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WITCHCRAFT 101, part 2


Bright Blessings and welcome to the second installment of our Witchcraft 101 series. In part one we discussed what witchcraft is and how it can be practiced as either a religion or a more personal spiritual journey. In part two we will dive a little bit deeper and go over several different types of witchcraft and magic. Keep in mind that this list is forever changing as time progresses and there are a hundred million different types of witchcraft. For this reason, we will only be going over some of the most common types. If you are already familiar with one way to practice but don’t see it here, do us a favor and comment on this post stating what that type is and give a brief description to spread that knowledge on to the next generation.


Before we dive into the bottomless pit of theology, I thought it best to first add some clarity by defining a few terms. I would also like to add a disclaimer that many of the practices listed below can be practiced in more than one way. For example, persons who practice the same general path could potentially practice with either monotheistic, polytheistic, monolatry, or even atheistic or nontheistic beliefs.
Abrahamic & Non-Abrahamic: terms used to separate religions that either worship “the god of Abraham” (i.e., Christianity, Judaism, & Islam) or not.
Monotheism: the worship, honoring, and recognition of existence of only one divine being.
Polytheism: the worship, honoring, and recognition of existence of two or more divine beings.
Monolatry: the constant worship of one deity without denying that other deities exist
Pagan: an umbrella term used to describe many non-Abrahamic spiritual practices that are usually polytheistic and/or nature based.

Types of Witchcraft

Religious based

Religious based witchcraft is the practice of magic that has been incorporated into a religious belief system. The list below includes many religions that either already incorporate a magic practice into their belief system or that a magic practice could be easily added.

  • Wicca– a nature-based Neo-Pagan religion that worships a god and goddess generally seen as two aspects of a single divinity. (more info here)
  • Santeria– a polytheistic religion that worships Orisha’s which represent aspects of nature, human life, and the divine. 
  • Vodou (Voodoo)– a commonly misrepresented and misunderstood religion, Vodou is a religion that combines Roman Catholicism and Native African religions from the region on Dahomey. Vodou is a monotheistic religion honoring a single god as the most high but recognizes lesser gods that are involved more in the everyday practice. 
  • Hinduism– As one of the world’s oldest religions, Hinduism is a combination of religious, philosophical, and cultural beliefs and ideals.  Hinduism is unique in that practitioners can hold polytheistic, monotheistic, monolatrist, atheistic, or even nontheistic beliefs and still be Hindu.
  • Paganism– There are many different religions which may be categorized under the term Pagan(ism). Some commonalities that they share would be that they are nature-based, (usually) polytheistic, and are non-Abrahamic in their beliefs. Some pagan religions are: 
  • Druidry (Druidism) — a pagan religion with a worldwide following that upholds nature as sacred and is goal oriented to achieve creativity, wisdom, and love within their lives. With no strict dogma or sacred text, Druids beliefs and practices vary between individuals ranging from no deity to one to several but always honoring nature as sacred. (For more information check out 
  • Reconstructed Religions — a revival of the religious and spiritual practices of the Ancient Civilizations. This would include: Roman Polytheistic Reconstructionism, Hellenism (Greek), Slavic Native Faith, Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism, and Heathenry (Germanic). 
  • Stregheria — a modern pagan religion based on the traditions of early Italian witchcraft. It is believed that Stregheria has pre-Christian roots. 
  • Wicca — see above. 
  • Kemetism — a term used to group together 3 different approaches of the same belief based on the religious traditions of the ancient Egyptian peoples. Kemetic Reconstructionism is practiced most closely to the way the ancients would have where as the Kemetic Orthodox Religion is a borderline monotheistic belief where many deities are recognized but only one is consistently worshipped, and the third approach being somewhere in between.  (for more info click here)

Spirituality Based

Spirituality based witchcraft is the practice of magic without the practice of a religion nor the worship of any deity.

