So, do you think you’re a witch? According to white witch, Patricia Weston, “white witches often feel different to other people, with a penchant for meditation and healing. You might love oracle cards, crystals, astrology, and anything connected to the other side; such as fairies, angels and unicorns. Most importantly, you should have a strong sense that you’ve walked this earth many times before.”
But what should you do next? Read our ultimate beginner’s guide to set you on a path of magical inspiration.
How do you become a white witch?
If you’re new to the world of all things witchy, you might be asking ‘actually… what is a witch? And what does a witch look like?’ These days, you’d be hard-pressed to spot a witch in a crowd! They look like any other person, but their personalities are often compassionate and complex.
For white witch, Tudorbeth, “white witches are good, and are often mistaken for being earth angels. However, there is one crucial difference between them; witches have a deep connection to nature, whereas angels are beings of air. And while angels are mediators between Heaven and Earth, witches are beings of Earth, and are mediators between humans and elemental beings. However, both serve the greater good in everything they do.”
Becoming a nature witch
Many modern day witches are aligned to the natural world, and can also be described as ‘nature witches’ or ‘hedge witches’, according to Tudorbeth. If you’re wondering how to be a witch, it’s worth stepping out into natural boundaries, such as meadows, to practise your craft.
This is known as ‘meadow-bathing’, as Tudorbeth explains, “For centuries, hedge witches (traditionally witches who lived on the borders between villages) were said to be able to see into other realms, through the ritual of meadow-bathing, by following seven magical steps or ‘invitations’. Have you ever wanted to look beyond where you are and see into another place? A place you know is there, but haven’t yet been able to see? These seven steps will help guide you.”
“As you practise, look out for sparks of light; shadows out the corner of your eye; dancing orbs; spheres of rainbow light; strange feelings throughout your body, like a mild electric current running up and down your spine; strange tingling in your head; or the sensation that you are walking through a spider’s web, feeling the silken web across your face and skin.
“These are all signs that you are entering another realm. Do not be alarmed, no harm will come to you. Merely accept these encounters as part of becoming a white witch.”
1 Brush the dust away
“This is exactly as it sounds. You may have just arrived at the meadow, having come from the city after a long week at work. You may have driven to get to the meadow.
“Step out of the car, stretch, and literally brush your arms as if you were wiping something off of you. Next, stamp your feet on the ground as if you were stamping the snow off your boots. Do not think about the meadow yet. Concentrate on your movements.”
2 Freedom walk
“Step into the meadow and become aware of your surroundings. Take a moment to acknowledge the trees, animals, birds and plants.
“Reach out your hands a little from your sides, and with palms facing down, feel the energy rising to you. You may brush the wild cicely or cowslip, and sweep over the poppies.
“As you walk deeper into the meadow, become aware of any movement you see in front and at the side of you. If you begin to see flickers of light, then stop where you are for a moment. Close your eyes and then continue into the meadow until you feel the palm of your hands warm or begin to tingle. This is where you stop: this is the heart of the meadow for you.”
3 Poppy dance
“If there are poppies, cornflowers or any tall flowers blowing in the wind, watch their dance as they sway in the moment. With your arms by your sides, take slow deep breaths, and begin to mimic the dance of the poppy, breathing in and out all the time. Gentle, soft and free.
“Feel the worries drain from you through your arms and out from your palms, falling away to the ground.Focus your mind upon a tree or something else that draws your attention within the meadow. Close your eyes and see the object with your eyes closed.”
4 Meadow meditation
“Lay down where you are in the meadow. Rest your head on the ground with your palms facing down, watching the clouds dance, and breathing slowly in and out. Allow yourself to drift away.
“Feel with your senses the sights, sounds, the touch of the ground, the plants and the motion of life all swirling around you, within you, and through you, as you continue deeper into your mediation.”
5 Serenity stretch
“Afterwards when you feel ready, stretch, raising your arms above your head as you take a deep breath in, and then breathe out, releasing that energy. Move your toes, then your ankles, then your knees, feeling the stretch rising within you through every joint and every muscle.
