Whether I am or you are, I
suppose that depends on how you define witch. I am not
Wiccan nor do I practice a formal form of witchcraft. I
respect many of the rituals and practices as valid prayer forms
and I respect nature and the rhythms of nature. I experience that
divinity and consciousness permeate everything. Many of the
visualizations and practices I use as a prayer form or
meditation form and to help clarify and manifest changes in my
life do include practices that some include in their
definition of witchcraft.
can be a witch and also be a member of any religion . You
can be a witch and not be a member or adherent to any
formal religion . You may get called a witch and not
be a witch at all. You may in fact practice witchcraft and
be completely unaware that you are doing so.
Witch does not mean that a person is evil or adhers to any dark
Witchcraft is one term for using the natural energies within
ourselves, and the spiritual, universal and natural
energies such as the energies of herbs, stones or other elements
to effect change.
People who practice formal
witchcraft will tell you that there is no such thing as a natural
Even if family members have practiced some form of witchcraft you aren't
automatically a witch just because your grandmother may have
been one. The use of magic/k takes study, practice and experience . People
who are sensitive to energy, have psychic gifts and visions, are
healers or who are able to commune with animals or spirits
called witches. People who are " born with a caul" have
certain combinations of birthmarks and coloring may be called
witches from the moment of birth ( as I was).
Having been told that the Nurse at my birth commented that
in the past those with my " witch markings" would
been smothered at birth. Not surprizingly the frequent repetition
that remark and the continuing reaction to me as being a
witch due to both those marks and more particularly because of certain
sensitivites and precognitions I had .
Others who are called witches
are lead to study this craft because of interests in
herbs, healing, folklore, seasonal crafts, folk songs and
Many popular supersitions such as "knocking on wood" or having a
"lucky shirt' are from what might be called
traditions of witchcraft.
A lot of people who are intensely anti-witch/craft actually
practice more witchcraft than most witches.
I've seen a lot of pagan ritual and spells unwittingly performed
by Christians who simply substitute the name of Jesus
for the original invocation. Most of the major
Christian rituals and traditions have been
borrowed from Pagan practices and teachings.
Following a path of nature centured spirituality