  • Hoodoo– a spiritual magic practice often referred to as root-work or conjuring. Practitioners (root-workers and/or conjurers) may or may not hold any religious belief alongside their hoodoo practice, although many practitioners often use prayer and passages from the bible in their workings. 
  • Kitchen Witchcraft– a witch who utilizes this spiritual practice is often found creating new and interesting items in the kitchen. Kitchen Witchcraft combines magic with cooking and the witch who practices as such uses their knowledge of herbs, spices, and other ingredients to preform spells and/or make magical food. 
  • Hedge Craft — traditionally the witch who practices this form of witchcraft was often found living on the edge, or outskirts, of town, being knowledgeable in herbs, healing, spell-crafting, counseling, and adept in psychic abilities. It was common for many townsfolk to seek out the hedge witch for charms or potions, a spell to protect livestock, a house blessing, or even just to tell their problems to, which the Hedge Witch was happy to do in exchange for goods or money. 
  • Elemental Witchcraft– although the majority of witches utilize the elements in their craft, Elemental Witchcraft will often have a heavy focus on one singular element. For example, a Sea Witch heavily focuses on the element of water, a Flame Witch (or Fire Witch) focuses on fire, an Earth Witch focuses on earth, and an Air Witch focuses on the element of air. Likewise Elemental Witchcraft can also be defined as witchcraft that uses all the elements in their craft but will focus each spell, ritual, and/or ceremony on a specific element most related to the desired outcome they wish to obtain. 
  • Eclectic Witchcraft– this form of witchcraft is often frowned upon due to its ties to cultural appropriation, but, in my opinion, is one of the most commonly practiced spiritual paths within the magic community. Eclectic witches create their own style or way of practice by respectfully taking bits and pieces of different cultural and spiritual beliefs and practices and combines them to create their own unique path that feels right to the practitioner while still honoring the cultures from which they were based. 
  • Animism — the belief that everything has a spirit, including plants, animals, weather, and inanimate objects.
  • Shamanism — a practice involving a shaman who interacts with the spirit realm through altered states of consciousness, such as a trance, usually for healing or divination.

types of magic

In addition to the different ways to practice witchcraft there are also many different types of magic, all or most of which can be used regardless of the witchcraft practice the witch follows. As a reminder witchcraft, magic, and the practice of is in itself neither good or bad, but the witch may wield that energy for either good or bad reasons. Many of the types of magic below are similar in that they invoke aid from an outside source. Some of the different types of magic would include but not limited to:

  • Candle Magic — candle magic involves the burning of a candle until it extinguishes itself. Often times the witch will carve symbols, or sigils, or words onto the candle as well as “dress” the candle with oils or herbs that will assist in obtaining the desired outcome. The color of the candle is often chosen deliberately so that the meaning of the color matches the spell.
  • Elemental Magic — elemental magic utilizes the natural elements to obtain the desired end goal. Depending on the belief of the witch this may also mean invoking the spirit of a specific element for aid.
  • Blood Magic — blood magic, much like the name suggests, uses blood to connect a person to the spell/ritual to either strengthen the magic and/or give the magic a target. This type of magic only takes a minimal amount of blood (just a drop or two) and is a separate type of magic than animal sacrifice.
  • Moon Magic — Moon magic uses the phases of the moon to strengthen a spell or ritual. Moon magic also can be used to cleanse objects by basking the object overnight in the moon’s light.
  • Ceremonial Magic — this type of high magic is usually performed within covens or other “church-like” institutions, involving strict book learning and complicated ritual that must be performed with absolute precision.
  • Herbal Magic — herbal magic utilizes the magical properties of herbs and plants to achieve the desired outcome or two strengthen a spell.
  • Crystal Magic — crystal magic uses the energy of crystals and their properties to aid a spell or ritual. Many witches will create a crystal grid by places specific crystals in specific spots so that when they are arranged this way their energies are multiplied and working together.
  • Sex Magic — sex magic uses the powerful energetic release of an orgasm to complete a spell or ritual.
  • Entity Based Magic — this type of magic invokes the aid of a specific entity or group of entities to strengthen a spell or ritual, or as a way to hire the entity to do your bidding, although I would not suggest attempting to do the later.
  • Draconic: often coined Draconic Wicca, this type of magic calls upon the wise and powerful Dragon’s to assist you in your magic.
  • Faery: the truthful and tricky Fae people, sometimes called the little people, are invoked in this type of magic.
  • Angelic: although often paired with Christianity, many witches will still invoke the angels or archangels for assistance.
  • Demonic — opposite of Angelic, this form of magic invokes Demons to do the bidding of the witch. Oftentimes demon will be forceful to achieve the desired result.
  • Spirit Guides — Most witches use spirit guides in their craft, by asking for guidance (like their name suggests), requesting aid with spells/rituals, or simply just to be there for support. Spirit guides can take the form of practically anything and are unique to the practitioner.
  • Ancestral — ancestral magic is the honoring, by giving remembrance and recognition to, your ancestral lineage, whether or not you knew them personally. Although this form of magic has been slowly gaining more followers, ancestral magic is most often found heavily within Ethnic practices more often than mainstream practices (which is a shame…more witches should try this out!).
  • Spirit Animals — similar to spirit guides, spirit animals work alongside a witch offering guidance, aid, support, and even protection. Where the two differ is that spirit animals, like I’m sure you have guessed, strictly take the form of an animal or animal-like creature.


