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Wicca within witchcraft

Updated: May 8

Submitted question covered in this blog:

"What are some ways in which Wicca had been incorporated into witchcraft?"

This is an excellent question - thank you for submitting it! It is true that many components of Wicca have been intertwined with non-Wiccan Witchcraft practices. Many of the rituals and traditions that many witches d do and follow have Wiccan origins without even realizing it.

In order to separate these two distinctions of magickal workings, i feel it necessary to reiterate the differences between high magick and low magick, as mentioned in this previous blog entry: Types of Magick.

It's worth mentioning that I'm not referring to "Magic", done for entertainment, as explained in this previous blog entry: My perspective of magick.

Wiccan traditions and rituals are most commonly high magick as most ceremonial magick is about self improvement on a spiritual level. Whereas, low magick is more practical and based on needs manifested from within the mundane. Many Wiccan practices are incorporated into folk magick practices as a way of creating structure and stability to a personal folk based practice. For example, magick circles are a Wiccan ritual even though many witches use this technique for encouraging grounding and achieving energy containment.

Here are some examples of how Wicca and witchcraft have become intertwined in many practices today:

Example rituals that are actually Wiccan in origin:

Opening/closing of a circle

Calling to the four quarters/watchtowers

Bread and wine rituals

Calling down of the Moon ritual

The user of an Athame (Magickal ritual blade)

High Magick ceremony

Beleif of the Summerland (form of afterlife)

Esbats and Sabbats, formalized coven gatherings, etc.


Examples of witchcraft that is used within Wicca

The use of a besom (magickal broom)

The use of a wand

Casting a spell

Some folk magick traditions

Working with moon phases

Wheel of the year (Pagan origin)

Regular witch gatherings (coven)


Examples of witchcraft in its own rite:

Inherited traditions passed down through family (non wiccan)

Casting spells

Magickal ingredients and workings

Creating potions and concoctions, etc.

Bring an intention into reality

Identifying as a witch (do witchcraft)

Group workings within magickal realms (or coven based)


Manifestation of intented symbolic representation of desire


Not considered witchcraft examples. But, is related to:





Psychic mediumship

Creating salves, tinctures, and other medicines



Religious ceremony

Having dreams, dream work

Animal and nature interaction

Shadow work




Examples of mundane (Purhaps influences by. But, not connected to witchcraft):

Relationships (friends, family, co workers, neighbours, etc.)

Free will, Lives, life path, soul contracts, etc.

Sports and recreational activities


Do you remember YOUR first spell?

Chances are, you've already done spells whether you consider yourself a witch, or not. Many non magickal people of the general public do witchcraft regularly, at least annually, without even realizing it.

Can you think of other examples in which a seemingly ordinary custom could actually be witchcraft? Think of something simple in your life that happens regularly. Such as something a common as a birthday tradition, for example. Can blowing out a candle on the top of a cake be considered witchcraft? Actually, yes - it is!!!

Some examples of simple witchcraft:

  • Wishes on flying parachute-seeds caught in the wind.

  • Placing a buttercup under someone's chin to determine if they are lieing when asked, "do you like butter?"

  • Picking off the pettles of a daisy flower one by one in order to determine the answer to a yes/no question.

  • Making a wish on candles and then blowing out the candles on top of a birthday cake after circling friends and family sing and chant. Then, everyone shares the cake together. 

  • Etc.

There are so many ways in which witchcraft can be incorporated into every day life with rituals as simple as stirring intention into your morning coffee in order to set the influence for the day. And, so on.

In the similar ways in which parts of witchcraft have found a place in everyday modern life of the mundane folk (non-magickal). Also, parts of Wicca have found their place in the practices and workings of the modern witch (non-Wiccan).

Any questions, please feel free to submit them. Thank you for visiting my website and for reading my blog.

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