Do you label your witchcraft practice? Maybe you’re a green witch, or a cottage witch, or a kitchen witch? Labels in witchcraft are really prevalent in the online community. They give witches a way to define their practices, specialties, and interests. But are they always a good idea? In my opinion, sometimes a label for your witchcraft practice can have major downsides to your life and your craft depending on how you work with labels. So, are you a green witch? A kitchen witch? A cottage witch? A crystal witch? An eclectic witch? (Oh man, there are so many labels… )
In today’s episode, I give my perspective and opinion on the different ways labels can help and harm your witchcraft practice. As always, this episode is simply one witch’s thoughts! I don’t personally label my witchcraft, though I have labeled my polytheistic practice. Don’t forget that labels are community created and arbitrary – they only matter if they matter to you!
I kind of got away from necessarily labeling my craft, I guess I label my practice… maybe… but it took me a while to get to where I am & I don’t feel like there’s really any one label to put on it. It’s just really my practice because otherwise there are a lot of things that would have a label on them if I went through the things that I do & don’t practice or use…
I think I’m just a witch… not really a type or kind… my practice is my own & differs from probably most everyone else’s practice & I’m not really a fan of saying that I am a Celtic polytheistic eclectic witch… it’s a bit of a mouthful. & I’m always learning new things that I do use that would fall under different labels of sorts. I’m still learning about Celtic practices outside of just Ireland.
I figured out after a bit of trial & error that I can focus on 1 thing at a time & be okay, but if I throw too much new stuff in there… I tend to get overwhelmed & lose what I have already learned. If that makes sense.
Personally, I’m quite happy with the “Electic” label at the moment- I feel like it’s a great catch-all for the many different areas that make up my current practice. If I followed any one tradition or had strong ties to any one religion I would probably include that in my practice name as well.
Beautifully said! Labels can help a witch define themselves, add a sense of validity, and assist in connecting with witches who follow a similar path, but at the end of the day they’re only important if you choose for them to be important. To each witch, their own!
Thanks again for this, Megan- as always, it’s very well done!
This is what I have started saying more recently to people. I just use I’m a witch or depending on the feeling or people I’ll say pagan, but even that I have gotten away from & started using witch.
My daughter got me a hanging for my door that says “The Witch is…” & then there’s a slide, one way it it says In & the other way it says Out. So she will change it when I forget to if we are heading out or I’m not in my room but the door is closed. I have a blanket that says “I am 100% that Witch” then I have a metal hanging for my space, I just have to find the perfect place for it… I got it as a gift & I’m stuck on where to hang it. So it’s in my pile of… things to be hung up…
My daughter and I are still recovering from being sick so we’re hanging out… I hope to get a chance to watch your video!
Labeling for sure can be crippling. I know for me, I tend to restrict myself rather severely. I’m relating to Wicca over the past months, but mostly because I love the tenets and my daughter calls herself one too. We enjoy practicing together, as I’ve talked about here. I think we’re probably just eclectic witches. But really… what you do and how you act is more important than what you call yourself! That’s what I always say.
Great Topic @MeganB
I refer to the label of eclectic solitary witch.
Also, meant to post a new post last week but got sidetracked.
In my townhome community, We keep to ourselves, not that I wouldnt be neighborly just that I dont really go out of my way to inject or invite myself or others into my circle nor try to fit into other’s circle. Partly because of this reason…So i havent expressed my way of the craft out side of my home except for my back patio area, the other night (last week) a neighbor from across the street approached Tim and I as we were getting into our car. We’ve never spoke before, but she let us know that two other women (neighbors) had been whispering that we were Satan worshippers. I giggled, at the reminder of why I stick to myself…none of these people know us but yet they try to force their own ignorant views upon us. So i went to Amazon got a Yule flag with a pentagram on it and a wreath, I staked my flag last night as the whispering women were conjugating outside, and placed a dry erase board on my front door, that reads We’re Pagan Not into Satan. If they’re going to gossip might as well have the facts.
I hope you two feel better soon it’s no fun being sick, especially when it’s you and your child at the same time!
I have the tendency to do this, too. This is why I much prefer to not label my practice. I will label my religious beliefs because that helps me find information, research, and have something to call the beliefs but as far as niching my practice down into one or two types? Nope, not for me!
If I absolutely had to choose a label, this would be it
Oh my Gods I love what you did! It’s so crazy to me how people will gossip without even talking to the people involved good on you for giving them the facts!