The Fool: Do you practice witchcraft openly or in secret?
I would describe my practice of witchcraft as open but not loud. I’m an introvert and so my witchcraft (and tarot) practice is quiet but not at all in the closet. It pretty closely mirrors my gayness when I think about it. I am out to all my friends, family, and colleagues. I have (lots of) pictures of my wife on my desk at work and I talk about her without hesitating in all but the most dangerous of situations. I’m not about to head to a Trump rally and shout about being gay, I value my life, thanks!
I don’t wear all black and bedeck myself with pentacles, not that there’s anything at all wrong with that, I know some witches who rock that look and more power to them, it’s lovely. But it isn’t my witchy look. If I’m being completely honest here, my witchy day-to-day aesthetic is a pair of comfy jeans and a nice shirt, a piece of knitwear, and a few pieces of jewelry if I’m not being completely lazy. And two of those jewelry pieces are my medic alert bracelet and my wedding ring, which I would actually consider to be magical pieces of jewelry. The medic alert bracelet is a protection spell. Think about it. It’s a talisman that I wear in case I am in need of help that can get me the care that I need. It’s also a physical reminder to take care of myself and make the right choices to nourish my body. And wedding rings are powerful magic in and of themselves as a symbol and as a piece of metal that I carry with me everywhere that reminds me of my love. Mine is the simplest plain gold band that you’ll ever see but it is my favorite piece of jewelry.
If you come to my house one of the first pieces of art that you see is a little sign that says “Stay for a Spell”. I have a miniature altar over my stove, one in the bathroom, and half of my studio is my tarot working space. We have witch related art on our walls. A friend of ours has a lovely collection of happy witches, and I love that aesthetic.
I’ve read Tarot for my friends and some of my family. The other parts of the family aren’t super interested in Tarot or else I’d have read for all of them. I’ve gone back and forth over the years as to which flavor of witch I think that I am and I’ve sort of settled on no specific kind. Well, other than Wooly ;). I freely wander into the Solitary, Kitchen, Hearth, and Green Witch realms. I like using crystals and candles and you’d be hard pressed to find a working of mine without some lavender in it. I love representations of the Goddess and my practice is Goddess-centric, leaning a little more heavily into the Greek pantheons, but I’d love to broaden that.
I believe that spirituality and practice need to be about what works for you. Like my favorite yoga teacher always says, “If it hurts, don’t do it.” If it doesn’t work for you, don’t do it. Your practice of spirituality has to work to guide you and if you feel like you’re just going through motions and mumbling magic words, it’s not going to do squat for you. I struggled a great deal in my early days with spells that rhymed. They drove me insane and I would chafe against them because they felt idiotic to me, more like some little kid playing at being a witch than some powerful magic worker. And so I stopped trying to use them and I felt so much more centered and connected when I stopped trying to force things.
So, that’s me. Out and proud, but not shouting at people on the sidewalk. We have a rainbow flag in front of our house that we started flying after the election and I’m happy with our level of sound in our community.
But I do love me a witch hat!