Different types of witches

So, if you are reading this article, I’m assuming you are wondering what type of witch you are. When you are just starting to practice, there is an overwhelming amount of information to process. Discovering the different types of witches might help you narrow your focus.

When I first started practicing the craft, I wanted to be one of those more traditional, ceremonial witches, wearing a renaissance fair dress with a cape over my shoulders. But the cloak didn’t suit me. I eventually had to find my own style of witchcraft.  If you are still discovering your witchy side, this blog post will give you some ideas. There is no “right” way to do witchcraft and there are many different types of witches. This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but it should get you started on your witchy journey.

Different Types of Witches

Please note that some of these categories might overlap. And remember, you can be more than one kind of witch. Don’t get too caught up in labels. Every way of practicing witchcraft has its benefits.

Traditional Witch

This is a large umbrella category. This kind of witch is very interested in ceremony. He or she might refer to themselves as a mage, shaman, druid, or something else, rather than a witch. I find that it’s a more elaborate type of witchcraft. You will often see more tools involved (like an athame or a wand).

Modern Witch

Again, this is another umbrella category. This is a more “relaxed” kind of witchcraft. Technology might be involved in spells. I’ve also heard this called simple witchcraft, or even lazy witchcraft. It’s a way to incorporate magic into everyday living. There isn’t as much of a focus on ceremony or ritual.

Secular Witch

This witch is interested in the craft, and not the religious aspects. She or he might not celebrate the sabbats, or won’t refer to a deity while working magic. This witch can belong to any faith and still practice magic.


This type of witch practices the religious aspects and observes the sabbats. He or she will usually have a patron god or goddess s/he worships. Or even several.

Elemental Witch

This kind of witch uses air, earth, fire, and water in his or her craft. Some might favor one element over the other because air or fire (or what have you) feels right. You will usually see all elements represented on the altar.

Cosmic Witch

This witch uses the planets in magic. He or she will often practice at night, under the stars. Eclipses and other heavenly events like comets are opportunities for special spells. Some might favor solar or lunar energy, or use other planets like Venus.

Sea Witch

This kind of witch feels drawn to the sea and the element of water. She or he uses the tides in spells, that ebb and flow of energy.  Shells and driftwood might be on her altar. This witch might have a water deity like Neptune.

Green Witch

A green witch feels drawn to nature.  This witch will use herbs and plants in his or her witchcraft. On the altar, there might be special herbal blends and other greenery. Solar energy might be used in spells, because it makes things grow. I’ve also seen this kind of witch being referred to as a hedge witch.

Kitchen Witch

This witch is very concerned with the hearth and home. She or he uses food in witchcraft. She might make special enchanted meals. His or her altar might be found in the kitchen and include baking items.

Gray Witch

This is a magical practitioner who might perform both white and black magic. He or she is somewhere between these extremes, picking and choosing spells from either side. This person is neither good, nor bad. A gray witch would reject this sort of definition anyway. He or she believes every situation is nuanced.  This kind of witch might use a hex if he or she felt the person in question deserved it. He or she might work with a darker sort of deity like a trickster. This person might use blood or bone in rituals.

Faery Witch

This witch works with the fae. Faery witches might also choose a deity associated with the fae, like The Morrigan. There might be representations of faeries on his or her altar.

Hereditary Witch

This type of witch has learned the craft from his or her family. He or she grew up in a magical family and might have been doing magic  since she or he was little.

Folk Witch

This type of witch might practice hoodoo, voodoo, santeria, or even Appalachian granny magic.  Among others. This magic is typically handed down from parent to child, so there is a hereditary aspect to it. It’s often blended with other faiths, like Christianity. In some cases their is an emphasis on healing.

My Craft

I identify as a modern witch and a Wiccan. I’m somewhat of a cosmic witch, because I use lunar energy in my spells. Artemis is my chosen deity and she’s a moon goddess. I feel drawn to the moon and often sync my spells with the cycle.  However, my family is Appalachian and I have a good bit of folk witch in my practice. I also have a fascination with voodoo gods called loas. Kalfu in particular. I might choose to do shadow work with him later on. I haven’t decided yet.

Choosing Your Craft

So, those are the types of witches I’ve encountered. It is by no means an all-inclusive list.Remember, as I said earlier, there are many different ways to practice the craft. We all arrive at the same “destination,” we just choose different paths to get there. For example, when casting a love spell, a green witch would use herbs and plants, a kitchen witch might make a spelled meal, a cosmic witch might focus on the planet Venus.

Which of these types of witchcraft resonated with you? Does your practice already include some of these elements? You might find that you evolve over time. I started as a more traditional witch and switched to a more modern focus. So, don’t feel that you are locked into one way of doing witchcraft.

I would love to know more about your craft. Tell me in the comments.


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