Before we jump right into spells, there are definitely some terms and beliefs we need to dissolve. Firstly, practicing witchcraft and spells does not mean you fly a broom and have a black cat. There are many different types of witchcraft and different belief systems that use the same sort of spells. Some spells are simply spoken chants, others spells may use herbs and other magical things. I consider myself to be a hedge witch; the term “hedge witch” refers to someone who follows a home-based, free-form spiritual path that can’t be clearly defined or identified as an existing neopagan path. It is nature based, as these witches are often solitary practitioners, meaning they work alone rather than with a coven or group. People sometimes mistakenly think Wicca and Witchcraft are the same thing, or are interchangeable terms. Wiccans generally practice witchcraft, but witches may not necessarily share Wiccan beliefs. Wicca is a religion, like Christianity or Judaism. It has defined practices, beliefs and ethical codes.
- White Magic: To further spiritual growth, by strengthening your connection with the divine realm and gain wisdom from a higher source.
- Black Magic: To harm or manipulate another person, or to interfere with his or her free will.
- Grey Magic: every other kind of magic is considered grey.
- Neopaganism: An individual who upholds an earth-honoring philosophy and attempts to live in harmony with all life on the planet as well as the cosmos. Pagans are polytheistic, meaning they acknowledge many deities rather than a single god or goddess.
- Witchcraft: Is not a static belief system or rigid body of rules and rituals; it is a living entity that is continually evolving and expanding. As education dissolves fear and misconceptions, magical thinking and practices will gain greater acceptance among the general populace and influence the spiritually growth of all people, regardless of their specific faith.