What is a Hedgewitch?

A Hedgewitch is someone who practices Hedgewitchery or Hedgecraft. HedgeCraft is a spiritual path and is considered a form of European witchcraft. Hedgecraft is loosely based on the old wise women (and men), cunning folk, herbalists, healers and witches throughout history. Some practitioners claim that it is the religion of the traditional cunning folk of England.

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Hedgewitches often practice herbalism, magic, wildcrafting, and many different forms of healing. Hedgewitches are generally unconcerned with overly formal magical workings, preferring more simple folk magic. It is an eclectic tradition, but just how much so depends on each individual practitioner. Most Hedgewitches practice is solitary and private, based out of the home. Although Hedgewitches can still be active in their local Pagan community.

In physical terms, the hedge separated the town from the wilderness. Crossing the hedge was considered dangerous, because the forest was regarded as a locus of uncanny happenings, including witchcraft. To the hedgewitch and witches alike, the hedge was not thought to be a physical boundary, but a mental barrier to be crossed in trance work. It is the line drawn between this world and the next; between reality and dream.

Shamanic practice is common, and is considered a hallmark of a Hedgewitch. From this perspective, if the hedge is the border between a village and the wilderness, the Hedgewitch walks the border with a foot in both worlds. Spirituality in Hedgewitches varies and depends on the individual; usually they look to their own heritage and ancestry. Most commonly Hedgewitches practice some form of neopaganism. The daily spiritual practice of a Hedgewitch will be adapted to his or her individual abilities, interests and life style.

What will I find here at Hedgewitchery?

I have assembled a collection of information on the aspects of my practices of The Craft. While I do not follow the more traditional workings of Wicca I do take some of the ideas and techniques and adapt them to the style that I am most comfortable with. While my overall style may not be your cup of tea, I'm sure the information I have within these pages will come in useful to you and your workings. Feel free to use anything you find here free of charge, as I believe in sharing the knowledge with all those around me.

Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds. ~Albert Einstein

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