Everyone can be a witch. Maybe everyone is a witch. There are countless different paths, levels of devotion, and areas of study, but there’s really only one thing you have to do: call yourself a witch, and you are one. Just like that. Just like magic.
You don’t have to claim the title, but you can start living with more intention. Realise that some things you already do, with a little more good intent and awareness, can be magical. The more I think about it, I realise more and more things I’ve been doing since childhood that take on more powerful meanings under the awareness I bring to them thanks to my craft. But here are 6 things that almost everyone has done, and continues to do, that are actually pretty witchy.
1. Wishing. Us witches can burn bay leaves and program candles for the purpose of making our wishes come true, but there are so many ways to wish. You’ve probably sent dandelion seeds swirling on the wind. Thrown a penny into a fountain now lined with copper coins. Closed your eyes and snuffed out a birthday candle. Waited for 11:11 or watched for a shooting star. Wishes like these make us feel connected to the universe, surrounded by divine possibility, if only for fleeting seconds.
2. Lucky Charms. So many people have an item they believe brings them luck. A lucky pen for exams or business deals. Lucky socks or cuff links. I have a pair of trousers I wear on days when I need to treat a drought of creativity. I have a 4-leafed clover key ring from a friend. Lucky charms can be gifted to us or can just prove lucky over time. Or, with a little magic, we can create them.
3. Birthstones & crystal jewellery. Birthstone jewellery is a go-to present for a lot of people, so most of us have something with our birthstone – a mineral that is believed to have some connection to us because of when we were born. If that didn’t seem a little witchy to you before, I hope it does now. As a kid on holidays and in attraction gift shops I loved to sift through the racks of cheap crystal chipstone bracelets and necklaces. The packaging gave them all a purpose – creativity, vitality, luck, love, happiness, healing. I’d think about which one I needed most, if only I had enough pocket money.
4. Visualising. You may have intentionally visualised a desirable outcome as part of a meditation or self-improvement practice. If not, you’ve daydreamed. I do this constantly. If I apply for a job I’m already dreaming of the boss praising me. If I write a blog post I’m imagining responding to comments that tell me I was helpful. (Scratch that – I’m imagining the emails telling me I’m your favourite blogger. Too honest?) But combine with some crystals, herbs, oils (pretty much anything) linked to the success you’re after, or work visualisation into a spell, and you’ve got yourself an amazing tool for achieving your goals.
5. Opening the windows. When I want to cleanse my space, I might light a white candle or tell some quartz to get to work. But most often, I open my windows wide, and let the room fill with fresh air. Odds are, you’ve done the same thing when a room was feeling too heavy. Old energy out, new energy in. Never underestimate the power of air and light.
6. Washed off a bad day. Whether you bathe or shower, there’s nothing like it after a stressful day. Your bones are aching, your head is spinning, you don’t know how to get through another hour. But hot water washes away so much of it. Sometimes it’s your body that needs cleansing, more than anything else. Sylvia Plath knew what was going on:
“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. Whenever I’m sad I’m going to die, or so nervous I can’t sleep, or in love with somebody I won’t be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: I’ll go take a hot bath.”