What type of Witch are You?

Everyone has a preference for a specific type of witchcraft. One that resonates the most with them. I have broken down the types into two categories... The first is in regards to your practice as a whole. Do you practice only magick or is magick a part of your spirituality and religion?

The second part is the fun part. The second part is about the types of witches that I like to call Specialties. They are the type of witchcraft that you specialize in. It’s the type of witchcraft that really resonates with you deep inside.

Wiccan Witch- a Wiccan witch is one who sees magic as part of their spiritual practice. They follow the principles of the Wiccan Religion which is a nature based religion. You do not have to be Wiccan to be a witch, nor do you have to practice magick to be Wiccan. Magick and witchcraft can be part of the religion for Wiccans, but is not required. Their magick typically includes deities. There are multiple different classifications of Wicca, such as Gardenarian or Alexandrian, but that’s for another time. Just know that there are some differences, but the concept is mostly the same throughout.

Secular Witch- Secular witches practice witchcraft, but do not see it as a form of spirituality. Deities are not used in the magick practice. They manipulate the energies around them using skill and study without calling on deities for assistance. This is the common idea of being a witch, but not Wiccan. This is the most common type of witch today as more and more millennials are adopting witchcraft in place of a religion. Gone are the days of ‘thou shalts’.

Hereditary Witch - This type of witch has probably grown up around witchcraft. Parts or all of the family has practiced witchcraft and have passed down their traditions through the family, by oral learning, weird traditions, or formal learning. Many hereditary witches are taught witchcraft by a family member and have their own way of doing things which may not line up with the more common ways of doing things. They are typically raised using witchcraft in their daily life or are at least familiar with it.

Eclectic Witch- Eclectic witches don’t choose a specific type, but they pick and choose what they like from each type and use it as their own. This is more common in solitary practitioners and more common in today’s witches than it was previously. These witches won’t be able to choose just one of the specialties from below. They will be drawn to more than one, or think “well, I use this type for this situation and this one for that…” This is A-okay. There’s nothing wrong with not have one specialty. You are like a jack of all trades.

Chaos Witch- a chaos witch is similar to an eclectic witch in that they pick and choose what works for them, but Chaos witches take things one step further and keep no traditions what so ever. Not just from other people, but they do not create their own traditions. Some say that even writing things down for a chaos witch means that you are not a chaos witch.. But to each their own.


Hedge Witch- Sits on the “hedge” between worlds. More commonly called a shaman, or village healer. They have an affinity for the spirit world and herbs and plants which are used for healing. This is most commonly taught by word of mouth and uses a lot of meditation and dream-work to learn for yourself. This type of witch is familiar with the Tree of Life as they travel up and down the tree, crossing the realms, frequently. They are able to work with spirits in the spirit realm and bring back information into the material realm.

Best herbs to work with: You love them all! You should narrow it down to a handful that you can easily grow them or forage them

Favorite Crystals: Howlite- it is associated with new ideas, communication and past lives

Type of Divination: Deep mediation and Runes

Spell types: Creating concoctions from herbs or simply nature based spells, like dancing in the forest to attract fairies

Green Witch- They base their magick on the use of herbs and plants. Most, if not all, have a garden of sorts. Green Witches also create powerful spells using herbs that they have acquired or grown themselves. They are in tune with the plants in their garden and can frequently be found talking to them. Some believe that plants have a consciousness about them and that they respond to the witches requests.

Best herbs to work with: They’re all your favorite. Try to find your favorites- herbs, spices, flowers, trees, etc.

Favorite Crystals: Citrine is associated with abundance and prosperity, both things that you want in your garden

Type of Divination: Dowsing with branches or scrying into a bowl of water

Spell types: Infusing plants with your power and intentions

Cottage (Hearth) Witch- Cottage witches are a combination between Kitchen witch and Green witch. They are focused on the home (hearth). Infusing common household practices with a little bit of magick. This type of witch loves creating their own natural products and being free of chemicals in their home. Cooking and cleaning have a different meaning to this witch. They see it as a chance to infuse their home with magick- through sweeping away negative energy, removing stagnant energy (dusting), or cooking up a batch of warm cookies to bring the family happiness. They may spend all of their energy on others’ at the expense of their own health or energy.

