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 page before commenting. Thanks!
When I tell people I am a Witch, about 95% of the replies I receive say “So you’re Wiccan?”….No. 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. This can including hexing, cursing and even in extreme cases….death spells.
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. We do not worship Goddesses or in fact, worship anything. We work with energies, spirits and our ancestors. We don’t cast circles, where as most Wiccan’s do. WeI don’t plan spells or anything like that, if something needs doing it just gets done. We don’t care about the day of the week or the moon phase. We have no ‘magical correspondences’ either.
We don’t do any chanting/wailing/ throwing my arms up in the air and dancing naked. We don’t say Blessed Be or Merry Meet or any of that. We do however generally swear a lot and eat an absurd amount of cake! We don’t use altars or altar tools, we don’t celebrate the ‘Sabbats’ in the same way (we see them more as a chance to have a bit of a party and say thanks for what we have, rather than a time for ritual and mass coven meetings) as we seem them based on the old Celtic farming calendar. Lots of traditional witches do not cleanse or protect themselves either, where as a Wiccan would spend a lot of time on this.
We do not have covens either, we DO work in a group if we choose too but there is no hierarchy like a coven and it is not formal, generally it is just a group of friends getting together if extra ‘oomph’ is needed for a spell. 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 Bee, because that is who I am. Being a Witch is something that is in me, I know no different, it’s just me. Although I do study my path and have done since I was born (I was born into a witch family), I feel that traditions are not only upheld but also created as generations go on.
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. For many years we were (and in some places, like where I live, still…) persecuted for our craft.
I am a witch. I am not a wiccan… And I am very proud of that fact.