Let’s Talk Witch – Which witch?
As the wheel turns and times change, titles and labels are placed on just about everything, I have been asked many times: How do I know what kind of witch I am? In early years, there were two types of witches: light and dark, light casting only white, good magic and dark casting black magic. In today’s world, you may meet a green witch or a kitchen witch. Another is the earth witch along with sun and moon witches, or you could run into an element witch, so many titles that it boggles the mind! So in this short chapter, we will go over a few and how you may (find yourself ) in the witch mix.
The green witch or earth witch
How did I get to this wonderful place in life? The journey was not always easy, and my path was never straight. My early memories are of my mother out in her garden, working hard and taking time to have tea parties with my sisters and me. We would don our best dresses and make flower people and look for fairies in the rosebushes and ivy. My love for the green world and growing things marked my path in my early years, while in my teens, I found I loved lying under a tree, smelling the earth and moss, and listening to the slight sound of a whisper in the leaves (tree spirits whisper) and helping my mom pick mint and sage. Just the scent made me happy and peaceful. In my twenties, I would read every book I could find on plants, trees, and herbs, soaking in the knowledge like the green world soaks in the rain and sun; so many years later, I saw I was always a green witch (garden witch and earth witch).
The kitchen witch:
The bubble of something simmering over the stove, the scent of love filling the air as she stirs in magic to nourish those she loves. Do you love to cook? Like picking out fresh veggies and fruits, canning? Do wooden spoons make you happy? Why, you may be a kitchen witch! Grinding spices for blessing and cooking up magic.
Does the moon call to you? Do you feel her pull so strongly it almost hurts? Then follow your heart and the moon. As she waxes, you feel yourself grow stronger (an opening of your third eye). In her full glory, you will shine and feel your heart melt into the silver glow of her power. As she wanes, you may feel the need to rest and refresh yourself, and in the dark moon, you can feel her ready to rise to her glory again. Moon magic is as old as time.
She follows the sun with golden threads. A sun witch is a powerful healer indeed, for the sun heals the land and warms the earth (without blessings from the sun, our green world would be no more). The sun witch will use candles in her craft as the strike of match to wick, as the warmth of flame sparks to life, the sun witch spines golden magic.
Our four elements are a part of each of us. My element is fire, and the sun aides in my craft with the green world. Example: Fire (candle magic and earth), water may cast with the moon as she pulls the tides. Air may be pulled to cast her magic on the winds, birds, and candle (as the smoke from the flame carries her spell upon the winds). Earth will love plant magic and tree spirits. And no, I am not saying you are limited to only your element magic, but your element will make your magic stronger.
Water element: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
Water signs are attuned to waves of emotion and often seem to have built-in sonar for reading a mood. This gives them a special sensitivity knowing when to show love and heart at their best. They are a healing force that brings people together. At their worst, they are psychic vampires, able to manipulate and drain the life force of those closest to them. Those with the water sign have to work harder than other elements,
Water is associated with the direction west.
Water blue: Physical water, hydration, used for healing
Deep blue: Mental or emotional water
Blue black: Spiritual water, usually associated with buried unconscious issues
Water spells often involve liquid of some type , such as water, wine, or fruit juice. Pour the liquid you’ve chosen into a special goblet or chalice. Focus on your objective, mentally projecting your intentions into the liquid.
Water elements are normally very good at water gazing and or scyring.
Earth elements : Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo
It’s common to hear someone described as earthy. An earth element blends in with their natural habitat. They’re sensual, meaning they engage with life through the five senses. Earth signs can operate at a slower, more thorough pace than the other elements.
Symbols for this element include the pentacle, salt, most rocks and gemstones, and soil.
Winter is the season related to the earth element.
Earth element presides over the North Quarter or compass point. Using the elements of earth in ritual or spell casting: Using gemstones or crystals as focus of the spell or ritual will provide endurance and strength. Kitchen witchery or herbal magic is strongly associated with earthen elemental magic. Using the soil of earth to bury representations of problems will allow the elemental to slowly dissolve the situation away. Time heals all wounds, and earth is a master of time. Offerings to the earth will provide good health and long life.
Air elements signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
The air signs are social creatures . Air signs are more vulnerable to the excesses of our mind-body split, and meditation practice helps . Air signs calm the storm in the mind and sift through the rubble of their mind. They’re great conversationalists because they’re the keepers of so much knowledge, gossip, and strange facts. Air is the element of the east, connected to the soul and the breath of life. If you’re doing a working related to communication, wisdom, or the powers of the mind, air is the element to focus on.
Air is associated with the colors yellow and white and connects to the tarot suit of swords. Air is associated with various spirits and elemental beings. Entities known as sylphs are typically connected with the air and the wind. These winged creatures are often related to powers of wisdom and intuition. Air elements manage the spells and rituals for travel, knowledge, freedom, openness, disclosure of lies, and so forth. The air can be used to open new mental abilities. Air manages magic four winds, predictions, and visualization… A few plants for the element air are broom, Catechu, citron, dandelion , dill, and lavender. Colors are of sunrise.
d) Fire Witches
Fire element planets are Aries , Leo, Sagittarius.
Fire signs are known to be intuitive and to rely on gut-level feelings. Going on faith in their inner guidance gets them far, but they have a tendency to skip over important details or to be unaware of the emotional impact of their actions. Fire element act on instinct or sixth sense, and that makes them look reckless to more cautious types. Fire magic is good for working on increasing one’s activity for defensive magic, for protection, and, of course, for sexual magic. It can destroy, but it also purifies. It can help bolster courage and gets rid of negativity. As one would expect, fire plants tend to have a warm or hot taste (like chills). Fire scents are also warm. A good example being cinnamon or cloves, any spicy plants or tree will help in fire spell work. Other plants are stinging, thorny, hot, or stimulating plants.
Colors are also on the warm side of the color wheel in reds, oranges, and yellows. Fire elements love the sun and warmth and tends to get moody on days that are cloudy and dark.