Traveling to places during this time may not be permitted in all regions, but we’re free to dream, aren’t we?
In this article, we’ll be sharing some of the witchy spots in the world that you will want to visit physically or spiritually. If you’re lucky enough, you might read about a place that you surprisingly resonate with.
Peru is a place rich in pagan and witchcraft history. The country is filled with witches operating in secret since the 80s because of the harsh mistreatment of other religious beliefs during that time. Limu, Peru is known for one of the miracles that Julia Hernández Pecho Viuda de Díaz, the most famous of witches in Cachiche, made possible. It is believed that she cured the stammer of Fernando Leon de Vivero, a local resident in Limu. Because of this astounding miracle, Vivero initiated a statue to be built in remembrance of Julia Hernández Pecho Viuda de Díaz. The statue appears to be a woman reaching upwards with her hands rising to the sky, accompanied by a skull and an owl by her side.
Today, Limu is surrounded by enchanting temples where you can meet with other practitioners or visit it for the purpose of self-healing and re-connection.
Harz Mountains, Northern Germany
Harz mountains in Northern Germany are famous for the Hexentanzplatz or the ‘Witches’ Dancefloor’. It is believed that many witchcraft ceremonies were held high up there in pre-Christian times. Today, the Hexentanzplatz is visited for the astounding beauty of the view consisting of mountains and valleys below. Just by being there up the mountains, you will feel the magical energy blowing in your face.
The 100km trail of the Harzer Hexenstieg or the ‘Witches’ Trail’ is also one of the ways you can reconnect with nature — through mindful steps up the highest peak.
Siquijor is famously known as the ‘Magic Island’ or the ‘Mystic Island’ in the Philippines for its rich culture of witchcraft, energy healing, and shadow work practices. Out of all the practices, energy healing is the most accepted practice in the country. The island particularly got its name from a historical occurrence during a stopover of an ill Spanish voyager in the 1600s. During that time, the voyager did not have any choice but to ask the locals whatever they can do to cure his illness. Upon realizing the method of healing used by the locals, the Spanish voyagers decided to call the island the ‘Mystic Island’ or ‘Island of the Witches’ from then on.
The work of these healers or ‘mga mananambal’ is accepted in the country as a mysterious yet effective method of cure. In fact, it is even locally celebrated in the ‘Healing Festival’ occurring every March to April. If you are a hedgewitch, you will certainly resonate with the people and the energy surrounding the island of Siquijor.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Have you ever felt like you have been given the evil eye? Evil eye is the term used to describe a bitter glare given by a person who feels anger, hate, or envy towards you. The evil eye is believed to cause misfortune or injury to the victim. Most of the time, people are unaware they are giving someone an evil eye but it is just later experienced by the victim through an unfortunate event.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia is home of traditional healers that cure minor to major illnesses including the curse brought by an evil eye. These healers have their own collection of herbs and interesting practices that are new to some people in the witchcraft community in the west.
Bonus: Provence, France
This is considered as a bonus because the reason why we added France to the list is not because of its witchy history, but for its abundant resource of different varieties of herbs. Although France is mostly known for its rich culinary history, the herbs are also used by locals to complement their healing practices. On the other hand, Provence, France is where the famous ‘Herbes de Provence originated from. This herb blend is composed of lavender, basil, oregano, fennel, dill, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, and sage and is traditionally sold in small clay pots. You can find this almost everywhere in Provence along with other French blends that you may use for holiday meals or any witchcraft practice.