Magickal Connections

Tarot & Witchcraft ~ with author, Amythyst Raine

About the Witch


Amythyst Raine, photo by Anne Turrell

I am a highly eclectic witch.  I practice with abandon old-fashioned and quaint kitchen witchery, but I’ve also performed rituals within a cast circle amongst all the pomp and ceremony of High Magick.  I have steeped myself in dark and mysterious hoodoo practices, and I have followed the herbal path of the green witch.  I worship the Mother Goddess, and I relegate the God to His rightful place as Her consort. I am many things.  My spiritual practices and beliefs are widely varied and uniquely personal.

I have successfully combined all of the magickal practices listed above on my Personal Spiritual Path, which I’ve dubbed: “Gray Magerium”

Below is an overview of the three main magickal practices that make up my very special version of Witchcraft– Hoodoo, Wicca, & Green Witchcraft:

Hoodoo, Wicca, Green Witchcraft:
Voodoo (*Hoodoo) consists of a large body of African folkloric practices and beliefs with a considerable admixture of American Indian botanical knowledge and European folklore. Although most of its adherents are black, contrary to popular opinion, it has always been practiced by both whites and blacks in America. Other regionally popular names for voodoo in the black community include “conjuration”, “conjure”, “witchcraft”, “rootwork”, and “tricking”. The first three are simply English words; the fourth is a recognition of the pre-eminence that dried roots play in the making of charms and the casting of spells, and the fifth is a special meaning for a common English word.

*Hoodoo…is Voodoo without the religious aspects– pure magick.

Wicca is a neo-pagan religion based on the pre-Christian traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Its origins can be traced even further back to Paleolithic peoples who worshipped a Hunter God and a Fertility Goddess. Cave paintings found in France (and dated at 30,000 years old) depict a man with the head of a stag, and a woman with a swollen, pregnant belly. They stand in a circle with eleven mortals. These archetypes of the divine are worshipped by Wiccans to this very day. By these standards, the religion that is now called Wicca, is perhaps the oldest religion in the world.  (The type of Wicca I incorporate into my practice is called “Dianic Wicca”, it is decidedly feminist, and it focuses on the Goddess and the worship of matriarchal divinity.)

In 1951, the laws against Witchcraft were repealed in England. A man named Gerald Gardner was the first to come into the public eye with a description of what modern witches were practicing. His information came from the traditions of a coven called the New Forest Witches, and from Ceremonial Magick and the Cabballah. He began what is now called the Gardnerian Tradition of Wicca. From Gardnerian came Alexandrian Tradition, and a host of other offshoots that today number in the hundreds.

Green Witchcraft is a personalized practice, differing from person to person, incorporating the use of herbs in magick, use of everyday items in magick, and possibly a religious belief system as well, which also will differ from practitioner to practitioner. There is no one, established tradition of green witchcraft.

“A Green Witch is a woman of power, whose religion is her life, whose life is her art,
and whose art is the wise use of the green.” 


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22 thoughts on “About the Witch

  1. am always on standard mode finding for a friend like me

  2. Do you do custom spellwork?

  3. Hi There,
    I’ve found your blog to be so incredibly beautiful and spiritual. Your a very gifted Witch. Like you I adore and read tarot too amongst other things.
    Blessed Be,

  4. Can u give me your mail ID i will share my problem with u

  5. What a beautiful blog and site you have created! It takes alot to impress me, and you have done just that… Brava! Blessed be…

  6. Wow! I don’t know how you have time to fit everything in 🙂 Sounds amazing. What does a Pagan Activist do?

    • Hi, Jamila…I’ll be 58 years-old this year, so I hope I’ve managed to accomplish something in my lifetime! A pagan activist works like an activist for any other cause to further the cause– whether this includes media (I do quite a bit of radio), or writing op-ed articles for newspapers, encouraging people to become active politically (like getting out there to vote, etc.), or supporting more well-known people who are trying to do this very thing. An activist wants to educate and inform.

      • You definitely have! Thank you for explaining to me. That sounds really cool; I will definitely check out your radio pieces. I wish I could be good at as many things as you! My problem is that I get easily distracted and lose motivation – but I’m trying to work on it 🙂 And make more time.

        Thanks for replying o my comment,

  7. Hi Amethyst! I am new to your blog but I am really loving it! Caro

  8. Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. The main reason for my accepting my own nomination was to recognize some of the very lovely souls and blogs out there, and share them with others. I completely understand if you don’t resonate with following the guidelines, and/or don’t have the time to do so. You’re still someone I want to honor! Much love, Tania

    • Thank you so much, Tania!! I’m honored!…I want to accept this award, and I’ll try to do so. Our Wi-Fi is down right now, so my internet time is cut to once a day visits to Wi-Fi hot spots– we hope to have this issue cleared up as soon as possible, but I can’t predict when.

  9. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and may come back in the future.

    I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great posts, have a nice weekend!

  10. Greetings, Purple Broom!…thank you so much, I’m honored for your nomination as well! It’s wonderful to do something you love doing and to receive feedback and recognition! Blessings

  11. hi amythyst, i just wanted to let you know that i nominated you for “most influential blogger” you can read about it here: thank you for being such an inspiration!

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