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Witch Hunt


There are witches all around us. You can find them anywhere…

The Witch on Wheels has been documenting her findings.


Meet Kelsey Jean

It’s always special to meet mothers and daughters who are both witches. Kelsey Jean is the daughter of Barbara King, who was featured here two years ago. Although I am based out of New Hampshire, and had been in her hometown several times, it was in Florida at the Skoolie Fest that I met her. As a self-identified “new witch,” she is a firm believer in dabbling in everything. Her grimoire contains information on sigil work and color associations to astrology and chakras. Calling magic “flexible and free,” she often incorporates two or three practices in one ritual. Get to know Kelsey Jean better by reading her answers to these questions.



1. Do you have a magical name youre willing to share?
Gypsy Rae

2. In what state do you reside?
  New Hampshire

3. How do you make your living?
I work in retail, but I am beginning my process of self-employment by selling meditation herbs, intention jars, dream catchers and jewelry.

4. Are you out of the closet? / Have you felt threatened?
Yes. I tell people I am a pagan and I practice Wicca. I can’t recall feeling threatened – maybe in high school.

5. When did you first know you were a witch? How long have you been practicing?
I knew as a child. I was brought up in the Craft. I have been practicing about fifteen years alone, and only about seven in public.

6. How do you define your practice? Do you follow a specific tradition?
Most of my work is in herbs. I will read cards, but only for friends because I am still learning. I have no specific traditions, but I do have specific rituals.

7. What one object must be on your altar for it to be an altar?
An offering bowl. For me, if I have nothing to give, how can I ask for anything?. 

8. Do you have a daily practice?
  I try to pull one tarot card a day for myself. I also carry stones daily for balance and meditation.

9. How do you respond when someone asks, Are you a good witch or a bad witch?”
“Depends on the day.” I tell people I work in the light – with healing magic, positive vibes, and progressive intentions.

10. Do you have a familiar?
Yes. Pharaoh, my black cat. He is four, almost five, and my light in the darkest days.

11. What was your most magical experience?
I’ve had a few minor yet significant ones, mostly involving helping friends with life struggles.

12. What gifts, skills, or powers do you share?
I have very good intuition. I know what people need in their time of need. As an empath, I feel all emotions deeper than most. I hope that with my work I can help people one way or another.

13. What is your favorite:
Winter solstice. It’s always been a very large tradition between me and mom, a huge feast has been held for more than 12 years. When I have my own home I will host, hopefully.
Element: Water; I’m a Cancer so it’s incorporated quite a bit.
God/Goddess: I use Egyptian and Celtic deities, as well as using native practices with earth and animals.
Tool: Whatever is useful for the problem at hand.
Tarot deck or card: The Queen of Cups is me.
Gemstone: Sodalite, rose quartz, and amethyst are the ones I use most often.
I have very strong ties to Native American music, especially the flute.
  Spell or ritual: There is a full moon cleanse I do regularly.
Piece of wisdom: Your craft is just that. Yours. Everything is up to interpretation, so go with the first feeling you get, before your brain gets in the way.



About the Author:

Lynn Woike

All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice.


When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at, Facebook and Instagram.