Please define what a Witch is.

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Please define what a Witch is.
Thu, 05-27-2010 - 9:14pm

Since I'm new to all this I'm trying to

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Fri, 05-28-2010 - 4:20pm

Hi Jackie,

I am myself a Taoist, not a Wiccan, but since we dont have a CL at the moment, I thought I would at least try to help a little.

When I first decided to explore Paganism to try and find where I fit in, one of the first books I read was "the Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism", and while I HATE the Title, the book itself was very imformative and gave me a good over view of Paganism and where I want might to focus my journey.

To answer your question specifically, I know that a "witch" is someone that practices Witchcraft, which is one element of the Wiccan religion but since Wicca is a broad nature based religion, im sure not all Wiccans practice the Craft or refer to themselves as witches.

Sorry I cant be more help, but I know there are many others who post here with more info on this then me, so Im sure someone will answer you better then I did.

I do recommend the book though!


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Sat, 05-29-2010 - 2:20pm
A Witch is someone who practices Witchcraft. A Wiccan is someone who follows the path of Wicca. Witchcraft is based on magick, while Wicca is based on ritual. Wicca is mainly a religion, while Witchcraft is mainly folk magick. There are people who call themselves Wiccan Witches. I think what they mean by that is that they are Wiccans who practice the magick of Witchcraft. Witchcraft relies on the use of herbs, roots, crystals and other natural properties. I don't follow the idea that Wicca is a "better" or "higher" form of practice than Witchcraft. They are two separate paths and neither one is "better" than the other. Some people do use the words interchangeably. You'll read some books where the author uses both words in the same sentence or paragraph when they actually mean one or the other. And some will call themselves Wiccan because they don't like the negative connotations regarding the word "Witch."
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Sat, 05-29-2010 - 9:00pm
Hi sisterhoney,
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Sat, 05-29-2010 - 10:08pm
Hi Sisterhoney,
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Mon, 05-31-2010 - 2:14am
Hi Sisterhoney,
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Wed, 06-02-2010 - 8:12am

I view being a Witch simply as the way I live Life. I see Magic in near everything around me. I feel it in all of the Elements and think Magic is simply a term for Energy, a type of Electrical current that is manifested in all of the Natural World when centuries ago, there was no word such as Electricity! lol

While I've seen hoped for events happen after doing a ritual, seems to me that's more about speaking out my intentions as I honor the Gods and Goddesses as anything else.

We live in a world where in order to follow a religion you have to jump through Hoop A, run under Hoop B and then hold your breath just right as you hop on one foot. Walking a Magical or Pagan Path is different in that while there are some basic rules to follow, it's more important to discover what works for you.

My favorite books are by Ellen Dugan. She has a pretty down to earth view of her practice. While I've followed a pagan path for the better part of 20 years, it wasn't until a few years ago that I considered myself a witch and last year I picked up Ellen's "Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens". Believe me, I'm closer to 60 than I am a teenager, but I found the basics in this book wonderfully liberating for me as I began to stand taller in my role as a witch. It really helped me understand so much more and view the world of witchcraft simply as a way of life without self-grandeur or pomp.

I find witchcraft to be an honoring way of life for all of life.

Hope this helps, at least some.

Happy travels on your journey. {{{Hugs}}}

Bren Jay

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