Simply put a solitary witch is anyone who practices by themself. So a practitioner of any Pagan or Wiccan faith can be a solitary witch. As opposed to a coven witch, a solitary witch will perform all rituals and spells on their own. But this doesn’t mean that a solitary witch will not have witch friends. It just means that they don’t require or want any additional people in their rituals. A lot of solitary witches prefer to practice alone because it provides a more intimate setting and allows them to feel more free and uninhibited. I practiced as a solitary witch for several years. I was a teenager in the Bible Belt and didn’t have any witch friends. But it made the rituals and spells feel so much more sacred when I was by myself with my own thoughts. I didn’t feel the need to speak every intention or say every spell out loud or to chant out loud. I was able to use my internal thoughts or monologue and therefore had more free flowing pace of thought. Most witches start off as a solitary witch until they find people with whom they share beliefs with, then they generally create a group and share in the joys of ritualistic magic.
A kitchen which is simply a witch who practices in a kitchen instead of at an altar. Kitchen witches tend to practice magic through cooking, cleaning, and home crafts. They usually dont focus so much on the ritual aspects of magic, favoring the intention that magic brings. A kitchen which may prepare a special meal for their family on a holiday instead of a formal ritual.
Kitchen witchcraft is not for all witches. A lot of witches need the formal aspects of ritual such as calling the quarters and drawing a circle. And that’s okay! The point of magic is to find your way of practicing with the best intentions and the best acknowledgement of self. I found kitchen witchcraft mostly because as a mother I don’t necessarily have time to sit down and have a full ritual for the major holidays and having a full altar set up generally attracts my two children to destroy said alter. Instead of an alter, I do have ritualistic items in my kitchen that I use such as spoons, cast iron pots, candles, and other such items. I put intention into my cooking through visualization and the occasional spoken word. For the solstices, I use corresponding herbs and plants in my cooking as a way to draw in the power of the holiday. In this blog I will touch on lots of different witchcraft practices such as hedgewitches, solitary witches, coven witches, and others. Kitchen witchcraft is one of the many beautiful ways in which we express our faith and how we use our actions and intentions to better our lives and others.