Witches have such a bad press don’t they?! The fact is, they were never bad people. Quite the opposite. The green faced witch we see with the long nose is a more recent image that was made up for the film Wizard of Oz. It was felt that the witch looked more scary that way. So that’s basically how everyone sees witches now, which is fine if it’s halloween! Going back much further , witches DID have a bad time and shamefully, some were killed for basically just trying to help others.
How many times have we all made something from our store cupboards for our children to take if they haven’t been well? I would say most of us have. I’ve cut up lemons, added honey and poured hot water on it to make a soothing drink for a sore throat. I’ve also had a diffuser in the bedroom with eucalyptus oil in it to help breathing when trying to sleep. That makes me a witch apparently, something as simple and routine as that! How many of us grow herbs? Again, most of us. Do you use those herbs in your home? Probably.
Back in the 17th century, people were genuinely frightened of women in their village that they wrongly assumed were witches. Witch means wise. They were wise women and people looked to them for help if they were sick. If that sick person then died at a later date, it was thought the witch had put a curse on them at the very least. Back then, if you had a mole on your face, you were considered a witch. Apparently mouldy dairy products also meant you were a witch. Cat? Witch! Birthmark? Witch! That’s most of us then. I’ve got a cat, a mole (pretty one like Madonna of course, not some hairy horrible thing – honest!) and a herb garden that I make stuff from. That’s me on the ducking stool then!
There are so many different types of witch, it’s difficult to go into them all, but the most common ones are, hedge witch, kitchen witch, green witch, sea witch and hearth witch. There are hundreds of others. You don’t have to consider yourself one type of witch, you can be a mix of a couple or change from one type of witch to another over time. Do they cast spells? Yes, they do, but not in the way that you have been lead to think by pointing a wand at you and turning you into a frog. Spells can be any of the things I’ve already mentioned such as making something for someone who has a cold or a sore throat. They can be concoctions to make the house smell nicely. Spell jars are very popular. Maybe a friend wants a love potion or a money spell. The ingredients are put into jars and then sealed in the hope that love will come along or may be resurrected. You can buy these spells online or of course, make your own. There are spells for just about everything and generally, spells are kind things. Most witches will not cast bad spells. They follow a code of ethics.
Witchcraft today is like going back to the old days. It means not wanting to have too many unnecessary drugs from your GP and trying to find an alternative. When I was practicing aromathrapy, I blended some oils to help clients who suffered with knee arthritis. The oils penetrated the skin and helped sooth the pain. Those same oils are in some of the products you can buy over the counter to rub onto your skin for pain so we know they work. Essential oils are used in a lot of medication. The oils I blended together would be considered a spell. We are all looking at better ways of dealing with our health and wellbeing. We are all becoming more aware of taking too many pills, eating too much food and also of where the food has come from. A lot of us want to grow our own vegetables and not have all the packaging that comes with buying veg from a supermarket. We are constantly looking to better our environment. These are all things that today’s witches have been doing for many years.
Below is just a very small and basic introduction to a few of the different types of witches.
A Green Witch is someone who is at one with nature. They are animal lovers and wouldn’t harm anything. They enjoy growing things, pottering about the garden and being outdoors. The forest is the most beautiful place to a green witch and she will feel a deep bond with it. I would consider myself a bit of a green witch.
A Hedge Witch is quite similar to a green witch in a lot of ways but a hedge witch is far more spiritual. They cross the hedge from this world into the other world and often mediate between the spirit world giving messages to the living. She may be able to predict the future too. A hedge witch will have a good knowledge of plants and will certainly know how to make medicines with them.
A Kitchen Witch is a domestic goddess! She’s a brilliant cook, she can have several things on the go at one time and be totally in control of all of them. She puts love and positive energy into all her meals. She’s very domesticated and thrives on it. Her home will be tidy and welcoming. She too will know herbal remedies and will add herbs to food for healing purposes.
A sea witch will of course have an affinity with the sea. We all do don’t we? I Iive a couple of hundred yards from the sea. I can hear the waves when I am in bed. It’s such a soothing, wonderful thing and I totally adore it. A sea witch will find spell ingredients whilst walking along the sea shore. It might be shells, bits of bone, seaweed or bird feathers. She is able to make crafts from the shells, jewellery etc. Large shells will become useful bowls. Her home will have an ocean theme with driftwood and lighting reflecting this.
A Hearth Witch is quite similar to a kitchen witch and they are almost the same other than a kitchen witch tends to do all of her work in the kitchen and a hearth witch is more about the whole house. Her home will centre around her family. She will be a good cook and will store recipes in a folder and may well have inherited the recipes from her mother.
Do you recognise as any of the witches above? If you do, then find some information and delve deeper to see what type of witch you truly are. I’d love to hear from you!