“Feel the renewed energy of the earth rising from the meadow into your body. Gradually get up very slowly. Do not jump; all movements must be slow, as you will have been meditating for quite a while.”
6 Daisy step
“As you are taking in all of this motion and life around you, become aware of what you are hearing: the sound of the trees, the creak of the branches, the rustling of the hedgerows, the birds singing, the squirrels scurrying along the bark of the trees, the wind dancing through the leaves, the whispers from another realm trying to come through to you.
“Feel the strength within you from the power of the meadow. As you begin your journey back, step over the daisies that greet you in the meadow.”
7 Thank the meadow
“As you leave the meadow, remember to say thank you to every plant you come across by gently brushing it as you walk past. Thank your hosts for the gracious time they have given you.
“Thank the fae for their presence, and thank the other realms for their support of your path. Leave the meadow with magic and a new sense of serenity that you have never felt before.”
The first step to becoming a white witch
It can be difficult to know how to become a witch, as it is easy to fear the judgement of others. As Patricia Weston confesses, “We witches are known to hide in our broom closets for fear of being ridiculed or criticised by the outside world, and the beauty of the path of the witch is that you can do just that – the first step is to set up your altar.”
4 steps to set up an altar
Follow Patricia Weston’s simple instructions for the perfect altar.
1 “You should set up your altar with the tools of the craft. It’s a place of peace, and to cast your rituals. All you need for an altar is a small table or shelf space. When I’m not working a ritual, I like to decorate my altar just to indulge in my magical intentions, and meditate in front of it.
“If you can learn to connect with your guides and angels in spirit and use your altar as a place of connection, then you will not only raise your vibration, but you will feel more spiritually whole. The witch’s altar is where you place the tools of the craft that represent the five elements.”
2 “These elements are earth, air, fire, water and spirit. All living organisms on the planet are made up of these five elements, so we need to work with them harmoniously when setting our intentions. Earth represents our connection to the ground and our material needs; air is our ability to communicate and our intelligence; fire is our spark, courage and energy; water is our dreams, intuition and emotions; and spirit is our connection to the other side or spirit world.
“Once you’ve found your space, drape it with an attractive tablecloth. I like to place a large candle right in the middle to represent the spirit world, then leave out two tea lights to represent the God and Goddess beside that.”
3 “To represent each element, start in the north (you may need a compass to determine your directions). Place a tool to represent the earth. You can use a dish filled with clay or sea salt. There are many shops online that sell altar tools – in the east, place smouldering incense to represent air.
“To the south, place a tool such as a wand to guard against negativity and meddling spirits. A wand can be sourced from a branch that has fallen from a tree. Finally, to represent the element of water, fill a decorated cup with moon water (water that has been left out during a full moon). I use a simple pewter chalice.”
4 “Once your altar is set up with all the tools of the craft, you can leave it in place after your magic work, or wrap up your tools in black cloth to protect them until they are ready for use again. Continue to decorate your altar with flowers, crystals, candles or photos of loved ones or your animals that have passed, and perform candle spells each day.
“The witch’s altar is a beautiful focal point for healing, and I love nothing more than spending time at my altar. Get creating your special space and enjoy!”
Learning witchcraft basics
When starting witchcraft, you’ll ask questions like ‘why do people do witchcraft?’, and… ‘what is witchcraft?’ For witch Juliet Diaz, “witchcraft isn’t black or white, good or bad. It just is. What you do with this power is up to you.
“Yes, there are awful people out there using magic to harm others, and involvement with these negative energies lowers your frequency, allowing ill-willed spirits into your life. Use your intuition: if something feels wrong, don’t engage – unfriend. Always protect yourself by staying away from negative people or situations; you can also carry protective herbs, crystals and gems.”
For Patricia Weston, witchcraft is all about magically connecting with gods and goddesses. “Goddess magic can bring an amazingly powerful energy from within, assisting you to tap into your inner goddess energy. When you connect to your goddess, you also unleash your own inner power.
