The Less Known Paths…what are they?

Okay there are many types of witches that work closely with the earth, nature and their surroundings. We’re going to explore 10 different ones and give some insight into them, books you can read, and maybe help point someone in the direction they were looking for.
First off we will list all the different witches that can fall under the Green Path and give definition on what each path practices.
1) Green Witch: Is a witch who bases their magical practice around things such as gardening and herbalist.
2) Floral Witch: A witch who works primarily with flowers.
3) Animist: A witch who is in tune with nature and all living things on the planet. One who sees no distinction between humans, animals, plants, or any other physical objects in their surroundings or the world.
4) Crystal Witch: A witch who focuses on using crystals in their magical practices.
5) Earth-Based Witchcraft; Gaia: Nature-centric witchcraft based around old European traditions centered on harmony with the earth.
6) Eco-Paganism: Someone who is an environmental activist who uses magical practices to defend the earth and help raise awareness of environmental issues.
7) Hedge Witch: A solitary practitioner who follows their own path and a herbalist, who mixes up potions and brews in their kitchen.
8) Hearth Witch: A witch who practices magic that is focused on the home.
9) Neo-Pagan: An umbrella term that refers to the resurgence in all kinds of witchcraft and the ‘new’ earth-based customs.
10) Sea Witch: Practitioners of water-based magic who normally live in coastal areas.
Your probably wondering how do some of these fall under or could fall under the Green Path easily it’s there practice or any practice that uses the earth, elements in their practice they essentially fall under this category of magic. It has been a while since we’ve explored other magic types.

The Green Witch can be defined as HISTORICALLY, A GREEN WITCH LIVED apart, using the energies of plants and trees around her to heal others. Those who needed her services traveled to see her. These days, a green witch is more likely to be living in the middle of a city or in the suburbs. She could work in any of a variety of fields, such as business, medicine, or teaching, or might be a full-time mom. The path of the green witch is an intensely personal path that integrates ability, likes and dislikes, the climate of a particular geographic location, and interaction with the energy of that environment. It isn’t a tradition so much as a personal adaptation of an ideal. The practices of the modern green witch have arisen from folk healers and practitioners of folk magic. The modern green witch finds her foremothers and forefathers in village herbalists, midwives, healers, wise women, and cunning-folk who performed particular services for their communities. Here we also show that other paths are related here is how… The kitchen witch bases her magical practice in her everyday household activities, and cooking, cleaning, baking, and so forth all become the foundation for her magical acts. Hedge Witch a term used more in the UK than in the US, live close to nature, often away from urban areas. When you think of the classic wise woman on the edge of town who was visited for love charms and healing potions, you have a pretty decent idea of what a hedge witch is. The modern hedge witch is usually a solo practitioner of a Neopaganism path who uses spell craft as a basis for her work. Each path is different but they all try to harmonize with nature looking to lore, history, other cultures to better understand the energy of the land and sea it’s not always about using herbs or making remedies sometimes it’s going out into nature and listening to it.

Take Animist for example when they do their magical work they use energy of all things animals, people, earth, elements it all is used for their purpose. Modern Neopagans may describe themselves as animists, in that they respect the diverse community of living beings and spirits with whom humans share the world (or, alternatively, of nature spirits and fairies), and believe that these spirits can sometimes be as powerful as minor deities. Animism is a philosophy backed up by practice, it is a way of life and a way of thought. Animism is your personal relationship with nature and with the inhuman spirits who inhabit and compose nature. It is a relationship of respect and value for all things and all beings, visible and invisible. All life is sacred and sentient, even those outside of your current definition of life and even those regarded as malevolent. Within a balanced ecosystem, all life serves a purpose– even those who may seem like the villain at first glance. This is more a way of thinking and not so much a religion and new pagans could learn a thing or two from this which is a way of thinking older pagans and witches already think less ego driven and more energy aware. I believe a good look at this could open up a whole new way of thinking seeing as animism and any witchcraft religion or path go hand in hand. Also animism and shamans are basically the same or have the same wave length on their thought process of how they use magick in their daily lives.
Now we visit the Flora witch… now I know what you’re thinking why even look into this because to me all paths are important no matter how big or how small they may seem to the populous. Unfortunately this type of witch falls a lot under hedge witch or green witch they would mainly use flowers instead of herbs and their grimoire will have spells involving flowers as well. They would also have a flower garden every spring and summer that would be used to grow their ingredients for spells, potions etc.

