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« Reply #9: February 02, 2010, 03:43:34 pm »

I often read on some websites that you can't become a witch. You are a witch or you aren't. What do they mean by that? Do you have to have witches as ancesters or something?
Or do they mean you have to be a witch in an active way, like in every action you perform you must act like one without to much effort?

But you can't be a witch without learning and knowing about it, isn't it? Or am I wrong? Doesn't a witch have a spiritual way of growing?

I all confuses me sometimes...

Once upon a time, BTW witches claimed that only a witch could make a witch..... by that they meant that you could only be a witch if you were initiated into a tradition by another witch.

In some ways, this is still true for the more hard line BTW groups (Gardnerians, Alexandrians, etc)But, most of those groups have also come to understand that witchcraft is a practice open to a huge  variety of folks, with different personal practices and religious beliefs. It is my experience, with talking with other Gards over the years, that most had the core values and beliefs of our faith before they ever heard of Gardner, or Wicca. By coming to us they simply found a name for their pre-existing belief system. So, in some way, maybe they were witches before we got our claws into them bwahahaha Smiley

For myself, I also believe that being a witch is more about your basic intrinsic nature. Most witches and, to some extent, pagans I know, have some simple core values that seem common. Most are more open minded and liberal in their thinking about subjects like spirituality, divinity and the like. They tend to be seekers; of knowledge or faith. And for the most part, not afraid to colour a little outside the lines.

For those bogged down in conservative thinking, tied to dogma and afraid of censure, they are probably not "god" witch material... and that is just because of their nature....

To answer you, being a witch has nothing to do with ancestry, knowledge level or you individual woo-woo power. While you may or may not have the nature to become a witch, just being a seeker means you probably have the potential.

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