Those who have practiced witchcraft may have heard of a spiritual practice called gnosis. Gnosis is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

“The esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics to be essential to salvation”

While this is a perfectly good definition, in witchcraft there is a different definition. For witches, it is a trance like state in which one is one with the universe. It is most commonly used to preform spells where one must summon spirits or demons or enter the astral plane (or just to meditate, scy, or relax).

There isn’t a universal one-size-fits-all ritual or spell for entering gnosis and it wears off on its own, but entering it is usually the problem for people. Some strategies people have used are:

Sex/drugs (use at your own risk)

Confronting fears


Strong emotive force, ie. Fear, Rage, Joy (I use this one)


Pain (use at your own risk)

Running to complete physical exhaustion

Adredaline rushes


Holding your breath

Sensory overload/deprivation (heads up, not fun)

Listening to white noise until it’s no longer white noise

Scrying without a task

Shamic body postures

Meditation with friends

These are only a few things you can do! Remember: Gnosis is not for everyone and not all these methods work for everyone! You can do many spells and be a "true witch" (heads up, no such thing) without using gnosis! If you're uncomfortable with using gnosis, then don't use it! You are more than welcome to make your own methods and if you find something that works really well let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

Good luck with finding gnosis and happy crafting!

Published by Kalaeo Nox