Are you the type of person who stops to admire the red-breasted robin as he bathes in a puddle? Do you pause during walks to listen to the whispering leaves or laughing flowers? If you are fascinated by the natural world or even man-made gardens, you might be a Green Witch.
Green Magick is ultimately an earth-oriented type of witchcraft. In the wise words of Wendell Berry, “If a healthy soil is full of death, it is also full of life: worms, fungi, microorganisms of all kinds… Given only the health of the soil, nothing that dies is dead for very long.” The very essence of our humanity is connected directly to the earth. For millions of years, it has nourished and rejuvenated mankind. This relationship is sought after by many modern day Green Witches. Plagued by the hustle and bustle of urban living, the Green Witch seeks comfort in ancient rituals. The dirt, trees, herbs, plants, and flowers all have an energy.
Green practitioners consult these friends for their medicinal and magical value. They choose to grow their own herbs or gather them from the wild (also known as Wildcraft). With patience and time, Green Witches learn to make herbal remedies, craft teas, and maintenance gardens. That said, it is important to remember that the spirits of nature, the dead (of humans and animals), and the Fey play a significant role in the Green tradition.
Another point to address is the difference between a Hedge Witch and a Green Witch. Those who practice Hedge Craft walk a more shamanic path. Hedge Witches engage in spirit flight and can journey into the Other World, an amazing accomplishment for any witch. Thus, the term “hedge” signifies the boundary between this world and the spiritual realm. Similar to Green Witches, a Hedge Witch may also work as an herbal healer or even a midwife. While some differences seem drastic, it is NOT impossible for a Green Witch to become a Hedge Witch, or vice versa. A simple label cannot define you as a witch or restrict you to certain abilities. If you practice and stay true to the path, you can master any craft you want.
While many witches are born with a natural affinity, an individual has a choice in which craft they wish to pursue. Green, White, Traditional, Hedge, or Sea Witches are all welcome to our circle. Please understand though, Black Magick is NOT practiced by any member in the Circle of the PussyWillows. Black magic is a dark art, because it is used to obtain something by means of controlling someone else. Our circle does not promote Magick for personal gain.
So, are you a Green Witch? Do you have any questions or experiences you want to share? Post them in the comments below.