There are many different types of witches in the world, and I’d want to offer you an introduction to a few of them.
To begin, I believe it is necessary to define what a witch is. A witch, in my opinion, is simply someone who performs witchcraft.
Witchcraft is a practice similar to ritual or spellwork rather than a belief system in and of itself.
So, to call oneself a witch or practice witchcraft, you don’t have to be a member of any particular church.
Many witches, on the other hand, pursue witchcraft as a religious activity.
As a result, it’s up to you to decide which route is ideal for your spiritual journey. The following list is intended to give you a broad idea of the many witches’ paths.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive or exclusive list.
You may discover that your practice incorporates parts of some, all, or none of the following, although most witchcraft practitioners find that one or more categories connect with them more than others.
Below are the different types of witches.
1. Kitchen Witch
Magic is largely pursued by a Kitchen Witch, also known as a Hearth Witch, within the home and (you guessed it) in the kitchen.
Practical magic, herbal cures, and the use of oils for healing are common beliefs among kitchen witches.
Kitchen witches like cooking, brewing, and using herbs, which they often harvest from their gardens, including herb gardens for use in their practice.
These types of witches are known as healer witches, and they were paradoxically the focus of most of King James’ European witch trials after the plague when these witches were able to treat and cure a disease, but the church could not.
During the preparation stage, Kitchen Witch includes their magic work in recipes or ointments with intention.
2. Hedge Witch
Hedge witches are one of the types of witches that engage in a technique known as “hedge jumping,” which entails leaping from this realm into the Otherworld.
Also, a Hedge Witch derives its name by straddling the line between the earthly and spiritual worlds. This type of witchcraft is heavily influenced by nature and shares a lot of similarities with local Shamanism.
Many hedge witches (remote viewing, lucid dreaming, etc.) use astral projection as a technique. In addition, many Hedge Witches will use mediumship in some way (acting as a conduit or translator of messages from the spirit realm to people).
Hedge Witches usually practice by themselves.
3. Cosmic Witches
Cosmic Witches work in astronomy and astrology, focusing on the influence of the stars, moon, and planets and their motions and interactions with Earth.
A Cosmic Witch can also work with a certain planet or other astrological entity, as well as its related elements.
4. Green Witches
Green Witches are drawn to the natural world and the elements. Also, their origins may be traced back to indigenous peoples’ traditional customs and traditions.
Green Witches labor in the natural world, practice in the natural world, and many are gardeners. In addition, a Green Witch’s connection to the outer world and Mother Nature is essential.
5. Sea Witch
A Sea Witch has strong links to water, particularly the ocean, but is not required to have such ties if location forbids it. Also, a Sea Witch can train with the river, lake, or pond water, or even a glass of water.
The use of sand, shells, and water in magical rituals and practicing magic near or in a body of water will be emphasized in Magic for Sea Witches.
6. Elemental Witch
Elemental witches are among the types of witches that work with the four elements present on Earth in their rituals. Earth, Water, Wind (Air), and Fire are the four elements.
In addition, elemental witches may use astrological signs that correspond to the elements in their practice and have a distinct altar for each element in their home.
7. Solitary Witch
The title is self-explanatory. Outside of a coven, a Solitary Witch practices alone. This unique method of practice might be included in any of the previously mentioned pathways.
8. Eclectic Witch
This is the most frequent type of witch. It’s a mash-up of many types of witchcraft, mixed traditions, and elements of any other religion.
Also, Eclectic Witches have developed their practice based on their insight and expertise. An Eclectic Witch has no established tradition or belief system; they preserve what resonates and let go of what doesn’t.
9. Traditional Witch
Traditional witches are one of the types of witches that involve those who have roots in witchcraft’s past and the Old Craft that preceded Wicca.
Also, they practice witchcraft in a historical (traditional) manner, typically studying their ancestors or other witchcraft traditions.
Traditional witches seek to honor the “traditional” ways of performing their art; thus, they frequently deal with local history and spirits.
Modern traditional witches are practicing now, although these witches hold old history and rituals in high esteem.
10. Ceremonial Witch
Ceremonial witches conduct a variety of rituals and ceremonies, but they hold ceremonies and rituals in particularly high esteem.
Also, this type of magic is woven into almost every aspect of their activity. Whatever they’re casting or trying to achieve will almost definitely include a ritual or ceremony.
In addition, Ceremonial witches frequently invoke specific creatures and spiritual entities to help them with their spells.
11. Hereditary Witch
A witch who was born into witchcraft is known as a hereditary witch. It is also a part of their genealogy and/or family.
Their magic and practice have been passed down down the centuries; however, they may use their methods in addition to or instead of their family.
There is, however, still an option. Hereditary witches must be born into witchcraft; however, you will not be a hereditary witch if you do not want to perform witchcraft.
12. Secular Witch
Secular witches still use crystals, herbs, oils, and candles in their rituals, but they don’t associate their work with spirituality.
They don’t worship any gods or higher beings, and their rituals are completely non-religious. They don’t believe in energy’s power or that their work includes it.
This isn’t to say that a secular witch can’t be spiritual; it just means that their work isn’t. The two are completely distinct.
13. Gardnerian Witch
Gardnerian Wicca, a religious system created by Gerald Garner in the 1950s, is practiced by Gardnerian Witches. It is a hierarchical system with a high priest and priestess at the top, as well as several initiations.
So, unless one has studied their unique customs and gone through appropriate initiation, one is not a Gardnerian Witch.
14. Alexandrian Witch
In the same way, as Guardian Wicca is a codified belief system with its traditions and initiations, Alexandrian Witchcraft is a formalized belief system with its traditions and initiations.
Alexandrian witches use ceremonial magic and the Qabalah in addition to some of the same practices as Guardian Wicca.
15. Animist Witch
An Animist witch thinks that all things have life and makes no distinction between humans, plants, animals, or inanimate objects.
The animist witch considers the Universe to be a living thing that binds us all together.
16. Correllian Witch
Caroline High Correll established a form of Wicca in the late twentieth century, and she is known as a witch.
Correllian witchcraft was influenced by Aradian witchcraft and the Spiritualist Church, and she came from a line of Cherokee Didanvwisgi who married Scottish Traditional Witches.
17. Dianic Witch
Dianic Witches are a branch of Wicca that focuses on female deities. Diana was also the inspiration for Dianic Witchcraft.
In addition, she was a Roman goddess of hunting, nature, and the moon.
18. Satanic Witch
A witch who follows the seven Satanic precepts and is vehemently opposed to the structures of a totalitarian society has nothing to do with Christian Lucifer’s worship.
Also, devil-worshipping is found in various areas of witchcraft, and neither is exclusive to the other.
19. Tech Witch
A witch who performs the majority of her job online or through some sort of technology; will become more common in modern witchcraft as time goes on.
20. Neo-Pagan Witch
Wicca, Gardernianism, and other new earth-based traditions are all included under this umbrella term for witches who practice modern versions of the craft.