5 Steps to Figure Out What Kind of Witch You Are

Witchcraft is a tool for self-love – especially when you follow the unique path that speaks directly to your soul. 

Perhaps you’ve already gone down the rabbithole of research. Read all the articles, watched all the Youtube videos, spent a ton of money on books and witchy tools, and hours upon hours in the metaphysical aisle at the bookstore. (There’s even a cauldron and a bag of crystals you can’t identify collecting dust in your closet, because once you got them, you realized you aren’t sure what to do with them or if they even resonate with you).

But if you’re here, I’m guessing you still haven’t quite found what you’re looking for. You keep asking the question: what type of witch am I? 

That’s because witchcraft is not one-size-fits-all. It’s not about research and learning all the things; it’s about finding YOUR path and what’s actually right for you personally. Discovering your inner witch is about 

There are dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of witchcraft paths, from cottage witch to kitchen witch and from shadow witch to hedge witch. It is not necessary to label your magick and, certainly, some people find labels to be limiting. In my own life and practice, though, I’ve found that labels can be liberating when used to describe the practice that nurtures your needs and fulfills you on a soul level.

But because so many people who are drawn to magick do not necessarily feel drawn to official religious traditions such as Dianic or Wicca, searching for just what it is you believe in can become something of a quest.

Personally, I self-identify as a cottage witch. It took me at least a year or two of practicing as a witch to determine what kind of witchcraft really spoke to me and I strongly encourage any newbie practitioners to explore what styles, heritages, and traditions speak to your unique personality.

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Finally, I stumbled on the term ‘cottage witch’, (I couldn’t tell you where), and it stuck. This was it, this was my word, the description that perfectly summarized my spiritual needs and beliefs. I remember feeling that this term described my practice and spiritual beliefs in a way that I hadn’t previously been able to put into words.

There are many different facets of your personality that impact your inner witch and the magical life that you find yourself wanting to live. For example, the types of witchcraft we are drawn to are often affected by our personal astrology. I’m a Taurus Sun, Aries Moon, and Virgo Rising. I can be stubborn, sensual, temperamental, moody, fierce about whatever I commit to but alternately easily bored, and appreciate beautiful things. 

As a being of this particular combination of stardust, I’m drawn to the kitchen, the garden, the moon, exploring my shadows, and a deep, abiding devotion to passion.

Cottage witchery is sort of the holistic combination of kitchen witchcraft, green witchcraft and whatever other traditions the witch is attracted to. My own practice is mostly based in creating sanctuary, whether that be in the home or garden. Having a safe and sacred space that is my own is so important to my spiritual wellbeing.

In 2015, I experienced the loss of my home in a wildfire and my inner Taurus learned all too well how much I truly crave sanctuary and a safe, sacred space to call my own.

So how do you figure out just what kind of witch you are?

Read and learn about whatever sparks your curiosity, but try not to get too bogged down in research overwhelm.

You intuitively already know what paths and practices are right for you and the research should be designed to support that, not overcome it. Read about different witchcraft traditions, about different cultures, and about different kinds of magick. Note those that speak to you or that just seem to make sense in your world.

For example, you might be drawn to green witchcraft and herbalism if you are an avid gardener or you might be interested in Druidism if you have Celtic roots.

Information overload is one of the number one challenges that new witches often struggle with. There is SO much information out there and so many different types of magick to explore that it can feel impossible to learn it all – and this can keep you from feeling like you’re to actually start practicing. 

Try to narrow your focus and allow yourself to go deep with something that truly calls to you, rather than trying to learn everything. This isn’t about limiting yourself or not allowing yourself to explore something that really interests you. It’s about mitigating the potential for overwhelm and not putting pressure on yourself to know it all right now. 

Look at your hobbies and the activities you are interested in to see if they might point you in the right direction.

Embracing your inner witch is not something separate from the rest of your life; the interests, hobbies, and activities that you’re drawn to in other areas of life may very well be a part of your path as a witch as well. 

Do you spend a lot of time hiking outdoors? You might be a nature witch. 

Do you like the idea of your Book of Shadows in the cloud, easily accessible on any device? Then technopaganism might be for you!

Study your astrological natal chart to discover what the stars have to say about your practice.

Your astrological chart has incredible insight for you on every part of your life, including your witchcraft practice and spirituality. It’s important to take into consideration more than just your sun sign too, as your moon and rising signs, as well as the rest of the chart, often shine far more light on who you are internally.

The sun represents your joy – this is what lights you up in life. When your witchcraft path is aligned with your sun, you’re more likely to see positive results from your magick and to feel inspired by your practice.

The moon represents your emotions, intuition, and self-care – this is one of the most private aspects of your personality. When your witchcraft path is aligned with your moon, you’re more likely to be able to get in touch with your intuition, to practice divination and dream work with greater ease, and to feel safe and supported by your practice. 

The rising sign, also known as the ascendant, literally represents the constellation that was rising over the eastern horizon at the moment you were born. In your chart, it represents another facet of your personality, the side of you that you often lead with or that people seem to meet or understand about you first. When your witchcraft path is aligned with your sun, moon, and rising signs, it will feel like it supports you in a more holistic and well-rounded way.

As I said above, I believe my own choices of practice are strongly influenced by my signs and astrological chart. For example, Pisces might find that they are empathic witches while Scorpios might be more drawn to shadow work. Click here to learn more about which kinds of witches and types of magick are aligned with each zodiac sign. 

Try it out! The surest way to know if a particular type of magick or witchcraft is right for you, is to try it.

Although you may not be able to practice with a formal Wiccan coven or discover the secrets of hedgeriding without some instruction, trying a few spells or rituals based on a tradition you are interested in is a great way to see if it’s a good fit.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match – most forms of witchcraft play fairly well with others.

Cottage witchcraft is the perfect example, as it is generally a combination of practices. You might also find yourself combining kitchen witchery with the Italian strega traditions or Christian witchcraft with cultural heritage based practices, for example.

It is important to remember that this does not apply to all traditions across the board, however. Some magickal traditions and witchcraft paths are “closed practices”, meaning that you must be invited, initiated, or even born into a particular practice in order to participate in it. Examples of closed practices include Voodoo, some forms of Jewish mysticism, and smudging. 

It is a best practice to not use elements of spirituality from cultures that you were not born into or descended from, unless you have specifically been instructed on and invited into that practice by someone from the culture. Click here to learn more about how to avoid cultural appropriation as a witch.

I really believe that discovering what kind of witch I am was a big step in embracing my magick, my intuition, and my authentic self. But that does not mean that by labeling your practice or following a type of witchcraft path, you should try to stuff yourself into a box. 

If a path feels restrictive or like it doesn’t describe your entire self, then it’s probably not for you, and I would encourage you to keep exploring – there is no timeline on which you need to discover what type of witch you are. 

I also think it’s really important to remember that there is a difference between your path as a witch and the practices that you engage in. As a cottage witch, my home and sanctuary are the heart of my spiritual practice. However, I also work with astrology and the moon phases, I work with forms of herbalism and do sacred stretching, and there are many other individual practices that make up my path. 

Just because you choose to claim a particular word or term does not in any way limit you from being able to incorporate whichever open practices you feel called to!

What type of witchcraft do you identify with? As a fun way to help you figure all this out, click here to take my free quiz!

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