I've been noticing a trend that has me puzzled. A number of people have told me they're "Wiccan but not a witch". As a Wiccan of many years I can tell you that witchcraft is inextricably woven into…Continue
"It is a stigmatised word the Christian church did its utmost in its 'culture war' during the conversion era to use it to stigmatise those who practiced the remnants of paganism. Nowadays witch is a more generic term but as quite a few…"
"It's a really long story, some of the archives may help with understanding. Believe it or not, there are a percentage of Neopagans that haven't really let go of their Christian backgrounds. They want to be accepted and if the…"
"This discussion really has two components... what do we call ourselves when among other pagans, and what do we call ourselves publically, in the majority-Christian environment?
To me, saying to pagans that I'm a "witch" seems…"
"Why is it important if they call themselves witch or Wicca? Just because they prefer one tittle over another doesn't equal bringing their mainstream fears with them; there could be X number of reasons individuals use a specific tittle.
I get a…"
"In traditional times, a "witch" or whatever we're calling ourselves WAS involved with the community. Of course, in a traditional community, everyone is a "witch" in that they follow the belief system, but the…"
"The "witches" on the fringes doing harmful magic would best be described in today's language as "sorcerers". Today the term "witch" has come to mean nearly any adherent to a pagan path. Oh damn now I have to define…"
"It doesn't for me personally, I am both and I call myself both interchangeably depending on the context in conversation. Although i DO get irked when people on *certain* social sites [okay tumblr and instagram for instance] use…"
"The above rings true...
I think this is the very spot that either makes or breaks new folks, young ones if you will. Because of society's current need, instant gratification, very few take the time to learn passed the first " and often…"
Understood...and I do agree intention goes a long way...
Along with focus / directing will power , informing / imprinting ,
natural ability , initiation into current / tapping into current ,
learned knowledge / practical work to make it…"
"I should not have used an absolute, " no one" was incorrect " many" would have been better.
I guess its kind of like meeting 500 " high priest/ess" and 3 initiates ( substitute - teacher/student term of choice).