Witchcraft is the practice of working magic in your life. Whether you are working internal magic to effect external change or external magic to effect internal change.
Now, this is not your Harry Potter kind of magic, although, it would be cool if it worked like that. The kind of magic we work in witchcraft is sympathetic magic also known as imitative magi. It is a type of magic based on imitation or correspondence. It is ritual using objects or actions resembling or symbolically associated with the event or person over which influence is sought.
I want to make one thing very clear, not all those who practice witchcraft are pagan and not all pagans practice witchcraft. In fact, you can go your entire pagan life, never once casting a single circle or weaving a spell.
Spellcraft and ritual magic are very much the passion of some pagans and non-pagans alike. I have been more on the side of the lifestyle pagan most of my life but I have learned the ways of witchcraft and I do practice. To me, witchcraft is more of the act of using tools to help me focus my energy so that I can make changes in my life and the world around me. I have made some of the most significant changes in my life with the use of ritual and witchcraft.
Yes, I do call myself a Witch along with the title of Priestess and they are not mutually exclusive. The High Priestess in a Wiccan coven is often the most experienced witch in the group. I don’t use the title “High Priestess” because in my coven’s tradition, we don’t have ranks. Each member of the coven is a Priestess or Priest in their own right as they embody the spirit of what it means to be priestly. Each of us is able to call circle, invoke the elements, and summon the gods. Sometimes, that is all one needs to do in a ritual and if they want, they can use that time in circle when the energies are raised, do a little witchcraft and work little magic.
Here’s an example of a little magic you can work in your life at anytime, I call my “Sparkler Spell”.
You will need the following item:
1 – Dollar Store pack of Sparklers
1 – Lighter or match
To perform this spell, take one of the Sparklers and hold it in your hand. Imagine all the negative thoughts, feelings, or aspects of your life that want to get rid of. Imagine them infusing into the shaft of the magnesium on the Sparkler.
Then light the Sparkler and say, “May all my negativity be burned away and replaced with light!”
Repeat as necessary, or just light more for fun!