What is a white witch?

We asked a real white witch to tell all!

We asked a real white witch to tell all!

Well a white witch for many people is a means of distinguishing practitioners of good and evil.

White witchcraft means you worship Mother Nature; the Earth, the Goddess, and the God. Witches celebrate all that the earth is and the cycles of the year, which in turn are our holidays (The Sabbats and Esbats). You tune yourself into nature and use the elements around you; the planets, the sun, moon, herbs, flowers, trees, crystals, and colours. This will all help in your spell work. The term 'white witch' is not used by witches like me I never call myself a 'white witch' as like nature- I can be both good and dark but I never use my craft for evil as whatever you send out comes back to you threefold. I practice spells, rituals and other things. That term was adopted as way of showing people who don't understand witchcraft that you are not evil and only do good magic. The term is not really used any more.

What does it mean to be a witch in today's modern society?

It is great as it is only in the last 60 years that witches have been able to practice their craft out in the open- tools and other equipment are so much more available. Finding that people are much more open to the craft and its popularity has grown so much over the last 20 years. It also means others like psychics, mediums and druids etc. are able to practice as well out in the open.

How different is it from how witches are portrayed in films and books?

It is very different, a lot of people think we ride broomsticks and look like the wicked witch of the west. That all we need to do is point a finger to get what we want and curse and hex people. Thanks to a lot of modern films and books like Harry Potter it shows that witches are normal everyday people and it takes a lot of hard work.

What do you do on a day to day basis to practice the art of witchcraft?

Well it all depends on the day and the position of the moon. I light candles and burn incense, meditate and spend time on cleansing myself and others. I am always giving thanks to the god and goddess for everything and send out positive spells to others as well.

If someone wanted to become a witch, what are the conditions/expectations?

If anyone wanted to become a witch I would say it takes research and a lot of practice, as things don't happen overnight. When I first started out many years ago- it took time for me to learn and a lot of my spells didn't work but as I got older and the more I studied- the better I got. As a witch, we have only one basic rule and that is "and it harm none do what ye will", which basically means as long as you harm no one with your spells you can do whatever you wish. There is always the karmic law which is whatever you send out comes back to you times three.

Is it something that you feel instinctively or is it something that you can become at any point in your life?

I came to witchcraft at a very low point in my life but I have always been a very spiritual person. I started out from the age of 10 as a Christian but after four years of feeling let down and unfulfilled by Christianity, I left the church and I picked up a book on witchcraft. It said- if you ever felt different or like you never belonged anywhere then you might be a witch. As I carried on reading I became fascinated with it all. From birth until then little things in my life were always pushing me into the direction of witchcraft but I never knew until then as I knew nothing about the craft. I had this desire to learn more and I picked up another book, tried out this spell that was in there and it worked. It took off from there and the more I learned the more I loved it. Being able to say 'I am a witch' was great; I was so proud to say it and have been able to grow so much spiritually.

Are you offended if people are opposed to what you do?

No as everyone is entitled to their own opinion. For many years my family were opposed to what I did as both my parents are Christians and they did not understand. After explaining to them what I did and believed in and I told them there was nothing evil about it they were completely fine. I have never shied away from telling people that I was a witch because it is who I am and if they can't accept it then it was there loss. I have found nearly all the people I have told are completely fine about it and actually want to know more about witchcraft.

How often do you have to break preconceptions about not being a traditional witch?

I find that I am not offended if people think that I am a traditional witch as the basis of modern witchcraft is on the tradition of old witchcraft. A lot of what we believe in now is what they believed in many thousands of years ago. Core traditional witchcraft is working and communing with spirits, working with elements from nature, ancestor worship, a certain level of animism, and an overall use of folk magic. Overall, l like traditional witchcraft, I would say witchcraft today is mainly a path of old lore, chants, incantations, ballads, superstitions, collections of oral lore, documented witchcraft practices and rituals. Some of the traditional witchcraft has been lost over time and has changed to blend in with modern living but still remains the basis of witchcraft.

