Solitary Witch

Solitary Witch

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A Solitary Witch is one who does not belong to a coven. From earliest times there have been Witches who worked alone. Since the raison d'être of Witchcraft is to worship and relate to the gods, there is no reason at all why a person should not do so alone.

To become a Witch, one must go through an initiation, which is essentially a dedication of oneself to the gods. This can be done just as well by the Solitary as by the coven Witch. A Solitary will perform a ritual dedicating himself or herself to the gods, stating a desire to worship them from that point onward. Such a Self Initiation is as valid as any coven initiation.

If a Solitary Witch desires to do magic—which is not required—he or she may do so on an individual basis. The Wiccan Rede—"An it harm none, do what thou wilt"—applies equally to the Solitary.

The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-paganism © 2002 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.
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Hekate haunts the pages of this poetic devotional by Vivienne Moss (a Solitary Witch, Mystic, and Priestess of Hekate who resides in a small Indiana town), enchanting those who love Her with the charm only this Dark Goddess can bring.
But she preferred working alone and became a Solitary Witch and cast her white magic spells alone, instead of working in a coven.