What does a witch look like? Black pointy hats, or the ever iconic Goth aesthetic are often the go to’s for what a witch looks like. Witches have always permeated pop culture with dark looks that would convince any budding pagan to believe there was a dress code. As fun as it would be to be able to walk down the street in a globally recognized uniform so we could easily spot each other for connection, resources, and assistance, there’s many reasons it’s not ideal. As much as I enjoy the Goth aesthetic and oftentimes they do use pagan imagery, Goth is not a guaranteed witch. Many witches have their own aesthetic, their own personal style that is for them by them. Now, don’t get me wrong, if I had to pick an identifiable look, I do lean heavy on cottage core, or even dark academia, but on the daily? I rock graphic tee shirts and a variety of denim because that's my personal style, and punk never dies, it just grows up. It doesn’t make me less of a witch, in fact my appearance doesn’t impact me as a witch in the slightest. Being a witch is a choice, it’s a lifestyle, it’s even a mindset. I’m a witch when I’m acting like I’m dying from the common cold, or when I’m dressed to the 9’s for a friend’s wedding. What makes me a witch is intentionally drinking peppermint rose tea every morning, and chamomile lavender tea before bed or when I hide rocks for my niece to find to keep her safe, happy, and healthy. You can be a witch when you take a hike to clear your head or even when you are running errands. There’s 1001 different ways to be a witch and only a handful are related to your wardrobe choices (I’ll talk more about that later). Let me know when you feel most witchy, even if it’s your best witchy. As long as you remember, clothes don’t make the witch, intention does.
Fire is the element of passion and drive. It's alluring and seductive. Dangerous and protective. It keeps you warm just as much as it keeps you on your toes. Fire is a unique element in how it relates to the other 3 core elements. It depends on earth and air for fuel and it's extinguished by water. In my personal practice, I enjoy working with fire during the summer months. Summer is strongly associated with fire and it’s the peak time to spend your days in the sun taking in all that solar-fire energy. Now, of course you can work with fire any time you’d like, but with my preferences, summer is the best time for me to practice with fire and work with it as an element all its own. With perfect conditions, I absolutely love meditating with fire with a bonfire. Sitting under the stars lost in my thoughts always produces the absolute best results for me. You might be asking yourself, why would you work with fire? Well for many reasons. In my case it brings some balance to my very Earth-dominant self. It also helps me connect to some of my better creative ventures, this blog for example. I understand that not everyone has the ability to sit around a bonfire for any number of reasons, but a simple household candle or even a photo of a gorgeous flame can achieve the same results as a big old fashioned bonfire. Why would you want to work and meditate on fire? Many reasons, maybe you’re trying to hammer out your love life, or you need to find your passion. It can help you find control if you’re feeling particularly watery or you need to incite change when you’re a bit too deep in your earth-y ways. I always find fire the most comforting when I’m feeling a bit lost and in need of direction. Below you’ll find a few things I associate with fire and my favorite fire meditation to go along with it. If you want to share your feelings about fire, please leave them in the comments. I would love to hear what you think!
Colors: Red, orange, and yellow
Rocks/crystals: lava rocks, citrine, ruby, and I like to use any red, orange, or yellow rock
Plants/herbs: Sunflowers, red roses, cloves, this list can go on, but these are the first I think of
Animals: salamanders, snakes, and tigers
Time of day: Most people would say noon, when the sun is high in the sky. I deem anytime the sun is up because so help me if I’m awake before noon, earth runs DEEP in my spirit.
You’ll need: a flame of some variety, or a picture of one
DISCLAIMER: For my fellow neurodivergents, sitting still quietly does not work for everyone, it may work better for you to focus on fire while compiling a bomb fire playlist and taking a hike while you do the following meditation. Don’t let anyone trick you into sitting still! It’s just plain rude.
First: Focus on your core or heart, I usually focus on my heart beat over my breath. I focus on my heart until I find my rhythm, or when I feel at ease with my body, or in sync.
Second: Imagine your favorite place to wander. I like to imagine a path lined with sunflowers and red roses. I follow this path all the way down to a beautiful fire pit with a large fire blazing.
Next: Focus on fire. How does it feel, how do you connect with it, what comes to mind when you think about fire. Enjoy your time here. Let fire show you what it needs to show you, what do you need from fire right now. It’s okay to let your mind wander at this moment.
Finally: Come back down, I usually find myself coming out of it toward the end of my playlist, but it helps to walk yourself back down a blissfully sweet trail back into yourself.
I always suggest journaling your meditations. It may not seem important at the moment, but it may be later on.
If you are looking for a guide on the most needed tools to start practicing witchcraft, I’m pretty sure this isn't the first place you have read a master list of all the tools you need to buy and spend all your money trying to get. This list is different. So much different, I dare to say the ONLY list you will ever need to start your journey into the wonderful world of Paganism and Witchcraft. So let's dive into it and discuss the only real tools you will ever need to harness your craft.
Overall, this list, although I think it is the best list, you may choose to add more to this list that you feel your path needs. I added rocks to my personal list of tools that I HAD to have (and I do have quite a ton of rocks). Others may add plants, or even a caldron, but that’s not the important part of Paganism, that’s just the sprinkles and sometimes the frosting on top. Just like any good cake, it’s not needed, just definitely more fun with it.