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Question: Do You Consider Yourself a "Witch"?
Yes - 25 (41.7%)
No - 20 (33.3%)
It's Complicated - 7 (11.7%)
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« Reply #15: April 19, 2011, 05:52:07 am »

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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I understand your POV.

For me it's a question of how complicated I want the things to be.
Am I reasponsible for a few hundred years of language developement only because I use a word?
*shrugs* Don't think so, honestly.

Of course it is up to everyone to use it or to leave it. And it is up to my own definition, do I qualify as witch according to them? Heck, sure, otherwise I wouldn't use it. Wink

How the personal definition is, I guess that will fill up another thread - serveral probably.  Cheesy
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« Reply #16: April 19, 2011, 07:09:32 am »

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.


Pretty much this  ^^

Not so much the “wicked” baggage though, simply more the endemic assumption around here that witch = wiccan. Ah the delights of  living near Glastonbury.

I swear that if anyone else tells me that I must be wiccan or a “white witch” I shall turn them into a toad for use in the toad bone rite! - If only Harry Potter was real....

TBH most tw witches keep fairly quiet about it so mostly I'm well under the radar. Personally I don't use the W word unless it is with a knowledgeable group or I don't really care what the person I 'm talking to thinks.
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« Reply #17: April 19, 2011, 07:47:00 am »


TBH most tw witches keep fairly quiet about it so mostly I'm well under the radar. Personally I don't use the W word unless it is with a knowledgeable group or I don't really care what the person I 'm talking to thinks.

Likewise. In fact I responded to this thread mostly because you did. I don't mind using the 'W' word among other TWs, because I find our definitions are more closely aligned, if still varying.
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« Reply #18: April 19, 2011, 07:57:38 am »

Not so much the “wicked” baggage though, simply more the endemic assumption around here that witch = wiccan.

Ah see, this is an assumption that's not happening with 'Hexe'.
(At least not outside the 'Scene'.)

It can happen that the 'oh but you're a white witch' thing comes up.
Which I use to answer with a dark and gloomy: No of course not.  Grin

But to be honest, this happened less often than being asked, if I was Jewish on sight of my pentagramm pendant.  Cheesy
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« Reply #19: April 19, 2011, 10:08:16 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

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I practice with an eclectic Wiccan coven, and we do some magic. On my own, I practice magic. I work with my deities (primarily Brighid) with aspects of transformation (getting over depression, primarily). To me, a witch is a user of magic and magic is the willful act of transformation on the physical or spiritual planes. While I've started using the label eclectic Wiccan for some of my practices, I still like to say "Sometimes I do a little witchcraft" instead of "I am a witch."
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« Reply #20: April 19, 2011, 11:44:47 am »

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

I'm a nature-centered pagan both in philosophy and practice, though there isn't much in the way of practice that my religion requires--and none of that practice involves spells, to which I have a science-based allergy. (Rituals, however, are a different story.)

So that's a "no" on the self-proclaimed witch question.
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« Reply #21: April 19, 2011, 01:24:49 pm »


Do I call myself a witch? Nope. Could I be considered one? Maybe. Depends on how you define "Witch"... and I bet a lot of people have a slightly (if not completely) different take on what makes themself (or another person) one.
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« Reply #22: April 19, 2011, 03:01:41 pm »

Not so much the “wicked” baggage though, simply more the endemic assumption around here that witch = wiccan.

Actual conversation I've had:

Random person: So, wait, what are you?
Me: I'm a witch.
Random person: OHHHH,  a Wiccan!
Me: No. A witch.
Random person: A Wiccan?
Me: Wicca's a religion. I'm not Wiccan. I practice witchcraft. I'm a witch.
Random Person: You're a Wiccan!
Me: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU *destroys a nearby metropolis*



I still use it, though, and if that sort of conversation starts up these days where someone says "So you're a Wiccan?" I just say "Nope." and ignore them for the rest of my life.
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« Reply #23: April 19, 2011, 03:12:05 pm »


Proves the fact: folks does not listen.  Cheesy

I know I told that gem somewhen on the boards, but I can't resist.
This happend to a friend's friend.

She drove in the subway. Dressed in black, palmsized pentagram-pendent.
Goth-style.

Older folks looks at her.

"Are you a satanist? You folk does sacrifice children, no?"

She:
"No, I specialized in old folks, they don't run off so fast anymore."

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« Reply #24: April 19, 2011, 03:35:54 pm »

"No, I specialized in old folks, they don't run off so fast anymore."


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« Reply #25: April 19, 2011, 05:22:11 pm »



She:
"No, I specialized in old folks, they don't run off so fast anymore."

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Tempted to break cover just so I can use this! Grin

I'm sure I must have a large silver pentagram somewhere
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« Reply #26: April 19, 2011, 05:34:36 pm »

Random person: So, wait, what are you?
Me: I'm a witch.
Random person: OHHHH,  a Wiccan!
Me: No. A witch.
Random person: A Wiccan?
Me: Wicca's a religion. I'm not Wiccan. I practice witchcraft. I'm a witch.
Random Person: You're a Wiccan!
Me: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU *destroys a nearby metropolis*

MOM?!

But seriously, yeah, that happens to my family a lot. My mother tends to just smile a lot, whereas I get all huffy and lecture-y because I'm... dumber, I guess.  Grin My sister doesn't even bother anymore, she just gives them the stink eye and then walks off.
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« Reply #27: June 20, 2011, 03:33:16 am »


Maybe. I feel more like a witch-to-be, because I've rarely done any sort of spellwork, although I /have/. My problem is that I don't really want to do energy work, because it's something I can't see and often don't feel. I am much better with things I can see and can feel, which is why magical systems like hoodoo appeal to me. So, when I am able to get my hands on supplies, I'll start working with that system and see where it goes.

I've more or less have always been interested in becoming a witch of folk magic because for me it feels more practical, and that appeals to my Taurean sensibilities. Smiley But have I ever considered myself a witch? Not really, because I was never really consistently (beyond a spell or two) doing anything witch-related, despite my interest in it.
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« Reply #28: June 20, 2011, 08:20:30 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).

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I picked 'unsure', because I'm new to this. Tongue I'm just figuring out where I fit on the pagan spectrum. I wouldn't consider myself a witch right now, probably, but witchcraft is something I'm keenly looking into.
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« Reply #29: June 20, 2011, 09:22:16 pm »

I picked 'unsure', because I'm new to this. Tongue I'm just figuring out where I fit on the pagan spectrum. I wouldn't consider myself a witch right now, probably, but witchcraft is something I'm keenly looking into.

Same here.
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