Witchcraft while Neurodivergent


This month has been Mental Health Awareness Month, a topic that we care about greatly. Most if not all of our staff can relate to mental health struggles on a personal level. The world is full of ideas of what the perfect witchcraft practice looks like. For those who are neurodivergent or dealing with mental health issues, those ideals can be intimidating. As such, we wanted to take a bit to share our thoughts on the matter


Copper

In my experience, a lot of neurodivergent people feel like they are bad witches or practitioners because they don’t have a schedule, can’t do a daily spell or shadow work, or don’t have the money for a ton of crystals. None of that makes you a bad witch. I haven’t done a physical spell in months. I don’t buy crystals; instead I buy shiny glass rocks that are dyed because shiny make brain go brrrr. I haven’t done shadow work outside of therapy in a year.

Being autistic and ADHD, I have a really bad short term memory – I forget my schedule before I even set it. I rely on Plas to help keep my schedule organized. But not everyone has someone like Plas to keep them on a schedule. So how do you form new habits as a witch? Do whatever works for you, honestly. Genuinely, when you get the manic inspiration to do something, do it. If you’re too depressed to get out of bed, dedicate a few breaths to your gods or guides. If you forget to eat and you’re scrambling to have food before the end of the day so you can take your medication, don’t worry about being witchy – just take your medication. 

Witchcraft isn’t a lifestyle that’s supposed to be a hindrance or mentally straining. It’s about empowering yourself. So find the ways to empower yourself that YOU can manage and work for you. 

Nova

Witching with mental health issues is by no means easy. Many witchy influencers push the idea of making it a full blown lifestyle with tons of crystal jewelry, daily tarot readings, meticulously crafted spell jars, and so on. In reality, that’s difficult for some witches. The jewelry can cause sensory issues. The readings can be too repetitive of a task to keep up with daily. Just the idea of spending hours on a single spell jar can be overwhelming.

My neurodivergent witchy reality looks like this. I light incense if I remember. I dedicate my gym time to the war gods I work with, and my silent reading time to the ones more focused on academics. My veiling is not some intricate practice; I pull a scarf over my head when I get overwhelmed. What witchcraft has done for me is improve my mental health. In dark times, I can focus my negative energy into something productive, whether that be research, meditation, or some intentional cleaning. It all depends on my mood. Witchcraft is what you make it. Modifying it to fit your personal needs does not make you any less of a witch

Teddy

Neurodivergent witchery is hard on a lot of people.  For me, it’s the time blindness.  If I don’t make an appointment in my calendar, set a reminder on my phone, or put sticky notes everywhere, I completely forget to do things. I even had to put a reminder in my phone to do this post.

Often this means I have to do things immediately. Whether it is a candle spell or a reading, if I don’t do it immediately, I often don’t get to it at all.

This doesn’t work for everything, though. I make oils, lotions, and other oil infusions, which are often time sensitive processes.  Most of my oils infuse between one week to one month.  I have to set reminders on my phone or computer to make sure that I check them when they are supposed to be done.  Even when I try to use a planner, I get overwhelmed by it and forget about using it. Things happen. Just know, if you are a neurodivergent witch, you aren’t alone.


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