I believe in the Sovereignty of witchcraft. This means you practice by your own rules, your own ethical codes and moral standards. Your witchcraft is your own. It does not have to be like anyone else’s. The way you practice witchcraft is not “wrong” because it is different than how another person practices. The magical systems, imagery and symbols that have personal meaning for you may not work the same way for someone else. While there are many concepts in witchcraft that are generally accepted by all, there are some things, such as the Wiccan Rede and the Threefold Law, that are matters of debate. Don’t get magical advice from TikTok, Twitter or Facebook. Do your own research and study, from teachers you admire and respect. Even then, it’s okay not to agree with every word they say. There are truthfully only a handful of author/teachers that I would recommend to others. Teachers can guide you in the basics, but the real work is up to you.
There are far too many self-appointed “experts” out there who will tell you that the way you practice is “incorrect”, and they will question your sources and methods. Pay no attention to them.
Another aspect of sovereignty is acknowledging your personal identity. I identify as a Pagan who practices Druidry and Witchcraft. I am a modern Druid who practices Witchcraft. I am a Witch who embraces modern Druid Philosophy. I am both Druid and Witch. This is what I am. I am a solitary druid witch, with my own practice and magical system. I do not belong to any coven, grove, group, clan or shop. Sovereignty means that you know deep down who and what you are. It is not up to someone else to tell you.
There has been talk in recent months about the concept of “Witch Blood”. The general idea is that a person is not a true witch unless they have the Witch Blood. I think there is some validity to this, however, a line is crossed when people say that because they have the Witch Blood, they can sense who is a true witch and who is not. This hints strongly of arrogant elitism. You’re not like us. You don’t have what we have. You don’t have Witch Blood like we do. I’m not keen on the idea of elitist witches looking down their noses and judging if I’m a real witch or not. I am the only one who knows that for sure. This reminds me of the witches and wizards from Harry Potter who considered themselves “Pure-Blood”. Those who were not pure-blood were deemed inferior, dirty, less than. I hate to see some witches being treated differently or looked down upon because they are not perceived to be true witches. Isn’t there enough division in the world? It is true that some people are more pre-disposed to witchcraft and it comes naturally to them. Some just need a bit of training and guidance. Some seem to have no magical awareness whatsoever, but it can be cultivated. It is no one’s place to dictate who is a witch and who is not.
My early experiences led me to meditation, which in turn awakened my senses and led me to the realization that I am a witch. That’s what it all came down to for me, a realization. Just like I never decided to be gay, I also never decided to be a witch. In both instances, they were realizations of a fact. Choice is not a factor. It is something you just know deep down inside.
Also, I think there is a tangible difference in the persona of someone who walks between the worlds and that of someone whose life is completely absorbed in matters of the mundane. Those who meditate on a regular basis have a different sort of energy, as they have maintained a steady connection to the unseen realms. Magic flows through them like an electrical current. This requires discipline and dedication to one’s practice, and the willingness to be an open vessel for these energies to flow through.
Becoming the best witch you can be requires discipline, study and practice.