Despite the strongly gendered and stigmatized term ‘witch’, the Cambridge University Witch Society is a safe and inclusive space for all.
Georgie Windsor, an archeology student at Hughes Hall, is one of the founders of the Cambridge University Witch Society, which started this unusual society three months ago. She identifies as a witch who practices Wicca, which she describes as a type of “neo-paganism” with a belief in divinity in nature. In this setting, she also often manifests things for herself and her loved ones, and uses crystals and candles.
Together with Zainab Athumani, his company co-chairman, Georgie probably created one of Cambridge’s newer companies. Georgie told us more about what their society entails: “We are a diverse and inclusive society, bringing together those who practice witchcraft (in all its forms), Wicca and other alternative spiritual beliefs pertaining to paganism and paganism. -of the. “
Georgie added that the company promotes “the use of magic as an individual or collective practice of empowerment, without a defined framework or standard layer of how to engage in it.” The company’s Instagram reads, “Whether you believe in gods, perform rituals for sanity purposes, or use witch as a political term, this company is for you. “
The society is open to all genders and is a safe and inclusive space. Georgie said, “Really, everyone is welcome. We don’t have the typical type of person we expect as a witch. There are countless ways, Georgie explains, to practice witchcraft. Some examples include manifestation, crystal work, cooking witchcraft (which incorporates magic and cooking) or sexual positivity.
The company will facilitate meetings between the Cambridge Witches and anyone interested in learning more. Georgie and Zainab want to expand the company by organizing workshops on different elements, such as tarot card reading. Georgie emphasizes that the company is “self-managed” and will go in any direction that members find useful.
The company also hopes to tackle the “historicized reputation of witchcraft through a feminist view”. The term witch, according to Georgie, is “deeply stigmatized” and strongly gendered, so one of the goals of society is to demystify the narrative of who can be a witch and to address stereotypes of what a witch is. witch.
Studying at Cambridge can be a “stressful time” and Georgie said the use of magic can make students’ lives meaningful and bring a deeper “sense of self”. It can also help college members channel their creativity and try new things. She emphasizes the “sanity” benefits of engaging in witchcraft practices based on self-research and connection with oneself.
When asked how would you describe a witch, Georgie mentioned a quote she identified with: “To be a witch means to live in this world consciously, powerfully and without apologizing.”
Photo credit: Georgie Windsor
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