Modern witches: Myths and truths about Spellcasting in the 21st century

Are witches even real? What is to cast a spell? Don’t go shopping for expensive crystals, cauldrons and wands. If you want to start making your own magick or if you are curious about it, here we’ll explain common myths about modern witches and the basics of spellcasting.

Have you ever dreamt about someone and the next thing you know you receive a message from them? Do you usually make a wish over your birthday candles or fill your bathtub with salts and light some candles to change the atmosphere? Well, dear friend, you are a modern witch, just like me.

Do you usually make a wish over your birthday candles or fill your bathtub with salts and light some candles to change the atmosphere?

Myth 1: Witches are not real

Witches are people who practice magick and, as you have already seen, you practice magick. Magick is the art of raising and directing energy to fulfill your intentions. In our imagery witches are evil women making love potions out of bones and human blood and the truth is quite different from that. a witch is only a person who is aware of their power and intentions and acts upon them.

Witches are people who practice magick and, as you have already seen, you practice magick. Magick is the art of raising and directing energy to fulfill your intentions.

Myth 2: you need to study to cast a spell

You don’t need to buy crystals, cauldrons, a magic wand and wait until the full moon to cast a spell. Performing a spell is setting your intentions and conducting a ritual: a simple candle will do. Here’s a beginner’s guide to spellcraft.

You don't need much to cast a spell.

Myth 3: witches are women

Male, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, trans or whatever your sex or gender is, you can practice magick. You just need to set your intention clear, the universe will do the rest.

You just need to set your intention clear, the universe will do the rest.

Myth 3: magick is hereditary

It is often believed that you have to come from a magickal bloodline to become a witch, nothing further from the truth. You can set your intentions whatever your linage is.

You can set your intentions whatever your linage is.

Myth 4: hexes are not real

Are you familiar with the Law of threefold return? The rule of threes states that whatever energy you direct will be returned to you with three times more power –so never cast a spell intending to cause harm. If you use your magick to hurt someone, it will bounce back, remember positive energy is more powerful.

If you use your magick to hurt someone, it will bounce back, remember positive energy is more powerful.

Myth 5: you must be part of a coven and buy a set of objects to practice witchcraft

Magick is personal and you don’t need anything else than you to be able to cast a spell. Simply writing on a paper what you want to achieve will do.

Always remember to stay positive and do what feels right for you. Work with the universe not against it!

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who and loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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