Christian Witches: Hiding in Plain Sight

My husband and I were in the car  on the way home, enjoying some conversation at the end of an impromptu "date night", when our topic turned to my blog and my former life as a Christian witch and medium.

I was making the point that many people who are interested in witchcraft or the occult hide their interest or spiritual path "in plain sight"…especially Christian witches. My husband asked if I'd ever set up a witchcraft altar in our home.  My confirming answer surprised him…he never suspected.  

This didn't surprise me.  I became very good at hiding my "witchy ways".  I didn't change how I dressed or stamp "witch" on my forehead.  I looked as I always did. Truly the only thing I did as a kind of public statement was wear a triquetra.

The triquetra (many people will recognize this symbol from the TV program Charmed) is a a Celtic symbol used in witchcraft and pagan practice as a symbol of power, protection, and/or to represent the triple goddess.  However, this particular symbol is also prevalent in more traditional or mainline churches as a symbol of the Trinity…brought into Christian religious tradition by the Irish after the Emerald Isle was converted by Patrick.

As a Christian witch I chose to wear the triquetra rather than a pentacle because of this duality.  I could wear it as a symbol of my spiritual beliefs and none of my Christian friends or family knew the symbol held a very different meaning for me.  

Honestly, most Christians have a superficial or stereotypical idea of what Wicca, witchcraft, or the occult is.  This results in a majority of Christians having very little skill in recognizing someone who may be practicing witchcraft or pursuing an interest…even under their own roof.

Granted, there are some witches or people interested in the occult who like to dress or act in a way that will draw attention….dark or black clothes, pentacles, etc…but that is more the exception than the rule.

Most of the people I know or have known who are witches, pagans, or into some other occult spirituality look no different than anyone else. Most are generally not into an every day "goth" or wearing a "witchy" style of dress unless they are going to some special gathering.   Trust me…you wouldn't have pegged me as a witch simply by the way I dressed or presented myself in public.  

A little side note:  Dressing in black or being Goth doesn't mean a person is into the occult. There are plenty of  black clad, Goth-style dressing people out there…who upon viewing you might assume "Oh they must be into witchcraft!"….who are totally committed to Christ.  

What I'm trying to get across is the old adage…you can't judge a book by it's cover.

So what do you look for if your a parent…or a spouse…that could suggest you have a loved one who may be dabbling in witchcraft or the occult?  

Well…one thing to look for would be an increase in candles, herbs, or essential oils…something beyond ordinary use.  Another possibility is more crystals and gemstones being used around the house…set in windows, collected in conch shells.  Incense is often used as well.  The most obvious things would be tarot cards, pendulums, etc.

Please remember these are only meant as suggestions to keep in mind.  People can enjoy candles, incense, and crystals in their home or room for decorative use with no connection to the occult.  Truly what you need to do is listen to how a person talks, watch how they live.  Is the fruit of the Holy Spirit evident in their life?  Do they know and believe the Bible or count it on the same level as the ancient myths?  Who do they claim Jesus to be?

I think it's important that Christians have an understanding of what Wicca and witchcraft is.  Please don't judge others based on how they look and don't assume someone who claims to be a Christian really understands what it means to be a disciple of Christ..  

Be willing to listen with an open, loving heart to everyone.  Be able to answer their questions…and know how to clearly explain the hope we have through faith in Jesus Christ.


Escaping the Cauldron is an informative memoir and Bible study, offering one woman's unique perspective on Christianity, the occult, and God's saving grace. The book is now available for PRE-ORDER on Amazon.

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Kristine McGuire is an inspirational author and speaker, sharing her testimony and encouraging others in their walk with Christ.

Comments

  1. Great article, Kristine! I’m glad to know that you have left the wicked path and that you now minister to other the Truth.

