Witchcraft is so many things. A way of life. An outlook. An aesthetic. A practice. Some people call it their religion, though I don’t. Ask a handful of witches what witchcraft is and you’ll probably get just as many answers. I did just that. Their thoughts and mine have found their way into this article.
Witchcraft is: transformation, adaptation, active, risky, messy, power and belief. I’ve organized these themes using seven principles of witchcraft: to will, to know, to feel, to go, to dare, to keep silent and to believe, based on the traditional witches’ pyramid. These general themes help describe witchcraft, but the essence of it remains elusive. Because whatever witchcraft is, it is first and foremost deeply personal.