Updated: Aug 19, 2021
Witchcraft is the practice of using the energy that exists within yourself and in nature and using this to impact your own life and surroundings.
Witchcraft is not a religion or anything formal it does not have rules, and every witch you meet will usually have more than one thing that they will not agree with you on.
Many witches and covens will have a Book of Shadows that has instructions and magickal rituals in them. You will be hard-pressed to find two separate books of shadows that are identical.
Is Witchcraft Bad
If you searched "What is Witchcraft" using Google, the first result was most likely Google's definition of Witchcraft. Google defines Witchcraft as "the practice of magic, especially black magic; the use of spells.
The Bible says in Exodus 22:18, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. You're going to hear negative views about Witchcraft everywhere you turn. Don't forget it wasn't too long ago people were burned at the stake for being accused of practicing Witchcraft.
But is Witchcraft really bad or evil?
You can use Witchcraft for good or for destruction. Some only use it for good, some people use it for both, and others strictly use it for destruction.
Witchcraft is not bad or evil. It is the actions of the Witch and what their intention is when they cast a spell. Witchcraft is not bad or evil. People are bad and evil.
You can think of Witchcraft as a car. A car can be used for good, like transporting food to a homeless shelter. A car can also be used for evil, like when a driver purposely drives into a crowd of people. It wasn't the car that was good or bad; it was the person. Witchcraft is the same way.
Is Witchcraft a Religion
No, Witchcraft is not a religion. It is a practice that anyone can do. I have met many witches who are members of different faiths, and I know of many Christain Witches who go to church Sunday morning and practice Witchcraft Sunday evening.
Many people are confused and believe Witchcraft is a religion. There is a good reason for this confusion. People confuse WICCA with Witchcraft. WICCA is a religion that practices Witchcraft. Wiccans have rules they follow, like the "Rule of Three."
The Rule of Three is a religious tenet held by Wiccans, and it means, "Whatever energy a person puts out into the world, be it positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times.
When it comes to Witchcraft, there are no rules or tenets you must follow. You make your own path and practice Witchcraft how you want to.
How to Learn Witchcraft
Learning Witchcraft can be overwhelming for new witches. Just remember you do not need to know everything overnight. Focus on what you want to do and take your time. There is no need to rush anything.
I believe the best way to learn Witchcraft is by reading. There are plenty of different books on Witchcraft, and if you study them, you will be well on your way to being a witch.
If reading is not your thing and you like to learn hands-on, you can always join a coven. A coven is a group of witches that usually meet at least once a month, and they perform rituals and magick.
Another option for someone who does not want to read books or join a coven is to join beginner witch social media pages. Try to pick some pages with a decent number of members so you will get a variety of answers to any questions you may have.
If I Practice Witchcraft do I have to Join a Coven
No, you do not have to join a coven if you practice Witchcraft. Joining a coven used to be very popular, but the popularity has been declining for a while. I believe this has to do with how traditional covens are usually strict.
There are many more solo witches than there used to be, and thats perfectly fine if you like to work by yourself.
What are the Benefits of Joining a Coven
If you are a new witch, covens can be a great place to find a mentor or someone who can help guide you and answer the many questions you will more than likely have.
A coven is a place where a group of witches meets regularly to perform magick and rituals. This is a great way to learn new rituals and types of magick.
You can even form your coven if you want. If you know of a few Witchy friends, you could invite them to start a new coven with you. The best part of forming your own coven is you can make it relaxed and casual or strict. It can be up to you and your friends on how the coven works.
Baby Witch Tip:
Beginner Witches should be cautious when joining a coven. Some covens may attempt to dictate your beliefs to mold you a certain way. You also run the risk of meeting people who do not always have your best interest in mind.