By its essential nature, witchcraft is the tool we use to interact with the spiritual world. If you’re new to all of this, you might have a desire to quantify the concept of what the spiritual world represents, and for you to do that is a natural desire of your rational mind. But you won’t find a clearly defined explanation here.
There are no prerequisite beliefs necessary to practice witchcraft. There is no guiding book or institution that predestines the practices and knowledge that you’ll accept. You are in control of your own life, and it is simply your choice to practice the craft that makes you a witch.
And it’s that fact–that witchcraft has no standardized set of beliefs–that allows you to choose the practices that make up your craft, and to commune with others who share a common thread.
Two witches can follow different paths and show reverence for the same natural world. It’s this divergence from definition that gives witchcraft its power and gives you the power to change your world.
Even so, witches commonly develop three main personal skills to help them develop their craft:
Insight is increasing your sensitivity to the world around you. This includes a greater sensitivity to yourself, other people, nature and the spiritual world.
Some are born more insightful than others, but this skill can be developed simply by bringing more awareness to a few areas in your life, like self awareness, empathy and intuition.
Self awareness is our ability to accurately describe ourselves. We do this by turning our assessment inward, and by validating what we belive is true about ourselves against outside truths.
Empathy asks us to understand and share the feelings of another. It’s by turning our attention to the well-being of others that we develop this skill and in turn, our insight
Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. We can apply this ability in our lives by trusting ourselves and acting on that deep trust to work our craft.
POWER OF WILL
Power of will is a skill that asks us to develop a strong mind. It is the mind that allows us to create and bring forth changes in our lives.
Witches sometimes choose to cultivate mental strength in three areas, such as consistency, subconscious control and focus.
Consistent attention to your craft will give you better results than dabbling. The witch who practices daily sharpens her mind and improves her craft.
Many people don’t know that a vast majority of their daily actions are controlled by their subconscious thoughts and programming. Witches understand this, and we actively reprogram limiting beliefs, untruths and bad energies daily to remove unwanted results in our magick.
This is the ability to remain mentally focused on one thing at a time. Mental focus is necessary in spellwork to ensure the desired outcome is clear and without ambiguity.
Energy is what makes the world go round and it’s an essential part of many witches’ craft. Make sure you’re well-rested and fueling your mind and body with a clean diet from the earth.
And with that good foundation in place, you may want to consider the following energy management areas:
Raising energy is the process of creating some frequency of energy (emotions work well) inside of yourself and raising that energy into a much more powerful state.
Projecting energy is the ability to take the energy created within yourself and imbueing that energy into or onto an object, person or desired outcome. It’s the transfer of energy from one area to another.
Sensing energy is the ability to navigate and define different fields of energy and categorize them into an emotion, idea or frequency.
Absorbing energy is the ability to intentionally draw in desired energies to accomplish your desired outcomes. For example, if you’re stressed, calming energies may be absorbed to neutralize that stress.