There are so many types of magick that practitioners use, that it is really hard to categorize and represent them all. I will try my best to make a concise list of categorizing different types of Witch sects and practices. I have gathered a list of types of witches and I have categorized them by what I believe to be the most influence in their magick. However in the 7 categories of magick, I may not represent all of the types, or delve into the intricate practices of each type. So please forgive me and correct me if I get something wrong or Leave something out.
I am defining Ceremonial Magick as performing rituals, ceremonies to honor, worship or call on the deity of choice. Most often it is performed in covens or group but ceremonies can be performed individually. It is based heavily on specific steps and practices and often past on to others in the same coven or successors.
- Alexandrian: Based largely in Gardnerian Wicca but uses more ceremony and Cord magick than the Gardnerian sect. They Also emphasize honoring the deity of choice.
- American Celtic: Based on Celtic traditions but practiced in the United States. They worked robbed and often base practices on Gardnerian Wicca.
- Aridian Wicca: Is an Italian tradition that views God and Goddess as equal and values natures power heavily in its rites. During the winter months, they mostly worked robed and during the summer they are often known to work “Skyclad” (naked).
- Gardnerian Wicca: By far the most well known of most Magick today. They use a lot of ceremonies and are secretive in their practices. They are often lead by a High Priestess, they work skyclad, believe in reincarnation and believe in the duel deities (male and female).
- Hereditary or Blood Witch: Born into practice and is inherited. Traditions, knowledge, and practices are passed down and reflect old ways of magick.
- Traditional Witch: Uses the traditional magick and often passes it down to others. However, they will envelope modern magick as well.
- Necromancy: Often combines bone, blood, animal, and spirit magick to practice rites and honor the dead.
Divination and Energy Magick
I am defining Divination and Energy Magick: Divination Magick that is based on intuition or supernatural means of garnering answers or practicing rites. Energy Magic is the use of gathering and using energy to perform magick.
- Dream Magick: Uses the interpretation and inducement of dreams to understand the practice of magick.
- Scrying Magick: Uses reflective surfaces to reveal answers or to connect with magick.
- Chaos Magick: Uses non-traditional or unorthodox magick and often practice individually but draw from other forms of magick. Some believe it is the unconscious or conscious use of energy by a witch. Sometimes it can be enacted without ritual. Based heavily in Emotional magick.
Natural or Elemental
- Green Witch: Utilizes natural and Herbal magick in spell work
- Sea Witch: Utilizes ocean and sea material in spell work.
- Storm/ Weather Witch: Witches who connect to storm and weather energy to perform rites and magick.
- Cottage/ Hearth Witch: Magick focused on mundane and household tasks and caring for others.
- Kitchen Witch: Honors ideals of the natural world. Are seen as the potion makers of the witch world. All of the magick rituals and practices are based in the kitchen.
- Garden Witch: Finds magical connection in gardening and they take immense pride in their gardens.
- Elemental Witch: Honors the elements in their rites and rituals. Has five subcategories:
- Water: Practice centered on water.
- Earth: Practice centered on Earth.
- Air: Practice centered on Air.
- Fire: Practice centered on Fire.
- Spirit/ Self: Practice centered on Spirit and Self.
- Seasonal Witch: Witches who draw different energy from specific times of the year.
- Animal: Witches who have a deep appreciation and connection with animals. They often use tokens of animals in Magick.
- Poison Path: uses items of a deadly substance, or hallucinogenic properties in magick.
- Lunar: Uses the lunar cycle to draw energy for magick.
- Bone Magick: uses cleaned bones in magick.
- Britannic Wicca: Combines Anglo-Saxon, Roman, Celtic beliefs together.
- Theistic: Centered on the belief of the Satanic Church.
- Christ believes in the Christian faith like theistic witches are believed by some to be an oxymoron. However Christian witches do exist and practice and they honor the Christian God as the only deity.
- Hellenic Witch: Form of non-witchcraft practice that follows and honors the Greek Pantheon.
- Celtic Witch: Practices Magick rituals based on Celtic culture, deities, and mythology.
- Kemetic: Practices Magick based on Egyptian deities and rituals.
- Solitary Witch: Practices alone and has influences of many magick types in their practices.
- Secular: Has no religious influence in their Magick Practice and does not honor any deity.
- Eclectic: Pulls from many different magical and spiritual practices.
- Grey Witch: Witches who practice magick that harm nor benefits others.
- Voo-Doo: Originally based in Haiti it has spread to other parts of the world. This magick can be used both beneficially and malevolently
- Science: Magick that combines magickal ideas and scientific facts mixed together by individuals.
I am defining this as Magick that specifically focuses on the use of a physical object.
- Tech Magick: Uses technology to do Magick
- Embroidery/Sewing/ Knit: Imbues their stitch work with Magick and knotting ceremony.
- Paper Witch: Uses paper and paper objects in practices and rituals.
- Literary: Uses books and Literature in Magick practices.
- Art Witch uses creativity and crafts to imbue them with magick.
- Sigil Witch: uses sigils in magical practices.
- Sanguine Witch: Uses blood in magical practices.
- Draconian Magick: Calls upon dragons and dragon imagery in their practice.
- Fairy/ Fey Magick: Magick that communicates and works with fey folk or fairies to aid them in rites and practices.
- Spirit Working: Uses contact with spirits to aid in spell working.