magic and energy from the air, and they love chaotic storms or weather. Air witches often collect rainwater, incorporate strong emotions into their magic, knowledgeable in air deities, gods, and goddesses. They love to charge and cleanse their magical tools in stormwater or snow if possible.
Elemental Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You often feel people underestimate the power of Nature
- The power and symbolism of the Pentagram has always inspired you
- You prefer to be among trees try to spend as much time with them as possible.
- The strength of Nature’s powerful storms and wind amaze and empower you. You feel as if Nature is directly speaking to you through the intense weather.
- You are keenly aware of the moods, energies, and emotions that the elements infuse into our everyday lives.
Ideas to Incorporate Elemental Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Utilize different elements in your spellwork like candle magic, freezer spells, etc
- Consider dedicating an individual altar for each element around your home, or combine them all
- Utilize the elements ability to transform, cleanse, and restore energy in your craft. There’s a lovely comfort to know you’re a part of them all.
- Research each element’s intention, correspondences, meanings, and history
- Expand your knowledge of energies like spirit, snow, ice, lightning, wood, or metal.
Swamp witches instantly bring to mind Misty Day from American Horror Story Coven. No? Well, maybe that’s just me because she’s my favorite witch on that show. Swamp witches are sometimes referred to as Bog witches.
Swamp witches are unique, uncompromising, intuitive, and often use raw and organic elements like mud and herbs in their craft. They’re less concerned about complicated rituals and instead do what works for them.
These types of witches tend to be introverted and typically practice in solitude, preferring the company of animals and scaly creatures. Swamp witches love connecting with the earth and are deeply passionate about being as natural as possible.
Swamp witches deeply understand the connection we all have to each other on this planet and feel an overwhelming responsibility to protect Nature and its creatures.
Swamp Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You have no hesitations or qualms about getting dirty or down in the mud
- Brewing potions and healing concoctions are great passions of yours
- You’re often drawn to animals and insects, and don’t understand people who are scared of snakes
- Curses and hexes don’t bother you
- You feel at home in the swamp or deep forests; you’re often picking leaves and twigs out of your hair
Ideas to Incorporate Swamp Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Learn more about gods, goddesses, and dieties that are connected with swamps and marshes like the Greek goddess Antheia
- Record what spells, healing brews, and other herbal recipes have worked for you in your grimoire
- Incorporate your own unique spirtual practices based on your intuition and gut
- Study and learn about swamp spirits
- Learn more about poppets and jar magic
These types of witches understand the diversity and complexities of the fae. A Faery witch connects with the Fae and incorporates Irish and Scottish culture into their practice, and channel their power and magic from Nature.
Faery witches are often charming, introspective, intuitive, animal lovers, and feel comfortable embracing chaos and mystery.
Faery witches feel connected to woodland areas and often leave regular offerings to the Fae to thank them for their help. Some faery witches believe they used to be Fae and have traveled between worlds to be reborn as a human.
Learn more about the Fae –
- The Fae Meaning and Mythology Secrets You Need To Know
- Types of Fae – Discover Their Folklore and Magic
Faery Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You’ve always felt an affinity and connectedness to the Fae. You often sense their presence and it makes you feel empowered
- You have a deep honor of nature and believe there’s a hidden power others do not see or understand
- As a child you loved finding areas full of mushrooms and often left small gifts
- You prefer to practice your ritual work in the woods or groves
- You’ve always been drawn to woodland creatures, nature spirits, fey, trees, and local wildlife
Ideas to Incorporate Faery Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Understand how to be polite and thank the fae to avoid offense
- Include glamour spells and magic
- Honor and include the natural cycles (seasons, sun, moon) and woodland aspects into your rituals and spells
- Learn more about Fae folklore, legends, myths, and local spirit lore
- Create a faery garden or add faerie lights and mushrooms to your altar
Cosmic witches are sometimes referred to as Astrology witches and always feel the power of celestial energy.
These types of witches incorporate astrology, astronomy, the planets, constellations, and other cosmic aspects into their spiritual practice.
Some Cosmic witches sometimes feel out of place on earth and feel as if their souls once resided on another planet or constellation; this is called a Starseed.
Cosmic Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You’ve always been amazing by space and love stargazing
- You’re an expert in zodiac signs and astrology
- You enjoy working with each days corresponding planet
- Find yourself decorating your sacred space with the stars or planets
- You examine your natal chart daily before making any decision or performing any rituals
Ideas to Incorporate Cosmic Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Meditate to the sounds of deep space
- Learn more about gods, goddesses, and dieties that are connected with the constellations
- Record your knowledge of astrology, zodiac signs, constellations, planets, etc. into your grimoire
- Align your rituals and spellwork with your astrology work
- Learn and study about past life astrology
Divination witches are sometimes referred to as Augury witches and often work with spirit guides, ancestors, or through the veil and have many similarities to shamanism.