Best herbs to work with: Oats are associated with abundance and grounding

Favorite Crystals: Green calcite is associated with softness and self-care

Type of Divination: tarot and oracle cards

Spell types: Charm bags filled with plants, crystals and other tid bits

Crystal Witch- They work with stones, crystals and gemstones for healing. They do some work with Chakras.  They have a special connection with crystals. They may have had a rock collection as a child, maybe even a pet rock. They now incorporate crystals into their magick by creating gem elixirs, mediating with specific crystals and carrying crystals around to be in constant connection with the energies of Mother Earth.

Best herbs to work with: Succulents as they are associated with healing, strength and lunar magick

Favorite Crystals: All of them. You may have a disorganized collection or you may have them organized by color and habitat

Type of Divination: Crystal Ball Scrying

Spell types: Crystal Grids

Sea/Water Witch- These witches love the ocean, and to a lesser extent, most other bodies of water. They use the ocean and its symbols in their magick, which usually coincides with the tides and the lunar cycles. They will typically live near the beach, or spend all of their time thinking about when they can get to the beach. Their altar typically has shells and driftwood. They typically choose deities such as Poseidon, or Aphrodite or water spirits such as mermaids, nymphs, or sea monsters like Kraken or Leviathan.

Water witches will have the same affinity that sea witches have to the ocean to other bodies of water. Sometimes a water witch includes all water bodies including, but not just limited to the ocean.

Best herbs to work with: Bladderwrack (aka kelp) is associated with protection

Favorite Crystals: Fluorite because it is ruled by Pisces and Neptune which are water signs/planets. Fluorite is associated with meditation, higher awareness, mysticism and clearing trauma

Type of Divination: Shell Divination

Spell types: Anything that you can use the beach in- seawater elixirs, sigils on shells, or writing a spell in the sand, only to have the ocean wash it away

Forest Witch- They are familiar with local plants and herbs, more into foraging than having a garden. They typically prefer to be in the forest, or the woods. If possible, they will live near the woods, or have a patch of undeveloped land nearby The Forest witch is in tune with nature at its most primal level and uses the energies of nature that's around her to create powerful spells. The plants and herbs that are used in spells are typically foraged. They also have a connection to the forest animals.

Best herbs to work with: Dandelions which are associated with wishes and wanderlust

Favorite Crystals: Sodalite which is associated with intuition, knowledge and transformation. All of which are highly relevant to the forest witch.

Type of Divination: Runes- preferably handmade. Runes can be made from stones, wood or even bone pieces. What material feels best for you? Also, they can be transported easily and can be cast anywhere (like during a hike).

Spell types: Charm bags and spell jars made from foraged materials.

Faery Witch- Someone who is connected to the Fae Realm and can communicate with Faeries. Commonly associated with Green Witches, they most likely have a Faery Garden for their Fae friends. Faeries can be great allies or terrible foes and the Faerie witch has an affinity for the Fae and tends to become a great ally for them by creating spaces for them to live and play. These witches may also commune with other mythical and mystical creatures like dragons, elementals and mermaids.

Best herbs to work with: Hawthorn is considered one of the most magickal trees. Those who fall asleep under them are said to risk being lost in faerie land

Favorite Crystals: Rose Quartz which is associated with love, romance, and friendship

Type of Divination: Working with the Fae. You can ask their guidance on something with an offering and gauge their reaction to it

Spell types: Anything that involves the Fae. Most times it will also involve an offering

Kitchen Witch- They use magick in cooking and baking to help the people they are cooking for. They infuse energy into the foods that they cook, which can be very powerful if done correctly. Kitchen witches love to be in the kitchen and tend to have a knack for making foods that make people feel better for no known reason. A kitchen witch may be responsible for chicken soup...  Your altar may be in your kitchen, as this is where you spend the most time. You are always looking at new recipes and you just seem to ‘know’ what substitutions will work best.

Best herbs to work with: Sage as it is a great culinary herbs as well as a cleansing herb

Favorite Crystals: Clear Quartz is associated with cleansing spaces and directing energy

Type of Divination: Tasseography (tea leaf reading) may work well for the kitchen witch

Spell types: All foods are spells for the kitchen witch if they infused it with their intentions.

