How I Became a Witch

Katiee McKinstry
Apr 23 · 4 min read
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There’s no one right way to become a witch.

Some people grow up in the spiritual craft, some find it by accident, and some do years of study before finally claiming to be a witch. Whatever the method you choose, you cannot go wrong, and every experience is unique.

What is a witch? In the media, you may think of Hocus Pocus, your witches with large noses that cast spells and haunt you on Halloween. To me, being a witch is more like Practical Magick, with Sandra Bullock owning a small herbal store in her town. Witch has several definitions, but my favorite is “one who is very skilled at their craft” because this encapsulates all witches, in my opinion.

There are several kinds of witches from green witches to sea witches. You may identify as one or multiple. For me, I think I encompass a lot of different types of witches because of my journey to get there.

My grandmother saw a listing for free yoga classes at the local library, and we started attending them. I felt so connected to myself and the world around me that these free beginner classes began a life long love affair. I had grown up being a Christian, but never felt fully connected to that faith; when I found yoga, suddenly I felt like this was my spiritual practice.

Around that time, I also started to cultivate new friendships with women that had more of a witchy practice. They burned incense and collected crystals. I didn’t understand the significance of these things then, but I was drawn to them and the people around me. From there, I began to study the reason crystals could be so healing and the spells that could be cast with certain candles and incense. I also found my passion for feminism.

However, I won’t get into all that now. Stay tuned.When I suddenly had a newfound passion for feminism, I felt more connected with my purpose than ever. What makes us different from one another? How can we spread the love?

My spirituality and my political passions were slowly melding into one as I began protesting, participating in The Vagina Monologues, and volunteering at sexual assault crisis centers.

I could feel the energy around me elevating, and I soon became even more interested in witchcraft.

After I graduated from college in 2018, my first job out of school was at a yoga studio. Go figure. I worked there for about a year, and this is where I completely transformed. I was surrounded by people with positive mindsets who wanted to change their lives for the better and spread all the love. I learned about essential oils, candles, incense, crystals, connection, and, most importantly, Reiki. While working at the studio, I became Reiki level 1 and 2 attuned, and I learned how to chakra heal myself and others. This was implemental in my spiritual practice, and it’s when I finally started to call myself a witch. I felt that Reiki became a religious practice for me, similar to how I felt when I discovered yoga.

You may feel that yoga and Reiki are not elements of witchcraft, and I could understand that argument. However, these are the part of me that led me to deeper witchcraft practices. After I cracked my third eye wide open, I became closer to the earth. I started to cast spells, study Wicca, learn about (and adopt) familiars, fall in love with plants and cultivate a crystal loving community. I’m not all about the labels, but if I had to give myself a few, they would be: Buddist, Pagan, and Lunar Witch. Buddist because I identify deeply with the principles of the religion; Pagan, because I feel it encapsulates everything about being a witch while still being an individual; and Lunar Witch because I actively study astrology and track the phases of the moon.

Finally, in 2020, I feel that I have found my path and purpose. I don’t fit into any one box, obviously.

Sometimes I’m punk, and sometimes I’m a hippie. At the end of the day, I’m just me.

I have so much more to learn, and so much growth headed my way in my witchcraft practice. I can’t wait to see what the universe has in store, and I trust in divine timing.

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Katiee is a witch, writer, practicing astrologer, and concert junkie based outside Atlanta, GA.

Wild Goddess Magick: Witchology Blog

An online blog for modern witches and Pagans.

Katiee McKinstry

Written by

just another astrology loving concert junkie. freelance writer. (she/her) 🔮✨

Wild Goddess Magick: Witchology Blog

An online blog for modern witches and Wiccans. Also check out latest issue of Witchology Magazine at www.witchologymagazine.com

Katiee McKinstry

Written by

just another astrology loving concert junkie. freelance writer. (she/her) 🔮✨

Wild Goddess Magick: Witchology Blog

An online blog for modern witches and Wiccans. Also check out latest issue of Witchology Magazine at www.witchologymagazine.com

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