Crystal Witch this is another type of witch that not much is written about except they use mainly crystals in their work to help channel and set intent with their energy through crystals. They will most likely have many books pertaining to the use of crystals in different applications as well as owning many crystals of their own.
Earth Based or Gaia type of witchcraft covers a wide-ranging variety from Druidry, neo-paganism, Hedgewitchery, and the like. Simply put, it is any kind of nature-centric witchcraft. Many Earth-based spiritualities are Pantheist or Pantheist, and some are Atheist in nature. A notable example includes Gaian Spirituality or Gaianism which is based on the Gaia Hypothesis. In this case the Earth or Gaia is like an organism that we are all a part of, but not a God in the traditional sense. Many Earth-based spiritualties incorporate aspects of the Gaia Hypothesis whether or not they believe Gaia to be an actual Goddess or an actual organism. While Gaia is a popular name for the Earth Mother, there are many others in different traditions but by whatever name she is called, it would seem that the Earth is almost always personified as female.                                      { http://www.witchipedia.com/def:earth-based-spirituality}

Eco-paganism they often incorporate rituals that bind or oppose those they see as ‘enemies of the planet’. Their faith and belief that nature is sacred underpins everything they do. Eco-paganism embraces witchcraft and other branches of paganism as long as they share their values. Eco-Pagan practice belief in the sacredness of nature becomes an embodiment of political commitment. As a result the sacred body is integrated in political strategies of resistance. Many Eco-Pagan beliefs are rooted in eco-philosophy, and elements of Deep Ecology and Eco-Feminism are especially evident. But Eco-Paganism is more than is an expression of a holistic belief system – it is a way of being-in-the-world. Eco-Pagan practice engenders subjective feelings of interconnectedness as well as inspiration to political activism. { https://www.thegreenfuse.org/harris/eco-paganism.htm}

Neo-Pagan is like any of several spiritual movements that attempt to revive the ancient polytheistic religions of Europe and the Middle East. These movements have a close relationship to ritual magic and modern witchcraft. Neo-Paganism differs from them, however, in striving to revive authentic puncheons and rituals of ancient cultures, though often in deliberately eclectic and Reconstructionist ways, and by a particularly contemplative and celebrative attitude. Neo-Paganism in the postwar decades has flourished particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom and in Scandinavia. Some of the major Neo-Pagan groups are the Church of All Worlds, the largest of all the pagan movements, which centers on worship of the earth-mother goddess; Feraferia, based on ancient Greek religion and also centered on goddess worship; Pagan Way, a nature religion centered on goddess worship and the seasons; the Reformed Druids of North America; the Church of the Eternal Source, which has revived ancient Egyptian religion; and the Viking Brotherhood, which celebrates Norse rites. Beginning in the late 1970s, some feminists, open to feminine personifications of the deity, became interested in witchcraft and Neo-Paganism. {https://www.britannica.com/topic/Neo-Paganism}
This is the more modern that also goes with Wicca, Gardnerianism, and all the ‘new’ earth-based customs. It is interesting how the newer generations will classify themselves as such and I have heard people who are Christian with pagan beliefs are neo-pagan so this has become an umbrella term for the younger generation to make old beliefs relatable.
Our final path we look at is sea witch…well most would say that is self-explanatory, but not always like all paths most are personalized by the witch herself/himself. Sea witches are traditional folklore characters usually portrayed as women with a magical bond or power regarding the sea, the weather, or other aspects of seafaring life. Sea witches have been featured in European folklore for centuries. Also referred to as ‘Sea Hags’, they are malevolent magical beings known for tempting mermaids to give up their immortality for the Love of a human. She collects their immortal essence for barter with powerful demons. She possesses a vast array of powerful magic, drawn from the brine of the sea. { https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_witch_(mythology)} More than likely they are a witch who live by the sea or in a seaside town, and use elements from the sea in their workings like kelp, shells, sand etc.…. They make use of their surroundings, often working their magick late at night in a secluded cove. They are always in tune with the tides and moon cycles. They closely aligned with water witches; those who practice near rivers, streams, and lakes. A sea witch may practice the art of austromancy; a method of divination based on the tides.

I hope this shed some light on paths that re a little less talked about, and maybe just maybe they will lead the next fledgling to his/her path.

References on Information:
Murphy-Hiscock, Arin. The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More (p. 13-22). Adams Media. Kindle Edition.(ISBN#978-1-59337-500-3

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-of-Witch-Witchcraft-Traditions

sarahannelawless.com/2017/04/23/everything-you-need-to-know-about-animism/ (She also has a ton of books to reference for reading as well)

https://www.witchcraftandwitches.com/related_animism.html

If you’re interested here are some books that I have read personally including The Green Witch book referenced above.

Moura, Ann (Aoumiel). Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft (ISBN#978-1-56718-690-1), Green Witchcraft II: Balancing Light & Shadow (ISBN#978-1-56718-689-5), Green Witchcraft III: The Manual (ISBN#978-1-56718-688-8).

Silja. The Green Wiccan Herbal: 52 Magical herbs, plus spells and witchy rituals. (ISBN#978-1-78249-396-9)

Forest, Danu. Shaman Pathways – The Druid Shaman: Exploring the Celtic Otherworld. John Hunt Publishing. Kindle Edition. (ISBN: 978 1 78099 615 8)

Martin, Deborah. A Green Witch’s Cupboard. The Herby Lady, LLC. Kindle Edition. (ISBN: 978-0-9888547-6-5 (print) ISBN: 978-0-9888547-7-2 (digital))

Rachel. A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Herbs & Plants. John Hunt Publishing. Kindle Edition. (ISBN: 978 1 78279 621 3)

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