Witchcraft and magic can be practiced in a multitude of ways. A Witch may or may not follow and uphold a religious doctrine as part of their witchcraft, while also utilizing one or more forms of magic as well. Virtually no two Witches will practice the craft the exact same way, no matter how similar their beliefs and craft may be. That is what make magic and witchcraft so magnificently beautiful and draws more and more people to join a magical path. That versatility, diversity, and freedom of choice makes witchcraft a very inclusive way of life. Often times you will find that witches will carry those ideals with them into their everyday life, knowing that there is no singular right way to achieve a goal and that not every way will work for everyone. The trick is finding what works best for you and aligns with your beliefs. Sometimes that takes a little trial and error, but once you find what works, everything just seems to click and flows naturally.

what’s next???

I hope you enjoyed reading about the different types of witchcraft and magic, and hopefully whether you’re a baby witch or a seasoned crone you learned something new. Comment below if you would like me to expand more in anything in this post or if you know of another type of witchcraft or magic that I didn’t cover please share it in the comments.

For the next few parts of this series, I am planning on covering the magical properties of some herbs and crystals, going over colors and their meanings in witchcraft, and touching on grounding, centering, and meditation and why they are important. So, stay tuned and on the lookout for these next installments of the Witchcraft 101 series, written by me, GreyFox Crawford, as part of the one and only Any Witches Blog brought to you by Any Witches Way at

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Witchcraft 101 (part one)

What’s up, witches?!

Bright Blessings and welcome to yet another installment of the Any Witches Blog. Today’s episode is extra special, because it is the opening of our Witchcraft 101 series. In case you missed it in my last post, the Witchcraft 101 series is all about the basics of witchcraft. Throughout the series I will be touching on topics such as: herbs, crystals, colors, candles, deities, and “fortune-telling,” just to name a few. Much of the information you will find in this series will be, what I consider, commonly accepted knowledge within the wonderful world of Witchcraft (……and Wizardry *thanks JK Rowling and Harry Potter*)

What is Witchcraft?

“What is witchcraft?” Such a seemingly simple and innocent question, one that you would think had an equally simple answer, which it does. The simple answer being witchcraft is the practice of magic, but does that really answer the question? Witchcraft is many things. From a religion to spirituality, witchcraft can be practiced in as many ways as its practitioners.

Good vs. Evil

According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), witchcraft is an Old English noun meaning “magic or other supernatural practices; (the use of) magic or other supernatural powers, esp. for evil purposes or as used by witches.” A rather broad definition for the term, and although technically accurate, it gives a rather negative view of those who are witches. I would assume, and hope, that the later part of that definition is for Hollywood or time-period specific, otherwise I would take offense to their definition. Basically, at its simplest of definitions, witchcraft is the practice of magic. Witchcraft, itself is neither good nor evil, and neither are its practitioners, but a witch can use witchcraft with good and/or evil intent.

Now I am sure some of you are asking how witchcraft can be used for, but not be, good and evil. To answer this, I like to use Christianity as a reference. The majority of people view Christianity has inherently good, but history has proven that Christianity has been used for both good and evil. An example of good being programs and non-profit’s that cater to the less fortunate, whereas an example of evil would be the wars and mass slaughters done in the name of “God” or the church (i.e. the Crusades). In the same way witchcraft itself is neither good nor evil, but the person behind the witchcraft can wield its power for either good or evil reasons. Spells for protection would be an example of one-way witchcraft might be used for good. Whereas a blood-line curse or a hex could be an example of evil. In both cases the witchcraft, or magic, behind the spell, curse, or hex is neither good nor evil. Whereas the witch’s intent that fuels the spell, curse, or hex is for good or evil reasoning.

Religion vs. Spirituality

Witchcraft is also a religion and a spirituality but doesn’t have to be both simultaneously. As a religion, we see witchcraft as Wicca and the practitioners as Wiccans. The major difference between witches who are Wiccans (religious based) and witches who are spiritual based is that Wiccans are bound by a set of laws or rules, just like any other religion, known as the Wiccan Rede. As a spirituality, witchcraft, and the practice of, becomes a way of living unique to each practitioner, constantly changing and evolving with the practitioner’s growth and/or decline. It offers a freedom of choice to where once there was none. It allows an individual to create their own path and encourages the constant learning and relearning of different religions and/or spiritualities, and the choice to incorporate them into your path or not.

