We live in a series of revolutions. I remember turning 10 in the 90s when big flared bootcut jeans came into style. I also remember my parents who grew up in the 70s saying they thought they’d never see them come back into fashion. And once again in 2021, I’m starting to see flower children all about me.
Same goes with witchcraft. As a seasoned witch, I’ve seen interest in the esoteric wax and wane. And the latest resurgance did not surprise me at all. Magick tends to go hand in hand with social upheaval and political unrest.
As a practitioner, I could not be more pleased.
I wholeheartedly believe witchcraft makes the world a better place. I believe witchcraft and magick to be a home for those who have never had one; a respite from the cruel world where they’ve lost (or never found) their power in the first place.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WITCHES OF THE 21ST CENTURY
I’m sure we’ve all seen the borage of videos dedicated to witchcraft how-tos, FAQs, spell jars, and much more. As an avid fan of TikTok I know I have. And lest we forget the Witchtok drama! But mixed in there are a ton of baby witches (some in the broom closet and some not) eager for more. In this I am delighted!
The next generation is all aglow with crystals, herbs, cottagecore, and Tarot cards galore. Just the interest is such a wonderful contribution to the world. With the territory of magick comes the possibility for more open minds, tolerance, a place for all voices, an expanded consciousness, different ways of thinking and on and on.
MORE PEOPLE ARE GETTING IN TOUCH WITH MOTHER NATURE
Getting in alignment with nature as a witch is a no brainer. It’s like plugging directly into the power grid for grounding. When we get into a place with all of the elements around us, magick begins to flow naturally.
Mother Nature is our default definition of beauty. With more of her babes supporting her, there’s no questioning the benefits us witches are contributing.
PEOPLE ARE TAKING AN INTEREST IN THEIR ANCESTORS
Blood relatives who have passed from this realm still remain through our DNA. The simple act of remembering them in thought and honoring them in celebration (birthdays, death days, holidays, etc.) encourages pothumous energy to course through us and flow around us, too.
Our ancestors have the ability of protection, guidance, and sending us a wake-up call when we need it. With a little help from our guides, we walk the path more confidently. Pair this with the act of rememberance and the world definitely benefits. With more confident, badass witches in tune with their ancestors walking the Earth, how could it not?
WITCHCRAFT SERVES AS A BASIC HUMAN NEED
Anne-Maria B. Makhulu, an Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University says a popular opinion of witchcraft is that it’s a mere superstition; however, evidence pulled from anthropological literature states that for some groups the practice of the craft serves as a basic human need.
“We live in a bewildering world where we don’t have a lot of control. And we can imagine doing things through magic that we can’t do as ordinary human beings,” said Makhulu.
Makhulu said that yes, people believe in witchcraft and magic for all kinds of reasons. This includes the want for wealth and the desire to come up in the world. This beliefe also makes a statement about an unshakeable human desire for equality.
“When people say they believe in magical forces, they believe in magic that can make the world equal and just in circumstances where it’s not,” Makhulu said. For some, “witchcraft is about recuperating what is ethical, just and moral.”
“We need enchantment in our lives because our world has become disenchanted,” Makhulu said. “We need faith that promises something bigger and better than what we have.”*
With the feeling of having some form of control over these injustices, over the ill of the world, witchcraft allows us this role of creator. To create, to express ourselves through our craft, that is enough to send out a little more positivity to the collective consciousness. The more of use there is, the better it all can be.
WITCHCRAFT INHERENTLY MAKES THE PRACTITIONER TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
This is a broad statement as I know not all witches who cast take full responsibility for any or all of their actions – magickal or otherwise. But, I also know of quite a few witches who practice as I do: what you make, what you cast, is all your own doing. You create your world. And with any action, comes the inevitable result. Whether this is “good” or “bad” isn’t as important as to whether or not it’s harmful or helpful.
With this understanding of responsibility, whether practiced from the get-go of one’s beginning or learned through hard lessons along the way, the world benefits. The world could always do with more inhabitants standing up and saying, “Yes, I did this.”
Many who practice the craft today believe that we, as human beings, must take responsibility for what we have done to the planet. We have to restore our connection with Earth and positively foster this relationship. And not only the environmental aspect, but our history as inhabitants, too. This leads to…
WITCHCRAFT PROMOTES EDUCATION AND DIALOGUE
Witchcraft opens a dialogue and gives us a priceless opportunity to educate ourselves. Now I know the place most minds go is what’s considered open practice and what is not. This is not the place for this debate. Besides, I am not by any means an authority on the subject.
All I know is that I don’t know nothing.Operation Ivy
Taking the approach of the fool, I am able to learn more about how others practice and the roots of their traditions. Instead of using these methods, I’m just fascinated by how they came about. I’m seeing more and more witches going about it this way and it comes from a place of respect and curiosity.
With the expansion of the world through the Internet, there really is no excuse for not knowing. With witchcraft prompting us to learn, to talk, to be strengthened through what we know, the world is better for it.
With more people feeling good, feeling empowered, doing what makes them happy through witchcraft, how can the world not be a better place?
*CITATION: By News Staff , “Belief In Witchcraft, Magic Serves ‘Basic Human Need’,” Science 20, accessed June 4, 2021, https://www.science20.com/news_articles/belief_witchcraft_magic_serves_basic_human_need_professor_says