types of witchcraft

Whether you’re new to witchcraft as a spiritual practice or you’ve wandered down the winding path for a spell, chances are you’ve come across more than a couple of different interpretations of what it means to be a witch.

The simplest reason for this is that there’s a lot of different magickal spiritual paths out there! Even witches who generally refer to themselves as a particular type of witch will have variations in their spiritual practice that are unique to them.

This guide to 9 types of witchcraft explores a few of the many winding paths. There is much more to each of these, and many more paths not mentioned. So, if you are trying to decide which type of witchcraft is right for you, let spirit be your guide. Your practice doesn’t need to have a cookie-cutter fit, it can colour outside the lines as your intuition guides.

As you read think of this guides as a stepping stone, it’s a place to start, and then from there let spirit freely guide you onward!

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9 Types of Witchcraft

Now without further ado, let’s dive into 9 types of witchcraft!

1. Traditional Witchcraft

Traditional witchcraft is essentially the practise of witchcraft. It isn’t necessarily linked with a spiritual system although it can be.

At its very essence, traditional witchcraft is the doing bit of witchcraft – the casting of spells or holding rituals

Traditional witches may or may not weave other spiritual systems into their practice.

Read more about what traditional witchcraft is and my journey to becoming a traditional witch here.

2. Wiccan Witchcraft

Wiccan witchcraft is centred around the spiritual system of Wicca and its teachings. The Wiccan belief system emerged in the 1900s, led by Wiccan leaders such as Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente.

Though Wicca and witchcraft often get confused as the same, they are actually unique. A simple way to keep things clear, is by keeping in mind that not all Wiccans are witches and not all witches are Wiccans.

Wiccan witchcraft emerges where Wiccans, individuals who follow Wiccan teachings and Wiccan spirituality also incorporate witchcraft into their practice

3. Green Witchcraft

Green witchcraft is at its root an earth-based approach to witchcraft and spirituality.

Some different elements which green witches might weave into their practice include plant magick, plant lore, and tree lore alongside connecting with nature and the natural realms through outdoor meditations (or meditative walks).

Essentially its the process of connecting with nature in its magickal and spiritual aspects and then weaving these throughout your own practice whether through spending time outdoors, caring for plants, and spellcrafting with a focus on herbs to name a few.

Read more about learning green witchcraft here.

Then check out this article for different ways to weave plant magick.

4. Kitchen Witchcraft

Kitchen witchcraft then centres spiritual practice around the kitchen. It is very often that green, kitchen, and hearth witchery will intertwine and dance together. From gathering the herbs to preparing them in the kitchen, and gathering around the hearth to share in the magick with loved ones.

Some of the main ways a kitchen witch might approach their practice are baking, cooking, and drying herbs.

Getting started as a kitchen witch can be as simple as heading into your kitchen and beginning to connect with your usual food preparation ingredients on a magickal level.

Have a read here to learn all about kitchen witchcraft.

5. Hearth Witchcraft

Hearth witchcraft has a central focus on the hearth of the home. Traditionally this was a fireplace where you would have cooked and gathered round for warmth when cooler temperatures arrive.

Today this looks a bit different as stoves, ovens, and various forms of modern heating have replaced the traditional fireplace.

Yet the roots of it are still the same, with a focus on the magick of home and nurturing this sacred place where loved ones come together to share in their journeys.

Pop over here to learn more about hearth witchcraft.

6. Hedge Witchcraft

Hedge witchcraft sounds a bit like green witchcraft, considering well that a hedge is also shrubbery. Yet, hedge witchcraft and green witchcraft aren’t quite the same.

Though a hedge is shrubbery. It’s also a reference to the veil between our world and the Otherworld. Hedge witchery then is the practice of Otherworldly magick.

How this practice of Otherworldly magick then unfolds is very particular to the hedge witch themselves. Some might find that they are most closely focused on intuitive meditations while others might connect with spirit guides or deities.

7. Water Witchcraft

Water, though it’s just one of the elements gets a special mention here as there are many witches who primarily focus their practice around this element.

Also referred to as sea witchcraft, this type of magickal practice is often closely linked to a connection with a body of water such as the oceans, seas, rivers, ponds, or lakes.

It should be noted though that you don’t need to live near a body of water to practice sea witchcraft or water witchcraft. It’s more so that the close proximity to the magick of these watery realms and a witchcraft practice often flow fluidily together.

If you don’t live near the sea but are interested in learning more about elemental water magick, I’ve created a Magickal Journeyer Lesson on just that over on Patreon.

8. Cultural Witchcraft Traditions

Alongside these types of witchcraft, many witches also incorporate cultural traditions into their spiritual practice.

In my own practice, this is centred around Celtic lore, mythology, and traditions – in case you didn’t already guess by my other witchy name the Itty Bitty Celtic Witch ๐Ÿ˜‰

Choosing to weave in cultural traditions, folklore, mythology, is a personal choice for each witch.

9. Eclectic Witchcraft

Electic witchcraft is a bit of an umbrella term and something, which like the other types, will mean something different to each witch.

Generally though, eclectic witchcraft as a practice incorporates several different types of witchcraft. Though which types are incorporate will vary.

It’s a simple way to say that you like to weave in many different aspects of witchery into your practice!

One Last Thought

One last note, when you are seeking out which witchcraft practice is right for you, you don’t have to choose just one type of practice of any of them! The term witch might not even resonate with you and that’s okay. At the end of the day, what’s most important is that your spiritual practice feels right for you

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Robin · November 9, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Green and electric witch is my main interest.

    Sarah · December 4, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Those are such lovely and magickal paths ๐Ÿ™‚

Caroline · August 15, 2020 at 10:53 pm

I’m new to witchcraft and really want to learn more so I can decide which steps to take. I lean more toward traditional witchcraft, I think, based on the description, but I’m not sure. I don’t want to get into Wicca or religion at all, really. I’m very interested in crystals, tarot, sรฉances, herbs…. I used to do sรฉances often and enjoyed connecting with spirits but my family discouraged it. please let me know of any tips or anything you may have for someone just getting into witchcraft.

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