Forest Witch: Easy Ways to Practice Forest Witchcraft
Some witches are beach-lovers. Some witches are mountain people. Then there are the forest lovers—a brave group of forest witches who enjoy hiking through the woods, smelling the scent of conifers, and discovering hidden rivers. The forest is an enchanting, mysterious place full of riddles, spirits and adventure. We go to the forest to experience all of our senses, including our higher sense of self and to practice forest witchcraft. The forest whispers to those who listen. Take a walk through your local woods and find what magic awaits you, forest witch.
1. Forest Witchcraft: Connection
As a kid, did you roam the woods with your friends? Climb across fallen trees and discover hidden creeks and waterfalls? If so, the forest might be where you find serenity and spiritual connection. Maybe you live in the city and there are limited forest areas. Find a local park or nature preserve. Take a hike and observe. Take note of the trees, plants, birds, insects, water, and other wildlife. Keep a log of your observations. I even take pictures of trees and plants for identification purposes. There are mobile apps that help in plant identification. By studying your local forest-life, you forge a connection with the land you didn’t have before.
2. Grounding for the Forest Witch
The forest witch hikes in the woods to connect but also to ground him or herself. To amp up the grounding effects of the forest—take off your shoes at a grassy or soft mossy spot and let the forest-floor’s energy permeate your feet. Sit with your back against a tree and just be. Listen to the wildlife all around you. Feel the breeze against your face. Smell the aroma of the forest. Being here is enough to cleanse your aura and bring you peace. And while you’re in the forest, hug a tree! Sounds crazy, but this is another method of grounding that’s simple and effective.
3. Magical Forest Foraging
If you’re a lucky forest witch and live close to the woods, forage for magical items in the forest. What is foraging? It’s the action of gathering or collecting things from nature for food, medicine, or magic. Be aware while many plants are edible and medicinal in nature, there are also those that irritate the skin or are toxic if ingested. It should go without saying whatever you forage in the forest, be able to identify the plant with 100% certainty. If you don’t know the plant, use gloves when handling and NEVER put it in food, medicine, or use it topically without consulting a local herbalist first.
Examples of Foraged Forest Witchcraft Items
By gathering bits from the forest, you add powerful ingredients to your magical inventory. For example, gather pine needles from the forest floor, wrap it into bundles, and burn in smudging rituals to purify one’s space. Gather pinecones, acorns, and other seed pods and place around the home to bring success and abundance. They also make great decorations on your altar for the Autumn and Winter months. Bring a bag and knife for collecting, and make sure to never take more than you need. Forest witchcraft is fun but respectful.
Tree Branches and Soil
Forage tree branches that have fallen from their trees. Branches make great wands, staffs, walking sticks, and more. In addition, I’ve used pine branches as make-shift, natural besoms to cleanse my space before ritual. Ever used dirt in your magical practice? Gather a bit of the forest floor to use in spells for grounding, primal instincts, fae magick, and more.
Wildflowers and Herbs
Pick wildflowers and arrange in a bouquet on the kitchen table or altar. Or dry them, press them and hang on the wall. The forest witch uses wildflowers to make cheery spring and summer wreaths to hang on their front doors. Once you know your local plants well, use the safe herbs and plants in your magical endeavors. Dry the herbs and use them to dress candles for abundance, success, opportunities, friendship, matters of the family and home. Tie them up in mojo bags or sew into poppets for healing and love.
4. Work with the Spirits of the Forest
If you’ve ever hiked or camped in the woods, you know the spirits are rampant there. From the genius loci (land guardian spirits) to the fae and forest gods, you’ll feel their presence among the trees. How do we work with spirits of the forest in our magical practice? Be in the forest and be with them, first. Then leave biodegradable offerings and prayers of gratitude. Build a natural altar to Cernunnos or Pan, honor the Green Man, and invoke goddesses like Artemis and Flidais.
5. Go into the Forest!
Go into the forest and there’s an entire, huge magical cabinet right at your fingertips! Not to mention connection with Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the genius loci (land spirits) of the forest. The forest’s energy is unlimited and reminds us we’re not separate from nature, we’re part of nature. The forest may seem outside of us, but in fact, it is inside of us. It’s something we can’t separate ourselves from. The forest will lend its magic to you, forest witch, if you’re ready to harness it.