Which Witchy Practice Is Right For You?

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Are you a lifelong horoscope reader who wants to take it up a notch? Do you slow down when you pass by your local occult shop but never take a look inside? We get it — the more esoteric side of spirituality, from astrology to spells, can be overwhelming or seem downright inaccessible. But the world of the other-worldly is so wide and ranging that there's actually something for everyone. And yes, even the most unfamiliar are welcome to learn.

Here, we've rounded up some of the most popular spiritual practices within nature-based faiths and recommended them based on personality types and preferences. Of course, that isn't to say that any of these are off-limits to anyone. If you come across something that speaks to you, follow that instinct. Either way, the Goddesses will be pleased.

Click through to discover your next spiritual passion. Once you make your choice, we can almost guarantee there's an app for it.
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If you’re a straight shooter, you might like... spell work.

A goal-oriented person like yourself prefers activities that feel productive. Rather than reflect, you'd rather invoke; instead of setting intentions, you're ready to manifest now. So, get to it by building an altar or drafting your own Book of Shadows. There's no such thing as instant gratification when it comes to any spiritual practice, but spell work, whether you're casting prosperity charms or performing a sabbat ceremony, is about as actionable as it gets.

If you're the go-getter of your friend group, diving into Wiccanism is sure to keep you busy, and there's always room for growth.

This may seem daunting if you're a total newcomer to Wiccan practices, but there are plenty of resources for the beginner witch that you can lean on at first — and it doesn't hurt that you're probably a quick study.
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If you're into aesthetics, you might like… crystals.

Easily the most Insta-friendly form of healing, crystal work has more to offer than a pretty picture (but it definitely has that, too).

There are countless varieties of crystals to choose from, depending on your needs or the sort of energy you're interesting in summoning. You can wear them as jewelry, keep them at your desk, or even carry them around in your bra. As your collection grows, learn how to create a grid: a formation that will direct the energy of your crystals toward one goal.

Of course, the most straightforward way to bring crystals into your spiritual practice is via meditation. Hold your crystal in your hands or rest it on your body while you sit quietly in reflection. Maintaining physical contact with the stone should help you feel its influence more intensely.

However you integrate crystals into your life, you can rest assured they'll look good when they make their appearance.
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If you have a budding kitchen garden, you might like… herbal magic.

A green thumb isn't required if you want to explore herb magic, but it certainly helps, if for no other reason than quite a few of the most essential plants are easily grown from your windowsill. But beyond that, it's believed that cultivating your own herbs will make the work you do with them that much more powerful.

Basil, rosemary, lavender, and other commonplace herbs play vital roles in plant magic, whether you're preparing an incense or an herbal spell jar. As with other practices we've mentioned here, there are advanced forms of herb magic that you can build up to with time.

As rewarding as herb magic can be, let it be known that this form of Wiccanism takes ample patience — which makes it a great fit for the gardeners among us. They know all too well that it may take some time to reap the fruits of their labor.
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If you tend to read a little too much into things, you might like… tarot reading.

Tarot cards are having a major moment — but they can be so much more than a trend if you have a flair for contemplation.

In particular, the cards that make up the Major Arcana (the 22 tarot cards that foretell big life changes) boast a wide range of meanings. Every seasoned tarot reader has a slightly different set of interpretations of these cards, which, in turn, affects their overall readings.

Getting comfortable with these cards will take time and a bit of effort. For lack of a better term, it's important to "hang out" with your tarot deck when you can — hold it, keep it within your personal space, or meditate with it (not unlike crystal work). Forming a sort of connection with your cards will help you get acquainted with them.

Tarot reading is a bigger commitment than it might appear to be, but that's why it's best practiced by someone who's a little more introverted, prone to zoning out, or simply a great analytical thinker.
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If you’re all about self-care, you might like… spiritual baths.

Spiritual baths are the next natural step for someone who already meditates, journals, and sets personal intentions on a regular basis. Plus, it's believed that the only way to recharge completely is to soak the bad vibes out.

This whole-body process is meant to reset your energetic balance and get you clean all at once. The best part? Some of the most therapeutic types of spiritual baths only require ingredients you probably already have, like baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt.

Instead of recovering from a long day at the office with a bottle of wine or half a season's worth of binge-watched television, try taking a dip in a purifying bath. You might be surprised to find that this form of self-care isn't just relaxing but restorative, too.
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If you spend a lot of time worrying about the future, you might like... rune casting.

This form of divination isn't as old as it seems, but it's still a great way to experiment with your clairvoyance in a tangible way. In practice, rune casting is pretty similar to tarot reading, in that you can draw one stone or arrange several in a formation in order to feel out the future. But, there's something grave about runes that tarot cards (for all their wonderful uses) tend to lack.

It might have something to do with runes' individual meanings — even the positive ones come with a sense of foreboding. "Don't get your hopes up," appear to be a constant in rune readings. In other words, runes might be for you if you tend to be skeptical of silver linings.

If you're drawn to truly old stuff, bone reading (which is exactly what it sounds like) might be more up your alley. It has the same tangible quality as rune reading but with a greater awareness of history. Also, considering you use dead animal parts, this isn't the cheeriest divine art, either.
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If you fact-check your horoscope, you might like… astrology.

Go beyond your sun sign and enter the celestial void that is astrology. There's plenty to learn that your basic horoscope doesn't tell you — but it can be tricky to know where to begin.

We recommend learning about your own natal chart first. This will introduce you to moon signs, ascendant signs, and the meanings of all the planets.

From there, you can delve into the 12 houses, other forms of solar and lunar charts, or even non-tropical astrological systems. With enough time, you'll be able to interpret your horoscope for yourself — and even write your own.

And if you think this is reaching too far, think again: Established astrologer Janelle Belgrave told us that she only began exploring the subject when she started playing with an online birth chart generator.
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If you feel connected to the past, you might like… mediumship.

Let's start with a quick disclaimer: Communicating with the deceased isn't a joke (and believe us, messing around with an Ouija board should not be the first step you take into mediumship).

That said, reaching out to the other side — in baby steps — can be quite therapeutic. It takes a lot of concentration, and honestly, it doesn't hurt if you already feel drawn to this subject.

If you're just getting started as a medium, we suggest using Wiccan prayer beads to maintain your focus and surrounding yourself with protective crystals and charms. There are ways to deal with a ghost once you have one, but taking these precautions will help you dodge that bullet altogether.
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If you’re a sensitive soul, you might like… moon magic.

Anyone can perform a ritual to ring in the full moon, but those of you who feel more affected by the moon anyway might find it spiritually helpful to do so.

Let's backtrack for a moment: The moon may influence you more if it happens to rule your sign (we're looking at you, Cancer) or if you're just naturally sensitive. In astrology, the moon represents the inner self — who we are when we're alone or with our closest loved ones. It carries a ton of emotional weight and it's believed that its movement can throw off our moods pretty easily.

So, if you find yourself under the moon's spell more than the rest of us, grab a lunar calendar and start tracking its phases for yourself. Use moonstone crystals to invoke its power, and be sure to charge them when the moon is full. Exerting control over the moon — and performing any self-care or reflective rituals when it's at its fullest — will allow you to utilize its power, rather than crumble beneath it.
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