Witchcraft, as a spirituality, is many different things and rarely the same to two practitioners. You may have seen the term “eclectic” witchcraft, which in my belief is what the majority of witches practice today. Essentially, eclectic witchcraft is witchcraft as a spirituality, where the practitioner has taken bits and pieces of different religions and spiritualities and blended them together in a unique and personal way to form their own personal practice style. There has been some criticism of eclectic witchcraft, stating that it disrespects the cultures that get ripped apart and used by others. In a way this is true, but if done out of respect and used personally rather than as an attempt to dilute or otherwise lessen the culture from which it is taken from, than I, personally, do not see any wrong in it. An old proverb, made popular by Charles Caleb Colton, states that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” If that proverb doesn’t fit perfectly, I don’t know what does.

Witchcraft in its most broad of definitions is the practice of magic. The style, or form, in which the Witch practices is as unique as the Witch themself. Witchcraft can be just a spiritual journey or practiced as part of a religion (there is more than just Wicca, find out in part 2!).

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Bright Blessings and Welcome to another installment of the Any Witches Blog.
Please first allow me to apologize for being absent for an extended period of time. I had some self-work that needed my full attention. Although I am still working through some of it, I am able to focus some of that energy back into this beautiful work in progress.
I am back and ready to get into gear and becoming more present, not only here at Any Witches Way but in my life in general. So, I am sorry for my absentness but get ready to be seeing too much of me. LoL 😀


I am planning to launch a series of posts, over the next few weeks, entitled Witchcraft 101. This series is still in the making, so bear with me on release dates and times. If you couldn’t guess it, the general topic of the series will be the basics of witchcraft. The information within the series will be what the majority of witches, if not all, agree to be true and what could be deemed as “common knowledge.” I plan to have at least three installments including topics such as grounding, meditation, herbs, crystals, candles, and much more!!

As always feel free to reach out and email me at GreyFox ( I would love to hear any and all feedback you have, whether it is praises or critiques. Also, if you are going through a bumpy part of the path you travel, my inbox is open, and I am here for you to vent or ask questions. Or maybe you just need a friend to talk to, my inbox is open for that too.

Stay tuned for the first installment of Witchcraft 101, which should be available within the next week or two.

This is GreyFox signing off for now. Until we meet again. Stay safe and be blessed!

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A Personal Post


Bright Blessing’s, and welcome to another episode of the Any Witches Way blog. Brought to you by the one and only, GreyFox Crawford. Tonight’s episode will be slightly different than what was originally intended. Because of this, I feel obligated to add a reader’s warning.

This post may not be suitable for some readers. This post may also be triggering to some individuals.
This post contains personal experiences of living with MENTAL ILLNESS.

If you are struggling with life, and all that life throws at you, and it feels unbearable or too much to deal with, please reach out and talk to someone. If you have thoughts of hurting yourself, hurting others, or hurting animals or if you have already acted on those thoughts, PLEASE reach out and talk to someone. If you feel like you do not know, or feel comfortable with, anyone to talk to about this, you can Call or text 1-800-985-5990. This number is for the disaster distress helpline. Which provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24/7. Another national resource you can call or text is the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which offers 24/7 support for anyone in emotional distress. The 988 Lifeline also offers an IM style crisis chat if you prefer to chat online or don’t have access to a phone.
I, personally, would like to also give you the option to email me. Keep in mind that I am NOT a counselor, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc. I do NOT have any type of degree or expertise in ANY medical field, including mental health. Emailing me is for those of you who are not in a crisis situation and are in need of help that I cannot provide, rather my offer is for those of you who need to vent, or want an outsiders opinion, or maybe you find it easier to talk to someone when hiding behind the mask of the internet. Basically, I am offering a new friendship, or pen pal. Giving the option to connect with someone who may be going through something similar and who understands what it is like living with Mental Illness. You can email me 24/7 but do not expect fast response, it may take a week or longer for me to get to and respond to your email (I am a busy person, living my life, and dealing with my own hardships), so please be patient, I will respond as soon as I can. My email is

As I am sitting here typing away at this new post, sipping some tea, on a cool late spring evening/early morning, I am reminded that, sometimes, we, as individuals, are not “fine,” and that sometimes that is okay. If you have not assumed or guessed it, I am experiencing a depressive episode. Dealing with a myriad of different stresses, both good and bad, that have been piling up behind the sketchy looking flood gates that allow me to hold off, or procrastinate, dealing with those stresses. This is one of the worst coping mechanisms, in my personal opinion, that anyone can choose to utilize in an attempt to get in control of and/or deal with their emotions and life’s stresses, BUT, I also think that, bottling up, is one of the most commonly used coping mechanisms universally.

