How to Become a Green Witch: 10 ESSENTIAL Steps
Have you been called to the realm of green witchcraft? Maybe you’ve always had a love for trees and all things green. Maybe the forest was your safe place as a child. As an adult, you long to be in Mother Nature more than anything else. The trees’ whispers calm you. The plants seem to talk to you too. Even the local wildlife brings you messages. But you’re wondering how to become a green witch. It’s not difficult, but I will lay it out for you here in 10 essential steps.
First, What is a Green Witch?
We should define this special path before getting into the steps on how to become a green witch. A green witch is 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. Let’s learn how to become a green witch next.
1. Genius Loci
What is the genius loci and why is it important to a green witch? The genius loci are the spirits of the land on which you live. This includes the spirits of local trees, bushes, flowers, rivers, soil, stones, oceans, vines, elements, and wildlife. It is essential to learn all about your local genius loci in order to harness those energies in your craft. Get outside as much as possible. Go into the woods and take notice of the trees, plants, and animals there. Write them down. Take pictures of them. If there’s a tree or plant you don’t recognize but seems to call out to you – take a photo and google it! Just by familiarizing yourself with the genius loci in your area, you are forging a connection with the land you didn’t have before.
2. Keep a Record
Get yourself a journal or composition book. It can be fancy or basic. This will serve as your grimoire or Book of Shadows. Keep all your notes on the genius loci in your journal. Write about your experiences in the woods and on your local land, any dreams you have, and document the local plants and trees along with their folklore, medicinal properties, and magical properties.
3. Grow Things
When learning how to become a green witch, growing things is crucial to your growth (pun intended). Start with a couple pots, a couple bags of seeds, some soil and a watering can. You can purchase these items at local dollar stores, Walmarts, and Home Depots for fairly cheap. If you only have a balcony or front porch, that’s okay too! Choose a spot that gets ample amounts of sun. I suggest growing herbs like rosemary, sage, and mint for beginners. To learn more about herbs click here. To learn how to make your backyard a sanctuary, click here.
4. Green Altar
Because a green witch’s practice revolves around plants and trees, create a green altar to honor the local land spirits, fairies, and elements. This can be a small shelf on a wall or the top of a large credenza. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like. Choose objects that represent the elements: cup of water for water element, bowl of salt or stones for earth, candles for fire, and incense or feathers for air. Add greenery from your favorite local trees and plants, for example pine needles, acorns, evergreen boughs, flowers, etc. Allow them to dry on the altar or replace when you feel like it. You can also add photos or figurines of fairies and the Green Man.
One of the vital steps in learning how to become a green witch is learning how to work with herbs. Herbalism is a HUGE topic and one that will take an entire lifetime to fully learn and then some! Start small with the herbs you decided to grow. Learn everything about those herbs that you can and then begin using those herbs in your cooking and teas (if edible) and also in your magic. Then move on to learning the medicinal properties of herbs. After you learn one or two herbs inside and out, move on to a few more. Then keep building your herbal knowledge from there.
6. The Green Man & the Sidhe
Because green witches practice their craft outside and in nature, it’s only natural to forge a connection with the Green Man and the Sidhe. The Green Man is the protector of the forest. He is ancient and can be found in nearly every forest all over the world. You’ve probably seen his face on plaques or motifs in gardens. Give natural offerings to the Green Man on your forest walks and have a healthy respect for the wildness of the Green Man and the forest itself. Your connection with the earth and the genius loci will make it easy for you to connect with fairies, also known as the Sidhe. Learn how to attract fairies to your garden here.
7. Green Magic
Being a green witch means using natural materials in your craft. You don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of herbs from a fancy metaphysical store. Most of the materials you need for your magic can be found in your backyard! Click here to learn more about free items in your backyard. In addition, most people have a plethora of magical herbs right in their kitchen pantry…think herbs and spices like cinnamon, oregano, pepper, cumin, thyme, and more. If you don’t know where to start with magic, try a simple candle spell and use herbs and natural materials to dress the candle.
8. Get Outside
The most important thing when learning how to become a green witch is to get outside as much as humanly possible. In modern times, people spend over two-thirds of their lives indoors. What a shame when nature has so much to offer the human spirit and body! By going outside, you’re not only connecting with the earth and the elements, you’re cleansing your aura of negative energetic debris and supporting your overall health. The rest will come naturally.
9. Working With Wildlife
Being a green witch means being in tune with the wildlife in your neighborhood. Once you’re in-tune with Mother Earth, animals and insects gravitate to you. Reach out and communicate with them. Help injured or sick animals when they need it. Provide a place in your yard or garden for the pollinators to feed and for butterflies to reproduce. In addition, learn how to read bird and animal omens and signs…the most natural form of divination.
10. The 4 Elements
The four elements are the foundation for green witchcraft. Without earth, air, fire and water, there would be no magick. I’ve found most new witches don’t put in the time they should when it comes to learning the four elements. It shouldn’t take 2 days to learn all four elements. In fact, I’ve dedicated entire years to working with one individual element at a time. Start with one element and completely immerse yourself in it. Eat it, drink it, wear the colors, work with it in your magic, etc. etc.
Further Reading on Green Witchcraft:
- ‘The Green Witch’ by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
- ‘Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs’ by Scott Cunningham
- ‘Earth Power’ by Scott Cunningham
- ‘The Magic of Trees’ by Tess Whitehurst
- ‘The Witching Herbs’ by Harold Roth
- Grimoire for the Green Witch by Ann Moura
- Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic by Amy Blackthorn
- Incense Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham
- Earth Air Fire and Water by Scott Cunningham