  2. Witchoflove says:

    Christian Witchcraft? That confuses me! My intent is not to slander; I respect everyone & anyone & their own spirituality, faith/religion(s), long as the person resists me. I’m sure you know, “Occult” means “hidden. Magick IS REAL & simply put, energy work. It is a CRAFT of art & science “witch” dates back to around 30,000+ years ago. (Approx 28K centuries before the Christianity movement, Inquisiton). I’m also pretty sure it’s understood that the “Christian holidays” are based off “Pagan Sabbats”, all which were & still are sacred times of the year. Especially back when the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Harvests meant life or death. I am a Witch. I do not believe not follow “religion”. I go within & find peace there. Relugion (“Wicca” included) is man-made. I am not one of the sheeple that join religion simply being told “It’s the absolute & ONLY way or else _insert consequences here__. That’s FEAR based. FEAR= lack of FAITH. I’ve spent years learning ALL religions of the WORLD, dating back 30K+ years ago. I respect the fact if one wants to be “religious”. & follow something pre-made. However, witches are not “WICKED”. The true ones honor Wisedom, Integriry, TRUTH, Courage, & Honour! Witches are healers, wise women ( & men)!- most with huge hearts,& many practice healing reiki, they (hand) Craft NATURAL, healthy remedies, using herbs/oils vs. narcotics, harmful parabens/sulfates (found in 99% of dept. stores). They are productive members of society, Mothers, Fathers, Daughters, Aunts, Children (Of their biological parents). Many “Witches” are not involved in the Wiccan religion. Some do not worship any god(s) at all. “Popular” religions did not want “wise” or empowered women (most Witches were females before Chrustianiry movement in the West). Therefore, we all know what happened as result. Murder in the 1st- (not referring to Salem, MA). How does one “repent” or take back the irreversible theft of an innocent life? By apologizing to the “Only true (male) “Christian God” & then they’re “cleared”?! As a witch, I think before I act & speak. And if I cause harm, I pay my restitution to the affected- not because I’m afraid I’ll burn in a fiery pit when I die with a devil “Satan” but because I have COMPASSION for all living things & because its the humane thing to do. (Wiccans may follow a Karmic “Rede” or “Creed of Wiccae”, suggesting that righting a wrong would bring forth good “karma” & so therefore, that restitution would be just as selfish). Society is FEAR based- FEARFUL that humans will finally realize that true love & purity comes from WITHIN the soul, not by adherence to set rules, Rede’s, tenants, commandments, etc. For if ever human went within their soul & found their true self, the one we are ALL born with (even “evil” people) before any “brainwashing” of society’s black/white, yes/no, right/wrong thinking, every single one of us would be pure, loving,& kind. This earth & our lives would be a very peaceful place & war & the like would not exist. Remember this next time you hear the word “Witch”. A “Witch” could be your landlord who let you pay up late last month, your child’s 2nd grade teacher who spent that extra time after class to encourage him, or the man in front of you at the supermarket who notices your “I’m late, rushed, & stressed” anxiety/energy & steps aside with his one grocery to let you check out your week’s worth of food! Namaste!

    • Hi Silver Hawk Star,

      Thank you for sharing your perspective as a traditional witch. I did spend several years as a Wiccan and ended my soujourn into the occult as a “Christian” witch (an oxymoron to be sure), but I did follow the path of traditional witchcraft overall. I do understand your perspective (although we come from very different beliefs and I disagree with your interpretation of history–see “Triumph of the Moon” by Ronald Hutton.) I do understand what you mean. And of course, there are many witches and Wiccans and occult practioners, just as there are people of other faiths. They are good and kind people, and if you believe I’m suggesting otherwise then I must correct you of this false assumption.

      More importantly, however, I want to share what is truly at the base of the Christian faith. It is expressed simply through the words of John 3:16-17–
      “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

      That is the point, the message. God reached into this world (which was broken by sin) to restore relationship. And it’s okay if you believe something different but I am so thankful for the life I have in Jesus Christ, I just want to share that. Thank you, again, for your comment. Peace and blessings to you.

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