As part of my research outcomes I am putting together a glossary. As I work out how to organise it, a question keeps coming up in my mind. There has been a lot of content driven by the 'type of witch' name adoption/discussion in the community. My question in some way connects with this but is a little to the side of it.
Simply put the question is: what constitutes a type of magick versus a magickal practice and is there any overlap?
For example, witchcraft: a magickal practice which can employ a variety of types of magick depending on the practitioner. In this case witchcraft is not a type of magick.
Whereas, divination: is it both a type of magick and a magickal practice? It's certainly an umbrella term for all the different ways to practice divination. Then, considering those there's definitely overlap. For instance, necromancy which seems to be considered a type of magick but also something that can be practiced.
I think there's also something to be said here about the infinity of language. Practitioners that follow a path that isn't witchcraft will call themselves something other than a witch though what they do may resemble a practice/type within/of witchcraft e.g. Green Witchcraft - Earth Magick, Herbalism etc. This leads to the combining of terms to specify something (practice/type) such as Kitchen Magick and witchcraft becoming Kitchen Witchery/Witchcraft and self-styled kitchen witches. Kitchen Magick is a term that we use to describe traditions and more modern practices revolving around food and the kitchen. Here in England, where I live, I can see Kitchen Magick in what I recognise as Folk Magick but it is so ingrained in the food culture and tradition most people don't think of it as magick at all - like how to stir the mixture for a Christmas Pudding on Stir Up Sunday.
Clearly I could go on a while here and thank you for reading this far. I'm interested to read what thoughts you have on this and whether you think I should follow my instincts for how I classify the above. There's a lot to dig into here between old traditions, new thoughts and how people categorise and label things to identify them and connect them. Maybe it only matters to a degree and then it's all just magick.
Hoping you are well and safe, Bethan 💚