A hedge witch is a term coined and popularized by English witch Rae Beth to describe the contemporary yet traditional village witch or wise woman or man who practices alone without a Coven.
Rae Beth describes the hedge witch as “one who ‘knows’ and worships the Goddess and her consort, the Horned God; one who practices spellcraft for the purposes of healing, and teaches the mysteries.” The contemporary hedge witch is versed in the ways of nature, skilled in herbalism, proficient in the casting of spells and observant of Pagan seasonal festivals (see Wheel of the Year).
See also : Cunning Man / Cunning Woman; Pellar; solitary.
- Rae Beth. Hedge Witch: A Guide to Solitary Witchcraft. London: Robert Hale, 1990.