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« Topic Start: October 31, 2009, 03:19:29 am »

I'm putting this here under the 'interfaith' banner, but feel free to move it if there's somewhere better Smiley

We've had various threads here looking at the history and legitimacy (for want of a better term) of different names and titles that get used when talking about paths that derive from British Traditional Wicca and their practitioners. What I am interested in hearing is what the people at TC that fit in that catagory of faiths prefer to be called. Are any particular usages more or less offensive than others? It occurs to me that I use different terms to reflect my concerns and beliefs more htan I use them to reflect the concerns and beliefs of the people that they describe. At least at TC, I'd like to do that less Smiley
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« Reply #1: October 31, 2009, 10:54:51 am »

I'm putting this here under the 'interfaith' banner, but feel free to move it if there's somewhere better Smiley

We've had various threads here looking at the history and legitimacy (for want of a better term) of different names and titles that get used when talking about paths that derive from British Traditional Wicca and their practitioners. What I am interested in hearing is what the people at TC that fit in that catagory of faiths prefer to be called. Are any particular usages more or less offensive than others? It occurs to me that I use different terms to reflect my concerns and beliefs more htan I use them to reflect the concerns and beliefs of the people that they describe. At least at TC, I'd like to do that less Smiley

I hate it when Wiccans say they are "Wiccas" or "I'm a Wicca".  No, you're a "Wiccan" and your religion is "Wicca". 

Probably not what you are looking for, but it made me feel better Smiley
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« Reply #2: November 16, 2009, 10:42:31 pm »


I use "Wiccan" or "witch", depending on who I'm talking to. Pressed further, I'd say that I'm an eclectic Wiccan exploring Celtic practices and druidry. I think we're far beyond the point where BTWs can claim exclusive use of the term Wiccan, but I'm always careful to explain to people that my practices are not BTW (though there's some Gardnerian roots in my Trad) if they're familiar at all with BTW in the first place.

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« Reply #3: November 17, 2009, 10:38:55 am »

I'm putting this here under the 'interfaith' banner, but feel free to move it if there's somewhere better Smiley

We've had various threads here looking at the history and legitimacy (for want of a better term) of different names and titles that get used when talking about paths that derive from British Traditional Wicca and their practitioners. What I am interested in hearing is what the people at TC that fit in that catagory of faiths prefer to be called. Are any particular usages more or less offensive than others? It occurs to me that I use different terms to reflect my concerns and beliefs more htan I use them to reflect the concerns and beliefs of the people that they describe. At least at TC, I'd like to do that less Smiley

Wiccan or witch works fine.

In light of the past decade or so of growth in the eclectic wiccan community, I personally have choosen to just use Gardnerian to self descibe here. That identifies me as a member of a singular type of BTW group, with no further adjectives required. 
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« Reply #4: February 21, 2010, 02:01:44 am »

What I am interested in hearing is what the people at TC that fit in that catagory of faiths prefer to be called.
It doesn't really mater since the term has really been up for grabs since it was first put in use in the 70's. Ultimately I think Traditional Wiccans have the right to it's claim, but you still become a "Witch" upon initiation, and there's still the name of the Tradition that separates this aspect as well. It's more appropriate for those that have made the sacrifice to, lets say drive out of their way to be trained, and meet with their covens....but again like I said, it's been up for grabs. The only thing I would say, however, is Blue Star&Central Valley Wicca are Traditions that are NOT British Traditional traditions.   
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« Reply #5: February 27, 2010, 04:28:21 pm »

What I am interested in hearing is what the people at TC that fit in that catagory of faiths prefer to be called.

I don't really have any particular name for myself through my spiritual practice.  My trad is called Anam Éireannach (Irish Soul, give or take), but does not offer a personal moniker for individuals within the faith.  For me personally, Irish Reconstructionist would probably be the most accurate term, but way too long.  I could go for Irish witch, but I don't really do spells that often.  Irish Enthusiast might do it. Wink    
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« Reply #6: March 04, 2010, 09:19:12 am »

What I am interested in hearing is what the people at TC that fit in that catagory of faiths prefer to be called.

I would prefer "his illustrious majesty" myself. Now I am not saying anyone has ever actually called me this...but it would be nice once in a while  Grin Grin Grin

More seriously though, Wiccan tends to be what I call myself. I very rarely use the term witch for myself except to annoy my mother but I wouldn't find it offensive either.
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« Reply #7: March 05, 2010, 08:52:30 pm »

I would prefer "his illustrious majesty" myself. Now I am not saying anyone has ever actually called me this...but it would be nice once in a while  Grin Grin Grin

Illustrious Potentate sounds more dignified with a dash of mystery.

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« Reply #8: March 05, 2010, 10:42:33 pm »

Illustrious Potentate sounds more dignified with a dash of mystery.

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