Witchcraft Taught Me These Major Life Lessons
People who aren’t involved in the craft think of it as a selfish means of acquiring things we didn’t work for. Why don’t you win the lottery? Did you get your boyfriend using a love spell? These are questions that often fill the space between a non-practitioner’s mouth and a witch’s ears. Some witches might agree the craft can be used for selfish gain….because the truth is, it can. But I’ve learned over the past nineteen years that witchcraft is so much more than that. It’s a way of life. It’s a means of self-growth and enlightenment. Here are the life lessons witchcraft taught me, and I hope it may teach you one day too.
1. Magic is everywhere!
We are first drawn to the craft because we’re searching for something magical. Something transcendent. Something apart from our mundane, routine lives. BUT the thing is, when we start looking at the world through the eye’s of a witch, we realize that the magic we were searching for is all around us. The same magic that pulsates through a roaring bonfire also flows through the ocean’s waves. And that cleansing, inspiring magic that’s found in LITERALLY every part of nature? It’s in us, too. And it’s in the people around us. It’s even in the mundane aspects of life that we sometimes forget to appreciate: a spouse’s hug, a friend’s smile, even our commute from home to work. Witchcraft taught me magic is everywhere and in everything.
2. Hard work is key.
People come to the craft thinking it’ll be an easy means to an end. A get rich quick scheme. A rope-him-in-and-he’ll-never-leave-you spell. But the truth is, there’s more to it than that. MUCH MORE. Just like with everything else in life, witchcraft takes hard work and dedication. The more thought and effort you put into your craft, the more results you’ll achieve. If you do a spell for a job and then sit on your couch waiting for an employer to call you, it MIGHT happen but most likely will not.
Magic must be backed up with active physical effort. Do the job spell – but also apply to jobs, network with people, and go after your goals head-on. The Universe won’t grant you something you didn’t work for. In the same regard, the more effort and thought you put into each ritual and your studies, the more rewarding that ritual and your studies will be. Trust me.
3. It doesn’t matter what people say.
I spent just about 30 years of my life worrying what other people thought of me. Worrying that my interest in the craft and paganism would offend my loved ones, turn them against me. Then I turned 30 and something profound hit me. I’d felt drawn to the old ways my entire life, and there was no changing it no matter how hard I tried. It’s something that’s deeply ingrained in me. So why try to hide it from people? The truth is, those people aren’t living my life. So I needed to live my life for myself, not others. And the people who loved me, TRULY loved me, would either accept me for who I am or not. And if they didn’t? Well, I didn’t want those kind of people in my life anyway. It doesn’t matter what people say. You do you.
4. Mother Earth always provides.
When you’re tuned in to the environment and the world around you, you’ll start noticing something. The seasons of your life will sync up with the seasons of the earth, sun, and moon. And when you’re in tune with Mother Earth, she will always provide for you. What I mean by this is, whenever I’ve needed an herb or object for a ritual, all I’ve had to do is go outside and the item is shown to me. Whenever I’ve had a mental or physical ailment, my guides and Mother Earth provide a way for me to fix it. If you do what you can for Mother Earth, she will always provide for you. In one way or another.
5. Witchcraft taught me to fix yourself first.
I’ve seen it so many times, I lost count. Women (and men) coming to the craft for answers. For spells to fix other people in their lives. People that may have done them wrong or people they want to be in their lives. Here’s the problem with that – sure, you can do a spell on someone to send them away or to bring them closer. But, it’s immoral (in most cases), AND it only leaves you with the same problem you had in the first place – YOUR OWN poor decisions. Want to send a man away for abusing you? Good! Get rid of him. But before continuing in the craft, fix yourself first. Evaluate WHY you allowed this person to treat you the way he did. Make changes in your life to stop it from ever happening again. YOU have the power. Love yourself. Fix yourself first.
6. The learning never ends.
Some people think witches are the “wise ones” who might know all there is to know about the occult, magic, and the universe. But the thing is – no one will EVER know it all. Life is about learning. And it’s the same with witchcraft – the learning never ends. Witchcraft taught me I’m forever a student. I’ve studied the occult for nearly 20 years, and every time I feel I have a good grasp on it, BAM. Some new topic or lesson pops up to remind me, I’m a STUDENT. Always and forever. The learning never ends. And if you find someone who tells you they’re a “guru” and seems to know everything, they’re deceiving you. Run far away. And keep learning.
7. Experience is the best teacher.
Base your beliefs off your experiences, not what others tell you to believe. Just because you read it in a book or Sally in your FaceBook Group tells you to do it one way, doesn’t mean that way is right for you. The best teacher in the craft is experience. So get your hands dirty and start practicing your craft instead of just reading about. You’ll learn things books won’t ever tell you. And you might find that Sally doesn’t know what she’s talking about anyway!
8. Nature is the best medicine.
When I’ve been ill or depressed, the thing that makes me feel better is Mother Earth and Father Sky. Witchcraft taught me nature is the best medicine for almost every ailment. Research shows just twenty minutes in nature increases human vitality and overall wellbeing. Feeling down? Recovering from a virus? Go outside and sit. Listen to the birds. Feel the sun on your skin.