This week, we're thinking about witches.
Not exactly what you might be picturing though 🧙
Halloween is home for many classic creatures - but perhaps none more controversial than the witch. While they've garnered a reputation for being scary go-to costumes, we often forget that there's a modern group of people who identify as real-life witches. And suddenly this community is emerging, all thanks to Tiktok. Yep, you read that right. The trending #Witchtok welcomes witches (and the witch-curious) to share. And while it may seem strange, many community members are showing how today's trendy self-care practices actually originate from witch culture. In honor of the spooky season, we're flying in on our broomsticks to see what all the fuss is about.
Some of our favorite creators from #WitchTok shared some Meditation + Mindfulness Techniques That You Didn't Know Came from Witch Culture
- 🌿 foxadellic shares the art of Earth energy/energy mirroring and physical grounding. Letting go of material items and connecting with energy in nature, is believed to help us engage with our inner child, let loose, and relax. Many witches utilize nature as their primary tool in life due to the power and vibrations our world gives off. Time to kick off your shoes, go outside, and feel the earth beneath your feet.
- 🧠 thebluntesss explains getting in touch with your intuition, observing what it feels like, memorizing feeling, and practicing knowing. Intuition (aka your gut-feeling) is the space between the conscious and the unconscious mind. Witch culture can teach us that being tapped into our intuition could help us to ward off society's expectations of us, and prevent imposter syndrome.
- 🎶 Yesitsayanna shows us examples of Tibetan Singing Bowls. Also known as Himalayan Bowls, these are a type of bell that produces strong vibrations, along with a rich sound when played correctly. To play; assuming you have a singing bowl, firmly press the corresponding mallet in a circular motion against the rim of the bowl. Once you hear a sharp, clear tone, slow down the circular motion, using your entire arm to complete each circle. Benefits of Tibetan Singing Bowls include stress reduction, pain relief, and increased focus.
A lot of things 'non-witches' do on a daily basis that are also related to Witch Culture include:
- 🍀 Carrying Talismans, aka good luck charms. You know — your rabbit's foot, four-leaf clovers, or even your lucky pair of socks. For centuries, various items have been used to ward off evil, bring fortune, and protect their keeper. It's believed that Talismans connect the possessor to the spiritual world, providing whatever they may need.
- 💨 Wishing on dandelions is something that many of us have done before but have no idea why. Thousands of years ago, blowing the seeds off of a dandelion along with making a wish, was seen as planting that seed of hope, and encouraging it to grow. This can be compared to our modern-day intention setting.
- 🥱 Covering your mouth to yawn or sneeze. Sure it's polite, but there's more to the story. In ancient cultures, many believed that after yawning or sneezing, there was an empty void left inside of you. Without covering your mouth, that void left you susceptible to demons entering, and ultimately possessing you. Woah.
What sort of witchy things have you done before?