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goldentimes
06-01-2012, 09:48 AM
Hi All, In my early days I was told by a witch who went to a coven that a wiccan is an religious witch.

So all this time I'd think of myself a witch with a touch of religion as I follow the witchs rede and I love my sun god/horn god, goddesses and Mother earth and all her lovely nature. I also use tools for spells, and rituals and so on.

My question is, Am I called a wiccan or can I call myself a witch?

And also I love doing craft in and round the home, so I call myself a cottage witch, but can I also call myself a wiccan?

Love to hear from you :smile:

Lostgirl
06-01-2012, 10:07 AM
Traditional craft doesnt have a rede - the rede is wiccan so that might help a little lol!

If you search the forum for "Wicca 101" (i think thats the title) or search for Norseman he has posted an amazing thread regarding exactly what you are asking.

Traditionalist crafters dont have morals (apparently) and practice "black" magicks (depending on whether you believe in white or black magick i think its all to do with intentions not whehter its black or white) as well as "white" magicks. Where as Wiccans follow the rede, harm none etc etc.

If you want my advice (you might not but i shall give you it anyways lol :D ) if you need to find out "what you are" or "who you are" then do but i would say dont worry about labels. I searched for ages to find out what my path is or whatever and now i just settle and say i am who i am, i believe what i want and no one can tell me who or what i am, because they dont know :D xx

norseman
06-01-2012, 01:20 PM
goldentimes, all wiccans are witches but not all witches are wiccan ! There is an argument about covens which has rumbled on for decades - the majority of British wiccans are solitaries.
Turning back to witchcraft, it really should be written as Witch Craft i.e. the Craft of the Witch - very ancient ! Wicca is New Witchcraft which bears little resemblance to the original. Dont worry about this question - as Lostgirl said, you are what you are.
There is path which is new but also old, the path of the Hedge Witch and this might be right up your street :smile:
Find it here
http://www.spiritualforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=4753

If you are into history, there is also this :-
http://www.spiritualforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=27679
[rather long and a bit heavy in places :D]

Shalimar
06-01-2012, 01:54 PM
now i just settle and say i am who i am, i believe what i want and no one can tell me who or what i am, because they dont know :D xx

I relate to that, people would classify me in many different ways, but it zero down to what you said Lostgirl and I came to the same conclusion! :wink:

Peace :hug3:

Occultist
06-01-2012, 07:16 PM
Wicca is a religion created by Gerald Gardner it combines old ways and new type rituals it is not witchcraft but it is a off shoot of it. Its a religion Witchcraft is a daily walk and magick weaving and a way of life.

Quintessence
06-01-2012, 11:57 PM
I'd suggest worrying a bit less about what to call yourself and focus a bit more on the substance of your practices. I know there's an urge to slap a label on yourself, but the sad truth is there is a lot of disagreement and ambiguity over the meaning of said labels within the community. Work on your path. Do some research. Eventually you might come to an answer.

Gem
07-01-2012, 12:05 AM
I'd suggest worrying a bit less about what to call yourself and focus a bit more on the substance of your practices. I know there's an urge to slap a label on yourself, but the sad truth is there is a lot of disagreement and ambiguity over the meaning of said labels within the community. Work on your path. Do some research. Eventually you might come to an answer.

Herro Quint.

Lostgirl
07-01-2012, 06:55 PM
I'd suggest worrying a bit less about what to call yourself and focus a bit more on the substance of your practices. I know there's an urge to slap a label on yourself, but the sad truth is there is a lot of disagreement and ambiguity over the meaning of said labels within the community. Work on your path. Do some research. Eventually you might come to an answer.

Completely agree :D

However i can understand the need for a label. Its hard when you have been searching for yourself and to find out "who you are" and all that other deep and meanigful rubbish, and when you get there, find like minded people etc etc, you dont know what its called!

Morpheus
08-01-2012, 07:12 PM
Modern Physics today, as well a the ancient teachings, tell us that the world we think is so real is in fact an illusion, and not the greater reality and Truth.

"Reality is merely an illusion. Albeit, a very persistant one."
Einstein

Here is the Truth of who you really are:
http://www.angelsghosts.com/angels_what_are_they.html

Lostgirl
08-01-2012, 08:10 PM
Considering this is a wiccan forum im guessing the website which talks about jesus and angels doesnt really apply......

Animus27
08-01-2012, 09:57 PM
Considering this is a wiccan forum im guessing the website which talks about jesus and angels doesnt really apply......
Yeah, I thought it was strangely irrelevant too :tongue:

Lostgirl
09-01-2012, 08:45 AM
It seems to be a common occurence.

Occultist
09-01-2012, 08:19 PM
It seems to be a common occurence.
on many threads Morpheus has done this and its non sence he needs to respect everyone views and know he is being insulting to those who dont have his same religious views.
The thread is about wiccan Morph lets keep it on track shall we?

norseman
09-01-2012, 09:16 PM
Folks, we have been here before with people of this ilk. Don't look for sense in the posts - it doesn't exist !

Now as Occultist :hug: says, lets get back on track with something interesting to us :smile:

Quintessence
10-01-2012, 12:03 AM
I understand the desire for a label also. Over time, I kept running into a few too many people who get fussy about them and decided it wasn't worth it. I'll use any of a dozen religious labels to describe myself. >_<

Lostgirl
10-01-2012, 03:11 PM
Let other people obsess (sp?) over the labels, thats their choice, the more time they spend on that the less time the focus on themselves and their path.

goldentimes
10-01-2012, 06:34 PM
Hi everyone, sorry couldn't get back to you all sooner. I would like to give thanks to all of you and I am not going to bother about the labeling myself. I am going to craft "cottage witchcraft" but I'm just a religious witch and leave it with that.

I will follow "I will not harm non but Do what I will"-meaning to me:I will not harm no one, I'll do what I can to help.

Thanks again x