These types of witches are healers, spiritual counselors, energy workers, and they bring positive changes into the lives of those who consult them. Augury witches live in harmony with Nature and obtain knowledge from the spirit world.
While Divination witches are not fortune tellers, they do enjoy incorporating divination practices into their magic. This can be through various techniques such as scrying, omens, sacred signs, numerology, meditation, pendulums, casting (bones, oghams, runes), astrology, symbols, Tarot, and many others.
Divination Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You’ve always been gifted in prophecy and love interpreting signs
- Helping others along their spiritual journey and find their highest potential is one of your greatest passions
- You’ve always had intense and vivid dreams
- Herbalism comes naturally to you; and you rarely need to consult books or guides for plant wisdom
- You often notice synchronicites through animals, numbers, and symbols others seem to miss
Ideas to Incorporate Divination Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Expand your knowledge of connecting with the otherworld and working through the veil
- Attempt a variety of divination practices to hone your skills and discover which one you most connect with
- Study and learn all you can about astral projection and dream magic
- Record signs and synchronicites you notice in your grimoire to help you increase your awareness and notice patterns
A Crystal witch understands the healing power of crystals and finds ways to infuse them into all aspects of their life.
These types of witches know that the universe is made of energy, and each crystal has its own power and vibrations. They understand that each crystal was made from Nature and put a lot of care into finding ethically sourced crystals.
Crystal witches intuitively feel the healing strength of crystals and find ways to incorporate their powers into all aspects of their magic and everyday lives.
Crystal Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You’ve always been fascinated with stones, rocks, and crystals since you were a child
- You often use crystal witch bottles in your magic
- Plants around your home all have crystal companions
- Your pocket or bra always contains at least one crystal
- You always meditate with at least one crystal
- Wearing crystals as jewelry always helps you focus your intentions, spells, or manifestations
Ideas to Incorporate Crystal Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Create crytals grids on your altar, throughout your home, or wherever you feel drawn to focus your intentions and spellwork
- Learn what crystals cannot go into water
- Master the meanings behind the different crystal shapes
- Consider working with crystal pendulums
- List crystals and their correspondences in your grimoire. Keep them updated and detail the spiritual connections you intuitively feel towards them
- Learn the best techniques to cleanse and charge your crystals
Secular witches do not worship any deities, gods, or goddesses in their spiritual practice. They may also refer to themselves as skeptical, atheist, agnostic, spiritual, or non-religious.
Secular witchcraft can vary and is unique to each practitioner.
These types of witches are often drawn to science, psychology, and history; they prefer an experienced-based form of spiritual practice over what they’ve read or been told they “have” to do. Secular witches tend to find deep meaning and sense of self inside their spirituality and incorporate it into every aspect of their life.
A Secular witch often believes in energy, subconscious work, intentions, the universe, or personal power, which influences their magic. They leave themselves open to discovering new ideas and try to separate themselves from spiritual dogma.
Secular Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You’ve always been skeptical of religious beliefs or ideas and don’t feel they fit into your spirituality
- You enjoy reading through scientific studies and incorporating their findings into your craft
- You enjoy learning about gods, goddess, and deities and believe they have positive metaphors
- Ethics are very important to you and believe they’re separate from religious beliefs
- You’ve always followed your heart and made your own path
- You find meaning in the seasonal cycles of Nature and believe they teach us everything we need to know
Ideas to Incorporate Secular Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Read a lot! Always keep learning to improve your knowledge, skills, and magic
- Find ways you can give back to Nature and lower your carbon footprint as much as possible
- Determine what tools, rituals, and practices you want to bring into your magic and consider if any of these have religious meaning behind them.
- Study all you can about different gods, goddess, and deities so you can be well informed about your beliefs
- Sign up for my Magical Monday Newsletter below where I discuss all things peculiar and combine Pagan and Witch traditions with science and history!
Urban witches feel a strong connection with their local city area or town and enjoy modern conveniences. I think Urban witches often get overlooked by more Nature-based practices.
These types of witches are more city-focused, community-minded, and enjoy engaging with peculiar and unique people.
They enjoy exploring all the sacred spaces, metaphysical shops, and artistic or exciting spots in their city. They can feel the energy of the city and include it in their magic.
