2020 Is The Year Of The Witch

2020 Is The Year Of The Witch January 2, 2020

2020 will be a year of intense spiritual awakening and societal transition. A time for the witch to claim her power by returning to the sacred crossroads of Hekate. We’re entering a period when the true power of the Goddess and her Witches will be revealed. It is certain to be a wild ride, but it is one that we are ready for.

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The Power Of The Witch

In “Why Hekate And Her Witches Are Necessary Now More Than Ever,“I wrote:

Hekate is not a goddess for everyone, but she is absolutely necessary for humanity to survive, just as we, her witches, are. Not those who dabble at sorcery or manifestation, but those of us who go deep into the night to retrieve our souls, and shine the light for others so they, too, can find healing in her dark, wet womb. We are a requirement for this planet, with a vital role to play in maintaining the balance of the world. 

2020 is a crossroads year for this planet, and it is at these thresholds of time when Hekate emerges in all her glory. We come, on this wheel of time we walk, to this place as individuals and on the large scale. She has always been there waiting our return.

From upcoming television shows, like Circe and Motherland: Fort Salem, to the massive reclaiming of witchcraft as a sacred practice, this will be our year on the grand scale. In our personal journeys, we will be in conjunct with this societal reformation.

The witch who wields her own sacred power in alignment with the forces of the world to bring about change. The return of the Goddess in all her majesty, the Three-Formed Mother of All. 

For centuries, the sacred feminine has been reduced to stereotypes. While not all witches are women, it is those like me who have been ridiculed and punished for our ways by a male dominated system of oppression. Of course, others have been marginalized as well. I’m writing from my perspective of as woman witch and daughter of the Goddess Hekate, and I’m speaking to my spiritual kin who are rising strong.

It’s Written In The Stars

The stars are aligned with this time of personal and societal reclaiming, too.  2020 will see major planetary cycles complete and begin anew, representing a crossroads that is written in the stars. All these cycles are deeply associated with Hekatean energy, including Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. What is happening is an astrological awakening of the divine feminine the likes of which haven’t been seen for ages. These changes are known to astrologers as the start of “The Great Transformation” occurring throughout the next decade, 2020-2030.

We Are Feeling The Shift

I asked members of my online coven, Open Circle, about what they were sensing about 2020. Many of them responded that they felt a personal awakening that was deeply entwined with impeding societal shifts. There was a consensus that this is our time to reclaim our sacredness and the right to practice witchcraft as a beautiful spiritual path, without dogma or stigmatization.

Listen to me talk more about why the time of the witch has come:


The Rejection Of The Profane

The awakening of witchcraft as sacred has been a rising current over the past century, from the development of Wicca to the groundswell in rejection of allopathic medicine and the destruction of the patriarchy. All the profane that has been inflicted upon women (and all those marginalized by the powerful) and the natural world in the name of civilization is crumbling. The Goddess has returned with her medicine and her vengeance.

We’re at a tipping point. The only way that the planet can be saved is by rejecting the profane. The false gods that sever us from the natural world must die so that we may survive. However you call the Goddess, she offers the keys of healing ourselves, each other and the world. The time has come.

As within, so without. As above, so below.

The witch is attuned to the major forces acting upon the world, be they societal turmoil or planetary influences. Of course, these things are all interconnected. This is the knowledge of the witch. The planetary forces vibrate within us, calling us deeper into ourselves to return to the Goddess.

Witchcraft is remembering that we are the sacred alchemists of the Goddess. We use her gifts in our rituals, simple and complex. Hekate is the ancient Goddess of Witchcraft. Often reduced to a simple evil crone, Hekate was known in the distant past as the Anima Mundi, the very soul of the world. Witches, the wise women healers, used this soul that is found in all of creation, as medicine for themselves and others.

Answering The Call

Hekate has returned, and her witches summon her power that infuses all things.

You’ve answered the call of your inner witch, that part of the Anima Mundi that is our inner fire. Sometimes silent, others outspoken. We’ve walked this journey all our lives. Most often, we’ve stood alone in the dark under the pale moonlight, whispering our spells to the wind.


This is our time. 2020 is our year.

Recently, a dear friend of mine stood proudly in the pulpit of a Christian church. She spoke of compassion and courage with a conviction that had me doing the ugly cry. I was so very proud of her for sharing her message. You see, she told of her journey as one of Hekate’s Witches. Not very long ago, she could have been jailed for talking about witchcraft from a Christian pulpit. At the very least, she would have been ridiculed. Instead, she was a welcome guest at an Interfaith service on Thanksgiving. How times have changed.

Never in my life did I think I would bear witness to one of Hekate’s Witches “preaching” at a Christian pulpit. She represented us all so well. You can read her first-hand account of this most extraordinary event here.

The Goddess Has Returned

While Jessica’s brave reclamation of her goddess and her right to practice witchcraft may be a rather extreme example of just how far we witches have come in terms of societal acceptance, there is evidence everywhere of this phenomenon.

The Goddess has returned, awakening the sacred feminine within us. While I’m talking to my spiritual sisters of the Craft, what’s going on extends to others who are answering their own unique calling. Everyone who is seriously pursuing the sacred feminine without the restrictions imposed by patriarchal institutions and religions is being awakened in ways not seen for centuries.

