What is a Green Witch? The Beginner Guide & 4 Tips to Embrace Earthly Magick

It turns out much of what you know about witchcraft might be wrong β€” or at the very least, dated. Today's practicing green witch cares as much about the earth as does any environmentally-friendly non-witch β€” if not more. Call her a green witch: she has respect for Mother Nature, earth magick, and a passion for all things green.

Green witchcraft has seen a recent rise in popularity, as evidenced by the publication of popular witchcraft books, specifically the guide The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Esential Oils, And More, by Arin Murphy-Hiscock, in 2017.

What are green witches and what do they do?

At her core, Murphy-Hiscock explains, the green witch is a naturalist, an herbalist, a wise woman, and a healer. "She embraces the power of nature; she draws energy from the Earth and the Universe; she relies on natural objects like stones and gems to commune with the land she lives off of; she uses plants, flowers, oils, and herbs for healing; she calls on nature for guidance; and she respects every living being no matter how small." These understandings are captured in the green witch's book of shadows, a spellcrafting recipe and spell book of blends and incantations that is unique as each witch's handwriting.

Meanwhile, the Otherworldly Oracle defines a green witch as "someone who works with the elements, the local land spirits, and all things green. The green witch is able to harness the energy of the natural sources around him or her by developing a close connection with local plants, trees, and wildlife as well as with the earth itself." These witches are similar to healing ancestors such as druids and shamans.

What is the difference between a green witch and a white witch?

While a green witch is focused on the wonders and mysticism of the earth, a white witch is concerned with practicing white magic. White witches uses practical magic focused on the greater good and green witches focus efforts on the natural energy of the flora of the earth. Green witches and white witches are two types, but there are many other kinds of magick. Hedge witches, house witches, broom closet witches, and kitchen witches also exist alongside these.

How do you get started as a green witch?

1. Begin with the natural world in modern witchcraft.

Wicca, or today's "witchery," is a modern pagan religion, so the close ties that green witches have to the earth might in fact be a return to their roots. If the earth is pulled and prodded by the moon, it makes sense, then, to turn your focus to lunar cycles. Consider starting off your journey into green witchcraft with Spirit Trading Company's Ritual & Rejuvenation box, which is created in alignment with new and full moons: think crystals to support each moon phase, as well as small-batch aromatherapy and candles. "We are in awe of the gifts borne from Mother Earth," Spirit Trading Company explains β€” and you can be in awe of the gifts they keep giving you.

2. Fill your space with flora and greenery.

The world of the green witch is also a verdant one, which means you'll want to have flowers on hand. Bloomin' Bin offers monthly in-season seeds to plant β€” all you need to do is add soil, sun and water. Plus, your grimoire may call for flowers, which is where Bloomin' Bin comes in. Other great options to consider include My Garden Box, which contains everything you need to build relaxing, rewarding, and enriching garden projects, including live plants, or The Plant Club, which lets you fall in love with a new houseplant each month.

3. Gather your beginners' spiritual toolkit.

If you want to take your dedication to Mother Earth even further, you could try a subscription box from Magickal Folk. They honor the flora and fauna of each season, saying: "Join us as we wield the powers of ancient celestial knowledge and seek to illuminate the world from within." Even a pandemic can't prevent covens if you think of the shared connections you'll have with other subscribers.

For solitary witches, also worth considering is the Tamed Wild Box, which offers monthly deliveries of magic and earth medicine. Deliveries can include crystals, herbs and teas, ritual tools, altar items, jewelry, essential oils and other lifestyle pieces β€” plus, there's an intention-setting lunar ritual available for each month curated for the witch in you.

4. Devote time to your practice.

Green witchcraft covers a broad spectrum: the way of the green witch is one filled with lots of ideas to bring you closer to Mother Earth. Arin Murphy-Hiscock's delightful guide is a helpful place to start as a green witch, and these subscription boxes are an even better place from which to continue.

As a green witch, the book explains, you'll learn "how to use herbs, plants, and flowers to make potions and oils for everyday healing as well as how crystals, gems, stones, and even twigs can help you find balance within. You’ll discover how to find harmony in Earth’s great elements and connect your soul to every living creature... Embrace the world of the green witch and discover what the power of nature has in store for you."

Whether or not you dip your toes into green witchery or simply learn about it, whether you're a practicing Wiccan or simply curious, The Green Witch is a fascinating read... and green witchcraft an interesting new (and old!) practice.

Nature magic just might be the most powerful magic of all β€” consider tapping into the earthly book of self-care and learning the way of the green witch!