Monday, January 12, 2009

to be or not to be?

I think I am about to drop the term 'wiccan' from my self description.
I feel wiccan, I follow the sabbats and esbats, I'm polytheistic, the Rede makes sense to me and probably because of my upbringing I am more comfortable with some structure than without.

On the other hand, for a long time my path was a faint set of footsteps that I followed without much looking around but now it is getting wider and I am picking up things along the way.

I am definitely a witch. My practice is decidedly wiccan.
But some days I am a wiccan witch and some days I am a green witch and some days I am a druid witch and some days I am a shaman witch and some days I am a secular witch.

Do I have to have a name for it? I'm afraid that 'pagan' won't do. There are too many alien forms of pagan that I can't relate to at all. If I have to have a label it has to be more accurate than that.

Maybe I don't need a name for it. I can always use wiccan so that Homeland Security knows which file cabinet I go into....I'm sure that one's a mess anyway, they will never get it sorted out.

Do I have to have one name? Perhaps I could have little cards made up with a diagram on them. Like we were taught to diagram a sentence back in grade school, it could show all the descriptors.

I'm still thinking about this.


  1. I think Witch is just fine. Wicca is a religion with magickal workings being a part of it. If your beliefs are eclectic then I would agree, Wiccan doesn't seem to be a good match.

    Perhaps this is a "wind blowing through the community" because I too recently decided to shed some labels I had adopted.

    Good luck! Gods bless.

  2. It seems that you are definitely eclectic and I love that! I dont think we need any labels...heck, I dont know what to label myself either! I am like a sponge for bunch of different beliefs and maybe the people around me feel like its not right that I adopt from so many different traditions - but hey! Whatever works for you on your spiritual path and development is OK....IMHO


  3. I just wanted to let you know....I presented your blog with some awards cuz I enjoy reading you so much :-) You can visit my blog to pick them up if you want *grin* :-)

  4. Sometimes I get so caught up in what to tell others I forget to just be who I am.

    You don't have to put yourself in a box with a label. Use whatever descriptor feels right at the moment or not. :)

  5. An award!!! cool!
    I will trot right over and get it.

  6. I like being an eclectic Witch, taking what I need as my path grows and leaving what doesn't fit any longer. Whatever title I choose to go by is whatever resonates with me at the time. Right now...I'm a crafty Witch ;)

    Bright Blessings to you...and I love your blog!

  7. Such great comments! Much thanks to everyone who took the time to post a comment, both here and on my other pagan blog (I double posted this one.) I think we get hung up on labels, it is sometimes how we define ourselves, but obviously pagans don't get too worried about labels and I agree. Whether I call myself witch, wiccan, pagan or purple people eater, it does not change my relationship with the goddess.
    thanks again everybody!