You may take a look at the title and automatically think, “Of course not! How could two such opposite belief systems exist alongside another?” But I’m here to tell you that it is certainly possible. After all, Christian witches are living proof of that. If you didn’t know those even existed, then boy, do I have the post for you!
I want to say, first of all, that I do not identify myself as a full-on witch, but simply as a Catholic who has an interest in otherworldly things. I don’t do spells or anything like that, but I do like crystals, the paranormal, and using tarot/oracle cards from time to time. I only say, “Memoirs of a Catholic Witch” for the sake of the point I’m trying to make in this post. That being said – these are solely my opinions and do not represent any community as a whole.
My spiritual journey has been a tough one, to say the least. This is because I was raised in a Catholic household, brought up in Catholic education, and yet I’ve always been drawn to things of the otherworldly nature like magic, divination, and psychic abilities. I loved my Catholic faith and still do – I believe in God, our Heavenly Father, and all the angels and saints. I never wanted to disappoint God or go against His Will. For a long time, I thought that I could never practice what I felt so strongly in my heart without the shame of going against what the Bible so strictly teaches in Leviticus 27.
But I can. It’s possible. This is because I have carved out my own spiritual path in which I listen to the callings of my heart and my God-given intuition on right and wrong, rather than the words written by men thousands of years ago in a completely different society (but that is not to say I don’t follow the Bible, because I do, in many other positive ways). However, in a time where people were burned, hanged, and had limbs cut off in the streets for often something so harmless as stealing a loaf of bread, one can easily argue that those quotes in Leviticus were written because the society at that time deemed it to be morally wrong.
Growing up in my Portuguese heritage (Madeira, to be exact), there have been certain Catholic traditions that I have practiced annually with my family that I never once thought twice about. On the feast days of St. Joao and St. Antonio, we like to do little rituals such as pouring candle wax into a basin of water to see the first initial of your future spouse; another is holding a lit candle in front of a mirror to see the face of your future spouse show up in the glass. (See my blog post of St. Anthony’s Feast Day to learn more).
The point I’m trying to get at here is that there are many Catholics in the West who would look down upon these harmless traditions/superstitions and even go so far as to label it as sinful, evil witchcraft! But my Catholic family members, and even my bible-thumping, rosary-praying-every-night Portuguese grandmother, do not see one thing wrong with it, and certainly do not see it as a contradiction to their religion. They see it as a means of religious celebration – asking the saints for guidance and clarity in God’s name. See how different societies and cultures differ between what is right and what is wrong? It only takes opening up your eyes to the different ways of loving God to understand why Christian witches exist.
And let me tell you something about history. Christian witches aren’t a thing made up by this generation or the last! In fact, there are historical instances of Christian people who have used otherworldly practices to strengthen their relationship with God and their religion.
The first deck of tarot cards? Made for the devout Catholic Duke of Milan in the late 14th or early 15th century. Then there’s Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, who was also a devout Catholic, attending mass every Sunday and practicing her Christianity freely – and yet, she is the most famous voodoo practitioner in Louisiana. (See my blog post on New Orleans Voodoo for more about Marie Laveau).
How would it even be possible to practice such things without thinking it is sinful, when the Bible strictly forbids it? … Because when you actually get into the otherworldly, you’ll see that it is not the demonic devil-worshiping craft that you’ve been taught it is. In reality, most practitioners of witchcraft and new-age spirituality are nature-loving, kind, and light-loving people. In fact, the Wiccan reed states, similar to the Christian commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” “And if it harm none, do what ye will.” These two phrases are one and the same – as long as you do not harm another being physically or emotionally, keep on. If both religions are based on a philosophy of kindness and goodness, why should one of them be deemed “wrong”? It shouldn’t.
So, this is the reason why I continue to do what I do, and I do not feel ashamed to say it because it is who I am.
I talk to God, Jesus, and Mary in my times of need. When I do tarot and oracle readings, I ask the angels and saints for their divine assistance. I do Bible studies to strengthen my connection to spirit and God. I pray the rosary as a form of divine meditation.
To me, this is what it means to be a Christian witch. And I believe it is righteous and fully acceptable to incorporate these things into your practice as long as it is pure and of the light.
If you find yourself on a similar path as mine, I recommend that you check out the book, “Path of Christian Witch” by Adelina St. Clair. It has helped me loads in figuring out what road I want to take on my spiritual journey, and also allowed me to realize that I can still maintain my Catholic beliefs and practice the magic that I love.