The Different Provinces of Witchcraft

Modern day witchcraft is different from modern perceptions, and everything you probably assumed about it. But in this wild world of magical items, fairy sightings and spell jars, you may find yourself beginning to believe in something that is very much different from your usual world of religion.

So, you’ve decided to become a witch, but you have no idea where to start and there are a million books at your disposal ready for perusal. There are several different types of witches, there could be hundreds, but for the sake of this article, we are going to stick to 5 different types of witches, and all of their differences, and how you could identify yourself as your chosen province.

  1. Green Witches

Probably the most popular form of witchcraft is green witchcraft, which relates to using the Earth’s natural resources to further enhance your studies. A green which often surrounds themselves with plants and nature. The earth is their mother goddess, and they use all parts, including dirt, rocks, trees and herbal remedies, to help heal and learn about their energy.

You can probably find a green witch walking barefoot, feeling the ground beneath their feet, and learning about different types of foraging, and caring for plants. They may have several different plants at their disposal and use their caring for of plants as a way to give back to the earth.

2. Sea Witches

Sea witches are affiliated with water and include various water-based spells. They have been thought to be a part of European Folklore for centuries, and use the powerful magic drawn from the brine of the sea to conduct their magic.  Also known as water witches, they use water as the main focus of their elemental magic, but this doesn’t just mean ocean water. It also includes moon water, fog, and storm magic, by collecting the water that passes during a downpour, to use during their studies.

You’ll find a sea witch with an array of shells, jars of water and probably in the bath somewhere to conduct their practises. They tend to be a protectress of sea creatures, and you’ll find them collecting sea glass and rubbish picking to preserve the beauty of the world.

These originally stemmed from the original idea of sea witches, including mermaids and sirens that would interfere with seafaring traders.

3. Lunar / Cosmic Witch

These witches have a natural pull towards the stars and a deep love of all things astrology. This includes mapping out the stars and birth charts. You may find them looking for your star signs and harnessing the powers of the moon through moon water and the natural lunar cycles. They are known for their mapping of planetary correspondence and how the different signs flourish in each renegade.

These witches are also well known for their involvement in numerology, as they often find themselves using numbers to chart their star cycles. They use celestial energy, and feel personal connections with stars, planets, asteroids, meteors, and all space related items.

The moons cycles often present times to bring prosperity, so a new moon signals new beginnings, a waxing moon is for creativity and growth, and the full moon is used for charging tools and divination.

4. Kitchen Witch

This one may seem self-explanatory, but kitchen witches are a distinct part of Wicca and deserve our investigation.

They often are associated with herbology, as they use spices and herbs to enhance their practises. They often make their own sets of spells, using kitchen equipment like mortar and pestle, and dry herbs to be used during their craft. They emphasize the use of foods, including writing vigils on different leaves, and use their ingredients carefully and meaningfully.

Meals are made with intent, as you prepare your cooking, making food a time to make sacred meals, making mealtime an hour or so to appreciate with your family. The kitchen can be a special place, as you are using the gifts of the earth, to combine to create, nourish and benefit your body.

5. Divination Witch

The divination witch is someone who seeks the future, through various rituals and tools to give the user to seek a past or distant event in a person’s life. Most commonly they use tarot cards, crystal balls or Ouija boards to contact spirits that maybe able to give information to the land of the living.

It’s to gain insight, through tapping into hidden knowledge to discover information about the nature and condition of things. Its been used in both modern and ancient forms of witchcraft. There are several different forms of divination, including using rune symbols, pendulums, pyromancy and reading palms. It’s probably the sort of witchcraft that people would stereotypically assume and encapsulates a practise used by most witches at some point in their practises.

Whatever path witchcraft has led you down, there really is something for everyone. There are hundreds of different types of witches, its about finding self-guidance to see what path it may take you down. It’s about using your inner instinct and going with what most relates to you and seeing whether working with that medium will enhance your practises.

Published by Heather Dalgleish

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

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