A Natural Witch Moment: What is the difference between the Hedgewitch, Kitchen Witch, & Green Witch?

The Hummingbird:

Energies:  peace,  joy, love
Element:  Water
Planet:  Venus
Colors:  pink, green,
Herbs:  lavender, primrose, fern, lotus
Stones:  rose quartz, jade

Hummingbird is a free spirit of the forest.  It follows the wind from blossom to blossom without leaving a trail of its existence.  It is the spirit of the seeker, forever searching for that which will fulfill it.  It is the embodiment of wistful love; the harbinger of good omens; a creature of the wind, carrying messages to and fro through the twisted limbs of trees and shades of ever-changing sky.  Hummingbird is the favored steed of fairy folk; the messenger of dreams; and handmaiden to the green witch.

Skullcap: 

Energies:  love, fidelity, peace
Element:  Water
Planet:  Saturn
Gender:  Feminine (receptive)

Skullcap is used in spells to promote peace and harmony; to ease transitions of any kind; to enhance mental clarity and peace of mind; to help heal the soul from a loss; and to enhance meditation.  It’s said that if a woman wears skullcap, her husband will be so strongly drawn to her as to be oblivious to the charms of other women.  Skullcap is also used in spells of reconciliation, to heal rifts in friendships, and to cleanse a space of disruptive or frenetic energies.

What is the difference between the Hedgewitch, Kitchen Witch, & Green Witch?

A lot of people view these three aspects of the witch as one in the same thing, with a few minor differences, and I believe this to be true, especially when you look at the similarities between the Hedge, Kitchen, and Green witch:  all three of these practices involve using natural things of the world, those things found around you, to create magic– herbs and stones; energies of the animal world; folk magic; personal spells; and informal spell casting, rather than heavy-duty ritual.  Most of these practices involve a solitary practitioner, and this practitioner tends to be very independent and imaginative in their magickal endeavors.  Simplicity is the bottom line, inter-laced with old world charm.

The Green Witch…connects with the power and magickal energy found within herbs.  Her magic is natural and is often attuned to healing– healing of the body, mind, and soul through the world of herbs and the abundant magickal power found there.  This witch tends to be a solitary practitioner, often tending her gardens, perhaps even growing many of the herbs she uses in her practice.  She has a unique connection to nature and to the seasons, particularly in the aspect of growing and harvesting. 

Kitchen Witch…her magick lay in the heart of the home, at the hearthfire itself.  Her practices will also include using those items around her that are a natural part of her world.  The Kitchen Witch has the ability to tap into herbs, stones, as well as other mundane items found in her home, and unleash the magickal energy from within.  This witch incorporates this magick in her daily life– in the meals she prepares for her family, the way in which she cleanses and cares for her home, through magickal potions from her own unique recipes, and  in her private and simple rituals and spells.

Hedgewitch…this witch prefers to live close to nature and is strongly connected to the natural world, often enjoying a relationship with the wild things that mundane people may find strange or unusual.  The Hedgewitch is grounded, close to the earth and all its elements.  She is the most elusive of the natural witches, often secretive about her practices and her magick, protective of that which she holds sacred.  Her magick transcends the more common use of herbs and potions, candles and such, and originates strongly from her natural connections to all things in nature and the fundamental energy found there.

 

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for the clarification. I had a feeling I was a green witch but it seems when you read different references, that these three types always overlap. Although I don’t like to rule out the possibility of fairies, (or mermaids – probably because I am Piscean, haha). I don’t really feel that style of witchcraft is me. Especially, as I prefer not to dabble in the other world, haha. The idea of being holed up in the kitchen also doesn’t really appeal. I can see how it would be fun being in the kitchen concocting all kinds of witchy goodies but I can’t even say I like cooking. (I wonder if there is a witchy recipe for bath bombs, haha. Not kitchen I know). I’ve always enjoyed nature, especially at night. A love beautiful lush gardens, especially there is a water feature. I DO have an interest in plants and herbs and their medicinal properties.

  2. Reblogged this on ForsakenDivinity and commented:
    I’m grateful for the clarification. I had a feeling I was a green witch but it seems when you read different references that these three types always overlap. Although I don’t like to rule out the possibility of fairies, I don’t really feel that style of witchcraft is me. Especially, as I prefer not to dabble in the other world, haha. But the idea of being holed up in the kitchen doesn’t really appeal either. I’ve always enjoyed nature, especially at night. I DO have an interest in plants and herbs and their medicinal properties.

  3. Wynter says:

    Just wondering if it is possible to be a combination of 2 of the 3 above or if you have to fall under one category?

    1. Hi, Wynter…I don’t think that anything (or anyone) in the realm of witchcraft can be rigidly categorized. It would almost seem an oxymoron to try to do so, considering the free spirits that travel this path.

      1. Michelle Andrews says:

        I find that I relate to a bit of all 3 types. I have never really cared what type I fall under but I have a need to know problem. I always want to know the proper terminology for things. I have found this to be extremely confusing because, as I said, I kind of follow bits and pieces of all 3. Knowing now that it is perfectly acceptable, I won’t lose any sleep over that. Thank you, it is a wonderful article and a very informative site.

  4. misty says:

    thank you so for the post! it was very helpful to me as I have been trying to “define” each of the witches. Blessings*

  5. paganpair says:

    This is a really excellent post. 🙂 I just finished writing a post about hedgewitches (as I am one) and ended up using definitions I found in books because I couldn’t find sensible words to say what one is. I love the way you’ve described these three types of witch who are so easily and rightly associated with each other, but often mixed up.

    Blessed Be
    Rowan
    x~x

    1. Thank you, Rowan…When I decided to write this, I had to sit down and sort these witches out in my mind; because, as you said, they are kind of all melded together, yet each one is truly unique.

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