Stevie Nicks: Was she a Witch?

Stevie Nicks has never actually claimed to be a witch, maybe because witchcraft wasn’t seen as an acceptable form of escapism back in the day, or maybe it’s because she never wanted the stigma behind labelling herself as a witch. But the Fleetwood Mac singer has entranced people in ways that mean she’s gravitated towards that title. From her swirling around stage, the uniqueness of her style – a wonderful array of shawls and ethereal vocals, she draws in all audiences.

And she isn’t shy of using her music to sing about the mystical world. Her music screams of the eternal, her whole essence is a mystery.

In her childhood, the singer dressed as a witch for three years in a row, before her mother was sick to death of her wearing the same costume. Eventually she tried to make her wear a yellow Martha Washington costume, but Stevie went on to dye it all black.

Her eyesight was so poor that she described it as seeing the world in soft focus, like a wet watercolour painting, so her world felt like a dream.

Many teenagers find themselves drawn to the witchcraft aesthetic, but barely any of them stay. But what differs from this is the amount of young women, members of the LGBTQ community, today using it as an outlet for power, escapism and reclaiming the notion that witches were killed only on the basis they were social outcasts.

And where Stevie comes into this, is her ideology was one of the founding philosophies of modern-day witchcraft. Her incredible style, her music being an outlet for witchcraft, including songs like ‘Sorcerer,’ and ‘Sisters of the moon,’ just solidify all that she’d been labelled as. She offered an alternative figurehead of love.

And although she’s never claimed to be a witch, she loves the fun of it. She wears blacks, dances to moon and sun backdrops, and says she loves merlin hats. She played into the fun on American Horror Story, where she revelled in the thought of becoming a witch, even if it was just for a character. She has an admiration for those who practise it and loves all what comes with it, but she isn’t a practising witch.  

She is still an icon and fashion inspiration for many witches, hippies and cultures alike. And it’s one of the biggest reasons she is so powerful in the witchcraft community. Perhaps it’s because witchcraft doesn’t officially have a figurehead for inspiration that other aesthetics or lifestyles entail, that they claimed the power of Fleetwood Mac and her spiritual music. But to many she will always be the ultimate witch, even if she technically isn’t.

Published by Heather Dalgleish

21-year-old journalism student. Author and illustrator for In Full Bloom Magazine

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