Lunar Witch- This witch aligns magick with the phases of the moon. Works mostly at night and are very in tune with the cycles of the moon. They complete rituals on full moons and new moons and sometimes even for waxing and waning moons. They sync their magick and their life to the cycles of the moon. Doing this not only increases their power, but connects them with the Divine Feminine.  This type of witch is very sensitive and intuitive, possibly even psychic.

Best herbs to work with: Jasmine as it is ruled by the moon and associated with love, dreams, and spirituality

Favorite Crystals: Selenite is also ruled by the moon and is associated with peace, intuition and dissolving negative energy

Type of Divination: Dream magick and trusting the guidance that you receive while you sleep

Spell types: Moon phase spells hold the most power for these witches because they know how to harness the power of the moon and use it in their spells

Divination WitchAquarius- works with tarot, tea leaf reading, palmistry, etc. Divination witches feel called to work with divination tools, and are able to really tap into their intuition while using these tools. Their intuition while using the tools allow them to relay messages from the spirit world that may otherwise be unattainable for others using the same tools.

Best herbs to work with: Mugwort is associated with divination and clairvoyance

Favorite Crystals: Amethyst

Type of Divination: All of them. You sometimes just know which divination system wants to ‘talk’

Spell types: Tarot Spells

Astronomy or Cosmic Witch- They use astronomy and astrology to align their magick. Astronomy witches have always had a fascination with the planets and the stars and may have even dreamed about going into space when they were a kid (maybe you still do). Using the alignment of the planets and stars, they are able to sync things in their lives to times when the energies are perfect. These witches will align their life up to the movements of the planets.

Favorite Crystals: Black onyx
Type of Divination: Astrology

Storm Witch –They have a connection to the weather. Storm witches not only have an affinity for thunderstorms or rain, but may be able to control it to a degree. They align their magick to times when the weather will give them the most power (i.e. thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.). Their goal isn't destruction, but creating good magick from the power of Mother Nature during these storms.

Best herbs to work with: Alder is associated with winds and can be used to bring winds, which eventually will bring a storm.

Favorite Crystals: Sapphire

Type of Divination: Water scrying

Spell types: Magical songs, and the use of bells

Nocturnal Witch- These witches have the highest energies after midnight. Embraces darker energies of the night. Nocturnal witches are similar to lunar witches with their affinity for the moon, but Nocturnal witches are where the typical stereotype of magick in the dark comes from. These witches are typically night owls, no matter how hard they try to be a morning person. They find that their magick is more powerful when done at night.

Favorite Crystals: Onyx
Type of Divination: Ouija Board for spirit communication
Spell types: banishing spells or binding spells

Music Witch- They use sounds to enhance rituals and spells. These witches find themselves very interested in sound healing and the effects that sounds have on the human body. They typically have some sort of musical affinity, whether singing or playing and instrument. They may create their own music as their spells.

Favorite Crystals: Peridot

Type of Divination: Singing or playing music to connect, almost in a trance like fashion

Spell types: enchanting songs

Fire/Candle Witch- They tend to focus on candles, burning and working with the element of fire. Fire can be a great destroyer or a great creator. This is the fine line that these witches walk. Most witches use candles, but Fire witches find that they need candles around them and have a borderline unhealthy draw to fire. 

Best herbs to work with: Dragon’s Blood as it is associated with the lord of fire, the Dragon

Favorite Crystals: Fire Opal

Type of Divination: Candle Scrying or wax interpretation

Spell types: Protection and Purification Spells

Techno Witch- predominantly uses technology to complete spells and rituals. They are witches of the 21st century. They love to use apps on their phones or computer to create spells, keep their Book of Shadows and may even use divination tool apps. The connectedness that technology provides allows them to feel connected to their craft and they couldn't imagine "going old fashioned" and writing everything down.

Best herbs to work with: Essential oils. Although this isn’t quite an herb per say, the oils from the herbs used in diffusers are great for techno witches.

Favorite Crystals: Aura quartz is associated with purification, healing, communication and the ability to recognize beauty in all things. These crystals are partially manmade by bonding clear quartz with platinum and silver

Type of Divination: Digital Tarot Apps

Spell types: Any digital spell that was written or stored on your computer


When, and if, you choose a type, use it as a guide, but don't set it in stone. Let all ways to connect to the Universe and Mother Earth be open to you.