I think one of the hardest things is not getting carried away with your own sense of importance and power. It is very easy to believe yourself invincible and start to think that you can just throw your craft at whatever situation comes along. But a real sense of humility and perspective are crucial for a witch. Witchcraft is only one skill set, other people have equally valuable skills in other areas and the arrogance that you are all powerful is not a becoming attitude for a witch.
In honesty though, humility is hard. I often fall into the trap of thinking x,y,x doesn’t matter because I can work a spell to mitigate it. There is a danger that in a bias toward spell work you start to overlook other solutions that may be either simpler or more appropriate. Take if I fall out with a friend for example. I would be far better served to have a chat with them and find out what I’ve done to annoy them than I would be to leap in with a binding or a hex.
In another example, I recently found myself thinking up all sorts of potions I could make to reduce travel sickness. I spent ages on it before I had the bright idea of just nipping to Superdrug and buying some anti nausea pills….
I think another pitfall for the witch, again concerned with arrogance, is that when you start to see results from your work you can become a little over confident in your own spells. I’ve been guilty of stinting on the effort once or twice and then being surprised when I don’t get the results I want.
I use my craft in the world on a daily basis but I try not to ignore my more worldly skills and I remember that I am a witch, but not only a witch.
Pushing the arrogance aside is hard and I think most of can hold up our hands to struggling with it at times.
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