The hedge witch is a witch who works instinctively with what she finds around herself at a given moment- literally that which is in the hedge.
It is an ideal for those who do not react well to the prospect of formal and structured learning and who are more comfortable following their own path rather than joining a formal grouping
Being a hedgy is not a short-cut to knowledge or a cop out...it is simply a different perspective on things...
It is instinctive and flowing work and is like as not an echo of early pre-writing magic practice.
From the common oil to incense to redemies for things they would use what thye had and found to do what was needed. Many came for simple things and others came for ................
Hedge Witchcraft, also called "hedge riding" or "hedgecraft," is the shamanic art of crossing the "hedge" or boundary between this world and the Otherworld. It is used as another name for the Traditional Witch. The Hedgewitch is usually a solitary practitioner, but may be attended by assistants. Their main function is as mediator between the spirits and people. They may also work as a herbal healer and midwife. Some practitioners claim it to be the continuing practices of the cunning folk and wise-women, while others say that it draws from such sources but is a modern tradition.
Author Rae Beth popularised a more Wiccan version of Hedgecraft on her 1992 book Hedge Witch - a guide to Solitary Witchcraft, Hedge Witches worship the Triple Goddess and the Horned God. They celebrate the eight sabbats of the Wheel of the Year. This version of Hedgecraft was criticised as having many similarities with Wicca. Certainly, many books published about Hedgewitchery are based upon Wicca, and actual practitioners claim that hedgewitches can come from any religious or spiritual background, and that simply most modern hedgewitches choose to base their practice around Wicca. Some main differences between hedgecraft and Wicca is a significant loss of the formality of Wiccan ritual, the lack of initiation into a Wiccan Coven, and the solitary nature of hedgecraft, with some following a Cochrane based tradition.
Another style as well: Hearth Witchcraft
Often also called "Kitchen Witchery" or "Cottage Witchery," Hearth Witchcraft is a both domestic and nature based, popularised by Anna Franklin in her 2004 book "Hearth Witch" (Lear Books). The household hearth is a focal point for practising magic within Hearth Witchcraft.