the dictionary definition of witch is:
1 a woman thought to have magical powers, especially evil ones, popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak, pointy hat and flying on a broomstick. 2 a follower or practitioner of Wicca or modern witchcraft.-Google dictionary.
I use the word ‘Witch’ to describe my spiritual beliefs and practices. For me, they are rooted in paganism but I don’t class myself as Wiccan as I don’t follow the Wiccan Rede (too many rules and stipulations for my taste) personally I’m not one for rhymes in my spell work and intentions though I do use some I have learnt over the years. It can be used to describe a man or a woman ( I know several male witches).
Honestly, its not a word I have always been comfortable using in my early days. Generally, because of the ridicule received from others. Now however, I use it with pride! There are many negative uses of the word. It was used in accusation which led to the death of many people, witch or not, man or woman. Another reason I use it proudly now. Because I am proud of who I am, what I do and my heritage.
Witchcraft to me is just that, the craft I practice and use. It could be defined as: using ritual, symbology and techniques (both ancient and modern) to set an intention and manifest desired outcomes. In my craft, use a combination of: ritual, sigils, candle magic, herbs, tarot, crystals, lunar cycles, dowsing, runes and sympathetic magic (to name a few). I’m also an empath (some people use the word clairsentient) and I practice Palmestry. My intentions are consciously woven into everything, showering and bathing, dressing, charming objects and gifts, hugging a friend or loved one, walking, making tea, the mantra’s I repeat, the words and symbols I draw and have tattooed on my body.
These are all spells, all my form of witchcraft. It enables me to ground myself, reflect and better enrich my own life and those around me (should they will it)
What names do you give yourself and your craft if at all? Are there any you don’t like? I’d love to hear why.
*please be aware this is a safe place any nastiness will not be tolerated.