I stumbled upon the „31 Days of Witchcraft“ Challenge by Heather Carter on YouTube and decided to take part.
At the end of this you will find more information on where to find Heather.
1. Is your witchcraft secular, spiritual, or religious? How does this influence your practice?
My practice is mostly spiritual and religious. My practice is open and unique.
Spiritual because I believe that there isn’t one right way to practice.
Religious because I have my personal preferences to work with things.
2. Do you work with any specific deities as part of your practice? Why, or why not?
In the beginning, I did not work with deities, but after a while I did.
I am still figuring out how I want to work with them.
For me all deities are The Universe, just divided into „themes“ with different myths in different cultures to which we humans can relate to.
3. What area of your practice are you currently focusing on, if any?
Ancestor Work and Herbalism. Divination is always with me.
4. What is your favourite element to work with? How do you work with it?
Honestly, I don’t have one favourite. I like all of them. The mixture and balance makes it whole.
These are just examples on how I work with the elements:
- Air -> smoke cleansing
- Water -> skin care
- Fire -> candles
- Earth -> plants and teas
5. Have you had a teacher in the craft? Have you ever taken a course or classes to help you learn witchcraft? What were your experiences? If you haven’t, how are your thoughts and feelings on such courses?
No. I had no teacher and no courses to learn witchcraft.
I think that you can’t learn that, because it’s so personal to each and witchcraft consists of different things for different people.
So learning the topics from others is possible. But then you still need to integrate them into your own practice on your own.
I did/ do take classes on various topics, for example Herbalism, Manifestation or Working with Myths.
6. Do you incorporate environmental consciousness and sustainability into your craft?
There is no way around it, I need to.
It is important to me personally and also important to me as a Witch.
You can never separate Witchcraft from Mother Nature.
7. Do you work with a specific animal spirit? If so, which animal and why? If not, is there one you would like to work with?
Not one specific one, but with different animals.
Dragons have always been special to me, though.
8. Do you refer to yourself as a witch? If not, why not? If so, what does the word mean to you?
Yes, I do refer to myself as a Witch.
The word means freedom to me.
9. How do you use witchcraft in your day to day life?
In short: I ritualize the mundane.
10. Do you follow any set rules in your personal practice, such as “harm none”?
Yes, but they are just my personal moral code that carries into all aspects of my life. Because they’re me.
They are not dictated by others, but others may share them.
11. Do you believe in the concept of the threefold law of return?
12. Do you have a separate witchy name? Why, or why not?
Not really, but I use the name Vika Mirkwood online.
13. Do you write your own spells, use pre-written one or do a mix of both?
I do use a mix of both but mostly my own because no one practices as I do.
14. Do you believe in fantasy creatures such as dragons, fairies, unicorns etc?
They are not fantasy creatures to me. So the answer is Yes.
It’s like asking others if they believe in Angles. I do.
15. Are you solitary or part of a coven? What do you think are the pros and cons of each?
I am solitary.
- Solitary -> unique working
- Coven -> community
16. Do you prefer to do spell work during the day or at night? Why?
If I have the luxury to decide, then it doesn’t matter and I just choose what fits in the moment to the working that I want to do.
Otherwise, I have to be mostly spontaneous and flexible and do my work when the mood strikes and my energy level matches.
17. Do you always cast a circle when working magic?
I have a different opening and closing ritual I do.
This is inspired by Lara from Instagram @veledavesta and her Circle of Ritual.
18. Do you use herbs and/or crystals in your personal practice? Is so, which are your favourites? And why?
Yes. I use both in my Craft.
Hahaha. That’s like choosing a favourite child. Impossible.
But Rosequarz and Orange Blossom were always important.
19. How did you come to your personal path?
I would say it’s a mix from rediscovering what I always knew but didn’t remember and incorporating messages from the Universe that reach me through others.
20. What do you do when you are in a witchy funk?
I stay there and sit with it.
I think I need to experience it to experience the opposite, witchy highs, as well.
One cannot be without the other.
21. What does the term “sacrifice” mean within your personal practice?
- humble practice
- energy distribution
- loss of what doesn’t serve me
22. Is Ancestor Worship a part of your personal practice? Why, or why not?
Yes, it is.
It’s where I come from and go again.
23. What would be your golden nugget of advice for a new witch? What do you wish you knew when you first started out?
Apart from such things as cultural appropriation… there is no right or wrong way to do things.
24. Are you out of the broom closet? If so, how has that experience been for you?
Nothing bad has happened. In fact nothing of notice has happened. I was always the weird one.
25. Do you, or would you, teach the craft to others?
I do currently not teach the Craft.
I think I would share my knowledge with others when I reach a level of experience where I am comfortable with it.
26. Is divination a part of your personal practice? If so, what tool do you favour?
Yes, mostly cards.
But generally, I use different tools for different purposes.
27. Do you use prayer in your personal practice? If not, do you do anything similar to prayer?
Although I design mine more like a conversation through different mediums.
28. What belief system, if any, were you raised with? How has that impacted your personal practice?
I would call it „open Christianity“ or „Christianity without the church system“.
It gave me freedom to explore for myself and build my own belief system. The freedom to incorporate what fits for me and leave what doesn’t.
29. How do you feel about death? How has this been impacted by your personal practice, or how has it impacted it?
I feel indifferent and sad about death.
I am still connected with my parted loved ones but different.
Through ancestor work and spirit work is impact done.
30. How do you feel about the popularisation of Witchcraft on Social Media?
I like that the message is more available.
Some are just there for the aesthetic, which is okay, in my opinion.
Sadly there are many imposters as well, who are harmful. This is never okay.
Witchcraft always existed outside of society. That will not change, no matter how „popular“ the image of Witchcraft gets.
31. What is the most important lesson your craft has taught you?
- You are loved. Always.
- Be yourself.
- Show kindness and compassion to yourself and others.
I hope you had fun reading about my Witchcraft practice.
Lots of Love,
You can find Heather on her YouTube Channel „Heather Carter“ and her Instagram @heather_tarot. She very kindly provides the questions written out and as a printable Google Document on her Introduction video on YouTube.