Witchcraft, Demystified, with Mallory Leone
We are in episode 20 of 20 in our first full season, Spirituality 101. Yahoo! We did it, friend! And what a major bang we end this season on. Mallory is nothing short of a pure delight. I know for a long time, I was confused about what it even meant to be a witch. How did you practice something that has been highlighted over and over again as true fantasy? Well, if you’ve been skeptical, hesitant, or unsure yourself – this episode is for you, my friend. Mallory does is a great gift by breaking down what it means to practice witchcraft and why it feels like such a mystery when you are looking in on the outside. And let me tell you, it’s not what you expected.
I would say that there’s been lots of renaissances of witchcraft and the occult over the years. Right now it’s becoming particularly popular, and very popular with younger generations. I choose to use the term because it’s a recalcination of the word. And I think that’s how a lot of people feel who use the word. But truly, it’s a healing practice – it’s a spiritual practice. It can look however you want. Again, I come back to that word of ‘creation.’… So there’s really no definition – there’s no good definition, because you can just be it. There’s no rule book.
Mallory is the founder of The Four Corners Studio, where you can learn about raising your power and tap into your own gifts through witchcraft. Within her 1:1 work, she blends reiki, divination readings, and coaching to make the biggest impact for her clients. If you are interested in learning more about the magic in you, Mallory has created an amazing, free course called The Magic Lab and it will launch off on Janurary 28th, 2021. Otherwise, The Four Corners Studio also has wonderful, witchy apothecary like spell candles, spell kits, ritual oils, and bath potions – yummy! When entering The Four Corners Studio, I feel held, I feel supported, and I feel that I’ve got a powerful witch on my side to help me tap into my magic. What more could you want?
Witch, as an Identity
There are many female divine out there who don’t feel comfortable with even considering themselves to be a witch – guilty! ????. And for some of us, that would be because we have a witch wound. Do you remember my article on epigenetics and healing family trauma? Well, those facts come into play, here. Witch wounds, specifically, have been carried through us – energetically, from our past lives, and through our DNA – from the burning times.
The reason why women were burned at the stake had to do with controlling the sexuality of a woman, enforcing religion, and attaining other’s land. Or, you could say, power. Anything that was healing or gave you a form of your authentic self was dangerous to the patriarchy, and so the patriarchy made sure to smother that light – to kill it out. We have held on to that for so long as a society, and we can see it reflected so clearly in modern times. Just look at how women so easily persecute one another, comparison culture, and the way we compete for a sense of validity or abundance.
In the episode, Mallory shared that she has been learning and practicing witchcraft since she was 10 years old. And even with all her experience and knowledge, it still can be a whirlwind of a practice. She has become Reiki Master Certified, and continues to be fascinated and pulled towards brain training and psychology, looking into the ways it marries with the magic and mystery of the occult and witchcraft.
Specifically, it has been the relationship with power that keeps her passion and exploration alive for witchcraft. Because there is great power in standing your own ground, in knowing yourself, and in alighting the power building and emitting through you.
Here’s the thing: there’s no good definition for what a witch is, because it really is anyone who wants to take on that identity. The term witch wasn’t something that was chosen by those who practice witchcraft. It was assigned to differentiate them as something other, scary, or even deadly. And when someone wanted to accuse another to gain power.
There have been several renaissances with witchcraft and the occult over the years. It’s especially gaining popularity right now. And that’s because of this one core truth – witchcraft is a healing, spiritual practice. It’s whatever you want it to be. Witchcraft is pure creation.
Wicca is the organized religion of witches with rules, regulations, and a hierarchy of learning. This is because to practice witchcraft, there should be reverence embedded into the practice. With Wicca or without it, you should dedicate time to send that reverence to Source – whether that’s your highest self, God, the Universal Life Force, etc. And reverence can be given by simply sitting silently and engaging in a calling of peace. There are, of course, more reasons for the structure, but from an outside entrypoint, that’s what you need to know right now.
