LOTS of types of Witches! Over the last few weeks,in approving folks for Pagan Space,I've noticed many ,many differentiations for witches,some I had heard of ,some not. Some I'm very famiar with,some I have nary an idea. If you are one of the many "witches" here and if you care to share,please tell us about your particuliar "way of the Witch".......
Appalachian type?? Earthy,mountainey....? What would that include,pherhaps?
Folk maybe, Appalachian "witch", no. Calling a woman a witch is very offensive to those in Appalachian, you'll be lucky if the only thing they do is spit in your eye. While Appalachian "magic" was practiced, and still is, the religion is heavily Christian. While what is done might be considered witchcraft by some depending on how they define the term, witch is by no means a nice phrase in the culture.
My Mamaw raised me in this culture, home remedies, folk "magic" and superstitions, herbs, etc etc, and she'd sooner beat you with the bible and give you a lecture than take to bein called "witch"
I just say this to be careful on your journey, as gypsy can be offensive to the Roma, so to can witch be to Appalachians. :)
This is a good little article to scratch the surface, since you said...
I've read very little about it Lass
Then you would, or should, know to be careful with the term witch :) Good luck with your searching, I'm sure I've got some more sights if you'd like I can look for them. Dunno if they are on this comp or the other one.
I know alot of Scottish Witches from Tennessee and they embrace the term. Their family settled in the Blue Ridge and "Appalacies" and are accepted,happy and hide fronm no one,so I'm confuised here....the Mountain folk I know have no issues withy the term "witch"....We camp every year with these people
Oh I very much get where you are coming from. It took me 13 yrs to finally be really open to my family, and it was after my Mamaw passed on. I was solitary for a long long time, technically I still am, except I have friends I work with sometimes now.
You'll find what works for you, if its a place you feel comfy then that's where you feel comfy. :)
I use folk magic and grew up in the Ozarks. Folks around here, back in the day, would take offence to me being out spoken about being a Witch. 50 years later they seem to have out grown such sillyness and keep their snide remarks to themselves.
I personally think if a culture is aloud to continue to discriminate against a set of people they will. So if Amethyst Samia wishes to call her self a Appalachian Witch at the top of your lungs from the highest ridge, I would stand up with her.
Hillybilly's don't like witchs none either, I simply say, bring it on and we will see who is standin at the end of it.