“Witches believe in the male and female energies of universal being or divine energy – hence the worship of the god and goddess. When I came to explore my spiritual path, I connected with some gods and goddesses and not others. For me, the connection was a deeply personal one. I associated with the deities that I felt a very strong alliance with.”
Magical tools and things white witches use
If you’re wondering, ‘what can witches do’ and ‘what do witches carry’, here are five basic witch tools you must have.
Whether in the form of a tumblestone, geode, pendulum or raw crystal, this purple gem is essential for any altar as it helps amplify the power of spells and offers protection against negative energy during spellcasting.
This powerful herb has many uses and is not to be missed from your altar – from burning its dried leaves to purify your surroundings, to using in your spells and mojo bags, every white witch should not be found without their sage!
Candles of all colours are great to have on your altar, but if you’re tight on space, ensure the one colour you have is white – these can be used for anything at all as they’re a neutral colour and can be charged with your intentions.
Symbolic of fertility, a silver chalice is a great addition to your altar as it can be used during spells, ceremonies and for keeping moon water to cleanse your crystals during a full moon.
Salt offers spiritual protection and represents the element of Earth – keep a small bowl of it on your altar, or sprinkle it during spellcasting to absorb any unwanted energies that may be present.
White witch spells
If you’re looking for beginner witch spells, you’ve come to the right place! Check out these easy spells to case for beginners from white witch, Patricia Weston.
Boost your energy spell
You will need: a quiet space, calming incense, and a candle.
Sit comfortably in the centre of the room, and bring you focus to your breathing. After a few minutes, harmonise your elements. Summon Earth from the north to connect to your energy.
Earth governs your relationship to this material world and keeps you grounded. Call the element of air – your intellect, thinking and communication skills – from the east.
Next, order fire – your courage, strength and dynamism – from the south, and water – your emotions, intuition and healing balance – from the west.
Finally, focus on your connection to the divine; request the heavens to pour white light into your body, from the top of your head all the way through to your feet. To finish, summon Archangel Metatron to surround you in his platinum shield of protection. You will feel such a wonderful, positive lift after you perform this visualisation.
Attract abundance spell
You will need: a green candle (though a tea light will suffice), patchouli or basil oil, cinnamon.
Anoint the candle with the oil by placing some on your finger, then rubbing it in in a clockwise direction.
Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top, then light the wick as you chant: ‘Money, money come to me, with respect to share with glee. In it comes, out it goes, around the world it flows. With plenty put by for contingency and plenty put by for savings and glee. For the highest good of all. Blessed be’.
Soothe your heartbreak love spell
You will need: a pink candle; jasmine, lavender or rose oil; rose quartz or a green crystal.
This is a good magic spell for beginners, and is best cast on a Friday, as it’s a day ruled by the loving and beautiful Venus. Anoint the candle with the oil, then sprinkle rose petals in a clockwise direction around it and place the rose quartz to the west.
Call on Archangel Chamuel as you light the candle, and say: ‘Chamuel, I implore thee. Fill me with your loving light, heal my heart this very night, for the highest good of all. Blessed be’.
After the candle has burnt down, carry the crystal with you to maintain your connection with Chamuel and continue the healing. You can also sprinkle the rose petals from the spell into a soothing bath, as you release burdening emotions.
Am I a white witch: quiz
You might be sitting there, gazing into the face of your feline familiar, and wondering… ‘am I a witch?’ Well, ponder no more, with Tudorbeth’s ultimate 11 signs that you are, in fact, a white witch!
1 You often have prophetic dreams
Do you have dreams that come true? Are your dreams often apocalyptic, or do you meet loved ones who have passed? You may also dream of shapes – in particular a five pointed star or a triangle.
These shapes can appear in nature throughout our dreams; such as five petals on a flower, or a triangle-shaped leaf. A circle is also a symbol of witchcraft, as it means the wholeness of the world and eternity.
2 You can easily pick up on an atmosphere
Do you walk into a room of people and know immediately if there has been an argument? Can you sense if a room is full of friends or foes? Further, can you feel if something is just not right?
Many witches are highly clairsentient, which means all feeling, and all sensing. Witches are all feeling, for we are earthly and human.
