Witchcraft 101: A Wonderfully Witchy #RavChat Round-Up

It’s been a very witchy week here at Ravishly. In celebration of Halloween (better known as Samhain within witchcraft), we’ve been publishing essays from all sorts of witches about all sorts of witchy topics. The conversation doesn’t stop there, though! We took to Twitter with a “Witchcraft 101” chat to introduce our readers to some awesome real-life witches and talk about ways to make everyday life a little more magical. We’ve gathered some of our favorite tweets from the chat below.

Check out the #RavChat hashtag on Twitter to find the rest! And don’t fret if you missed the chat this time — we’ve got lots more coming your way soon!

We started by introducing our fabulous panelists: Lisa Marie Basile, Haley Houseman, Joanna Valente, and Luna Luna Magazine. Be sure to check out their wonderfully witchy work!

Read Lisa’s Ravishly essay on self-care as an empath.

Find more work from Haley on her website!

Read Joanna Valente’s writing for Ravishly.

Dive into Luna Luna’s incredible archive on their website!

After introducing our panel, we began with a question about beginnings.

What were your first experiences with witchcraft and the occult? How did you start practicing?

Joanna got their start in witchcraft after an intense experience with clairvoyance:

Haley grew up in the witch capital of the US, and the evolution of her practice from childhood curiosity to a creative career is incredible!

We also asked witches to think about what advice would have helped them most when they were mere witchlings.

What do you wish someone had told you when you were first dipping your toes into magic and witchcraft?

All too often, people are intimidated by the mystery and complexity of witchcraft, but the truth is that ANYONE can be a witch. All you need to be a witch is intention and commitment to action — no robes, books, or even covens required!

For our third question, we wanted to know if witchcraft really is as cool as the movies make it look.

How does life as a witch differ from the ways it is displayed online and in pop culture?

Lisa and Holly had an exchange about practicing witchcraft without assuming deity worship:

Viola Lemon added:

Joanna tackled misconceptions and stereotypes of witchcraft in pop culture.

Witchcraft has a deeply political past, but what about its present? Does witchery have a place in the resistance?

Before we even get to the answers, there’s this powerful tweet from Haley earlier on in the chat:

Joanna sees witchcraft’s deep connection to change and action as inherently political:

Lisa talked about her fascination with witches who organize online to hex Trump or otherwise apply magic to politics as a collective, adding this:

Luna Luna adds:

Amber talked about how interacting with the unknown can be a form of resistance.

It’s not a true Ravishly conversation without some mention of self-care, so for our penultimate question, we focused on ways witches can work some magic for their own wellbeing:

How does witchcraft and the occult influence your understanding and practice of self-care?

Joanna and Jenni talked about tarot as self-care.

Luna Luna loves how ritual can help to concretize and adorn acts of self-care.

Haley touched on how we can use witchcraft to solve abstract problems we are thinking through:

We finished up with a question about easy ways to get started with witchcraft:

What are you Witch “essentials”? What rituals or principles could help create a great foundation for further practice?

Joanna suggests starting with tarot and astrology — two things most people are at least semi-familiar with already!

User Viola Lemon made an excellent point about how there’s no wrong way to get started.

And Haley recommends some great resources to start learning on Twitter!

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