Ignoring Hater Witches: It’s Okay to be Yourself

Do you like buying witchy things from the mall, or do you enjoy fictionalized witches like the characters from American Horror Story: Coven? Maybe you like buying your clothes off sites like Killstar and get super excited about the latest astrology themed product at Sephora. Whether you’re a newbie witch or somewhat seasoned, you’ve probably heard a level of disdain expressed toward witches who don’t mind dropping a few dollars to cultivate their aesthetic, as well as witches who are deeply plugged in to the internet culture. We’re going to refer to the complainers as hater witches, because this post is all about accepting, embracing and celebrating who you are — even if it means making others uncomfortable (or perhaps jealous).

Buy the goodies!

If you have a little extra money and want to buy some crystals or gemstones from a metaphysical shop or other source, nobody should be stopping you. That also applies to collecting tarot decks, flashy or perhaps “luxury” altar tools or anything else that fits your particular desires. It’s absolutely commonplace to hear people in the pagan community complain about so-called “materialism” when it comes to obtaining your supplies. You may be told that your tools and supplies will only be effective if sourced from nature or crafted by hand. Others will tell you to obtain them from a pagan artisan (and will happily link you to Etsy shops that are their own or their friends’). If you want to craft your own items, that’s absolutely a great idea. It’s also a good idea to buy from people who put love and care into crafting tools of the craft. However, at the end of the day if something is calling to you — and you can afford it — you should absolutely get it — even if it comes from one of those high end “trendy witch” shops.

Wear the witchy dress!

There’s no doubt that witchcraft is becoming popular with younger people, who are also really tapped in to fashion trends. So it’s not at all surprising to find witch-related fashion is also popular. Hater witches call these young trendsters “Tumblr Witches,” but could it be that they’re really just out of touch with the progressing times? Wearing a spooky black dress and modeling your aesthetic after Morticia Addams doesn’t make you any less a witch than the Wiccan lady in the tye-dyed skirt, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Buy the dress and wear it like a boss witch.

Use Google (wisely, of course)

“Google Witch” is another derogatory term being flung around by hater witches these days. The title is a self-explanatory one, referring to witches who use the internet to do a lot of research in their personal craft. Sadly, a lot of people who fling this slur around tend to be the same types of people who don’t know the difference between an atheist and a skeptic, which is whole other can of worms. It’s 2019, and there’s nothing wrong with using Google to do research on witchcraft or anything else associated with spirituality. Just use common sense and make sure to always check the sources of the sites that you read. Many reputable sites also guide you to amazing books that can help you, whether or not you’re a beginner.