I have a question that I have been struggling with for a very long time. There was once the saying that all Wiccans are witches, but not all witches are Wiccan. I love Wicca for the religion. I don’t consider myself to be Pagan because I am not polytheistic. I worship the Divine Universal Father and Mother Who emanate from the One. I view the Triple Goddess as Maiden, Mother and Great Mother. I do not view the Holy Mother as being a projection of the three stages of womenhood, rather, we are a projection of Her. We came from Her, She created us. While I do practice magick, it is only when I need it, I do not focus on it as a craft and so I do not consider myself to be a witch. (I am also into forms of divination.) So, my question is, in modern Wicca, must one consider herself to be a witch and focus on the craft or can a person focus on the religion itself while considering magick to be one of the many spiritual tools of Wicca such as meditation, prayer, ect.?
Wicca is the religion. Not every Wiccan is a witch, and not every witch is a Wiccan. Im a witch and im not a Wiccan. We have many Wiccans, pagans, and many other paths here.
So to answer your question, no u dont have to classify yourself as a witch, but are a Wiccan.
Warm greetings @ValentinaMarie,
I may be reading this wrong, but it sounds like this may be a case of magickal definition- that is to say, your definition of magick might be limiting what you consider to be magick. Each person sets their own definition of magick- and when you look around, even amongst a coven those definitions can vary immensely!
Thanks to the media, some folks might only consider things that break the laws of physics (flying, transforming, etc) to be magick. By for me, the things you mentioned- meditation and prayer- I personally would consider to be magickal in nature. Then again, I see magick in most things and many people, but I only call things magick when they are done with intention (even if it’s sometimes done with a “mundane” intention).
I’m certainly not saying there is an issue with your definition- not at all! Simply bringing it up to put it on your radar for consideration
I’m a witch but not a Wiccan so I may not be the best person to speak about the qualifications of being a Wiccan- having said that, from my very eclectic perspective, I think it’s fine for someone to pursue and explore the areas of a religion that call to them. Religion, philosophy, and spirituality can all serve as great methods for exploring ourselves and our own beliefs.
As with any religion, there may be others within the religion who disagree with an individual’s practices or there may be those who set standards of who they consider to be part of the religion or not- this is something seen across many of the world’s largest religions.
But at the end of the day, what you do in your space and within your own practice is entirely controlled by you- you are the only one who can ever decide what feels right or not for yourself and your own beliefs
I offer these thoughts up simply for your consideration- I hope you can find your answers, @ValentinaMarie! It sounds like you have found yourself at home in your practice, so I hope you are able to also find security and peace of mind with your practice and your beliefs too
Wishing you all the best- much love and many blessings!
Thank you so much. This is good to know. It isn’t so much that I have a problem with being considered a witch, but I can be easily overwhelmed, so this has given me the reassurance that I needed.
It is awesome to know that there are many here from different Paths! I did not know that!
Thank you, I think that you hit the nail on the head. I was thinking that a witch is someone who focuses on frequent spellcasting, specifically. As I said, I use spells when I really need them and I am grateful that my spells have been successful. But now I realize that I do spend each day in a magickal way through the many blessings I offer every day (including to the Elements, the sun and moon), greeting each of my Elemental guardians and the Elements in the morning and thanking them at night. My daily meditations. I focus on the planetary energies of the day through my oils, candles, incense and colors. The energy work I am learning including learning to see auras, my divination practices, my simple candle assisted prayers, sensing the magick in Nature and so on. I never really thought of these other practices as forms of magick. Thank you, this was great food for thought!
ps…I am starting to get into the daily lunar spells!
You’re very welcome, @ValentinaMarie- I’m happy if it was helpful for you!
You are entirely free to set your own definitions of what you consider to be a “witch” and “magick”, but if I can slide my two cents in, the wonderful work you are doing with your guardians, the elements, your meditations, energies, and so much more all sounds delightfully magickal to me
However you choose to define them, I am wishing you all the best with your practice- in the grand scheme of things, titles and labels aren’t that important- the most important thing is that what you do brings you joy and feels right to you
Ohhhh exciting! Good luck and I hope you enjoy- blessed moon magick, Valentina!
I don’t really have much to add here that hasn’t already been said I just wanted to pop in and say I’m in agreeance with what everyone else has said. Not every Wiccan practices witchcraft and not every witch is Wiccan. Some people view witchcraft as a religion while others view witchcraft as a practice. There isn’t really an accurate definition that everyone will agree on as long as you’ve found something that works for you, then you’re doing just fine!
I appreciate all the supportive responses, thank you. While I now realize that my days are a lot more magickal than I realized, it is good to know that it is also fine just to concentrate on the religion, itself. Thank you, Megan!
You’re welcome, @ValentinaMarie- blessed be!
You’re very welcome! I’m happy to help!
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