Why I Won't Drop the "W" Word

Years ago when I ventured into the world of blogging I never imagined that that blog would morph into my own intuitive guidance and holistic healing business.  I have tried to describe myself in many ways over the years but the word "Witch" was always included in whatever I came up with.

When I started to turn toward the business side of things it was gently hinted to me that perhaps I should drop the "w" word...you know which word I mean, THAT word....WITCH.
This came from various Facebook business groups and the like.  Some even suggested I call myself a Life Coach.  Which is a very different thing to what I do.

In a time in the western world when those who practice magick are able to do so without fear of negative consequences (for the most part) I do not think that now is the time to stop calling myself a witch.   I spent plenty of time in the "broom closet" and I'm not going back in thank you very much.

Witch is not a frightening word.  It doesn't mean I am bound for hell, or that I call upon the powers of a "devil" or other such personification of evil.  (reminder number 8,456...Witches don't believe in satan.)

While there are a lot of books and articles and so on, that try to label what a Witch is for everyone, I am not doing that here.  What I will do is explain what it means to me, because that is just it... Witchcraft is a personal journey that can only be defined by the one practicing it.  My journey has brought me to the following:

Witch describes that I connect with the Divine in many faceted ways. 

I have been a hard polytheist, soft polytheist, and now a pantheist but, and this is important, with an open mind to the fact that my feelings on this are free to change.

I am an Animist

I use various forms of Divination, personally and professionally, with a huge preference for Cartomancy.

I thrive in the natural world and see signs in nature as messages from the Divine.

I work with the Wheel of the Year in a very pantheistic way and feel a bigger connection to the solstices and equinoxes now than I ever did in the past.

I work with Ancestors and Nature Spirits as well as Saints and Angels.

I study and work with Holistic Healing Modalities such as Reiki and Aromatherapy, Herbalism and Crystal Healing.

I maintain an Altar to the Sacred Divine (my formal name for Divinity, received in meditation) I pray and work magick here at times, although anyone can do either anywhere they happen to be.

I suppose there are other things I can add to this, but these are the basics.  What I have learned over the years is that this all varies greatly in the witchcraft and pagan worlds.  The books I first started learning from espoused "Wicca" as being the oldest religion in the world.  It was only a few years later when books were saying that, 'No that's not it, Wicca is a modern creation based on ancient practices' ...and so many other things.  I was even in a Wiccan Tradition at one time...for eleven whole years.  Part way through my time there, the founder decided we were no longer Wiccan, but Pagan only.  Suddenly first degree initiates went from getting silver pentacles to silver spirals and there were other such changes as all things Witchy or Wiccan were washed out of the tradition. Here is the thing...it was still all the same stuff...just with non witchy names.

But in those experiences I really came to understand something important about Witchery.  It is an ever evolving PERSONAL practice that is different for everyone who practices it.  More importantly...that is as it should be.

If you call yourself a witch, what aspects of your practice define that for you?  I would love to hear it!  Comment below or shoot me an email.