Ever since I was a wee wild child I’ve been entranced with the idea of witches and witchcraft. In middle school I probably hit peak obsession, collecting all the witchcraft books I could find in Barnes and Noble and giving an unprompted presentation about it in history. It simmered down some in high school, but resurfaced in college (specifically during the semester I spent in Salem, obviously.)
I’ve tried and failed several times in the past decade or so to actually practice traditional witchcraft, with an intricate altar and rituals by moonlight and incense, but to be honest I’ve never been particularly religious. Nor am I very good at spending time trying to cultivate spells and celebrate the wheel of the year with all my other obsessions sucking all my time up. Or at least, that’s what I’ve thought until recently.
I might not be what you’d call a traditional witch, but I damn well am an art witch. For me, creating art is my practice. It is how I cultivate myself and where I pour all my energy to manifest things (art) in my life. I’ve seen this concept pop up a few times recently in my internet travels, coincidentally as I was contemplating it on my own.
My ritual is more akin to carefully prepping screens for printing at night by candlelight (thanks UV sensitive emulsion for making my process extra) with intention and focus because if you mess that up, the whole printing process is screwed. My spell craft is my painting and drawing; I visualize my intentions, find the tools I require to create the results I want to manifest, and make art basically appear out of nowhere. If that isn’t magic, I dunno what is! I suppose it also helps that my subject matter generally lends itself to powerful women, heavy symbolism, and general occult/fantasy inspirations. And incense. I use lots of incense.
Trying to connect to my art in a more ritualistic manner has actually been a real help with bringing more focus into my work time. As well as helping me take what I’m doing more seriously and with more intent, which is significantly improving my outcomes. I now feel like if I’m going to spend time doing it (with really anything in my life lately), it’s worth doing by delving more deeply than just going through the motions.
Adds a little magic to the mundane!
Are any of you non-traditional witches? What are your rituals in your daily life that make it more magical?