Sent to me by a student. 2020 will be a wild ride, but hold onto the goddesses hand to see you through. Buckle up, witches. All joking aside, surrender to your eternal truth.

Remembering The Sacred Within

I’m a witch, that is the truth of my soul. Recently, I was asked when I first “knew” I was a witch. While at the time, I may not have used this heartfelt word to describe myself, when I was a very small child I only felt at home in the woods, with my imaginary companions, the animals and my collection of found objects. Flash forward to adolescence when I shapeshifted into an acceptable form of myself to avoid ostracization. I have always been deeply drawn to the unknowable and nature. When I experience the soul flow of being in sync with the unseen world and the natural one, my heart song is that of a witch. Over time, I accepted my own truth as that of the witch, deeply connected to the ancient priestesses of Hekate. My journey has been of remembering the sacredness within me, that is reflected back at me through the Goddess.

The Beautiful Revolution

I’ve been passionately pursuing the mysteries through esoteric and spiritual studies as part of a great revolution by women, like me, who are committed to pursuing the sacred within and the Goddess. Way back in the eighties, it was difficult to get my adolescent hands on books like Charlene Spretnak’s Lost Goddesses of Ancient Greece or Lori Cabot’s early books. When I did, they sung beautiful hymns of the divine feminine to me, the like of which I had never heard in my Pentecostal upbringing, where even The Blessed Virgin, Mary, was reduced to almost nothing.

I have borne witness to this revolution that’s only just begun. The old ways are falling all around us as we emerge as a powerful force of the Goddess on this earth.


Perhaps you’re new to this remembering. I bid you welcome. The journey ahead is not an easy one, but it is the true one. Each of us experiences this journey in our own unique ways. We are at the crossroads in 2020, and that is where witches abide. It is our spiritual home front this space between the corporeal and spiritual, this time between what was and what will be.

Be Aware. Be Wary.

2020 is not a year for foolishly rushing in where angels fear to tread. Being aware of the risks posed to you for claiming your truth is vital. Banish the harmful, protect yourself and create the openness that allows blessings to flow towards you. Join with others to strengthen yourself and our collective power. Here at this Great Crossroads, there will be many who try to trick us into their false ways, seeking to steal our power or save themselves. Avoid those who cling to false positivity but send them your love. They aren’t yet ready to remember.

It Is Only The Beginning

Going inward to reconnect to your sacredness is a daunting undertaking. The Goddess often takes us on a wild ride. No matter how rough or calm, do this without self-judgment. We all proceed at our own pace and in our own way. However, be mindful that the shadow self seeks to keep us in the grip of fear. As we transform, and as the societal changes occur, this shadow will rage as it loses power. Retreat and rest as necessary, while 2020 may be the Year of the Witch, it is only the beginning of the Great Transformation. We must take good care of ourselves for the journey ahead.

The Rituals of the Sacred Cave:

I have two free intro classes in January:

The Sacred Seven is a Master Class of Spiritual Witchcraft. This is the journey from healing to wholeness, through connecting to The Sacred Seven Forces of the natural world. Register and learn more:


The Mystai: The Path of Hekatean Witchcraft goes far deeper than the Keeping Her Keys book. It’s a transformative journey through the traditional wisdom and modern teachings of Hekate and her witches.


Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern is you how-to guide for claiming 2020 as your year.

This article is empowered with a spell of true magic and fierce love, for banishing the profane, protection and blessing. The spirits of crow, deer, amethyst, rose and smoky quartz, wild rose, mugwort, wormwood, salt and the Goddess are woven into a powerful talisman. Statue of Hekate can be purchased here. Night Garden tapestry is available here. This image is a talisman that I freely share for all to use.

May you be well blessed by this sharing.

About Cyndi Brannen
Cyndi Brannen, PhD, teaches and writes from the crossroads of personal development, spirituality and true magic. Founder of the Keeping Her Keys system of spiritual witchcraft, she shares the keys of The Sacred Seven laws using practical methods ranging from journaling to journeying. Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft explores Hekate from her ancient origins to our modern understanding through magic and personal development. True Magic: Unleashing Your Inner Witch, based on the sacred seven principles of witchcraft, is a practical guide to better living through witchcraft. Read Dr. Brannen's journey and the courses she offers at keepingherkeys.com. You can read more about the author here.
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  • Hank Jacson


    Numerically 12/31/2019 = 19 = 10 = 1 The beginning, “I AM” self consciousness.

    01/01/2020 = 6. Conscientious, bringing balance/harmony.

    Therefore, the last + the first 1 + 6 = 7 The sacred number 7 will usher in understanding &

    knowledge of the mystical & a philosophy of living.

    The year 2020 = 4

    A system of an orderly exercise of energy will produce practical results.

    )O( Mystical Magical Miraculous )O(

    To touch the heavens the goal is a vision,

    Condensing today, four results in the seven,

    Appendix, glossary, references have precedence,

    Producing the leading, preceding the index.