I have Major Depressive Disorder, also know as depression. MDD can show itself differently in every individual affected by it. For me, during a depressive episode, MDD might appear as a general sadness that hovers and clings to me even during times of happiness or activities of enjoyment. Other times however, my MDD will come at me head on at full speed making it seemingly impossible for my able body to get out of bed. Luckily I have not experienced the later in quite some time, mainly because I have learned that most of the things I do not want to do when these episodes occur are the things, or activities, that I actually need the most. For example, I love to write. You can almost always see me carrying a pen and paper with me, ready to jot down the next random idea that suddenly pops in my head. BUT when I am experiencing one of these funks, I just don’t want to write. Even if I have the most brilliant idea or topic for a post or story, I just can not seem to put forth the effort to put pen to paper. Because I know of this blockade that MDD places upon me, I have trained myself to push through and force myself to start writing. Even if I cant think of anything of substance to write about, I make myself to start writing. If I cant think of anything, I will begin writing down what I can see around me, which usually ends up being what my dogs are doing at that point in time. But the important part is that I write something down. And literally as soon as I get that first word written, guess what, I just successfully got over a barrier that MDD was using to keep me feeling trapped. That may seem like a simple task, writing a single word, but during these episodes you can often find me doing anything else besides the things that I enjoy and find pleasure in. It is important that we acknowledge and celebrate every victory, no matter how great or small it may appear. Bask in the glory of beating even the simplest of obstacles, by simply writing down a single word.

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Hey There!

What’s up witches?!

Welcome to my little virtual sacred space. All are welcome here, as long as there is no ill intent from within you.

First off, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tim, though I go by GreyFox. I am a solitary witch, and my practice is rather eclectic. I personally do not follow any pantheon, meaning that i do not honor, worship, pray, etc. to any god or goddess but, I do recognize their existence. I have drawn my witching style from several cultures around the world (such as Hoodoo, Vudoun, Yoruba, Native American, and more), taking just bits and pieces of each and morphing them together to create my unique style of witchy ways. I transitioned to walking this path around 10 years ago and haven’t looked back.

Being able to have the freedom of deciding what to believe and how to practice that belief, I think, is what draws so many individuals to the path of witchcraft. And although many witches have disagreements with each other, sometimes to the point of casting against one another, we, as a whole community, tend to recognize, and accept the fact, that not everyone will have the same beliefs nor practice the same way. It is with this mindset of acceptance that allows practically every witch to coexist with other witches without having the fear of being unaccepted. Which is what has greatly kept me on this path, because having that acceptance meant a great deal to me.

This little virtual sacred space of mine has been a long and hard journey of its own. This blog and webstore sprouted out of a nearly unrealistic pipedream of my baby witch self. I started to collect magickal ingredients (such as red brick dust, herbs, moon water, etc.) that I could later package and sell in my witchcraft store of dreams. Unfortunately, due to some poor life choices I lost all of my collected inventory and ended up moving halfway across the states to live with my parents at 25 years old. Luckily I managed to get back on my feet rather quickly and was back on my own, with my current partner. During that time, however, this pipedream remained as such, staying on the backburner until I was ready to attempt starting it all over again.

A few years went by and that pipedream started to go cold. That is when an incredible opportunity fell into my lap that my whole being refused to let pass me by. And although this would now be my third go around in creating this wonderous space, I am happy that I jumped on that opportunity and never gave up on it, even after failing twice.


Welcome and Merry Meet!! All you beautiful witches, and non-witches alike. Welcome to Any Witches Way blog and webstore, a virtual sacred place where all are welcome and encouraged to join. Feel free to explore; check out our continually growing product catalog, and purchase something if you feel drawn to do so. If you don’t find something today be sure to come back and look again because we are still adding to and expanding our catalog.

Also, I invite you to leave me feedback, like a suggestions box. I am still new at all of this and I am learning more each day. I welcome constructive criticisms, suggestions, praises, et cetera. Or if you have any questions, qualms, or queries I encourage you to ask away and I will do my very best to respond to each and every one. You can do all of the above options in a couple different ways. You can leave a comment on this post. There should be a little section on the site where you can leave a message or feedback, but I will be honest and say that I am not 100% sure if or where it would be (sorry but i will make sure this option is available as soon as possible). Finally if neither of the other options suit you, you can email me directly at That is my personal email address that is dedicated strictly for members and visitors of blog and webstore.

I look forward to hearing from all of you!!

Until next time



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