I get a lot of questions from people about being a witch. Which is totally understandable, seeing as witchcraft has a long history of secrecy, which is how it managed to survive to this day (seeing as it was illegal in some places well into the 20th century, and still is in some parts of the world I believe). If you’ve ever been curious about magic and witchcraft, but didn’t want to start out by buying out the New Age section at BooksaMillion (like I did) then here is a short explanation of Magic, Witchcraft, and Spells for the curious newbie:
Magic is using the natural energies around us and within us in the universe to affect change in our lives. All the universe is full of energy. It is in crystals, plants, soil, animals, colors, people, animals, light, and even words. Not everyone completely agrees about where this energy comes from (I, a Wiccan, might have a different idea of where magical energy comes from than say one of my Heathen friends) but that is what we Witches use to make magic.
Witchcraft is a method of magic. It is usually nature based, and uses naturally occurring ingredients in spell work (but, not always, there are many varieties of witchcraft). Witchcraft can be done alone, called solitary, or in a group, which is usually called a Coven. There are witchcraft religions (Wicca being the most commonly known) and there are people who aren’t religious at all who are witches. A witch can be female or male. Some witches use their craft only for themselves, and some use it for, or against, others. Witchcraft is usually passed down, and a lot of it has a rich history of hundreds of years or more. Witchcraft can follow a strict tradition, or be completely eclectic. Several witches write their own spells and others try to copy the old ways. All are witchcraft.
Spells are magical instructions, much like a recipe. They tell a witch or magician what is needed and what must be done to achieve the result they want. There’s more than one way to achieve a result, which is why there’s more than one spell for love and money and so on. As I mentioned earlier, a lot of people write their own spells tailored to their needs or situation. Some are incredibly elaborate and involve many days and many tools, others are as simple as saying a chant. So witchcraft traditions pass on spells among members only, and some spells are sold in book stores or posted online for anyone to use. The spells are simply the means that a witch or magician uses to accomplish what they want using magic.
I hope this has been helpful! What else would you guys like to know about magic and witchcraft, and, if you’ve been around a while, what is your favorite definition of magic?