Thank you once again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Anointing Candles
With the Coven candles burning brightly after all the beautiful candle magick last week, it’s time to sit back and ponder. We’re doing a thoughtful deep-dive this week- come join in for a Covenly chat!
The theme for this week’s challenge was suggested by the lovely @Kasandra and is…
Witch-conceptions: Stereoptyes in the Craft
What’s the word about witches?
Are there any stereotypes that hold true, or are they misconceptions?
From horoscopes in the daily paper to New Age and metaphysical stores popping up like seeds on the map, magick is all over the menu here in the 21st century. Take a look at the explosion of WitchTok and other forms of witchy media- while not always clearly labeled as “witchy”, there are references and depictions of witches, pagans, and all other kinds of practitioners are being featured across the media.
Art by Martin Davey: Happy Halloween Witch
Sometimes depictions of witches are positive, while other times witches and magick users are shown in negative ways. Other times have witches shown in a neutral or fact-based light. The vast diversity of depictions across the media has led rise to a wide variety of stereotypes popping up.
In your own personal journey, what stereotypes have you encountered? How did your idea of what a witch was influence your own practice? There’s a lot to explore here about the witchy community at large, the public’s idea of witches and magick, and your own personal identity as a witch- so let’s jump in!
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This week’s challenge is all about magickal stereotypes - but as always, how you do so is up to you!
So are you ready? Because it’s…
From the Aesthetics Wiki: Witchcore
This challenge is about witchy stereotypes- but how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!
Still not sure where to begin? To help you get started, here are a few ways in which a witch might approach this challenge.
Take some time this week to sort through your own thoughts about experiences around the Craft The things you have experienced have likely influenced your identity as a practitioner- reflecting on them can help you to connect with your own personal identity as well as the witchy community as a whole.
Prompt questions to meditate on or journal about:
Can you think of any stereotypes about witches/pagans/magick/spirituality/etc?
What did you think about witches and magick before you began your magickal journey?
Have any stereotypes influenced your own identity (around labels, titles, actions, dress, etc)?
How do you feel about witchcraft and magick as a “trend” or “aesthetic” affecting how people view witches?
Do you think stereotypes around witches are improving, getting worse, or staying the same over time?
From Girl Boss: 10 Modern Witches Debunk Halloween Stereotypes
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The journal prompts above are just one way that you might explore stereotypes in the Craft. From art magick to music, crafting, spellwork and more- as you think on this theme, feel free to be creative with how you choose to express yourself!
As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge
Art by Unknown, shared on Pinterest: A Male Witch
Click here for a note about challenge inclusivity
Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you!
That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience
In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it!
Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry
You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!
Alternatively, you could create a new post in the forum (this is good for when you have a lot to share and/or would like to discuss aspects of your entry not related to the current theme)
Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)
(Note that the time zone is ET- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your time zone!)
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.
From Women’s Day: 17 Easy DIY Witch Costumes
A warm reminder that the challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice
And for those new to challenges- welcome! Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways
From The Conversation: What You Need to Know About Real Life Witchcraft
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From warty and green to cute cottagecore,
Wise village healers to so much more-
Witches are seen in so many ways
Some true, some false, with lots of cliches.
So take a step back and look at the whole-
To learn more about your own witchy soul.
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