What have you learned about yourself from becoming one?

I have learned that I am a very strong woman and that I am protected by the powers that are all around me and no matter what life throws at me I can overcome anything. I have a natural talent for witchcraft and things have a natural means of coming my way.

What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you since becoming a witch?

So many things have happened to me over my 16 years of being a witch like messages I got through the Ouija board and one strange message I got through last year. I have had blossom fall off trees when I walked under them in the spring, I have a sensitive aura so I always know when spirits are around me. When I was 16, my family went to get two cats and when they came home one of them was a black cat. Once I lit a candle and asked the gods if I could find somewhere where I could buy a broomstick, 5 hours later my parents came home with a proper broomstick for me. They had brought it while they were out and my mum said she had felt inclined to go down a different aisle that she don't normally go down and felt compelled to buy it for me.

Interview with Annette Pickering

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  1. by Nichole_Thompson 17th Oct 2013 16:23

    As I sorta read your story on your journey...i see my reflection in the mirror. I am a young women who was raised religious but all ways found my self on the outside for having too much of an open mind. I have all ways been told that this is something to look into because of my "Ora and old soul". As doing research I find that there people comments that I would decided to cast away..now are rushing back. I am only into the white side but as a newbie other then the same old advice of studying/practice were do I start??? I have no idea what to study or practice..but I feel this pull like this is were I needed to start. I would like to maybe have a little more guidance before I jump feet in :)

    Thanks though for the site because it helps to know another religious person feels the same. I have all ways believe the god/goddess you believe in is the one true god for you!

  2. by lodiea1960 26th Oct 2013 19:57

    I too like Nichole I found myself as an outsider. For many years I have been searching for who, what and where I am suppose to at this point in my life. Just when I think things are going good for me my life falls apart. I have a relative of mine who told that I had brought a spirit into my parents house and that I was a white witch. I am very intuitive of things around me as well as what is happening to those around me. I am at yet another point in my life where I need to figure out what I am and where I am suppose to be. I found myself involved with a woman who I thought was going to help me in understanding the white witch, a physic, but it turned out that she used me for money as well obtaining some of my most treasured positions. That truly ended up hurting me and turned me away from further exploring. I would truly love it if you would explain how and where to start. I live in a very small town and would not be able to do research at the local library.
    I hope to hear from you soon.

  3. by Pam 21st Nov 2013 01:29

    Lucy, who can I talk to and ask questions about this article? Is Annetta the person whom you interviewed?

  4. by mike 26th Jan 2014 04:38

    i thought that would be a Green witch?

  5. by God Approved 01st Sep 2014 17:49

    NO SUCH THING AS spells

  6. by Jennifer 07th Oct 2014 04:33

    Witches don't worship nature, the earth and the god and goddess. Pagans do. Now you can be a witch AND a pagan and in that case you would worship those things but not because you're a witch. But because you're pagan. Witchcraft and paganism are NOT one in the same. In other words, not all pagans are witches and not all witches are pagan. Paganism is a religion, and witchcraft is an art and a practice. ANYONE of ANY religion can be a witch. You should know that. Afterall, it's Magick 101. My source? Seven generations of real witches, not from reading some Wiccan mumbo jumbo out of a bad book from the 7'0s.

  7. by foxgirlx5 22nd Jan 2015 15:59

    You start with invoking god and goddess spells first den try to do whatever kinesis type of magic they have practice so that you can know which one you have the most infinity to (the elements)

  8. by Aunt Mandi 12th Mar 2015 02:02

    Nice to connect with you, and thank you for your article.

    My daughter is fourth, possibly 5th, generation. My sister and I were encouraged as children. I think you are born a witch, w... Read More

  9. by Jessica 19th Mar 2015 05:43

    My great grandmother was pagan. My family will not tell me much about her and I don't know who my great grandfather was. I have always a had a special thing about myself but i'm am Chr... Read More