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« Topic Start: April 17, 2011, 10:45:31 pm »

Hello All,

    I have been away from the board for a while, but I noticed a lot of "witch" threads and thought it would be interesting to see how many Cauldronites consider themselves "witches" (Of whatever kind they may be).

                                 Aionia
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« Reply #1: April 18, 2011, 01:30:16 am »

Hello All,

    I have been away from the board for a while, but I noticed a lot of "witch" threads and thought it would be interesting to see how many Cauldronites consider themselves "witches" (Of whatever kind they may be).

                                 Aionia
Well I do practice Witchcraft, and belong to a coven, so those that call us Witches will do no wrong Wink
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« Reply #2: April 18, 2011, 05:42:19 am »

Hello All,

    I have been away from the board for a while, but I noticed a lot of "witch" threads and thought it would be interesting to see how many Cauldronites consider themselves "witches" (Of whatever kind they may be).

                                 Aionia

Nope.  Not a witch.  Many witches I know are lovely people, but it's not a word that describes me.  I don't practice much magic at all anymore, and certainly not specifically anything I'd call witchcraft, nor am I a member of a religion with ties to witchcraft.
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« Reply #3: April 18, 2011, 06:01:15 am »

Hello All,

    I have been away from the board for a while, but I noticed a lot of "witch" threads and thought it would be interesting to see how many Cauldronites consider themselves "witches" (Of whatever kind they may be).

                                 Aionia

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« Reply #4: April 18, 2011, 07:33:37 am »

Indeed I am, and very proud of it, too! Grin

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You took the words out of my mouth. Wink
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« Reply #5: April 18, 2011, 07:48:33 am »

Hello All,

    I have been away from the board for a while, but I noticed a lot of "witch" threads and thought it would be interesting to see how many Cauldronites consider themselves "witches" (Of whatever kind they may be).

                                 Aionia

I consider myself a witch, though I don't particularly use the magickal system of my religion.
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« Reply #6: April 18, 2011, 11:20:50 am »

Hello All,

    I have been away from the board for a while, but I noticed a lot of "witch" threads and thought it would be interesting to see how many Cauldronites consider themselves "witches" (Of whatever kind they may be).

                                 Aionia
Yes I am, though I don't practice my craft as much as I'd like.
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« Reply #7: April 18, 2011, 11:39:39 am »


I personally don't consider myself a witch. I am more philosophically pagan, than practicing.

I believe that there is divinity in all the natural world and that gods of various pantheons truly do exist. Do I know why, or how? Not really. Only that it is. I personally am a follower of Apollo, though I don't think my relationship with Him is very traditional.

He is a teacher and mentor when I need it, sometimes he is my comforting shoulder, but He is always present in my life. My offerings to him come in many different forms, coffee, or tea, ocassionally a small bit of something sweet (he doesn't normally seem to have a sweet tooth), or a piece of something yummy I may have. But there is rarely ritual and few prayers; organized worship just doesn't seem to suit our relationship.
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« Reply #8: April 18, 2011, 02:00:08 pm »

Hello All,

    I have been away from the board for a while, but I noticed a lot of "witch" threads and thought it would be interesting to see how many Cauldronites consider themselves "witches" (Of whatever kind they may be).

                                 Aionia

I am new here and to the craft. I do not know what I am. I may or may not be Wiccan/Pagan. But I consider anyone who does the craft 'correctly' and 'realistically' to be a witch. Male or female. I hope this is not insulting to anyone.
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« Reply #9: April 18, 2011, 02:48:10 pm »

I have been away from the board for a while, but I noticed a lot of "witch" threads and thought it would be interesting to see how many Cauldronites consider themselves "witches" (Of whatever kind they may be).

A-yup. Throughout my entire pagan journey I've considered myself a witch, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

To me, witchcraft isn't a set of spells you learn and then you're done -- it's a way of life. Whether I'm choosing to be in a good mood while I cook so only good energy goes into the food, or if I'm doing a complicated ritual and spellwork for the full moon, it's still witchcraft.

(Right now, however, I'm finding a struggle in fitting my ADF studies in with what I already have. I'm wondering if I'll be able to synthesize witchcraft and neo-druidry. I mean, I'm sure it's possible, I'm just not sure I can do it. Anyway.)
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« Reply #10: April 18, 2011, 03:16:31 pm »

I have been away from the board for a while, but I noticed a lot of "witch" threads and thought it would be interesting to see how many Cauldronites consider themselves "witches" (Of whatever kind they may be).

