The Nature of Being a Witch

So, you want to be a witch. You might be new to the craft, or a self identified “baby witch”. You could be someone looking to see what this is all about. You could even be looking at this from a perspective of someone looking to get back into the craft after years being away.

One of the many things you learn from the craft is the difference between what is real, and what is not. You cannot throw fireballs, fly with the moon, ride unicorns into battle, or bring someone who has died back to life. You can however change the world around you and yourself.

Being a witch is not about controlling the elements, casting spells, summoning spirits or diving the future. It is not about helping others in their love life, granting bonuses and blessings to those you care about, or cursing those who have harmed you. While all these things are done in the craft, it is not the actual nature of being a witch. At least, not to me.

The journey and nature of a witch is about you. It is a journey of self discovery, of finding parts of yourself you didn’t know existed. It is about learning to rise up, about having strength when you feel you have none, about being a beacon for others. It is about finding that part inside of you most people have forgotten about, the part of you that is the more than human. The sacred part of your being, where your very nature and will can change the world.

The power in witchcraft does not lie in the candles and incense and crystals. It does not come from wearing all black, praying to bones and working by candlelight on your Grimoire. The power in witchcraft comes from your own power and sense of self. Your will. A crystal or candle has no power unless you give it power. A spell has no power until you infuse it with your desire, and have the will to bring it into the world.

There are many definitions of witches around the world, some as old as the written word itself. No one path is correct, and no path is wrong. Always remember that no matter where your path takes you, it is your path and yours alone. No one can travel it with you and no one can take it from you. You are your own power, your will can and will define your world. Remember that no matter where you are and who you become, nothing can take your will from you. That is the nature of being a witch.

“A witch ought never be frightened in the darkest forest… because they should be sure in their soul that the most terrifying thing in the forest, was them”
-Terry Pratchett

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