3 You prefer to be outdoors
Do you want to be outdoors, whatever the weather? You might also like to be outdoors at different times of the day and night. In fact, you might even feel that you come alive at night.
You will love the smell of grass after it has been cut, or the smell of summer rain. You might even be able to smell the snow coming in winter, as witches are the children of nature.
4 You’re a sensitive soul
Can you feel another’s pain or discomfort? People may talk to you and want your advice, or want to confide in you about their problems. People feel at ease with you because of your caring and sensitive nature.
In the past, many witches, especially white witches, acted as local counsellors. People sought our help for all manner of problems and concerns.
5 You feel a draw to a particular animal
Think back to your childhood; has there been an animal, bird or insect that is always with you or found you wherever you have been, even on holiday? It could be anything from a spider to a cat or a crow. It could even be that stray dogs seem to follow you.
These animals seek you, for they are what we call familiars: an animal, bird, or an insect which is your companion. These familiars are your gifts from Spirit to guard you and look after you.
6 You like making home remedies
Do you like spending time creating homemade herbal cures and remedies? Are you fascinated by homeopathy? Maybe you use lavender to help you sleep, or peppermint tea to calm and cool your stomach.
Witches were renowned healers and apothecaries. We were midwives and carers long before there were doctors.
7 Children and animals are naturally drawn to you
Do you find that children and animals prefer to be around you instead of their own parents and others? The reason children and animals are attracted to you is that they can sense the magic and wonder in you. You also make them feel safe, and they know they can trust you.
8 You are interested in the Universe and solar system
You might like watching documentaries about the Universe and all the different planets. You might intrinsically know that there is more life out there in space, but you also know that we are all connected; that all the paths and movements of the planets affect us here on planet earth. You might be interested in the zodiac and astrology.
9 You like arts and crafts
You like making things; from candles, to cookery, to dressmaking. You love to create, and feel at home either in the kitchen brewing up a recipe, or making presents or cards for people.
10 You recycle
The earth and environment is deeply important, and you try to protect it whenever you can. You adore the seasons and the changes in nature that they bring.
Recycling was important to you, long before everyone else did it. You love the autumn, the winter frosts, the spring flowers, and the bees buzzing in the summer parks.
11 You believe in the greater good
Everything you do is done with goodness in your heart, and you try your best at everything. You also believe in magic and all that it means, including the possibility of fairies and other elementals of the earth.
You may also believe in ghosts. Yet in all your beliefs and in all that you do, you feel strongly that there is a force of good, and you are part of it.
If you answered yes to eight or more of these questions…
Chances are, you are a white witch: And the one thing to remember with witchcraft is that once born a witch, you are always a witch. You have been here before, and now witchcraft is finding you again, so embrace it. Witchcraft is not meant to be difficult or challenging; it can mould its way into your life with such simplicity that you will realise it was already a part of you.
The best witchcraft books
The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
Learn how to use herbs, plants and flowers to make spells and potions for healing, and discover how crystals, stones and even twigs can help you find balance.
The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, and Spells (Modern Witchcraft) by Skye Alexander
If you’re searching for easy spells to cast for beginners, or an enchanting love potion, Skye Alexander will show you how. The Modern Guide to Witchcraft helps you harness your inner power to go out in the world with confidence.
Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within by Juliet Diaz
In this book, third-generation witch Juliet Diaz guides you on a journey towards the practice of magick. Juliet shows you how to cast off what doesn’t serve you, ward off evil spirits, and embody your truth.
3 white witch shops
If you’re looking for an entire range of magical books, you must visit The Atlantis Bookshop in London. It’s full of the best non-Wiccan witchcraft books, and the best spell books for beginners. It’s the home of the living history of magic, witches and witchcraft, and the bookshop offers services across the whole world of the occult.
For all your magical needs, look no further than Freya’s Cauldron. The brand specialises in supplying herbs, candles, wands, crystals, altar items and much more.
White Witch is the ideal shop for every white witch, with a whole host of witches’ tools, crystals, cards and more.