(that no one ever talks about, shhh....)
It’s pretty obvious that most people on the outside of the magickal and witchcraft communities don’t realize the extent of transformation and the true development of abilities and skills that a witch undergoes throughout their practice. And while this is really something to be expected, it seems that too often there are those within our midst who don’t fully realize that yeah, this stuff is really real and yeah, not everything is metaphor.
It may be tempting to blame some of this, at least in part, on the lack of breadth contained in much of the easily accessible information on witchcraft, but considering that most of this information is specifically aimed at those with little to no knowledge, the inclusion of such could be overwhelming and likely discourage more than a few people from continuing in their practice* -not to mention, it really isn’t relevant within that context.
So, with that in mind, that basic info can only cover basic points (in order to retain relevancy, efficacy, and value) this is a quasi-tongue in cheek post on some of the surprising developments that you can expect thanks to the time, effort, and dedication you put into your witchcraft practice.
Of course, this list is neither exhaustive nor to be taken as some sort of guarantee. Rather, it’s just a fun look at some of the weird shit that I and my best witch friends have experienced as we’ve crossed that milestone of having practiced witchcraft for longer than we haven’t. Your experiences may very well differ and you may very well have additional experiences that aren’t mentioned here, in which case… feel free to give me and other readers a heads up on other things we could potentially look forward to!
*Never mind that witchcraft isn’t for everyone; discussion for another time.
**Or at least, they should.
***Reason why further details are withheld for these example is because I’m neither going into the whole ethics of cursing thing here or allowing space for it. The only morality or code of ethics that exists in witchcraft is the one you personally develop based upon your own experiences. Responsibility is placed in your hands, read that as you will and tread as you will.
5/4/2017 04:18:20 pm
Your articles are very interesting and thought provoking. I have only re-entered my calling to this the last couple of years so feel in many ways a newbie. Thank you for your posts.
5/4/2017 07:31:06 pm
Thank you, Kit! I think it's pretty natural to go through fallow time periods, where we either fall off the path or the path seems to disappear beneath our feet. Getting back on track definitely takes effort, but you have an advantage in that your previous experience doesn't go away. It'll be there, waiting for you to reactivate those channels within yourself, so you can resume being there badass change-maker you feel called to be.
5/6/2017 11:52:29 pm
Love this! Really enjoy reading your writing. I lived in New Mexico and did my undergrad there. Hope to get back there someday.
5/7/2017 12:09:11 pm
So glad to hear it, Petra! :) There is something about New Mexico that is just captivating. The yuccas are blossoming here now and the desert is just awash in color. I love it.
8/4/2017 02:05:12 am
..beautiful.. thank you lady Althaea🔮💫💜
8/12/2017 07:01:06 pm
Thank you so much! I found this while googling why am I dehydrated after spell work and this whole article was an amazing help. That line of "...it's so not a big deal and it doesn't make you special" is the largest comfort I have found in a long time. I'm one of those who is just crawling out of the inexperienced type you mentioned above and this sentence made me feel normal for maybe the first time as I've been living all of the above and having no clue what was going on. Just learned how to use my off switch and it's been easier by far from there. (Don't expect applause trust me, I know, that's how it's supposed to go, just wanted you to know this resonated)Thank you.
8/30/2017 01:20:16 pm
Thank you, Chloe. Your experience is part of why I put this article together. There is just so much strange stuff that happens when you walk this path and despite how common this strange stuff is, no one really talks about it. I truly am glad that you found this helpful but I am even more glad that you have not just the awareness of the amount of effort necessary to make any progress as a witch but that you have the *willingness* to do the work.
11/16/2017 08:48:12 am
Thank you so much for all the information I read on your website. It it not wishy-washy like most witchcraft books I have bought and very interesting. I realise I'm not on my own in my knowing and instincts and has put me one step further to understanding myself. I will be buying any books you have written. Thank you Lady Althaea.
11/16/2017 10:08:40 am
Thank you so much, Carla! It is my hope, with anything that I write, to encourage people to look at their spiritual and religious practices from another perspective that encourages them to do more, to be active within their practices and be enriched by them.
2/9/2018 01:52:17 pm
1st off, I absolutely love your no BS approach to not only witchcraft but talking and sharing of the subject. The dry mouth made me laugh, in part because I agree, and because after doing some cleansing of myself etc, I found that my pee was bright bright green! Freaked me out at 1st but after thinking about it, it made sense. Also throwing up has happened. Whoops. Thank you for doing what you do and I’m excited to continue learning and growing with your help 😊
2/11/2018 10:59:31 pm
Thank you, Marlena, and thank you for sharing your own experiences! It is so funny how common little things like these are, and yet... no one really talks about it (I hope that at least it's one of those things that most witches are scribbling down in their notes! lol) Like you said, it really does make sense that there are such physical responses to our magickal/spiritual work. It takes both our physical bodies and our spiritual bodies to make the magick go, so it follows that both should feel the effects.
Thank you for this article Althaea, it puts into words purely and clearly the experiences I have had for years! It has always stumped me as how to share what a synchronicity truly is - not just a series of events but rather a wake up call for what is occurring. Witchcraft is not a casual hobby but a way of life (for me), it is who I am, who I have always been. It is a challenge, a blessing, an honor.
8/11/2018 01:35:50 pm
You're welcome, Jennifer, and thank you for sharing your experience! Synchronicity is one of those things that you really don't get unless you've experienced it -but it comes as part of that lack of separation that we cultivate in our lives as witches, walking in that liminal space between the physical and spiritual world and developing our senses to more accurately perceive the subtlety of both worlds.
1/8/2019 09:49:10 am
This was a really interesting article you have written. I have a million questions but I will try to keep it short. I am a Christian. I am curious to know about other religions without judgement.. Witchcraft is very intriguing to me also.. I like looking into numerology and things of that nature. I have been extremely empathetic to where I thought it was just weird that i never have had before and a few other things you have mentioned.. Would numerology be considered something that would give me the dehydration and other consequenses?
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