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originally posted by: chiefsmom
No, but for some people, it's all about titles, or labels.
Me, I revel in being called a witch. In reality, I'm more eclectic than that, because of the small group I am apart of, and integrate their methods with mine. One is Native American, and another just calls herself a naturalist. But none are offended by being called a witch.
But because of the bad press, many are.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
Just call it whatever she wants to call it. Does it really matter? Religion is all personal interpretation anyways. There is no set RULES that say if someone is or isn't a witch, christian, muslim, jew, pagan, buddhist, etc. When you try to say whether someone is or isn't a particular religion you are employing the No True Scotsman fallacy.
originally posted by: Cuervo
a reply to: WarminIndy
I don't mind the label at all but I also freely call what I do what it is: witchcraft. Some people don't dig that label and that's cool. I just call it whatever they want it to be called if they are the ones practicing it.
A lot of religious practices fall into that catagory for me. For example, much of what I see from Catholic ritual could be arguably "witchcraft" but it's not. Why is it not witchcraft? Because Catholics say it isn't. That's good enough for me to not call it that.
If that were my neighbor, I would just say "fascinating, your practices are very similar to what many witches do" or something less direct.
Some people are impossible to please in this regard and are just actively looking for vindication so don't feel too bad. If you weren't disrespectful, you weren't disrespectful. It's not like you continue to label her something she doesn't like.
originally posted by: Iamthatbish
Just call the JW and the Mormons and make appointments for them to see her. Let them call it witchcraft in a negative way and she'll appreciate your support.
originally posted by: Wandering Scribe
a reply to: WarminIndy
The label "witch" has come to mean all sorts of things these days. Unfortunately, not all forms of magic are "witchcraft" at their heart. I, personally, approach the magical arts from three angles:
A witch is someone who practices the Art to aid another: their spells and rites are never for themselves. They will perform healing magic, provide medicinal potions, and utilize whatever methods they can to bring peace and health back to the individual they are caring for. The inverse, a sorcerer, is someone who practices the Art to harm another.
A magician is like a witch, only their goal is the Self. A magician seeks to probe the mystical, to explore the inner reaches of the mind, and to pierce the veil of the soul. Magicians call upon some of the same powers as a witch, only their goal is never for another. I contend that their are no evil magicians, only misguided sorcerers.
A priest is unlike the other two in that their efforts are purely selfless. They serve their deities, their community, or their families, offering whatever service they can to bring the blessings of a Higher Power down through the spiritual levels and into the lives of the intended recipient.
These are, of course, as arbitrary as anyone else's definitions. However, in my experience, and approaching things from both a historical and sociological perspective, this has been the case in ancient and modern societies. A priest was an elected official, whose job was to oversee the well-fare of all by appeasing the tutelary deities. A witch often accompanied/served as a physician, and would provide magical cures alongside the purely scientific ones. A magician studied in secret, perfecting their Art and transforming themselves through various forms of spiritual alchemy.
The question then is the intention of this person's magical actions. Were they selfless, dedicated to the Self, or intended to help other individuals? While they may not understand my approach, I feel it may help you better assess whether someone is a priest, magician, or witch.
Just my two cents!
~ Wandering Scribe
originally posted by: WarminIndy He knows the reasons for the various metals and colors used. He teaches how to do circles and protocols involved. He is somebody who is knowledgeable enough about it that he is trusted to teach others.
Sometimes he explains things that just make me wrinkle my eyebrows.