Urban Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- While you love the bustle of a busy metropolitan area, you sometimes crave a connection to Nature and incorporate a simple herb garden in your windowsill.
- The chaotic energy of the nightlife invigorates you
- You’ve always felt as if your city has its own spirit and personality
- You hold on to Mcdonald’s salt packets for a quick energy cleansing
- When it comes to clothing, you love being trendy, creative, and edgy
Ideas to Incorporate Urban Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- When you travel to new cities or destinations explore their sacred spaces, metaphysical shops, or interesting spots; find a way to connect to the city’s energy
- When walking around your city, look for items you can incorporate into your magic (feather, weeds, coins, jars, etc.)
- Connect with the full moon and its powerful energy
- Find a way to include an altar in your home, even if it’s small
- Find other witches in your city to connect with and build a community around
Literary witches love books, reading, poetry, writing, and all things literature. Literary witches are sometimes referred to as Word witches, and they enjoy incorporating letters and words into their magic.
These types of witches love libraries and can often be found spending a day off just browsing the shelves. Literary witches love studying different types of witchcraft, myths, lore, and other esoteric topics.
Literary Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You have more books than you do places to put them
- Journaling is a passion of yours
- You love book clubs and reviews
- Your grimoire is the envy of every witch or spiritual practitioner
Ideas to Incorporate Literary Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Design and create your own grimoire from scratch
- Blend letters and words into your sigil magic for powerful spell work
- Create your own spells using your inspirational and beautiful poetic writing skills
- Learn all you can about the history of witchcraft
Forest witches have a lot in common with Faery witches due to their interest in woodland creatures, tree magic, and incorporating earth spirits (possibly Fae) into their practice, but there are some differences.
These types of witches often believe in animism, which considers locations, objects, trees, water, creatures, etc., to all have an essence or soul and are alive. They often incorporate folk magic and local legends into their magic.
Forest witches prefer to practice rituals in the solitude of the forest and away from prying eyes. They have no fear of the forest and will wander through it any time, day or night.
They are wild at heart and feel that everything possesses life, even inanimate objects like rocks or sticks. Forest witches believe Nature and the universe binds us all together.
Forest Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You love to taking long walks through the forest alone (forest bathing)
- As a child you spent a lot of time climbing trees
- Your home is decorated in natural colors of green and brown
- You love the smell of the forest when it rains
- Your collection of bones is bordering on excessive
- You love walking through the forest at night, and have been known to bathe naked in the moonlight
Ideas to Incorporate Forest Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Place woodland creatures pictures or statues in your sacred space
- Spend as much time as you can outdoors, preferably in the forest. Try earthing or grounding to connect with Nature
- Add moss, ferns, wood, or greenery to your altar
- Learn all you can about the trees and plants in your local area
- Dedicate part of your craft to learning foraging (this can be for herbs (herbal medicine), twigs (tools for your craft or altar), pinecones, or anything else you can think of)
A Music witch loves incorporating music into their practice and uses it to enhance their spells and intentions. They utilize instruments, sounds, or their voice to shift their mindset or raise their vibrations instantly.
These types of witches weave powerful intentions and spells as they sing them into fruition. They feel the physical effects of music and find it empowering. Music witches are often emotional and empathetic and love using their spiritual practice to help heal others.
Their strong connection with sounds compels them to use various chanting, singing bowls, vocals, drums, and other instruments.
Music witches know the impressive effects frequencies, and humming can have on the body to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and sync their vibrations for inner peace. They also incorporate the power of music manifestation through positive affirmation work.
Music Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You’re friends are always impressed by your knowledge of musical lyrics, composers, and artists
- Singing or listening to music eases anxiety and brings you comfort
- You’re convinced that music connects directly to your soul
- Not only are you musically gifted, but you enjoy multiple creative outlets
- Music has always helped inspire you to overcome obstacles, provide clarity, or just brighten your day
Ideas to Incorporate Music Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Find ways to connect with the element Air and wind as it helps to carry sound
- Learn more about binaural beats and frequencies and how you can incorporate them into your meditation work
- Create your own unique spells through singing or chanting
- Learn more about musical history that interests you
- If you’re knowledgable about your ancestry, consider incoporating music they would have listened to into your practice. You can also try soundtracks or scores that are inspired by your heritage or ancestry
- Learn to play an instrument you’ve always wanted to master
- Slow down and analyze how certain songs or sounds make you feel and incorporate them into corresponding spells or ritual work
- Learn more about music related gods, goddesses, and dieties like Hermes
Chaos witches use their intuition, ideas, and many different types of magic in their practice. They’re very result-focused and prefer to practice uncomplicated magic. Due to this, they often have their own ideas and techniques that can vary between practitioners.
