If you've been following along with our editorial content, you'll have noted that we've recently covered both green witchery and kitchen witchcraft here at Cratejoy. We started the series because we noticed a growing trend: put plainly, the witch is back.
The New York Times published a piece in October of 2019 titled "When Did Everybody Become a Witch?". The #witchesofinstagram hashtag has more than 5 million posts associated with it on social media. The coven became the new squad. According to The Atlantic, a 2014 Pew Research Center report suggested that the United States’ adult population of pagans and Wiccans was about 730,000 — on par with the number of Unitarians. And while magick has been on the rise for some time, we have perhaps never had a stronger need for white witchcraft than we do right now. Let us explain.
What's a "White Witch"?
White witches practice "white magic," aiming to do good for the world and greater community. And as The Atlantic points out in their April 2020 article "Why Witchcraft is on the Rise," witchcraft traditionally rises in popularity as faith in institutions -- and establishment ideas -- plummet, while instability rises. Given the current pandemic, not to mention broader social forces, we're currently living through one of the least stable periods in American history. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that a growing number of witches want to practice white magic, also often referred to as natural magic.
White magic is practiced through healing, blessing, charms, incantations, prayers, and songs. A white witch is a good witch: think Glenda, not Evillene (better known as the Wicked Witch of the West). A white witch uses practical magic aimed toward the greater good, a modern witch with noble aims.
If you're interested in white magic or any other kind of witchcraft, a good place to start your investigation is always a witch's guide. And while there are podcasts and Google searches aplenty to guide your questions from tarot to love spells to crystal healing, we know it can seem overwhelming. We've gathered a few ideas to spark your white witchcraft imagination—so that you can start your modern-day journey into pagan practices like Wicca (or just on your own!) as a white witch.
How to Get Started as a White Witch
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