If practising traditional witchcraft makes me a witch then yes I am too. I don't much like the term though.
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« Reply #11: April 18, 2011, 07:56:48 pm »

If practising traditional witchcraft makes me a witch then yes I am too. I don't much like the term though.

As above, with reservations. The very definition of the word 'witch' is such a can of worms, I'm hesitant to even mention it normally. Not because of any perceived negative meaning by Christians, but simply because it's had so many different generally accepted meanings over the years, and they are each correct within their era and location.

Personally, I try not to get too fixated on Witch or Witchcraft, because in the end it's what I practice that defines me, not what I call myself. I also usually consider folk magic/witchcraft/cunning craft to be separate to religion, while obviously connected to one's world view, I don't consider it an exclusively Pagan concept. Each to their own though, I respect other's use of the word if it has meaning to them.
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I heard pretty often folks refraining from the use of the word 'witch' or in German 'Hexe', because of all the things you mentioned and some more.

That is a point I personally don't get.
I mean, if you (general you from now on, just using your post as a jump off point) don't feel like being a witch and don't use it - that is only logical.

But, if you don't use it, because it is a word with tons of meanings and some people might don't like it and others use it in another way, then I don't get it.
From kid on, I felt one thing connected to the word 'Hexe' and that was power.
I love the word and used it for myself the second I started out on my path.

Somewhere I read an online article, where the author pondered about the same thing and came to the conclusion that she doesn't care about what other people interpret into the word, that there are reasons to use it and if it's initial meaning would be 'eater of small children' the word nevertheless would be the only right word to define her path.

I agree with that wholeheartedly.

Of course there are a bazillion definitions around, but why should I step back because of that?
I don't feel obliged to attach a user's manual everytime I tell someone, that yes, indeed I am a witch.
If they want to know details, they can ask, if they prefer to live on assumptions, I couldn't care less.

And yes, I am aware that this sounds like a rather rebellious attitude, but that's me. Wink




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« Reply #13: April 19, 2011, 05:19:08 am »

Hello All,

    I have been away from the board for a while, but I noticed a lot of "witch" threads and thought it would be interesting to see how many Cauldronites consider themselves "witches" (Of whatever kind they may be).

                                 Aionia

Not really. I'm interested in magic and I want to learn and practise it more, but so far, if I try to think of myself as a witch, I feel like a fraud. My path is moving through religious and philosophical territory right now, and I don't consider meditation or bare-bones ritual 'magic'. When I shift into more practical stuff, I may feel more comfortable with the term.
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« Reply #14: April 19, 2011, 05:45:03 am »

I heard pretty often folks refraining from the use of the word 'witch' or in German 'Hexe', because of all the things you mentioned and some more.

That is a point I personally don't get.
I mean, if you (general you from now on, just using your post as a jump off point) don't feel like being a witch and don't use it - that is only logical.

But, if you don't use it, because it is a word with tons of meanings and some people might don't like it and others use it in another way, then I don't get it.


I do agree that it is a very powerful word, and I'm sure that's why a lot of people feel a connection to it.

What I suppose it boils down to though, is what you consider the definition of 'witchcraft' to be, both personally, and if you are any kind of reconstructionist, then historically too. It's a bit like the word Druid, in that many people in neo-Druidry identify with this term personally, but in Celtic Reconstructionism it has a different meaning and is not used so generally. Neither of those definitions are wrong, but a CR is less likely to self identify as a Druid given the definition accepted within the community and the scholarship available.

Personally, coming from a Traditional Witchcraft background, my definition is also historical and is based on the folk lore and scholarship surrounding Witchcraft and Cunning craft, mostly in Britain and Ireland. In that context, and very vaguely because I don't feel up to the task of giving a proper definition, a Witch is someone who practises folk magic, either to the detriment of their neighbours, or as a Cunning person, which is basically a profession (with quite possibly some cursework on the side.) In fact, the Cunning folk would rarely refer to themselves as witches either, given the bad rap the word had for several centuries. By that definition, do I consider myself a Witch? Maybe not, since I do not work folk magic as a profession, nor do I go around overlooking the neighbours butter churns Wink Yet I'm definitely a student of witchcraft, and some extend the definition to those who use folk magic in private practice too.

I don't think anyone owns the word, or that there is any official definition. I just think it depends, like many words, on the context in which it is used. Sure, I could just use the word because I like the sound of it and the powerful emotions attached, but then am I being honest to my own world view?

As the poll says, it's complicated.

note on the above: I hope no one takes offence at my vague definitions, as I'm not trying to apply them to everyone, quite the opposite, and I certainly don't want to get involved in yet another debate on etymology and witch qualifications... although I always seem to end up there, moth to a flame.
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