As I explained in this article discussing word sigils, word sigils began with English artist Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) and his development of Zos Kia Cultus. Spare’s ideas later became the basis of Peter Carroll’s work, who expanded his ideas to formulate chaos magic as we know it today.
“[A] competent magician should have the ability to stand still at a bus stop with closed eyes and have the entire universe disappear apart from a single blazing visualised sigil or muttered spell.”Peter J. Carroll, The Octavo: A Sorcerer-Scientist’s Grimoire
Personal beliefs and traditions are never created in chaos magic because what worked in the past might not yield the same results now. Chaos magic’s core idea is that belief is the most influential aspect of spiritual power. Chaos witches do not ask the universe for spells and intentions to materialize; they force it to do so.
These types of witches do not care about traditional techniques or methods and only focus on the results. They love weaving a variety of different Pagan, spiritual, and witch symbols into their practice.
Chaos Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You despise spiritual dogma and avoid any indication of it from your practice
- You avoid traditional and ceremonial magic
- A grimoire or Book of shadows isn’t your thing. You believe you harness all your magic inside you and can intuitively access it when you need it
- You enjoy being unconventional and peculiar
- You believe there are no rules when it comes to magic
Ideas to Incorporate Chaos Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Chaos magic skill is developed over time and through experience, continue expanding your knowledge and honing your practice
- Incorporate the elements into your practice and represent them on your altar
- Research and broaden your knowledge of sigils, symbols, and other occult topics to include in your craft
- Numerology and noticing synchronitices can widen your practice; learn all you can about them
- Read and study the ideas and knowledge of Peter Carroll
A Shadow witch is sometimes referred to as a Nocturnal witch or Death witch. They create relationships with the dead and incorporate shadow work into their magic.
They have no problem with the dark aspects of life (think Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, “I myself am strange and unusual”) and enjoy being mysterious.
These types of witches enjoy magic and spellwork during the Dark Moon phase and love its quiet and secrets. They believe there is much wisdom to be found in the shadows and stillness.
Shadow witches love the complexity and passion they weave into their spirituality and magic. They have no problems working with bones and graveyard dirt, and you’ll often find it on their altar.
Shadow Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You’ve always been drawn to nocturnal creatures that other people think are spooky, like bats
- Although unpleasant, you believe Shadow work is an important part of your spiritual practice
- Samhain is your favorite holiday
- You have no problem commuing with spirts or the dead
- Graveyards and cemetaries make you feel connected to the cycle of life and death
Ideas to Incorporate Shadow Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Meditation and breathwork will help you with profound inner work
- Learn more about different gods, goddess, and deities that represent shadow work, the afterlife, death, or nocturnal activities
- Trying practicing magic late at night when it’s quiet and you won’t be disturbed
- Spend time each day journaling your thoughts
- Try working with a Ouija board
Techno witches embrace technology by incorporating it into their spiritual practices and rituals and are sometimes known as Cyber witches. They love mixing older traditional techniques with more modern tools and ideas.
These types of witches use various apps for astrology, note-keeping, connecting with moon phases, and more! They’re constantly at the forefront of computer innovation and technology.
Techno witches often have many similarities with urban witches since they love to incorporate modern practices into their practice. They often believe their devices have an essence or spirit and are alive.
Techno Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You love trying out new tech or apps and feel a sense of pride when helping out loved ones with their digital frustrations
- Even though most witches sneer at the idea of incorporating technology into their craft, you believe it will become more widespread in the near future
- You often utilize online divination practices
- Cleansing your phone is a regular part of your practice by deleting old apps and photos. It removes old stagnant energy and refreshes it with your new intentions.
Ideas to Incorporate Techno Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Connect with other witches through online meetups, rituals, social media, or other online groups
- Use your phone to create sigils and spells
- If you haven’t already, create an online grimoire. I recommend Google docs, but a lot of witches enjoy using Evernote
- Technology is based on codes and numbers. Learn more about numerology and how you can merge it with your practice
- Create secret digital visual boards on Pinterest to focus your energy and spellwork
- Learn more about different gods, goddess, and deities that represent wisdom and forward thinking ideas
Desert witches love the desert and incorporate its magic into their practice. They enjoy the scenery of the desert and often live nearby.
These types of witches often utilize natural desert elements in their crafts like bones, sand, rocks, and cacti. They deeply respect the desert’s ability to survive in harsh conditions yet still maintain its beauty.
