I have noticed that witchcraft has recently become a trend. Does anyone else remember last year when Sephora (a makeup company) sold a “beginner witch kit”? Yeah, that was weird. Since when has witchcraft has become an “aesthetic”? Well I don’t know the exact answer to that, but I do know that there has been a clear increase of people calling themselves “witch” despite not actually practicing witchcraft. They assign this title to themselves based solely on the way that they dress and how they decorate their house. They think the “witchy look” or “witch aesthetic” equals actual witchcraft. This seems to be especially prevalent in the online goth community. I follow hashtags such as “witch” and “witchcraft” on Instagram as a way to find more witch pages and connect with other witches. Unfortunately, I often notice that the people/pages using these tags are not using them to describe witches or witchcraft at all! They are using them to describe goth fashion.
Witchcraft is not a fashion or a trend; it’s spiritual and a way of life. People dedicate their lives to the study of their path of witchcraft. For me personally, I didn’t dedicate ten years of my life to studying these ancient and sacred traditions for people to start reducing them down to cosplay. Because at the end of the day, that’s exactly what these people are doing; they’re dressing up like what they think a witch should look like when in reality, a witch can look like anyone. A witch can belong to any background, gender, nationality, and dress any way they like. Maybe they like to dress in hippie fashion, maybe they like to dress in goth fashion, or maybe they don’t like to dress in any any particular way at all! Because being a witch has absolutely nothing to do with what you wear.
It also has nothing to do with how you decorate your house. Many who claim to be witches also do so based off of not only what they wear, but what they buy. They believe that purchasing items that “look witchy” and putting them in their house makes them a witch. These people are “witches” in about the same way I’m a “musician” just because I bought a guitar and have it on display it in my living room.
I believe anyone can be called to a path of witchcraft. But if you feel you have been called you have to put in the time and effort, like with most things in life! It is important to be knowledgeable about your craft and dedicate time to research, especially if you are just starting out. I personally would definitely not be comfortable with aligning myself with a religion or spirituality without knowing fully what it is about. If you disregard New Age practices, witchcraft has origins in almost every country so there are many paths to research. If you add in New Age practices such as Wicca, there are even more! Don’t just do what “sounds cool”, that is not respectful. I think it’s important to find the path you are called to and be knowledgeable about what you are practicing. Witchcraft is so much more than just wearing black and buying sage!
Author: Gigi of Silfren Circle
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Hey, I’m Gigi! I’m 26 years old and I currently live in Atlanta but I’m originally from the metro Detroit area. I’m an eclectic witch and I’ve been officially practicing for 8 years. I’m an aspiring chiropractor and I love animals and Japanese culture. I lived in Japan for two and a half years! I’m currently attending school at Life University to get a doctorate in chiropractic and hope to open my own practice for both people and animals and to help people learn about taking a more holistic approach to their health.