More and more people (but especially women) are turning to witchcraft. They do this for a number of reasons, all of them personal and their own business so why are we now acting like it's anyone elses' business but their own? With the rise of witchcraft I have seen the rise of people attacking those who are just coming into the craft, saying they are just jumping on a trend or doing it to fit a certain aesthetic. 

Becoming a witch is a deeply spiritual journey and it takes a lot of soul searching, of finding and acknowledging the darker parts of yourself and embracing them, whist also learning to moderate them so that they do not cause disruption to you or to others. This takes a lot of bravery and can often be quiet strenuous. Of course the end result and the journey to it are also filled with wonder but it often has it's difficult moments. This is a choice made by an indiviudal and therefore should only be questioned or judged by that indiviudal. 

Let's imagine someone was converting an "orthodox religion", people would not be judging them or questioning their choices and those who did would be called racists or close minded, as they should! But why does this not apply to witchcraft? 

You could also say that the rise of witchcraft is linked to feminism, many women are turning to witchcraft in order to regain control in their lives that they feel they have lost or has been taken from them. Dismissing a woman's attempt to regain control her own life is a very dangerous thing and should not be tolerated.

One of the greatest tragedies in this is that the rise of witchcraft is making certain witches close ranks and behave like witchcraft is an exclusive club that only those who have been practising since time began may join. This is a great shame as those who have been practising for longer ought to be a source of knowledge, inspiration and comfort for newer witches. Closing others off and dissuading them damages witchcraft and what it stands for. Obviously not all longer practising witches are doing this, the majority of them are awesome but as always it's the select few. 

It's not just new witches who are being rejected, many longer term practising witches are now being "called out" for following the trend despite practising for a long time and it being part of their lifestyle. Many people who have been practising for a while or come from pagan or witch families and backgrounds are being told that their long held beliefs and traditions are just attempts at following a trend.



I grew up in a pagan/Wicca household, we celebrate Midwinter not Christmas, do not believe in a specific deity and do not have set texts but I had to attend a Church of England primary school as it was the only one around. I was subject to scrutiny and bullying for not being Christian, for not celebrating Christmas, so I have been reluctant to tell people about my beliefs until a few years ago. I still feel a little sense of dread and apprehension when people ask me what I'm doing for Christmas and I have to explain that I celebrate the Winter Solstice (I still get the weird looks). Yes, of course I know that people shouldn't be ashamed of their beliefs and I shouldn't have cared what I people would say but try telling that to a teenage girl who was riddled with anxiety and no self esteem. And now after all that, people dismiss my beliefs as me "following a trend" or "trying to look cool" I even got told by someone that I was "copying them" as if they had invented witchcraft! 

To cut to the message of this post I believe that it's time we stop judging people who are just starting out on their witchcraft path. Yes, I understand that it's frustrating that our beliefs are now becoming a trend and used a marketing tool but witchcraft is such a personal process and it's not our place to jump to conclusions about why someone is interested in witchcraft. Like I said, witchcraft is a personal journey we should be so focused on our own that someone else's path is of no concern to ours unless they reach out to us for help and advice. 


Happy Samhain/Halloween to all of you! So if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have picked up on some hints that I had something major that I have been working on in the last few months. If you haven't guessed by the title, my fiancee and I have opened an Etsy shop!



wiccatree is now open! We sell cruelty free Bath and Beauty Magick all handmade by both myself and Dan. I've wanted to start a creative career that incorporated witchcraft for many years, I spend a huge amount of time in the bath and I create lots of my magick from there. So everything fell into place when I decided I was going to start creating bath magick to sell.

This is my passion project and I've put so much of my energy, time and money into this and I hope all that effort comes across to you all. wiccatree will be doing a giveaway soon so make sure you are following us on Twitter and Instagram to keep updated. 

I am so excited and a tad nervous to start this journey but I know it's going to be incredible. 

If you're interested in checking out our products you can visit our Etsy shop here. 

As always, thank you for reading. If you have any questions abut wiccatree please feel free to leave a comment.

Witches have had to suffer with being represented as something evil for so long, ask people what they think of when you say "witch" you'll probably get words like "hooked nose", "child eating", "warts" offered up. This representation was of course used as a way in order to demonise those who practice (and specifically demonise women). While modern day witches are taking back that image of a hooked nose, warty crone and using it for themselves, the rise of witchcraft in popular culture is resulting in witches being written that don't necessarily fall into that mould. Witches are now starting to be represented as sympathetic, caring and humane characters (in simpler terms they are being represented for what they actually are) so today I'm sharing with you my favourite fictional witches. 