The religion was created with the goal of understanding your true self and acting according to your own will. That, in itself, is pure magic. Not everyone who follows the structure of Wicca actually regards it as a religion – just a form of practice. It depends on where you are, what you need, and what’s aligned for your highest self. If you want to learn more on this, do a Google search. Girl, that’s all I know on this!
Dressing, as a Spell
Some people think that you need to wear long purple robes, black hats, and have a black cat to be a witch. This is a myth, and it is false. The only thing you need to cast a spell is yourself.
It doesn’t matter what you wear or what tools you have in front of you. Witch is just a word. What makes the difference your ability to step into your own power and witness it – that’s what makes you a witch.
We talk a lot about the power of wardrobe manifestation at Blithe Mitrals, and through our conversation in this episode, Mallory and I were able to define dressing as its own spell. When we dress consciously and with intention, we are stepping into who we want to become that day. Assigning affitmations, blessing, or inviting a specific energy when putting on a garment and adornments can be the casting of a spell. Just think about how empowering it is to feel sexy!
Your power is internal, so whatever helps you put that energy outward is magical enough. The tool to focus on is the immediate communication or expression you hold that declares you a witch. That can be an external or internal declaration, whatever gives you that sense of I. For example, if wearing all black, or all white, or purple, or whatever chakra needs your help right now enables you to walk the path of creating witchery, than that’s the tool for you! The only thing that matters here is that it gives you the boost to step into the witch you want to be – into the person you want to be. That is magic in itself.
Magic vs. Magick, the Difference
The term Magick came to be in the Renaissance to differentiate from trick magic. We no longer need the separation, so now it’s like the difference between Theatre and Theater – it’s whatever difference you assign to it. It’s an opinion, a point of view, and no one is right or wrong. The power of Magick – magic with a k – is what you give it, just like everything else we’ve talked about in this episode.
To take it another step forward, in case you’re wondering if there is a difference in using the term magic for life and magic for witchcraft – there is none. The only thing that makes an impact is that a witches just happen to harness it.
Starting, How to
There are two roads of entry. Either you can move through the Wiccan system, or you can simply proclaim yourself to be a witch. Remember, witchcraft is whatever you want it to be. So there is no right or wrong answer, simply what is aligned for you. Hold reverence for Source – Use ritual and be intentional – Learn to be discerning. To use your inner power to create with the outside world is witchcraft.
All the tools and practices we’ve discussed in Spirituality 101 – they can be your tools for practicing witchcraft – for harnessing your power. Astrology, tarot, sound bathing, crystals, etc. – whatever you feel called to practice is simply your flavor of magic. Taking that another step forward, a good place to start, if you want a bit more direction, is by studying the magic that your ancestor’s culture practiced. Exploring your heritage in such a way can journey you through witchcraft as if it were the key.
Consider again epigentics. Think about your spirit guides. Look at that connection. Flowing through that may allow you to harness power that’s been living in you for lifetimes and could help you gain a greater since of self.
If you are considering exploring or practicing other cultural forms of magic, just be wary of appropriation. Be respectful. Have intention. Do what is aligned for you. – And just, don’t appropriate, okay?
You can also explore through different styles of witchcraft. As our last bit, below is a shortlist of some different types. You’ve got this, my friend. You’re a witch in my heart if you want to be.
Folk Witch – uses the energy of our ancestors
Kitchen Witch – uses the energy of nourishment and herbs
Forest Witch – uses the energy of plants and animals
Sea Witch – uses the energy of the sea
Ceremonial Witch – uses the energy of rituals
POINTS TO PUT IN YOUR BACK POCKET
- Witch is just a word – it’s what you make of it that creates the difference.
- To practice witchcraft is to emit the power within you to the outside. It’s to bring intention forward. It’s being your authentic self and stepping into the person you want to be.
- You may feel skeptical or hesitant of calling yourself a witch because you may have a witch wound.
- A great way to start is by looking into how your heritage practiced witchcraft or ritual and see how you can tap into it yourself.