Why I’m (STILL) A Witch

me being witchy AF

Following a blissful, spontaneous moment of cosmic union last August, it became clear to me that I don’t really need ritual or spellcraft to have transcendent spiritual experiences.

This makes sense–I’m a Mind Witch. My magick places far more emphasis on mindfulness, philosophy, and creativity than it does on herbal correspondences and astrological placements. In fact, some of the most powerful magick I’ve done has resulted from an off-the-cuff declaration of a genuine desire, and not necessarily from an elaborate magickal ritual.

displays witchcraft tools
My altar space in the evening

Given this, I could essentially drop the language and materials of craft and begin referring to myself as spiritual. I could leave behind the witchcraft paradigm and welcome one that’s less stigmatized and more mainstream.

But there’s a major reason why I’m not turning away from craft modalities anytime soon, and it’s this: they’re really fun.

I don’t need tarot cards to access my deep inner knowing, but I enjoy laying them out, pathworking their images, and connecting with their archetypes. I don’t need candle spells to speak my desire to the cosmos, but I love carving sigils into the wax, rubbing cinnamon paste into the carving, and the smelling the beautiful fragrance of the beeswax as it burns. And maybe I don’t need relationships with primordial and personified deities–yeah, I definitely need those. They’ve added so much richness, love, and clarity to my life that I’d be a fool to give them up.

having a blast with the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot

The grimoires, the altars, the deity work, the astral travel, new moon intentions, full moon affirmations, marking seasonal shifts and burning spells in cauldrons–it’s all a joyful, creative expression of my magickal genius and it brings such connection and delight!

During the past year, the teachings of Alan Watts have had a profound effect on me. Watts was a self-professed spiritual entertainer who gave lectures on Zen, Taoist, and Buddhist thought to Western audiences. Towards the end of his “Give Away Control and You Will Have It” lecture, he shares this:

“Go into one of these Buddhist temples along with all the faithful followers and have a ball. Buy a candle, buy some incense, go in and dig this great thing going on, but don’t take it seriously. When the priests laugh at the altars because they’re having such fun because this whole scene is so beautiful, it’s the difference between some stuffy old priest humming a sutra and Alan Ginsberg chanting a sutra–it’s like a jam session where everyone is absolutely delighted. That’s the way to do it, and if you can’t do it that way, forget it.”

candle magick circa 2019

When I’m taking my life far too seriously, I carve a sigil in a candle, rub some cinnamon into it, and light it up. I’m instantly excited, delighted, intuitive, and turned on. Call it magick, call it the placebo effect, call it woo-woo, call it whatever you like–it’s a blast to explore and experiment with, and I’m not going to stop any time soon.

xoxo Jessi

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