Thirteen Powers of the Witch

Over the years I’ve collected various rituals put forth by other witches. They come from various books I have or from witch sites on the internet. The one I have in my grimoire is from the Gray Witch’s Grimoire by Amethyst Raine. It’s direct and to the point. I do remember changing the first line, To Curse with To Balance. I’m not a fan of cursing. I think it’s judge-y, but honestly, a witch does what a witch does. Circumstances tend to dictate what an appropriate response is, and if a curse is called for, then a curse it is. Anyway, here’s what I have in my grimoire:

To Bring Balance

To Bless

To Conjure

To Communicate with Spirit

To Communicate with Animals

To Control the Winds

To Heal

To Divine the Future

To Give Wise Counsel

To Know the Energies of the Herbs

To Know the Energies of the Stones

To Shapeshift

To See Visions


I think it’s a fairly straightforward list that covers all the bases. Below, however, is a really nice poem by Silver RavenWolf from her book Solitary Witch who conveys the idea so beautifully.

Thirteen powers do the Witches claim

their right of lineage by Goddess’s name.

Tie a knot and say the words

or hand on head – the blessing conferred.

A Witch can give success in love

curse or bless through God/dess above.

Speak to beasts and spirits alike

command the weather, cast out a blight.

Read the heavens and stars of the night

divine the future and give good advice.

Conjure treasure and bring fortune to bear

heal the sick and kill despair

This is my birthright to have and to share

blessings upon you, (the person’s name),

may the spirits be fair.


Witches naturally consider the possibility of. Nothing is off the table as it were. But as you can see by both expressions, witches acknowledge and bless the oneness of all.

Blessed Be