Normally, on the first day of October I start my annual Witches and Magick posts. This year I'm doing something a bit different- I'm starting earlier on Mabon (first day of fall to you muggle folk). The reason being I usually run out of month before I run out of everything I want to say. Over the years I've posted pictures of Witches, pictures and instructions of various types of spells, and my own personal experiences with magickal systems. I thought this year I'd talk about what Witches do. Right off the bat I knew this would be a difficult subject to write about because no two Witches practice the same. Even if they're both the same kind of Witch. And that's a little tricky too, because us Witches borrow liberally. If we find something that works we tend to keep using it even if it doesn't fit into a neat little system. That's ok, I think that's why magick has survived through the ages- it's very adaptable.
I define a Witch as a person who does magick and has some connection with the supernatural. Many people would disagree with me. There are practitioners who don't call their kind of magick Witchcraft. There are some Witches who are freaked out by ghosts and spirits. Some people insist Witchcraft is a religion. I'm not a religious person. I rarely pray or ask for divine help.
I'm a Kitchen Witch. This doesn't mean that all my cooking are spells, though some dishes I make are purely for magickal purposes. Kitchen Witch means I make most of my tools, I try to align myself with the energies around me, and I am most focused on doing spells for my home, family, and self. I don't do much astral work or try to reach a higher level of consciousness through magick. I am not concerned with having spirits do my bidding. I do have a love for Tarot cards, Ouija boards, and crystal balls. These things are the supernatural part of my practice. Some people would say doing spells falls under supernatural. I think magick is a force not fully understood yet. Some people think magick isn't real, it is simply a mind game- you think it will work so it does. I don't really care why magick works, I'm just happy that it does. It's same thing as being given a sugar pill and being told it will cure a disease. If you feel better, what difference does it make?
Tomorrow, I'll talk about how I became a practicing Witch, how my practice has changed over the years, and why I call myself Kitchen Witch. Between now and October 31, I'll write about different kinds of Witches. There is no way I can name them all, so don't be offended if I miss some. I'm bound to miss a bunch. Also, don't take offense if I put something here that isn't normally considered Witchcraft. In order to understand, we must compare and contrast.