Desert witches are tenacious and strong and often flourish in simplicity. They notice the allure, charm, and small details of the desert that others often overlook.
Desert Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You’ve always viewed Cactus as guardians who keep you safe and protected with their height and thorns
- You often write spells, intentions, or affirmations into the sand and let the wind slowly blow them into existence
- Sun magic is a large part of your practice
- Your altar is covered in succulents, cacti, desert plants, rocks, sand, or crystals
- You blend constellation, planetary, the milky way, and moon energy into your practice often
- You’ve always been fascinated by desert wildlife like snakes, scorpians, spiders, and lizards
Ideas to Incorporate Desert Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Add Cactus thorns into you protection spells or curses
- Learn more and find ways to incorporate the elements Fire, Wind, and Earth into your spells and intentions
- Rain water is very rare in the desert, collect it for special intentions or spells
- Learn all you can about gods, goddesses, spirits, deities, myths, and folklore that represent or include the desert
- Use rocks, stones, or crystals to create mandalas or a sacred space in your garden, yard, or local area
- Incorporate desert landscape photography and art into your sacred spaces
Art witches are sometimes referred to as Craft witches and love to add their artistic abilities into their magic and spirituality. There’s a witch “craft” joke in here somewhere, but I’ll spare you the pun. LOL!
These types of witches weave intentions, spells, and magic into their artwork. This can be with journaling, painting, sewing, illustration, needlepoint, woodworking, basket weaving, wood-burning, thrift flips, home decor projects, or any other creative project they’re inspired by.
Crocheters or knitters also can incorporate knot magic into their handiwork. Simply put, Art witches are very creative and full of imagination.
Art Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You feel your magic and spirituality in everything you craft or make
- DIY projects are your favorite way to unwind and relax
- You believe your spells and intention are the root of your projects
- You’ve always got a sketchbook with you or a notepad to keep track of ideas when inspiration hits
- Your altar and creative space are often mixed together
Ideas to Incorporate Art Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Add sigils or other magical symbols like sacred geometry into your artwork
- Add artwork to your grimoire
- Learn more about gods, goddesses, and dieties that represent creativity or art
- Find ways to include protective magic in or around your home with sigils, paint, or needlework
- Learn all you can about color magic and consider how you can incorporate it into your artwork
Natural witchcraft is a sensitive topic and often starts arguments in the witchcraft community. Whether you believe you are born with witchcraft abilities, think you can learn them, or both, here’s an overview of what a Natural witch is.
These types of witches practice magic instinctively and always seem to know what to do. Natural witches tend to be empaths and very sensitive to the feelings and emotions of those around them. Some of them are naturally able to read auras as well.
Natural witches have a deep bond to Nature and pick up on its shifts, changes, and moods quickly. They’re often able to predict the rain, storms, or other weather patterns.
Natural Types of Witches Interests Often Include:
- You’ve always had visions, heard things, felt emotions, or seemed to know things; even as a child
- Your dreams are vivid and often prophetic
- Animals are as fond of you as you are of them and you develop strong bonds. As a child you were always bringing home stray animals or creatures you “found”
- You naturally manifest or wish your goals and dreams into existence
- You had a lot of “imaginary friends” as a child, or so your family thought.
Ideas to Incorporate Natural Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Keep a dream journal so you can connect signs and ideas more clearly
- Find ways to spend time in Nature
- Study and work with the elements in your craft
- Find a familiar to connect and work with in your spiritual practice
Hereditary witches are sometimes referred to as ancestral witches. Their path has been learned through guidance from their elders or family members. They often come from an ancestral and cultural line of witchcraft; they’re born into their practice.
Their practice can be as unique and varied as their ancestral line and often incorporates folk magic, ancestors’ grimoires, oral history, and traditional spells and rituals. Some will mix old and new traditions, and others avoid it, preferring to stick with what has worked for their family.
These types of witches often practice their magic concentrated in a local area or sacred space. Hereditary witches feel that witchcraft is a unique talent and skill passed down through the generations. They will guard this knowledge and keep it secret from anyone outside their hereditary line.
Ideas to Incorporate Hereditary Witchcraft into your Spiritual Practice:
- Develop and hone the spells and rituals your ancestors have passed down
- Include history, myths, spirits, and folklore into your practice and rituals
- Study other forms of spiritual practices to expand your knowledge base of other witchcraft ideas
- Learn as much as you can about your ancestral line to help include their spirits into your magic
I hope you found this article about different types of witches helpful! Remember, there are so many unique and individual paths to witchcraft, so follow your heart, and you’ll find the right path for you! Lots of love to you and remember as always…
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