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What kind of witch are you?
« on: July 04, 2011, 02:50:48 pm »
I see lots of people who define themselves as a witch using specific labels- Green or Hedge or Kitchen or what-have-you, and they always make me curious. So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?
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Re: What kind of witch are you?
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011, 02:55:56 pm »
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I see lots of people who define themselves as a witch using specific labels- Green or Hedge or Kitchen or what-have-you, and they always make me curious. So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?

 
Right now, an armchair witch. :) I have a lot of different ideas and interests, but I don't practice much in the way of witchcraft. I'm still exploring what that means to me. I am interested in green and kitchen witchcraft, and very interested in exploring work with stones and herbs.
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Re: What kind of witch are you?
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011, 03:11:50 pm »
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I see lots of people who define themselves as a witch using specific labels- Green or Hedge or Kitchen or what-have-you, and they always make me curious. So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?

 
Free-range liminal hedge and hearth witch seasoned with a sprinkling of divination and a splash of animism? With a side of shamanistic tendencies? With a serving of energy work for dessert? :D

There are so many influences coming into play in my particular version of the craft that it's just easier to leave off the labels... or simply say 'eclectic.'
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Re: What kind of witch are you?
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2011, 03:19:01 pm »
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I see lots of people who define themselves as a witch using specific labels- Green or Hedge or Kitchen or what-have-you, and they always make me curious. So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?


My answer would be debatable depending on who you ask, or on what day you ask me. Green witch, technically, but kitchen witch also.Hearth witch would cover it well enough for both of those.
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Re: What kind of witch are you?
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2011, 03:23:49 pm »
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Free-range liminal hedge and hearth witch seasoned with a sprinkling of divination and a splash of animism? With a side of shamanistic tendencies? With a serving of energy work for dessert? :D


Well, that sounds similar to my cocktail.
Double the animism and make that shamagic and the hedge is the one I'm sitting on and swaying between the worlds. :D

My path starts to focus back on a 'traditional' land centered pov.
The spirits are in the land, under the land, within the land - and the same is true for us. That's what I believe and also that everything is literally one.

So yeah, that's me. ;)
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Re: What kind of witch are you?
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Free-range liminal hedge and hearth witch seasoned with a sprinkling of divination and a splash of animism? With a side of shamanistic tendencies? With a serving of energy work for dessert? :D

There are so many influences coming into play in my particular version of the craft that it's just easier to leave off the labels... or simply say 'eclectic.'

 
lol I love that!

I am a Dianic Witch...all things Goddess begins & end my practice. Though like others posted I have bits & pieces of this or that to make it a nice eclectic practice. it just depends on what I am trying to do :)
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Re: What kind of witch are you?
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2011, 04:37:27 pm »
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I see lots of people who define themselves as a witch using specific labels- Green or Hedge or Kitchen or what-have-you, and they always make me curious. So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?

I guess an Alexandrian Witch, or Wiccan, which would be religious witchcraft. I probably would use the label Wiccan more than witch generally, although the term witch is used more in our tradition.There's plenty of essays, theses, and threads touching on the correlation between the two :D  

As the story goes, it's more of a reclaimed term influenced from folklore, and an outdated theory, but is still appropriate because of its use of folklore, magic, and cunning craft that focuses more on instinct, intuition, psychic awareness, and emotional uses with magic(k) compared to more structured&ceremonial systems that it is still likely to have stemmed from.

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Re: What kind of witch are you?
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2011, 05:58:45 pm »
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Right now, an armchair witch. :) I have a lot of different ideas and interests, but I don't practice much in the way of witchcraft. I'm still exploring what that means to me. I am interested in green and kitchen witchcraft, and very interested in exploring work with stones and herbs.

 
Seconding the armchair. Part of my work right now is to reduce studying and thinking and book learning - and actually _do_. Apart from that, I'm interested in herbs, but I'm more a direct 'throw energy in the direction of THAT goal' kind of person. Unfortunately my spells tend to fizzle and accomplish very little, so I'm also working on .. well.. making it work.

I do a fine energy sensing, can hammer up shields like crazy and do direct manipulation as part of healing, but once the energy is out of my reach.. nothing seems to happen.
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Re: What kind of witch are you?
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2011, 02:08:43 am »
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I see lots of people who define themselves as a witch using specific labels- Green or Hedge or Kitchen or what-have-you, and they always make me curious. So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?

 
I'm a British Traditional Wiccan.* Why I call myself that is very simple; I was initiated and trained by BTWs. :P However, I often call myself a "traditional witch," because the word "Wiccan" can be so loaded in the occult community. The second term usually refers to cunning craft and/or Cochrane-style witchcraft, but I heavily incorporate those things into my personal practice, so I'm comfortable with it. If I hadn't been initiated, that's what I'd still be doing. There are only so many options available once you decide that eclectic witchcraft just isn't cutting it.

*(I was originally initiated into Central Valley Wicca, and am currently an Alexandrian pre-initiate.)

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Re: What kind of witch are you?
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I see lots of people who define themselves as a witch using specific labels- Green or Hedge or Kitchen or what-have-you, and they always make me curious. So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?


I am a Crystal Witch. All of my work is done with my crystals (all 150+ of them). I've been doing things this way for nearly 20 years now. EEEK! Where did the time go? :confused:
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Re: What kind of witch are you?
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/checks the ticky-box for armchair witch/

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/checks another ticky-box for Other/

I'm an armchair do-whatever-I-want with a dash of hoodoo through in there kind of witch. I work with what I have, and a bit within a hoodoo-like system. If that makes any sense. :D
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Re: What kind of witch are you?
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2011, 02:40:28 pm »
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I see lots of people who define themselves as a witch using specific labels- Green or Hedge or Kitchen or what-have-you, and they always make me curious. So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?

 
Traditional Witch - mainly folk magic but moving rapidly towards the  traditions based on the witchcraft of Robert Cochrane et al.

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Re: What kind of witch are you?
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I see lots of people who define themselves as a witch using specific labels- Green or Hedge or Kitchen or what-have-you, and they always make me curious. So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?


Hmm, I guess eclectic religious witch fits best. I do ask for the assistance and blessing of a specific Goddess for some of the stuff I do, but not always. I also pull from a variety of witchy paths. A little Green here, a little Kitchen there, maybe a splash of Hoodoo every once in a while, etc.

I have moved away from high magic/ceremonial type stuff because it just feels a little bit forced to me. I can't get the energy flowing right in a rigidly structured ritual. I work best when I can relax and leave some room for improvisation.

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Re: What kind of witch are you?
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I see lots of people who define themselves as a witch using specific labels- Green or Hedge or Kitchen or what-have-you, and they always make me curious. So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?

 
 
Third on armchair. I have more books than I know what to do with, and lots of theory...just not a lot of practice. My latest goal is to actually get down to business and begin working on practical knowledge. What I really need is a good kick in the pants because I'm distinctly unmotivated in most areas, magical and mundane. I always did better with application in school because I had to be there every day and the teachers MADE me do stuff >:/
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Re: What kind of witch are you?
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So: what kind of witch are you, and what about your witchcraft makes you choose that particular label?

 
Another armchair! I'm just now exploring the ideas of witchcraft, especially the kitchen variety, and possibly, if I understand it correctly, the hedge variety. I shall be lurking in this area!

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