I am a Witch, not a Wiccan.
Before we start, can I just say that I am not anti ‘Wiccans’. So prior to people getting their knickers in a twist (ouch!) please read the whole post before commenting. Thanks!
I am a Witch, because I use magic, therefore I practise Witchcraft. This means, I do whatever I need to, when I need to.
Witchcraft dates back thousands of years to it’s roots in folk magic/village wise women, where as Wicca was created in the 1950’s. A witch does not follow a doctrine or rulebook, where as Wiccans have the Wiccan Rede ‘an ye harm none, do what ye will’. Witches believe that you do what is necessary and take responsibility for our actions.
Wiccans follow deities or a divine source, Traditional Witches do not. Wicca is a faith or a belief system, Witchcraft is a way of life. You can be both of course, you can believe in Wicca and practise Witchcraft so you are a Wiccan Witch, but Traditional Witches have no ‘faith’. We just are.
Now all that being said, I have many friends that are Wiccan. I totally respect their choice, it works for them and that is great, they know I’m not Wiccan and they wish me well too. I have many (many, many lol) Wiccan books and I love to read about all cultures. But my friends and I don’t sit there debating which way is the best because life is too short. We are different but also share some common ground. If we were all the same, the world would be a very boring place.
I don’t need to cast circles to work, where as most Wiccan’s do. I don’t plan spells or anything like it, if something needs doing I get it done and there is a little bit magic in everything I do. I don’t do any chanting/wailing/ throwing my arms up in the air and dancing naked around my garden (oh what a sight that would be!) because I don’t feel the need to, and it’s bloody cold most of the time in England. Although to be fair, I don’t know many Wiccans that do that either but some do chant and if it works for them, then good, it just doesn’t work for me.
I don’t need to wear ‘witchy’ clothes or act ‘witchy’ to get something done. I am a Witch, it’s there all the time. I don’t have a magical name, I am just Astrid (or my friends call me Sal) because that is who I am. Being a Witch is something that is in me, I know no different, it’s just me.
The great thing about Wicca which I think all Traditional Witches should be happy about (and if they are not, they are just being stubborn), it allowed us to be more open about practising Witchcraft and that can only be a good thing.
I hope this post helps you to understand the difference, if only in a small way. I am not saying either way is better than the other, I just want to explain who I am and why.
I have a good sense of humour and love to have a laugh, my website as you can see is light, open and very retro, because I think it brings a smile to people’s faces. I love to cook, hence the recipes on here. Cooking is the something I do, everyday, with intent, with magic. We don’t all have black cats and wear pointy hats 😉
I am a Witch.
(See, not anti-Wiccan at all eh? 🙂 )
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