    Four square the footing secured in the earth,

    Aggregate, fire and water combine,

    Elements basic cured solid so strong,

    Visually developing scenes of the mind.

    The Architects Ancient reflecting Their Spirit,

    Set cycles revolving the universe ringing,

    Our corner of unity, earth, moon and sun,

    Their mystery’s answering all calls begun.

    Bring down the spirit, knowledge and wisdom,

    Open the book, our guide path of precision.

  • Lorn West

    Another Hecate power hungry witch making wild claims and using girl power. Men can be and are witches too. Every year some woman is claiming it to be the year of the witch. Another person using Hecate because they need to feel like a badass. Just another cut and paste story on Patheos.

  • Odd Jørgensen


  • Lorn West

    Sorry that you thought this was directed at you, honestly it wasn’t. It was directed at the community as a whole. I have been seeing so many younger female witches try to use magick to resolve situations and they either use Hecate or Cerridwen. They have not done anything prior to work with one of them, but expected to get results for their actions. Some of us pagan males have started doing a little test on blogs such as yours. You might be familiar with Anita Sarkeesian and the female tests she applies to movies. I like a growing number go through a blog and count how many times the spiritual realm is given a “he” compared to “she”. You utterly failed. SO many of the blogs on this service failed. Equality works both ways, and the male aspect is important as well. Never claiming one is more important over the other either, both are needed for their to be life, so I believe they should be treated as equals. And it is a sad fact that their is someone claiming that this is the year of the witch, but wondering why last year wasn’t the year of the witch as people have claimed. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-year-of-the-witch_b_3599081

  • WildestSea

    Great article!!

  • Brenda Keitt

    I agree! I came to the Craft over 30 years ago and am amazed at how the Craft has become so popular and well embraced b/c of a natural hunger for genuine spirituality! It is frightening b/c of there will be conflict yet, at the same time it is very exhilarating b/c the masses are waking up!

  • Brenda Keitt

    Lorn, I think you are not being fair b/c keep in mind that the Craft is a Female/ Goddess centered practice. That does not mean that we do not welcome our brother witches; for the most part we do. In fact, from my observations, the Craft welcomes our brothers more so than Christianity welcomes women. Chiil, okay? xoxo!

  • Lorn West

    The craft is not a goddess oriented system. Starhawk infused feminism into paganism and created the goddess tradition, where there was no god focus at all. The craft has to have balance and has both genders as equals. DO you know how condescending you sound like that you ” welcome our brothers”. Who are you that says you have that authority. Anyone can be a witch. I have to point out as well you bringing up Christianity, having to throw in the victim card. A quick reminder that Wicca has a Lord and a Lady in that system and it predates Starhawk.. So you are posting your opinions on what witchcraft is, Who gave you the position to decide that it is a goddess system or not?

  • Sabrina Mein

    1 as well might wish to think about how all genders can be witches it’s not just for women , also should 1 choose? any gender can follow any deity , blessed be everyone of any,all,no-genders

  • Raven Belote

    This is a wonderful Goddess/woman centered blog post, and I enjoyed reading it very much.
    You are correct…our Mother is great.

  • Brenda, there’s no talking to some people, but thanks for trying. No where in the article do I say that genders other than women can’t be witches. Some people just see what they want to see. If they were to read the article, they would find that I specifically explain this in the article. Shrug.

  • Brenda Keitt

    I agree! And thanks for responding!

  • For some reason, Lorn, I can’t reply to you, but I can see your comments in the admin dashboard. I believe you have a right to be heard. Expressing my lived experience is in no way an attempt to rob anyone else of theirs. I was writing about my personal experience and used my unique perspective. I thank you for sharing yours. I am in agreement with many of your points. My agreeing with some, but not all, doesn’t devalue my own opinions or yours. As an author of a bestselling book about Hekatean Witchcraft and one of the most read blogs on Patheos Pagan, and as a leader of a coven of hundreds of witches, I can attest to the enormity of Hekate’s call for thousands at this moment in time. We all begin at the beginning. So, yes, there are many new witches claiming Hekate, Cerridwen or the Morrigan (or other “dark” goddesses) because they find truth in them. Their truth may not be mine, but I can lift them up. Pushing them down through diminishing their ways serves no one.

  • Raven Belote

    Hi Lorn….I read this comment of yours and just wanted to make an observation on a portion of it.
    You wrote…

    “I have been seeing so many younger female witches try to use magick to resolve situations and they either use Hecate or Cerridwen. They have not done anything prior to work with one of them, but expected to get results for their actions.”

    This is a common action of both males and females when starting out in Witchcraft. I’d bet money on it that most all of us did this in the beginning stages of our path. One doesn’t need to be young, either, to do this.
    Its a very common newbie thing, but can also be done by one who has been on the path for awhile, too. They may just not know any better. They will learn.
    Thats what practice is for… 🙂

  • Brenda Keitt

    Well said Raven. In my early practice, I invoked Hecate to help me to get out of a very toxic relationship and I did not have to wait long for it to happen. I now live a really great life and believe you me, I’ve learned my lesson!

  • Raven Belote

    Right. It’s quite common for new Witches to grab up a god/dess (who they know little about), and petition them in their magick.
    Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.