The Aunts- Practical Magic

While I love Sally and Gillian, the Aunts hold a special place in my heart. They take in Sally and Gillian when they are orphaned which I think is a great representation on how protective and caring witches are, particularly of their own. They are comfortable and sure in their own skin and accept that they are outsiders. Both have such great personalities and style that you wish they were your aunts. 


Magrat, Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax- The Witches Books (Discworld series), Terry Pratchett

Thank goodness for Terry Pratchett, not only did he create the Discworld, some of the best fantasy books of all time, but from his head we also got these three witches. The Maid, the Mother and the Other One (no one dares call Granny Weatherwax a crone). Magrat is just starting out as a witch and is completely uncomfortable in her own skin. She's very unsure of herself both as a person and as a witch. She feels she has to wear certain clothes and accessories in order to let people know she's a witch. Magrat is the most relatable as she's not quite found her place in the world yet but still tries her hardest. 

Nanny Ogg is my personal favourite of the three and the one I hope to turn into one day. She's completely at home in herself, is a man-eater, drinks, smokes a pipe, sings inappropriate songs and is all in all someone who you would love to go on a night out with. But she's also a very caring individual and often takes Magrat under her wing.

Granny Weatherwax is a force of nature, if Nanny Ogg is comfortable in her own skin, Granny Weatherwax is so sure and steadfast that she may as well be made of concrete. She takes absolutely zero nonsense from anyone, no matter who they are. She sugarcoats nothing and will call out people on their nonsense. While she may be hard, cold and brutal, it comes from a good place. 

Galadriel- The Lord of the Rings

She's an elf-witch so it counts. Galadriel is one of the oldest and most powerful characters in LOTR and she was always one of my favourites. On one hand her sheer power makes her terrifying and on the other her gentle, caring nature makes her beloved. She's also played by Cate Blanchett in the films who I adore. 

Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki is a witch who must leave home for one year and make it all by herself. She sets up a flying delivery service and deals with loneliness, anxiety and trying to figure herself out. She's someone I think most people will relate to whether they consider themselves witches or not. 


Witches have a lot of misrepresentation in the media but characters like this show that the tide is starting to turn. Witch characters are started to be written with more complexity and humanity and it's about time. 


Do you like any of these witches? Who are your favourite witches? 
"The rose is a flower of love. The world has acclaimed it for centuries. Pink roses are for love hopeful and expectant. White roses are for love dead or forsaken, but the red roses, ah the red roses are for love triumphant." 


Let's face it, roses are amazing, not only are they stunning additions to a garden but any witch will tell you that they have uncountable benefits. I am lucky enough to be able to grow roses in my garden and therefore I make great use of them. One way I love to use roses is in natural rose water, it's so good for my skin which is prone to breakouts. It keeps the redness at bay, plus there is something just really glamorous about having rose water to spray all over you at a moments notice. 


So today I'll be sharing with you how I make my own rose water. 


You Will Need 



Petals of 2 Red Roses (make sure you use ones that haven't been sprayed with anything.) If you can't get your hands on fresh rose petals use a handful of dried rose petals, you can find these in loads of places online. 

200 ml of Spring Water, you need to use spring water as it hasn't been treated with any chemicals. 

A Spray Bottle 

A Saucepan 

A Measuring Jug 

A Sieve 


Method 

Make sure all of your equipment is washed and sterilised. 

Measure out 200ml of Spring Water into your saucepan and bring to the boil. My bottle can hold 100ml so I add double what I need to account for the water that will be lost when it's boiling. Adjust measurements to the size of your spray bottle. 

Once the water is boiling put in your rose petals and turn the water to a simmer. 

Cover your saucepan and let it simmer until the rose petals have lost their colour. 


Turn the heat off and wait until the water has completely cooled down.

Carefully sieve the water into the measuring jug, repeat until any stray bits have completely been removed from the water. If you want to be extra sure of this you could use muslin instead of/ as well as a sieve. 

Pour your rose water into your spray bottle, use a funnel if you are worried about spillage. 

Don't worry that your rose water isn't a clear or pink colour, homemade rose water doesn't come out like that and it's more likely to look like the colour of tea. 

Place in your refrigerator as this will make the rose water last longer, you can keep it out of the fridge but it will only last a week, plus the sensation of rose water that's been in the fridge is amazing. 

Use whenever you want to and enjoy! 

Tip: You can make lavender water the exact same way just substitute the rose petals for lavender flowers.


So there is my way of making rose water, it's so simple and the end product is beautiful. 



I hope you enjoyed this post, do you make your own rose water? How do you make yours?