Exploring the Relationship Between Witchcraft and Mental Health

You know witchcraft is just spicy psychology, right? Well, that plus the manipulation of metaphysical and unseen energies. But mostly the psychology thing! 

It’s not just healing past traumas and adhering to new perspectives though – it goes much deeper than that. It’s more than a safe space, it’s a space where you can grow, transform, and thrive. It’s about integrating the dark with the light and taking control of your life. 

So, rather than focusing on outlook, it focuses on input.

While mental health issues are a medical matter, research shows that spirituality can be a powerful tool in helping people understand and cope with mental health issues. Spirituality is a connection with something greater than ourselves, whether it be a higher power (deities), a sense of purpose, or a connection to the natural world. All of this can be expressed through ritual work, meditation, yoga, and even simple moments of reflection – and witchcraft encompasses all of this. From spell crafting to chakra work, connecting with the goddess, or journaling in our Book of Shadows; the spiritual path and the path of Witchcraft are one and the same. 

A recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that spiritual practices have a positive effect on mental health. The study found that those who engaged in spiritual activities reported feeling more connected with their higher power, experienced increased feelings of peace and well-being, and had a greater sense of purpose.

So, there are many reasons why witchcraft and spiritual practices can be beneficial to mental health. For one, it can help to reduce stress and anxiety by providing comfort and security in difficult times, and it gives us a sense of meaning and purpose, which can be especially helpful for those of us dealing with depression. 

And, another one of the wonderful and uniting things about witchcraft is it also provides a sense of community and connection, which can be invaluable for those who may be feeling isolated or disconnected. Here at High Priestess, we value our community above all else, and will continue to work hard on providing that. 

But you know what it comes down to? This life, working with the unseen and experiencing what magic can do… it provides a sense of hope. And hope can get us through the most awful of days. If mental health troubles are the Tower, Witchcraft is the Star. Some people haven’t experienced hopelessness before, and that’s wonderful for them… but if you have then you know. You know it feels like there’s no way up and there’s no point in continuing – but that’s when you take the hand of your higher power and let her guide the way. Because she always will; and she’s always there. 

Note: Witchcraft and spiritual paths do not replace therapy – they simply, and powerfully, elevate it.

Jade is a shadow worker and lunar witch, an experienced witchcraft facilitator, and hosts the 8-week High Priestess course: Dedicant.