Solitary witchcraft is magic practiced independently, without the guidance of a group, coven, or high priestess.
Many successful and knowledgeable witches begin their practice this way—even if they decide later to transition to a group practice.
Due to the challenges of finding a coven, as well as the appeal of carving out your own unique spiritual traditions, the path of the solitary witch makes sense for many people.
But is it right for you?
Here are 8 signs you have a natural aptitude for solitary witchcraft.
You have strong opinions about spirituality.
You like to make up your own mind when it comes to magic.
While some people need more guidance, you prefer to study aspects of witchcraft in-depth, and then decide what you think,
Debate doesn’t scare you; in fact, it helps you to work out the flaws in your thinking. You welcome the opportunity to be challenged.
Research is your jam.
Your library card is frequently maxed out.
Browsing Amazon for books on the Craft often takes you down a rabbit hole from which it may take hours to emerge.
And you often spend your evenings digging deep into your latest magical interest,
Successful solitary witches read, A lot.
Because they lack the kind of guided path a coven provides, they need to carve out their own. To do this knowledgeably, they research different paths, aspects, and theories of magic.
You feel confident in making spell craft decisions on your own.
A solitary witch needs to come up with her own moral and ethical standards.
Are love spells ethical? All love spells?
Is cursing wrong? Always?
Do you think there’s a difference between “dark magic” and “light magic”?
It’s okay to feel shaky on these matters, but in solitary witchcraft, the final call is yours.
It’s essential that you make these decisions confidently and without hesitation.
Individuality is a crucial part of your magical experience.
Some solitary witches certainly follow specific traditions laid out by those who came before them.
But many design paths completely specific to them as individuals.
Either way, solitary witches tend to value unique spiritual expression, and don’t need confirmation from more organized forms of worship to validate them.
Making magic is an artistic process for you.
You don’t have to be a master artist to create spells that work, but developing crafty skill sets definitely helps!
The most successful solitary witches tend to enjoy the creative process of magic.
Designing your own spells and rituals is part of the fun of solitary magic.
You like your privacy.
Not all solitary practitioners are in the broom closet, of course.
But whatever your reasons (job, family, personal preference), if you decide you want to keep your practice a private matter, solitary witches enjoy the tightest and most easily controlled privacy.
While any decent coven will respect a member’s desire to practice in secrecy, some covens do unfortunately go toxic. When that happens, it’s hard to predict what narcissistic or controlling members might do with sensitive information.
If privacy is crucial to you, solitary witchcraft is the safest option.
You tend to be an introvert—and you’re fine with it.
Standing on your own feels good to you.
Many practitioners enjoy the path of solitary witchcraft in part because group rituals just aren’t for them.
They often view spirituality as a quiet, personal matter and don’t feel the need to share the experience with a group.
While some find connectedness or social enjoyment from working with a coven, the solitary witch values quiet solititude.
By the way—nothing says you can’t be both.
Many people develop their solitary practice alongside their work with a coven. The two experiences need not be mutually exclusive.
Some people start as solitaries and move towards coven work.
Some go the other way, leaving their covens to begin practicing solitary magic.
And some do both.
The path you choose is yours to walk.
And the joy is in the journey.
Why wouldn’t ‘solitary’ be right for me? I have been practicing since 1974. I have been in groups, circles, lodges of sorts – but learned on my own. Guided briefly by two crones five or six years after I started in trade for some teachings on ceremonial magic. Right now I’m part of a circle that other solitaries come to when certain holy days arrive. We avoid classifying each other as one thing or the other. We are as we are. We have a group shaman, and though we have hp and hps here, everyone can lead as they are all very experienced in their own right. We do not practice wicca however, but go more for the older pagan practices, not those beginning in the 1950’s. These days it is much easier to dig out and find the info, or even travel to the places the rite and rituals have been done in Europe, speak to those who still practice it to this day as myself and my partner have. THe best thing about us as a whole is that we all have individual paths and do not pidgeon hole ourselves with classifying ourself as one thing. We are many things…