It seems funny to think that the Amish could teach us anything about witchcraft. After all, it does feel sort of oxymoronic. When I first thought to question this, I was intrigued to start exploring Amish tenets and how their way of life might offer some suggestions that relate to witchcraft.
Going into this post, all I knew of their way of life and religion was what I learned from pop culture and their portrayal in the media. While some of the things I thought to be true were, others were way off the mark. After performing and compiling my research, I know that what I came away with was more than enlightening.
So it is here I present some points of what the Amish can teach us about witchcraft. I really do hope you come away with not only a different perspective than you once had, but maybe even some different approaches to apply to our own practice.
RESERVE JUDGEMENT ON OTHER PRACTITIONERS AND THEIR PATH
I went into writing this post believing that the Amish people were judging anyone outside of their lifestyle and belief system to be heathens. Like we are all dirty, rotten sinners living a life of transgression.
Boy, was I wrong. The Amish have made deliberate decisions in accordance with what is okay and what is not in THEIR community. As for outsiders, it is none of their concern. And in this lies a great lesson we can relate to – not only witchcraft, but to life in general.
I’ve seen judgement run rampant in the witchcraft community for years. And unsurprisingly, that poison has made its way to social media platforms, too. Countless TikTok videos have popped up on my For You Page featuring some witch admonishing other practitioners and calling them out saying that they’re “wrong” for one thing or another.
So kudos to the Amish for keeping their horse and buggy in their own lane.
COMMUNITY IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF WITCHCRAFT
I am well aware that not every practitioner is in a coven or is active in the witchcraft community. And I fully support solitary witches among all other paths and those who walk them. Having said that, I also believe that the Amish’s view on community is another lesson we can afford to learn from.
As the Amish people notoriously refuse help from state benefits and services or use insurance, it is imperative that members rely on other members for assistance in everything. These communities are rooted in love. The help offered and reciprocated comes from a pure place.
And while there are those who practice by themselves, the information they reference, the books they read, the social platforms and figures they virtually interact with indirectly makes them part of the community. Learning from the Amish’s example, we can stand to make our magickal circle a bit more loving.
WORKING IN HARMONY WITH MOTHER NATURE IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY
It is no secret that the Amish are religious and that they believe in God. They also believe that when people work in unison with Mother Nature – the seasons, the weather, the soil, the care for plants and animals – God looks upon them favorably. They respect their land not only to please their God, but because it’s their responsibility to care for it.
As a witch who works with botanicals and other elements in most of my practice, the parallel is not lost on me. I think it’s inherent for witches to be respectful of Mother Nature and the earth we tread on, day in and day out. What we draw from her, our power source, the bounty that is provided to us is in turn our responsibility to take care of.
The Amish people’s level of discipline is one to be admired. Members of the community who are baptized know what is expected of them and the rules they must follow. The commitment the Amish demonstrate can definitely teach anyone not only the importance of self-government, but the benefit of routine, too.
We call it practicing for a reason. My practice of witchcraft is deeply rooted in habits I forged years ago. Habits are important because they shape our lives. But you have to be disciplined in order to establish your own set of habits that will in turn become your routine.
Through the examples set by the Amish, we can all take a page out of their book in order to shape a better life for ourselves through self-government, discipline, habits, and routine.
For their refusal of using things like electricity and modern technology, the Amish are the definition of living simply. Slowing down and being mindful, making things from scratch, working the land, and being self-made are just a few pursuits of the Amish. And I think that through this simplification, they’ve really got something we can also benefit from.
By choosing to take a step back from technology, our usage of social and other forms of media, we can start to make room for our practice and our spiritual pursuits. By living more simply and slowly, we remove distraction, unhealthy comparison, stress, anxiety, the dreaded FOMO, and more. When we stop watching others do the things we want or wish we could do, we have a much higher chance of actually doing them.
Well, there you have it. I never thought I would be talking about the Amish teaching our magickal community a thing or five about witchcraft, but here we are. Thoughts? Opinions? Let me know in the comments!