This is now part 4 of my small series of blog posts: Therianthropy. In this post, I am going to be talking about witchcraft. Yes, I know what most of you are probably thinking right now, “what do you mean witchcraft? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.” But witchcraft is a real belief and is practiced by many people all over the planet, including myself.
First off, what is witchcraft? I can guarantee that it isn’t what you are picturing right now. (Most) witches are very nice people with a strong moral compass, not villains or people who deserve to be burned at the stake. Witchcraft is all about discovering yourself and helping you on your spiritual journey, not about ill will. All the stereotypes you’ve seen are complete lies, there is no cauldron or human eyes or wicked smiles.
beyond the stereotypes, witchcraft is about herbs, crystals, astrology (not the type of astrology you are thinking), the elements, and much more. People of any and all beliefs can practice witchcraft, and if you would like to learn more about it you can do some of your own research on the topic.
Now how does therianthropy and witchcraft collide? I would say most witches believe in past lives, and they are both spiritual topics. There are also many witchy ways to discover your theriotype, and most Therians (from my research) participate in witchcraft in some way.
Here are some things you absolutely need if you start practicing witchcraft.
1. A grimoire
A grimoire is basically a book in which you write down all your findings. It might include spells, rituals, herb meanings, or anything else you wish to include.
2. Various jars/herbs
These are very much necessary for spell jars, spell bags etc. herbs are very useful in the world of witchcraft. Here’s a Link to a short run down of what a spell jar is.
3. At least 1 white candle +candle colour guide
Candles are also an essential part of witchcraft. They are used for meditation, sealing spell jars, and much much more. Here is a candle colour guide, you will need this as colour magic can also be very useful.
and of course, always do your own research! Witchtok is my main resource for info, as it has many resources that come from other witches who are much more experienced then me.