I’ve been thinking a lot about being a green witch in our world today. For those who don’t know, a green witch is someone whose craft revolves more around nature. I think it’s important to talk about this in a modern setting since it seems to be so contradictory.
For one thing, I don’t think it’s impossible to be a green witch in today’s world, nor do I think you have to have separation of technology and nature in your craft. Ultimately, all of our resources did first come from nature and though they’ve been manipulated since, you can’t separate that completely. Additionally, to try and isolate yourself from technology doesn’t make sense and isn’t necessary. Where would you even draw that line? Electronics? Internet devices? Every physical tool you use is a piece of technology and to deny it or separate yourself from the further development of it isn’t productive or necessary. Everywhere you look, nature finds a way to include itself. It may be the seasons changing in the park or dandelions pushing their way into cracks on the sidewalk. Remember that nature still surrounds you, you just have to find it.
That said, I do think we should be conscious of several things. The first being that our culture of consumerism is destructive and does harm our planet and the people in it. To help, look for ethically sourced products and try to avoid purchasing in excess. Another issue is our land. We are quickly over-developing any lands we can get our hands on and while that’s a problem we need to work out with our society, it makes it all the more important that we be extra cognoscente when we visit protected lands and forests. I’ve been lectured before by witches who disagreed with me on this so I ask you to keep an open mind. You can have been practicing your craft for decades, visit the most desolate place you can think of, and I still don’t think you should take things from it. It’s a concept for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts called Leave No Trace and in addition to meaning you should avoid leaving trash, it means you should avoid leaving any indication you were there, and we’ll get to why this applies to you in a moment. When you are out in nature, you should stay on trails and designated areas, don’t overturn rocks or break branches, and don’t take things home with you. This last part has a lot of people upset but it’s important. What you take, be it a rock or a flower, is part of the nature around you. It’s part of an ecosystem. Even the smallest thing like a rock houses small organisms which you are now taking out of their native environment. When you picked that flower, you’ve taken away a source of seeds to keep that plant thriving in that area. You’ve changed the energy to the ecosystem you are visiting as a guest. Imagine you came into someone’s home. You wouldn’t pocket anything you like because you have a use for it.
Being a green witch in today’s world means preserving the natural areas we have left. If you have a different opinion or something to add, please comment below. Additionally, if you’d be interested in writing about your path, please let me know!
Go in peace.